9 October 14
  • Metropolitan Gallery 250 presents “Beyond Rittenhouse… A Curated Pop Up of the City’s Hidden Gems” November 7-16, 2014

    If you live in Center City, chances are you shop on Walnut Street. Whether it’s out of habit or convenience, you’ve most likely strolled the familiar, albeit ever-changing, strip of classic luxury and fast-fashion retailers. Although vibrant and glamorous, it lacks the “shop local” philosophy that is crucial to the identity of such a small and close-knit city. It is no secret that such a central location is ultra competitive and essentially inaccessible to many small business owners. Fortunately, many of these small business owners have still been able to consciously, artfully and ethically curate boutiques — you may just have to explore Philadelphia’s many eclectic communities to find them.

    Today, we look to independently owned shops in Northern Liberties, Old City and Queen Village; neighborhoods that allow these small businesses to root themselves and flourish. If you haven’t shopped outside of Center City — or don’t have the time to explore — the next Metropolitan Gallery 250 collaboration is for you. 

    This November, Metropolitan Gallery 250 at 250 S. 18th Street will bring together the latest in fashion from beyond Rittenhouse with a pop-up shop featuring ARMOUR Philadelphia, BUS STOP Boutique, Ritual Ritual and Third Street Habit.

     “We’re excited to bring together four of Philly’s most renown independently owned boutiques to Rittenhouse Square to showcase international designers as well as the fabulous locally-made designs carried in these shops,” said Elena Brennan, owner of BUS STOP Boutique on Fabric Row in Queen Village. “Come pick up a little something for yourself or find great gifts. There will be shoes, clothes, accessories, jewelry and some unique surprises at all price points. Come and see what all the fuss is about and shop away from home with us in Rittenhouse!”

    "Beyond Rittenhouse… A Curated Pop Up of the City’s Hidden Gems" opens November 7th with special "First Friday" hours between 11-8pm (reception set from 6-8pm). The shopping continues, 11-6pm daily from November 8th through 16th.


     (Bootie — NICOLE Shoes — Available at BUS STOP Boutique)


    (Poncho — Canadian-made Smythe — Available at Third Street Habit)


    (Ring — Philadelphia-based Concrete Polish Jewels — Available at Ritual Ritual)


    (BootNew Zealand-based Rodd & Gunn — Available at ARMOUR Philadelphia)

    Expect to see brands such as Coclico, a European-made shoe company with a serious knack for modern, minimalistic design and environmental responsibility — from the Netherlands, Circle of Gentlemen, a collection including suits, accessories and outerwear for men — the laid back designs from LA-based, Japanese-inspired Prospective Flow — handmade leather bags from Germany’s Liebeskind Berlin — timeless, hand-tooled hats by LA designer Janessa LeoneSteadFast Honey, a unique line of jewelry from Philadelphia’s own Sara Breznicky — and that’s just to name a few. 

    So shop Northern Liberties, Old City and Queen Village with us right here in Rittenhouse. Stylist will be on hand to help choose the perfect gift, assist in a fitting and, of course, talk fashion. Cash and credit cards accepted.

    Twitter / Instagram: #beyondrittenhouse #shoplocalphilly

    And remember:

    Luxury isn’t the ability to purchase endlessly, but the privilege of choosing wisely.” - Coclico 


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    18 September 14
  • Step Inside “The Fugue” with Lauren Boilini

                As a long-distance ocean swimmer, Lauren Boilini is used to the more terrifying aspects of the sea. Even so, while swimming twelve miles in a race in Key West this summer, she came upon what she thought at first was a feeding frenzy of fish, only to realize the ominous shadow was a six-foot tiger shark, and found herself both awed and afraid.

                 Like many artists, Boilini translates her experiences into her art, retelling the fear and energy of that moment on a grand scale with paint and charcoal. The result is work that at first envelops—almost drowns—the viewer, but later feels like the ocean itself— beautiful, repetitive, sublime.  

                 Metropolitan Gallery 250 is proud to partner with The Center for Emerging Visual Art (CFEVA) to present Lauren Boilini’s "The Fugue," a site-specific large scale installation—and the artist’s first solo exhibition—running October 11-26, 2014. This paint and charcoal piece will run along all four walls and the floor (and possibly the ceiling) and will be executed by Boilini in the weeks before the show. 

                 Boilini hails from Bloomington, Indiana, but has done residencies in Ireland, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Italy, Spain, Baltimore, Vermont and Key West, where she spent this past July as an artist-in-residence for The Studios of Key West. Boilini’s work for Metropolitan was inspired by her time there, which she describes as a place that is passionate in its support of art. “I didn’t expect it,” she said. “But Key West is incredibly beautiful, with a unique identity and soul. There is serious art there, and a very specialized community dedicated to empowering young artists.”


    Artist Lauren Boilini is a long distance ocean swimmer. She says she finds inspiration in physical action, indulging in pleasure and pain, searching for my limit. Read more about the “fearsome beauty” of her art in a profile by the Michigan Quarterly Review. Photo: Erin Stover-Sickmen.

                Boilini received her B.F.A. in Painting and Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute and completed her M.F.A. at the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA. In 2011, she completed a three-year residency at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Theatre in Baltimore. In addition to her recent stay at The Studios of Key West, Boilini was an artist-in-residence at Canserrat in El Bruc, Spain in 2008.


    Artist Lauren Boilini, courtesy of Valerie Long.

     Boiling shared her thought on “The Fugue” with Breadhead:  

    In my current body of work I work with the idea of excess, when images of excess becomes meaningless and fall into the realm of pattern. This idea of gluttony is reflected in our current culture. We are a hedonistic society, always looking for more until the more we are looking for loses its meaning. I find inspiration in physical action, indulging in pleasure and pain, searching for my limit.

    My studio practice has consistently been large scale, mural-sized oil paintings, though I often work directly on the wall exploring painting as installation. The dimension of my work relates to the size of the human body and the potential for painting to physically overwhelm the viewer. I work directly on the wall as I experiment closely with the architecture making paintings that engage floor to ceiling. This site-specific installation at Metropolitan Gallery will be painted over the course of one week. 

                Research, reading and exploration are vital to my studio practice, consistently driving my work forward. I continuously seek and study epic narratives, creating my own for each work. I am fascinated with crowds of people converging in one space at one time. I am particularly intrigued by rituals that drive masses of beings to occupy the same space. I investigate various events and practices that bring large numbers of life forms together to discover how beings interact when driven together in mass quantities. This includes religious practices, festivals, holidays, political gatherings, Armageddon, the rapture, orgies, etc. Recently I have been drawn to images of battles and duels, where opposing forces fight for the same space. I am interested in what drives us to violence and destruction of life. The imagery for this exhibition comes from experiences at a recent residency at The Studios of Key West and thoughts about the concept of a feeding frenzy. A feeding frenzy occurs when predators are overwhelmed by the amount of prey available and lose control. I am interested in exploring this loss of control as a form of excess and a metaphor for our hedonistic society.

                “The Fugue” will run October 11-26, 2014 at Metropolitan Gallery 250, a non-profit gallery for emerging artists at 250 S.18th Street in Philadelphia. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays 11-4 and by appointment. For a private showing, contact Jessie Harris at (215) 545-6655.

               An opening reception will be held in conjunction with CFEVA on the evening of October 16th (hours TBD). Light refreshments will be provided by Metropolitan Bakery.


    Lauren Boilini’s “Sticky Fingers,” a site specific installation for School33 Arts Center in Baltimore, 2014.  To see a time-lapse video of how a large installation like this one are created, click here.

                For more info, visit http://laurenboilini.net/home.html.

                Media requests, including in-process interviews, can be directed to Stacey Himes at stacey@staceyhimes.com or 215-990-0619.


  • 12 September 14
  • Rosh Hashanah Offerings

    With the Jewish New Year just around the corner, our pastry team is busy baking test loaves of Crown Challah, perfecting Rugelach and trying their hand at Honey Cake (studded with almonds and dried pears), a new offering for this year’s Rosh Hashanah celebration.


    Apple Spice Bundt ($28), Flourless Chocolate Cake ($25.50) and Honey Cake ($29, pictured above) are available to pre-order for pick-up on Tuesday, September 23rd through Thursday, September 25th. Ordering deadlines are as follows:

    • Order by Saturday 9/20 at 12pm for all Tuesday 9/23 pick-ups
    • Order by Monday 9/22 at 2pm for all Wednesday 9/24 pick-ups
    • Order by Tuesday 9/23 at 2pm for all Thursday 9/25 pick-ups

    Note: Orders may not be placed, nor picked-up at Reading Terminal Market

    Reminder: Our Chestnut Hill location inside the Market at the Fareway is open Thursday through Sunday. If you wish to place an order for Chestnut Hill pick-up, please call 215-634-4100. Deadlines do apply.

                                      *All orders must be pre-paid*

    Crown Challah will be available on Tuesday, September 23rd through Friday, September 26th and is sold on a first come, first served basis.

           Plain Crown Challah $5.75 // Raisin Saffron Crown Challah $6.00

    Rugelach, Apple Coconut Macaroons and Hamentashen will also be available in stores beginning the afternoon of Tuesday 9/23. Like Challah, small sweets are sold first come, first served.

     Orders may be placed in person or over the phone. Give us a ring at 215-545-6655 — we are happy to guide you through our offerings!


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    10 September 14
  • Let’s Do Lunch… Your Place or Ours?

    Tired of the same old lunch? Try Metro for delicious soups, salads and sandwiches… all made daily right here in Philadelphia. 

    Your options are:

    1. Order in. Have lunch brought in to your next board meeting or corporate event. We offer brown bag lunches —- sandwich, fruit, cookie and a drink —- as well as sandwich trays, soups, vegetable foccacia and salads. Think house-roasted turkey, gruyere, chipotle aioli, smoked bacon, caramelized onion on a baguette or a roasted beet, fennel, feta, candied pumpkin seed and citrus vinaigrette salad.  View our catering menu for more information. Starting at $8.50pp.

    2. Have a seat in Metropolitan Cafe. With indoor and outdoor seating just steps from Rittenhouse Square at 264 S. 19th Street, Metropolitan Cafe is a great choice for a quick, healthy lunch. Choose from a rotating menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, egg dishes, vegetarian choices, sweets, bagels and the most delicious coffee and tea around. NOTE: In order to retain a pleasant experience for our lunchtime diners, take-out from the cafe is limited to 7:30am-12pm and 2pm-closing. During lunch hours, take out items are available from the Bakery, just next door at 262 S. 19th (see #3, below).

    3. Take out from Metropolitan Bakery. Don’t have time to sit down? Choose from a daily selection of soups and sandwiches from the recently expanded refrigerated section at the 19th Street Shop. You may also want to look out for our pizza and hand pies, available Wednesdays through Sundays while supplies last. Tea, coffee, seltzers, juice and water are also available — just remember to recycle the cups and bottles!


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    26 August 14
  • Metro Gallery 250: The Latest in Our Sidework Series is “FLAT” Debuting September 6th

    So you graduated with a degree from Temple’s Tyler School of Art—now what?

    Metropolitan Gallery 250 will answer just that as it kicks off its fall schedule with another show in its “Sidework Series"—which allows emerging artists who help finance their creativity by working in Philly restaurants—to show their work. Called "FLAT,"  the exhibit features printmaking and two sculptures from recent Tyler alumnae and Metropolitan Bakery employees Chris Capriotti and Kristen Snow.image

    Shown above: Cross Section of Maintenance Shaft: Outer Hull, Chris Capriotti, 2014

    FLAT is an opportunity for two very recent art school graduates to explore the world outside of structured academia,” said Bailey Chick, curator at Metropolitan Gallery 250. “As so many art school graduates can attest, the first few years out of school are as educational as the time spent in a structured studio. It is a moment when every artist has to configure their practice to be both sustainable and productive, and explore new techniques and mediums. For Kristen and Chris, this has meant adding printmaking to their repertoires.”  

    Capriotti, a native of Havertown who now lives in South Philly describes his process as “mainly intuitive.” He says: “I tend to develop ideas over time, and then physically work through them, going straight to making the work rather than planning. While I create a lot of work with cement and steel, a large part of my process and practice is not limiting myself to a set medium. I’ve always been a proponent of making the work that I need to be made, regardless of whether or not it’s a process or medium I’m familiar with.”

    Snow, whose mediums now include video, found object, curation and printmaking, says: “These works came to be through a methodical practice of release. Through a period of continual tension and anxiety I used this process of making to allow fluidity and instinct, rather than calculation and labored planning, to control my production.” She was raised in West Chester, but now lives in Philadelphia.  

    FLAT will run September 6th through September 28, 2014 at Metropolitan Gallery 250, a non-profit gallery for emerging artists at 250 S. 18th Street in Philadelphia. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays 11-4 and by appointment. 

    An opening reception will be held mid-show on Saturday, September 20th from 3-5pm. Light refreshments will be provided by Metropolitan Bakery.


    Shown above: “mild 5” by Kristen Snow.


    About artist Kristen Snow: http://cargocollective.com/kristenalycesnow.

    About artist Christopher Capriotti http://christophercapriotti.com.

    For a private showing of “FLAT,” contact Jessie Harris at (215) 545-6655.

    Press inquiries can be directed to stacey@staceyhimes.com.

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