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OAC Member Roberto Lugo Receives Prestigious Rome Art Prize 2020

October 25, 2019

1st Annual Halloween Party

OAC’s home, American Silk Studios, put together ghoulish artwork, tunes, and a true halloween spectacular!

October 5, 2019

OAC Hosts Philly Friends Fall 2019 Group Exhibition

OAC Gallery held our first Fall Group Exhibition! The show featured 12 inspiring local and out of state artists. Works included marble sculptures, fabric paintings, baking soda boxes and more.

September 29, 2019

OAC Hosts Film Screening of Federico Cuatlacuatl’s short film Coapan En Espera

OAC was honored to screen the short film Coapan En Espera, by Mexican Indigenous artist Federico Cuatlacuatl.  We were so lucky to have Celeste Estrada and members of the Son Jarocho group Son Revoltura join us for a musical performance of traditional Mexican music.  Our audience got to sing and dance along with their beautiful music. Thank you to UVA for sponsoring Federico to join us all the way from Virginia.

August 30, 2019

OAC Hosts Premiere Film Screening of Roberto Lugo’s short film Without Wax

OAC was honored to host the Premiere Film Screening for Roberto Lugo’s short film “Without Wax”.  The private screening was received very well by the invited guests.  The film was followed by a Q & A with the cast and crew.  The crowd participated in a very interesting discussion about the struggle of surviving as an artist, the challenges of growing up in poverty, and the hope to emerge from humble beginnings to affect a culture and movement.  Great thanks go out to Roberto Lugo (writer and actor), Edward Columbia (producer and writer), and Cyrus Duff (director) for sharing Without Wax with the OAC Community.

Without Wax is a docudrama about renowned artist/activist/educator Roberto Lugo. Roberto grew up in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Despite this, he beat all of the odds to become a contemporary potter with a significant cultural impact.  Roberto recently received the Rome Art Prize for 2020.  His incredible artwork is sought out by collectors and museums all over the world. Without Wax was created in close collaboration with Roberto and shot on location in Philadelphia.  The docudrama short film is about the internal and external conflicts an artist faces in the pursuit of positive, radical social change.

Without Wax Teaser

June 2019

Orchard Artists in Mexico

OAC founders Charlie and Liza were in San Francisco Coapan, Puebla, Mexico this June for their second summer at the Rasquache Artist Residency. As their project, they constructed a wood fire kiln for future residents to create ceramics.

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