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Friday night open studios

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Our good friend, artist and natural-born blogger Rob Matthews, wrote recently with information about the Church Studios open house which is tomorrow night, March 23, 7-9:30 pm. I mentioned this fundraising event a while back when I posted my interview with Scott Laumann, former Church Studios artist (he’s moved back to California).

Here’s the particulars of the fundraiser, which benefits the Church Studios (see Libby’s post for more about the studios) and CCO an organization that interacts with college students.

A WORK IN PROGRESS: Open Studios & Art Auction
Friday, March 23, 2007
Church Studios at Olivet Covenant Presbyterian Church,
22nd and Mt. Vernon Streets
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Limited, free onsite parking (around 12 spots, so don’t count on it)

From Rob’s email:

Here is some stuff being auctioned off:

2 passes to the Please Touch Museum
1 gift certificate to Illuminare
1 men’s/1 women’s haircut to Salon 21
2 gift certificates to the Philadelphia Wine School
1 individual membership to the Barnes FOundation
2 t-shirts, 4 passes, 2 books to the Eastern State Penetentiary
1 couples membership to the PMA
1 family membership to the Franklin Institute
$100 gift card to the Kimmel Center
1 chef dinner tastine for two and 1 chef brunch tasting for two at Jack’s Firehouse
1 gift certificate and matted print from Fairmount Framing
1 month membership, t-shirt, bike light and duffel bag from Lifesport
2 signed hardback architecture books from the Philadelphia Free Library
–One book is by Michael Graves and the other is a book on how the first mosque was built, “Mosque” by David Macaulay. Both are signed first editions.

The event is open to the public. You won’t be doused with holy water or whatever if you come. There will be food, art by the artists in the studios and our friend Rubens will be running some turntables. All of the studios will be open and some temporary exhibition space will be arranged as well. Ben Volta is planning two largish installations. One is a new piece of his. The other is one of his collaborative pieces that he made with a middle school around here. The art auction is primarily the artists in the studios.