Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St., has attained yet another accolade to add to their ever-growing list of accomplishments in the world of art.
The award comes from the 2013 Liberta Awards, as hosted by theartblog.org, a well-known non-profit art organization whose mission is "to share their intimate knowledge of Philadelphia's cutting edge art, and to educate and support a community of artists, art lovers, gallerists, critics and academics."
The award received was for collage artist Matthew Rose's solo exhibition that was held at Converge Gallery in July, called "The Letters."
Pictured is a photo displayed at theartblog.org of the “wall of Special Ks” includded in Matthew Rose’s exhibit at Converge Gallery.
Pictured is a close-up on one of the many Ks. Some words included “kompulsive”?(pictured), “kancer,”?“kolonize,” “kounterfeit,”?“kondom” and “konform.”
Pictured is Matthew Rose, the artist whose solo exhibit at Converge Gallery has received a Liberta Award from theartblog.org. Rose’s exhibit was titled “For the Letters.” Photo was taken by Cecil Touchon.
"This award is to honor Matthew's solo exhibit as the best solo exhibit the artist has ever had. While there were many other worthy solo exhibits in 2013, Matthew's embodies a very high achievement and we wanted to honor his achievement," said Roberta Fallon, co-founder of theartblog.org.
"This year, Max Mulhern, who is a member of our team (at theartblog.org), suggested the award for Matthew. We chose Max's suggestion because we believed in it," Fallon said.
The "museum-grade" exhibition that they believed in showcased several "extremely detailed and word-heavy" projects.
Three-hundred thirty-three artworks to be exact, which was said to be very interactive - a difficult feat for artists to pull off at times.
"Matthew's 'Love Letters' portion of the exhibition - where (people) from all over the world sent in love letters addressed to Matthew, but subjects in the letters varied from pieces of art to ex-wives admitting to who they cheated on their ex-husbands with - really brought the visitors to our gallery into the show," said Casey Gleghorn, the gallery's director.
The Sun-Gazette previously reported on the July exhibition (www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/594314/Signed-Sealed-Delivered.html).
Gleghorn noted that the show really brought in visitors, pushing them to think, and "also gave artists from all over the world a venue to get their art or confession out to the world."
Fallon said theart blog.org hands out Liberta Awards each year to honor art and artists that they denote as making a significant contribution to the world-wide art discussion.
"Matthew's art, made in Paris - and other places while he's on the road - communicates a soulfulness that is very personal and expressive of the human spirit," she said.
The award doesn't solely benefit the recipient in this case, however.
Gleghorn and John Yogodzinski, co-owners of the gallery, see the award as a sign that they are heading in the right direction.
"Awards such as this are an honor for both the artist and the gallery. They help us get our name out to a wider range of people whom we wouldn't normally reach. This award in particular is based in Philadelphia and I hear all the time from others in that area that they had no idea a gallery like ours existed in Williamsport," Gleghorn said.
And while Rose is still across the pond, so to speak, it's safe to say that Converge has made another likely lifelong international artistic connection.
"It was fantastic for me to work with Casey and John and Kasey and some of the artist friends of the gallery to put this show together. I think no great show comes together solely on the basis of an artist's idea. It's always a collaboration and I knew that these guys would use their geniuses to make my work sing," Rose said.
To see some of Rose's work, visit matthewrosestudio.net. For more information on Converge Gallery, visit www.convergegallery.com and find them on Facebook.