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Local artist Marie Ulmer’s unseen art

[Here’s a Christmas present to local artist Marie Ulmer from one of her biggest fans–Roman B. Merry Christmas, Marie! — the artblog editors] “The universe is very large, and yet you find the smallest things like grains of sand and moonbeams round. It is so wonderful to know God put them there for us to find.” – Marie Ulmer Philadelphia and Kensington’s 97-year-old artist, Marie Ulmer, was first introduced to the larger art community in a brief article published by theartblog in 2008. It was soon thereafter that Marie had several exhibitions, including at the former Fishtown galleries, Bambi and Proximity, and ... More » »

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The 9th annual Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

[Roman documents a beautiful day at a Philadelphia street festival. — the artblog editors] On May 17, a bright, clear Saturday, the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival took place–and there was no place better to be in the warmth of the early spring sun. Thousands of people came out and created a greater sense of community to make this a fun, favorite family-friendly festival and derby. It was so easy to spend hours walking through the festival’s crowds and vendors. There was plenty of ice cream, a variety of comfort foods from the grill (and not from the grill), and beverages ... More » »


Inclusion/Exclusion, a map-inspired show at Yell Gallery

[Roman investigates a new art space that emphasizes interaction between audience and artwork, and encourages confrontation. — the artblog editors] Yell Gallery opened its doors in November 2013 in East Kensington, Philadelphia, at the corner of Susquehanna Avenue and Martha Street. Rob Goodman, owner of the newly constructed building, was inspired as an artist/art instructor, and by a practical sense of space usage and his partner and founding director Mukethe Kawinzi, to be a patron of the arts. Yell Gallery is quickly becoming known as an arts and performance space where confrontation of change and challenge is beautiful. A successful ... More » »

Brian Cote, 1984 Berlin 15

Fishtown’s frosty First Friday — House Gallery 1816

[Roman visits House Gallery 1816 in Fishtown, Philadelphia, to talk with artist Brian Cote about his abstract painting technique and view Cote’s new 5th Street series. — the artblog editors] It was bitter cold and the streets were empty, but the warmth of a modest crowd and delicious bean soup made for an intimate night of the arts. House Gallery 1816 is home to two accomplished artists: Michelle Marcuse and Henry Bermudez. Marcuse and Bermudez open their home to present the work of various artists and the many mediums of expression. It’s an atmosphere welcoming all who come. Brian John Cote, ... More » »

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A walking tour of public art along Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue

—>Roman walks the Frankford Avenue corridor of Fishtown and points out ten works of art that adorn the buildings and gardens in the arty neighborhood. –the artblog editors____________________> I previously wrote about Fishtown’s public art that vanished. This time I present a walking tour of Fishtown’s current public art. Frankford Avenue of the Arts is the journey’s main path. You will see more than ten different works, from funded murals to spontaneous works by some named and unnamed artists. Begin at Rocket Cat Cafe Begin at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Norris Street. The landmark is the Rocket Cat ... More » »

Emily and R-Kitt at The Art Dept.

News from Fishtown – The Art Dept., Philadelphia Sculpture Gym and Gravy Studio and Gallery

—> Roman follows up on a couple of Fishtown-area favorites, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym and Gravy Studio, and introduces us to the newest kids on the block, The Art Dept.—the artblog editors——————————-> The newbie – The Art Dept. The Art Dept. is located at 1638 E Berks Street. (On the corner of Berks and Tulip Sts.) This is Fishtown’s newest gallery founded by long time friends Emily Carris and Kitt Fraser, who formed a friendship back in their high school art department. It’s a very friendly gallery to visit. Emily holds a Master’s degree in photography and spent the last four years ... More » »


The Photo Review annual Garden Party goes inside this year

—>Roman goes to a garden party hosted by The Photo Review, meets lots of photographers and sees their works.–the artblog editors——-> The Photo Review Annual Garden Party was held at an incredible restored church in Philadelphia’s cultural hub of Fishtown. The old Siloam Church building completed and dedicated in 1876 is now the residence and studio of photographer and host Dominic Episcopo and wife Dawn. Dominic was out on a book signing tour for the release of “Meat America” the American spirit, humor and verve told through unique photographs. But Dawn was there as hostess. The party was a fond welcome ... More » »

theartblog get together at CultureWorks on that very rainy First Friday night in June

The artblog team has a little get-together

First Friday, June 7, was one of the most miserable, water-logged nights in the history of the monthly art openings. It was truly a dark and stormy night in the City of Philadelphia. But we went ahead anyway, we hosted a First Friday get-together for our writers and others in the artblog family.  We met in a conference room at the Culture Works co-working space, where we are members. Weather kept the turnout light but it was a great opportunity for everyone who came to meet and place a face to the name of the various contributing authors. Intern, Sammi Jauch, ... More » »


The 8th annual Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and the Kensington kinetic sculpture derby — An essay in photos

The Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and Kinetic Sculpture Derby is one of Kensington’s prime cultural events. On May 18th, the festivities paraded through the streets to the delight of residents and visitors alike. Families and friends gathered on the sidewalks and in front of their houses, block after block, to watch the Sculpture Derby and enjoy the day. This year, the crowds in the neighborhood far exceeded those that came out in previous years. The festival, organized by the East Kensington Neighbors Association, was excellent as always, providing a venue for local artists, artisans, groups like The Friends of Penn Treaty ... More » »

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Public Art That Vanished From Fishtown

Fishtown once was home to solid middle and lower income families. This started to change in the early 1980’s when I purchased my home. Thirty years later the real estate value of my house has increased by 600%. Every possible open lot and non-functional building is highly sought after for new housing, business and institutional construction and re-construction. Fishtown and nearby Kensington gradually, through the years, also became a home and hub for art and artist. There is much to be said of its economic and cultural effect but I’ll focus on public art that has vanished. Shissler playground, also ... More » »

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