On Loan: A Robin Hotchkiss Original

by Burnell Yow! on June 6, 2015 · 0 comments

Burnell With Hotchkiss Painting

As some of you know, my friend and fellow artist, Robin Hotchkiss, died recently even as preparations were being made for a retrospective exhibit of her work. This painting is one of two that we loaned for the exhibition, out of the dozen or so paintings by Robin in our collection. Photo was snapped by Ann Keech, the exhibition’s organizer out front of the home and studio I share with my wife, Betsy Alexander.

Exhibition Info


Stalker Lyrics Tell A Different Story

by Burnell Yow! on June 4, 2015 · 0 comments

Some people call me stalker. Some folks call me creep.
If you could live inside my head, you’d never ever sleep.
It’s not that I am darker, at least not more than most.
It’s just that I own who I am. I’ve friended all my ghosts.
Come midnight as the world retires, I’m up, shaved and showered,
Then out the door and down the street, to claim my favorite hour.
Tween 12 and 1 my blood grows hot, my eyes and ears grow keen.
I’m just a monster on the prowl, a mad man dressed in green.
I stalk the trash that others toss into boxes, bags and cans.
A bit of string, a barbie doll, or a photo of your Gran,
And when my bag is ladened with treasures all un-new,
It’s home again to rip and tear, to drill, and paint and glue.
Lyrics © 2015 by Burnell Yow!
Inspired by a project I completed a number of years ago. It was called Fifty-Two Collages In 52 Weeks. 


Robin Hotchkiss In Our Collection

by Burnell Yow! on May 21, 2015 · 6 comments

Hotchkiss Grouping

Robin HotchkissRobin Hotchkiss died yesterday after a prolonged illness. She was an artist of marvelous wit, the owner of the Salon Des Amis Gallery in Malvern, PA, and a good friend to many local artists, including many members of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, myself included. Here’s just a few of her many works, which my wife, Betsy Alexander, and I feel honored to have in our collection.

Baby Onboard


St. Francis


Boxed In

Alien Portrait


Eight Ball

Alien Seduction

The End Is Near


A Steller Discovery!!

by Burnell Yow! on May 10, 2015 · 0 comments


What is Steller, you ask? It’s an iPhone app that allows you to create stories combining photos, text and video. The finished story can be viewed either online or with the Steller app. It’s a free download.

To date, I have created 23 stories featuring mostly my art. There’s one about my studio cat, Rennie. And one about the most famous of our cat colony, Nora The Piano Cat. I think you’ll like them. Check them out at http://steller.co/burnellyow

If you like, share and comment. But most of all just enjoy!


Makers Making In Cape May, NJ

by Burnell Yow! on May 6, 2015 · 0 comments

Makers Making In Cape May, NJ

Photo used with permission by @makersmaking on Instagram

I love visiting Cape May, NJ. My wife and I usually start the day with an awesome breakfast at McGlades, which is right on the beach. Then we go our separate ways till dinner time. She heads for the shoreline with her water bottle, snacks, a good book and a beach chair. I head inland to Washington Street – what I consider the main drag of the resort town. It’s where all the fun shops are, and is very pedestrian friendly – no cars.

I know, and have been in, most of the shops, but this time there was something new and, as it turns out, quite unique. It is called Makers Making. And it was the incredible wooden bicycle by Max Samuelson in the shops display window that pulled me in like a magnet.

Danny & Lindsay, owners of Makers Making

Photo used with permission by @makersmaking on Instagram

Inside I found Dan and Lindsay, the owners of the shop. And yes, they are as nice as they look. The shop is filled with Fine Craft items, which is certainly reflective of their mission statement, copied here from their website: “Makers Making shop is the happy result of our desire to curate a space dedicated to fine craft and inventive design. Our parallel mission is for Makers Making to function as a medium for inspiring, discussing, and sharing creative processes.”

I do hope you’ll stop by and say hello and check out the really cool things that makers make, brought to you by Dan and Lindsay.

You can also find them online at makersmaking.com or on Instagram @makersmaking Email: makersmaking@gmail.com 


Checking Out iPad Blogging App

by Burnell Yow! on April 13, 2015 · 0 comments

I love my iPad and had decided to buy a blogging app for it. I originally chose BlogPad Pro, but ever since I updated my iOS to 8.3, BlogPad Pro is refusing to launch. The developer is working to fix it, but in the mean time I've decided to give Blogsy, another blogging app, a try.

Anybody out there have a preference between these two apps, or a suggestion of another?



Turning 64 and Still No Rules…

by Burnell Yow! on April 10, 2015 · 0 comments

TattooTurning 64 hurts. Well, at least it did for the 20 or so minutes it took for Kate Collins of No Ka Oi  Tiki Tattoo in Philadelphia to emblazon my inner forearm with my slogan “There are no rules, only materials.” The new tattoo, my second, was a birthday gift from my wife, Betsy Alexander.



New Story App “Steller” Is Pretty Cool…

by Burnell Yow! on April 4, 2015 · 0 comments


“Finders Keepers” Exhibition At The Art Trust…

by Burnell Yow! on February 1, 2015 · 0 comments

“Finders Keepers” Found object art from a few (me included) wacky, weird, and wonderful folks will be exposed to the public via the Art Trust Gallery in downtown West Chester, PA. from Feb. 4th thru March 27th, 2015. Reception on Friday Feb. 13th from 5-8 PM. (Click image to view larger.)



Big show from a great bunch of cool folks. We are the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers. The images below are of works by yours truly, Burnell Yow!, one of the members of this wild and wacky group. The pieces depicted will be viewable and available to purchase during the course of the event. Scroll down for more info and a list of the artists participating.


Cohen Gallery EastExhibition: January 10 – February 22, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, January 9 | 5:30-7:30pm

Who are The Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia? They are a group of over 40 found object artists, meeting monthly to socialize with fellow art eccentrics, share trash-picked finds, art-making, stories, field trip and flea market news and exhibit announcements.

This major group exhibition will show how found objects inspire artists to create figures, masks, political statements, abstract assemblages, still life, works of art contained in boxes, and art used for story-telling or function. Their artwork is as diverse as the group and as the materials used. All of it is engaging, often playful, sometimes political, ironic and definitely delightful.

Artists participating in this event: Betsy Alexander, Gretchen Altabef, Sara Benowitz, Neil Benson, Alden Cole, Carol Cole, Randy Dalton, James Dupree, Dan Enright, Charna Eisner, Joanne Hoffman, Hugo Hsu, John Jonik, Ann Keech, Diane Keller, Leslie Matthews, Susan Moloney, Taji R. Nahl, Eva Preston, Susan Richards, Leo Sewell, Ellen Sall, Joel Spivak, Jim Ulrich, Sally Willowbee and Burnell YOW!

Special thanks to Ann Keech for organizing this event. And to Lauralynn White, gallery director.