—>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 » »
THIS MONTH, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours has opened the doors to 300 studios and art venues in neighborhoods across the city, allowing visitors to go behind the scenes and see where the work gets made and how the tools get used. In 1999, POST began with a network of 13 artists. It’s grown so large it now spans two October weekends (Oct. 6-7 and Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21). Last year’s event attracted 37,000 people. The tours introduce artists to the community and may result in sales, but that’s not the main goal of the event, said Ann ... More » »
The Frankford Ave. art scene is thriving. It seems every week a new gallery or art space is opening there. It’s worth a trip! VWVOFFKA “Small Objects”, on view at VWVOFFKA is the collaborative body of sculpture, print and found objects by Linnea Vegh and Steven Streisguth. The show embodies the concept of collaboration on many levels. Point and counterpoint can be found formally, conceptually, and in the process of making. The collaborative spirit can also be seen in the way these artists specifically wanted Vwvoffka’s space for it’s inviting, homey appearance (it originally was meant to be a living ... More » »
The super hip 2100 block of Frankford Avenue was hopping on First Friday. With people spilling out onto the sidewalk, the biggest crowd was at Rocket Cat Café, on the corner of Frankford and East Norris. They were hosting ‘Give Pizza Chance:’ a pizza party at the opening of their pizza-themed art show. As someone who is allergic to pizza, I didn’t exactly go into this show with much hope of liking it, but its whimsy won me over.