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Santa makes an appearance with a famed Rembrandt.

News post – Santa Classics returns, AJW directs a Dan Deacon mind-melter, Dupree Studio stays, opportunities and more!

News   Andrew Jeffrey Wright has been absent from Bananazz a few times, but for good reason: he conceived and directed the bizarre-o video for Dan Deacon’s “Feel the Lightning.” Deacon’s new album, Gliss Riffer, is out on February 24-25, 2015. Reports of Dupree Studio’s demise, it turns out, have been exaggerated: there’s been a reversal and James Dupree gets to keep his studio! The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has decided to not move to condemn his property, setting a precedent for future resistance to eminent domain cases like this. Motorcycle buffs who also love Ewan McGregor are getting their money’s worth ... More » »

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Lines Like Legs — Ted Gahl and Gregory Kalliche at Fjord

[Joshua goes down the rabbit hole into a dual exhibition that stares madness in the face, and comes away a bit dizzy. — the artblog editors] In Fjord’s current exhibition, Lines Like Legs, artists Ted Gahl and Gregory Kalliche play with the real and representational. The exhibition cleverly blurs the line between what is real and what is not. Artwork is intentionally confusing. Discovering unusual figures with a tinge of familiarity is like finding figures in the clouds. Smiling faces and other common objects present themselves in unusual and unexpected places. Things become curiouser and curiouser, and one must ask: ... 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 » »


Sponsored post – Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

For the past eight years, the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) hosts an annual design competition and parade of human powered vehicle floats known as the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby.  The unique event celebrates design and creativity and follows in the tradition of kinetic sculpture competitions taking place all over the world since 1969 when California artist Hobart Brown made some artistic improvements to his son’s tricycle. A kinetic sculpture is a human-powered vehicle (often made from welded together bike parts) that has an artistic theme. Sculpture teams often create costumes and characters that go along with their chosen theme. ... 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 » »

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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 » »

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym in Fishtown at their latest exhibition opening

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym – A community in Fishtown for artists and viewers, too

Hard work and dedication in equal strength are the prevailing under-current at Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, a building transformed into a sculpture community by a group of amazing volunteers. The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, located on the border of Fishtown at 1834 E Frankford Avenue (next to the car wash at Norris Street), is a membership-based community workshop and gallery formed by founder and owner Darla Jackson. PSG is made possible in part by a $20,000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. More than an exhibition space, the 7,500 square ... More » »


News post – Napoleon fundraiser, congratulations to Andrea, Douglas Witmer in Europe, opportunities and more!

News Napoleon Gallery and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania are partnering for a fundraiser aimed at engaging artistically inclined young people. Forty artists have been invited to a charity art sale, with each artist contributing one piece of work; prices range from $40-$80, so it’s well within a thrifty budget. The proceeds are split fifty-fifty between the artists and Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA for a 2013 educational art event. The fundraiser began last night, with the sale continuing today and Sunday from 2-6 PM. Keep in mind that it ‘s cash-only! Fishtown’s status as a cultural haven ... More » »

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