Art displays take place in Philly

Two noted artists, Rain Harris and Rick Salafia, will be featured this month at Temple University’s art galleries. Ceramic wallpaper will cover the walls of Temple’s Tyler Gallery in Elkins Park during the Rain Harris

Two noted artists, Rain Harris and Rick Salafia, will be featured this month at Temple University’s art galleries.

Ceramic wallpaper will cover the walls of Temple’s Tyler Gallery in Elkins Park during the Rain Harris exhibition, Gilding the Lily.

The exhibit, running through October 11, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tyler Gallery Coordinator, Nancy Lewis describes Harris’s work as, “Victorian d├ęcor meets grandma’s bathroom meets Liberace aesthetic.”

Rain Harris is a resident artist of The Clay Studio in Philadelphia.

“I strive to create elegant objects by carefully incorporating ‘lowbrow’ accessories such as feathers, rhinestones and flocking,” she said.

“Lusters impart a luxuriant surface that treads a thin line between the sensual and the lascivious.”

In addition to many national shows, Harris’ work has recently been purchased by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art.

She is the recipient of the Leeway Grant for Achievement, an American Craft Council Emerging Artist Grant and the Independence Foundation Fellowship.

The Tyler shuttle bus in front of Paley Library on Main Campus provides free transportation to the gallery.

On the other side of town, photographer and sculptor Rick Salafia will be featured in a self-titled exhibit on the second floor of the Temple Gallery until Oct. 3.

With a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University, Salafia has created a name for himself after holding exhibitions in New York City and Minneapolis.

He is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s artist grant.

The Temple Gallery in Old City is only a subway ride and a transfer away from Temple’s Main Campus and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Amber Fairweather can be reached at amber@temple.edu.

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