Bridget Baran’s Kitschy Kinky Collages!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 13, 2011 by ericzonk

Bridget Baran brings the glitz, the glamour and the kink to Aphrodite Gallery with her kitschy collages.  Pulling from vintage porn mags and small, 3-dimensional objects, the likes of finds in the Free Bin at Philly AIDS Thrift, to create kitschy, maybe campy, maybe even offensive collage on wood,  but IF you’re offended, it’s your fault…  With titles like MILK MY UDDERS and CLEAN AS A WHISTLE, you’re bound to get a riotous laugh out of this show!  Heck, you’d get a riotous laugh hanging one of these in your guest bathroom!  So come on down and get carried away with abounding sexual innuendos that are sure to leave you begging for more!

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THESE IMAGES ARE SO RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME AND FUNNY…you just have to come in and see them for yourself!  The show will hang through to the end of JUNE!  Don’t miss it!

Philadelphia’s first BDSM Literary Salon at Aphrodite Gallery

Posted in 2011 Artists, Events on April 19, 2011 by Kali Morgan

The Erotic Literary Salon and Sexploratorium join forces to produce, for the first time ever in Philadelphia…

The BDSM Literary Salon

Monday, April 25th, 7-9PM
In the Aphrodite Gallery at Sexploratorium
620 S. 5th St. in Philadelphia
FREE Admission, but tickets are limited!

Complimentary refreshments.
Click event title to register in advance
or call Sexploratorium 215-923-1398!

Georges Topfer illustration on a Jean de Virgan book representing a flogging in Ancient Rome

Share your works or those of others, or just come to listen & enjoy. Sexologist Susana Mayer will present a brief discussion and read excerpts from pieces produced during the “golden age” of early 20th century French spanking literature.

Prizes for original “classic-style” BDSM poetry reading!

Discount coupon to Philadelphia’s next Erotic Literary Salon for all who attend!


Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2011 by ericzonk

With such a resounding turn out at her last show at APHRODITE Gallery last year, we are so excited to bring Lady Laura Aceto back to APHRODITE Gallery for the months of March & April of 2011… With new works from her “Kindred Kink” Series…here’s what she has to say about this body of work:

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“Kindred Kink” presents a collection of acrylic paintings, collage and drawings that depict a variety of relationships, BDSM and fetish themes, uniting our widely diverse community as one kinky tribe, celebrating our differences and similarities, no matter our sexual ID or proclivity.  The lighthearted “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Hold That Tiger”, and the more intense “Caged” all represent the FemDom sensibility, as do the unique collages “Roughing It” and “Catspirations”, which Lady Laura describes as “FemDom Gone Wild.”

On the submissive side of things, “Dahlia Floating” is an ethereal representation of subspace, while “You Always Knew” and “Lily in Chains” express an introspective declaration of submissive desire.  There’s also a humorous nod to the 50’s household style in the collage “Domestic Bliss”.

Lady Laura’s signature fetish still life paintings group BDSM/fetish objects together with more traditional, yet subtly erotic, fruits and vegetables, as in “Collared Pepper” and “Late Summer Plums”.  The “Red Boots”, “Open Back”, “Shoe in Black & Blue” and “Just For Show” are strikingly straightforward celebrations of fetish wear, and the kinky mindset it takes to appreciate its beauty.

Also included in the show are several portraits of spectacular dominant Women: “Lady Ess” (Jan), “Ms James” (Feb), and “The Look” (Mar) are the first 3 of a 12-month calendar series.  Rounding out the exhibit is a series of 8 miniature drawings of female figures with a kinky flair.  These little jewels of fetish art offer the opportunity to own a Lady Laura original at an affordable price.  Also available for purchase are 20 different 5×7 greeting cards, as well as 11×14 prints of many of the paintings and collages in the show, which can be found in the Fashion boutique PASSIONAL at 704 South 5th street, just down the street from Sexploratorium (620 South 5th Street), the home of APHRODITE Gallery!

Please join us for a naughty celebration of her work and the wonderfully diverse world of Fetish, BDSM and Kink and kinksters on 4th Friday of March 25th, hosted by the fabulous Veronica Bound, from 7 – 9pm!


Posted in Uncategorized on February 9, 2011 by ericzonk

For Upcoming Artists booked/scheduled for a show or artists interested in showing their work at APHRODITE Gallery or ART @ PASSIONAL Boutique, please read through the following Pages (found on the right side bar):  About Aphrodite Gallery, Interested in Exhibiting FAQ’s and INFO for ARTISTS

There  you will find the answers to most of your questions re: who to contact, how to present your work for consideration for exhibition and if and when you are booked/scheduled for a show in either location, under INFO for ARTISTS, are all of things you need to consider in preparation for your show!

We appreciate you taking the time to review ALL of this information before asking and inundating our staff with tons o’ questions…

More snow! Reception postponed til Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2011 by Kali Morgan

Tonight’s artist’s reception- J Isobel Delisle rescheduled to Sunday 1.30.11 7-9PM


Posted in Uncategorized on January 7, 2011 by ericzonk

APHRODITE Gallery is proud to present:  VICARIOUS DESIRE by stellar up and coming photographer J. ISOBEL DE LISLE for the months of January and February 2011

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More about IZZY:

A graduate of Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography, J. Isobel De Lisle has been creating a unique perception of beauty for nearly half a decade. The beauty she creates is one that is strikingly unique to her own sensibility. Ms. De Lisle’s models are transformed into a different kind of beautiful; it is a beauty that speaks to Ms. De Lisle’s sense of space, color, light, and frame. A photographer who can illicit emotion through the visual worlds he creates is one who can redefine the norm of beauty again and again. J. Isobel De Lisle is that photographer.

show statement:


Behind the glass of the mirror, silver; it is a pure and lustrous thing that gives permission to the onlooker to see himself. J. Isobel De Lisle sees the beauty within the space between the silver and the glass, examines herself. The flesh and texture of those captured by Ms. De Lisle’s lens are together that silver beauty, a reflection of her own self as her mind’s eye views her. The sorrow of eyes, the sensuality of lips, the wanting on the visage of each beautiful armature is Ms. De Lisle’s own vicarious desire through her distinctive and emotive iris. The silver behind the mirror, the delicate looking glass, is as beautiful as what it reflects. The silver’s beauty reflecting the art and self of J. Isobel De Lisle.

Be sure to join us for a fabulously titty-lating opening reception on 4th Friday of January, Friday, January 28rd, from 7pm – 9pm with your fabulous curatorial diva hostess Veronica Bound who will be serving up tidbits to munch on and drinks!

The Seduction of Faerie @ APHRODITE!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 by ericzonk

20% OFF ALL EROTIC and KINKY ART (includes Hataiiia’s gorgeous female nude prints, Bridget Baran’s Sexy Kitschy Collages and ALL things FAERIE by Helena Domenic, Bev Gelfand and Katie Lennon) at the Aphrodite Gallery til XMAS EVE (12/24…til 6PM).  Stop in, support local artists, share the SEXY and SAVE some cash!!!

APHRODITE Gallery is proud to present Helena Domenic and The Seduction of Faerie with Special Guest Artists:  Bev Gelfand and Katie Lennon!!  3 Fabulous Artists working in the realm of Fae…

You don’t wanna miss this show of paintings, hand sculpted and hand painted 1:12 scale dollhouse size miniature sculptures, 12″ fully-pose-able one-of-a-kind art dolls, faerie wings and much much more!


Helena Domenic was born in Vicenza, Italy where she developed a love of art at a very early age, touring the Sistine Chapel at the age of eighteen months.  Helena received her BFA in Fine Art from Kutztown University and her MA in Art Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She currently teaches Art History, African Art, Drawing, and Painting at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.  Helena completed her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.  Helena’s work at Goddard was focused upon the nexuses between visual and performing arts, ritual and theater, and serving one’s community through the arts, as well as a concentration in African Studies.  Helena’s artwork has appeared in publications such as Faerie magazine, Green Egg, Sage Woman, and other publications.  In addition to teaching at Cheyney, Helena has taught at The University of the Arts, and a variety of conferences and festivals around the country. Helena has organized art exhibits for the Cheyney University campus and her work has appeared in art galleries around the world.  Helena currently lives in Exton with her husband Sean and three cats: Bella, Piper, and Cassandra.


Art should make its own statement.  That said, I can’t claim that the majority of my work has anything to say or exists for any other purpose than to make someone smile, or maybe get a bit overheated.  But why pin-ups?  I’ve always loved pin-ups.  Classic works (Gil Elvgren’s, especially) always bring me to a place where things are simpler, where the world isn’t as dark and scary, and a time when a pin-up wasn’t (really) intended to be anything other than a cutie in a silly situation with a little too much skin exposed.  If I really had to assign a purpose to my work I’d have to say that for the most part, I just want to bring a little bit of that time and place back through my pin-ups (guys or gals).  Everyone needs a little bit of happy in this world.  Or fun. Or cute. Flirty. Sassy. Sexy. Naughty….


Katie Lennon is an eclectic artist with a unique gift for illuminating both the visible world of nature and the invisible plane of the Otherworld.  After studying dance at Marymount Manhattan College, Katie graduated magna cum laude from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts with a BA in Fine Art.  In recent years her art has focused on themes prevalent in Celtic mythology. Through her visual and performance art pieces she transports the viewer to realms beyond our normal perception.  Her distinctive visual art takes many forms.  She is an accomplished painter who has been selling her work to collectors around the world.  Her striking color palette gravitates towards the aesthetics of nighttime, and the somber hues of twilight.  As a sculptor she uses contemporary experimental techniques to animate creatures of delicate grace.  Through the ancient art of block printing she creates art that has been called “Graphically tight, original and fresh yet vintage at the same time.”

Currently Katie is working as an apprentice for two internationally recognized artists.  The first apprenticeship is with award winning artist Iain McCaig.  Iain is one of the motion picture industry’s leading conceptual designers. His exceptional command of human anatomy, character, emotional expression and visual narrative make him on of the most sought after artists working in the entertainment industry today.  He has worked for Lucasfilm as one of the principal designers on Star Wars Episode One – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode Two – Attack of the Clones, and: Star Wars Episode Three – Revenge of the Sith.  The other apprenticeship is with Eric Bornstein; one of the United States’ leading mask makers.  He studied mask making with Agung Suardana in Bali, and Donato Sartori in Italy, and has developed his own unique approach to mask-making and mask performance. He holds a MFA from Harvard University, and is the founder of Behind The Mask Theatre.

Join us for this magical, mystical and Oh!…so SEXY! OPENING RECEPTION on 4th Friday of November (November 26th) from 7 – 9pm…  I see faerie dust in the mix here!  Hosted by our fabulous curatorial diva and goddess Veronica Bound, who’ll be serving up sweet treats and beverage and answering your silly questions.

MEN IN PEARLS by Roni Cibischino

Posted in 2010 Artists on September 22, 2010 by Kali Morgan

For September and October 2010 Aphrodite Gallery is proud to present MEN IN PEARLS:  A Photographic Journey by Roni Cibischino…

IF YOU MISSED THE OPENING RECEPTION, PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE CLOSING RECEPTION:  Friday, October 22nd, from 7pm – 9pm, at Aphrodite Gallery!  620 South 5th Street (between South and Bainbridge Streets on 5th)

Roni Cibischino received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.  She completed her Master’s degree in Human Sexuality from Widener University, and just recently finished a post-Master’s certificate in Forensic Psychology from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  My vision as an artist is from a purely organic point of view.  I see things as they happen and evolve, and try to capture the true essence and beauty of it on film.  For me, sexuality as a whole is constantly pushing barriers and creating new and exciting ideas and ways of seeing things.  Gender is one of the complexities of sexuality that I love.  There is not a singular definition for it, just as art is subjective, so is gender, and has a unique meaning to the viewer and the inhabitant.

Join artist Roni  Cibischino in person and save 10% off any Sexploratorium or PASSIONAL product purchased when you buy during the Closing Reception for MEN IN PEARLS.  Friday, October 22, from 7-9PM!!!

THIS FRIDAY: Arts Reception at PASSIONAL Boutique

Posted in Uncategorized on August 24, 2010 by Kali Morgan

The art of fantasy fashion is alive and well with the launch of our NEW bi-monthly
fashional arts installations at PASSIONAL Boutique
alternating with the bimonthly exhibits at Aphrodite Gallery just down the street.

Enjoy the photographic works Jerry Bennett and Jeff Cohn every day through September 30, or better yet, meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments during a FREE reception at PASSIONAL Boutique Friday August 27 from 7-9PM.

During this reception, save 10% off art or any of the fashion styles featured in the photos.

Corsets, Fashion, Passion.
704 S. 5th St. Philadelphia 215-829-4986

MUSCLE: Photographs by Angel Colon and Illustrations by Rob Harmon

Posted in Uncategorized on July 9, 2010 by Kali Morgan

July-August 2010

Friday July 23, 7-9PM
Artist’s Reception for Muscle with
Angel Colon  and Rob Harmon
Enjoy the company and the works of artists Angel Colon (Photography) and Rob Harmon (Images in Ink) during an intimate party hosted by Diva Veronica Bound who will be serving complimentary libations and snacks from 7-9PM and assisting with discounted art sales (10% off). Sorry, no cash and carry during this reception, art purchases must be picked up or delivered at the end of the show.
Artwork will be on display and for sale during the entire months of July and August, so even if you can’t make it to the reception, stop by and check out this sexy, muscular, masculine collection of photos and ink drawings.

July 2010 brings to you fetish fanatics and bears, and boyz and girlz of all persuasions the bold and dynamic works of Angel Colon (Photography) and Rob Harmon (Images in Ink)!

A bit more about these guys:

ANGEL COLON (A Self-Portrait)

Angel Colon started his artistic journey as a tattooist and tattoo designer and continues to do both.  Attending Pratt later in his life he expanded his artistic horizons by taking up graphic design, illustration and digital photography.  He currently has two self published books available via
and is currently working on two new series of photographs which will most likely make it to print later in this year or so.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his partner of 12 years and their 2 Siamese cats. Of his photography and this series of work he says: This series of photos is very traditional nude portraiture.  Most of my subjects are hairier and beefier than most erotic male portraiture.  While my first forays into this consisted mostly of bearish and more heavily tattooed men, I have recently expanded my scope to include thinner and more alternative looking men with the age range skewing slightly younger.  As a general rule I tend to favor very dramatic lighting and saturated colors in my backgrounds and in any props my models may be using.  The body as landscape is the most obvious motif in my current work while some photos straddle the line between subtle (or so I flatter myself in thinking) almost sublime imagery and blatantly sexual come-on.
Rob is located in Charlotte, NC and has been drawing for over 21 years.  ‘Bound In Ink’ is a collection of work that captures the stories of experiences, life, love, and loss.  100% Beef Magazine described Rob’s ‘Bound In Ink’ artwork as being “Reminiscent at first glance, of one of those fantastic Frank Miller graphic novels.  ‘Bound In Ink’ art is filled with dreamlike scenarios featuring naked, hairy masculine hunks, doing all sorts of beautifully twisted things, involving pain, pleasure, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Some viewers have described ‘Bound In Ink’ as “Delightfully twisted and deviant.”  While other have said ‘Bound In Ink’ is “Sharp, sexy, and visceral”.  Rob’s drawings allow us to peer into the artist’s secret desires and invites us to examine our own.  Robs work has been featured all along the east coast.  He has has a piece of his work archived at the Leather Archives Museum in Chicago.  This year ‘Bound In Ink’ is going to be featured in an anthology book entitled Hair:  Hairy Men In Gay Art published by Bruno Gmunder.
Meet these two great artists at the MEAT & GREET on Friday, July 23rd from 7pm – 9pm!!!