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Halide Project finds a home in South Kensington; David Huggins documentary, ‘Love and Saucers’ screens Saturday, Dec. 16, at PhilaMOCA; Congratulations, Alex Da Corte on ‘New York’ video for St. Vincent; and a great Percent for Art Opportunity at South Philadelphia’s Smith Playground!

Today's post has a nice mix of newsy news, and a great opportunity! Enjoy! News of our world. It's good for you.



Poster for Love and Saucers film at PhilaMOCA

One of Artblog’s most shared posts since it was published in 2011, is Corey Armpriester’s interview with David Huggins, an artist whose paintings chronicle his experiences interacting with aliens who visit him to use his body to help the create a race of hybrids. Corey’s post is here. Interested? Saturday night, Dec. 16, there’s a screening of “Love and Saucers” a documentary film about Huggins, at Philamoca. Not only will the film screen, but the artist will be there, along with 30 of his paintings.

More information at the Facebook event page and at the film’s website where you can STREAM the video!

Love and Saucers screening
Saturday, Dec. 16
Doors 6:30, Movie 7:30, $12 admission
531 N. 12th Street

PhilaMOCA presents the Philly Premiere of the documentary Love and Saucers with subject David Huggins in attendance! Plus David’s first-ever Philadelphia art show!

From the FilmmakerHey! I’m the filmmaker of Love & Saucers, about the life of David Huggins, whom you wrote about a few years back. The film will be screening along with a show of 30 of his paintings at the PhilaMOCA this Saturday.

All ye St. Vincent appreciators…FYI, a tip from Libby Rosof about who made St. Vincent’s new “New York” video — Artblog favorite and Philly artist, Alex Da Corte! Congratulations, Alex! Read an interview with Alex here. Below is the video:

The Halide Project finds a home for its exhibition and community darkroom space – in South Kensington – Congratulations!

The Halide Project is thrilled to announce that, after a thoughtful search, we’ve found the perfect space to open our community darkroom. Located in the growing arts neighborhood of South Kensington in Philadelphia, the 2500 sq ft suite of rooms on the ground floor of the Putman Building will be home to The Halide Project’s own office, gallery, classroom, photographic equipment lending library, photo “book nook,” and a well-maintained, professional grade darkroom for traditional printing, film development, and alternative processes. Follow the link below to see more pictures and visit our campaign.

…We have begun moving into a beautiful space on North 2nd Street in Philadelphia and are well on our way to opening the community darkroom that we have been working toward since our founding in 2015. We can’t wait to open our doors and welcome you to come use the space: craft prints in a professional darkroom, exhibit your work on new gallery walls, learn darkroom techniques and historic alternative processes, borrow from a collection of cameras and equipment, study a library of photo books while overlooking an urban horse stable, and meet with your fellow photographers!

The team at Halide, Alex, CJ, Dale, Frank, Susan, and Todd, are fundraising at Indigogo.  The appeal ends Dec. 31. More at their website.


Percent for Art Call for site specific work for South Philly’s Smith Playground – Deadline for submissions, Jan. 10, 2018

Call to Artists / Requests for Qualifications
Smith Playground
Project Budget: $25,000
Deadline for Submissions: January 10, 2018
Download full Call to Artists

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announces a $25,000 competition to commission a site-specific artwork for Smith Playground, located in South Philadelphia. This commission is part of the $3 million full scale renovation of the park undertaken by Make the World Better Foundation and Urban Roots in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Water and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s Office. The first phase of construction is complete and the second phase, currently underway, is slated for completion by early 2018.

The Percent for Art Program and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Make the World Better Foundation and Urban Roots seek to commission a high quality, original site-specific artwork that celebrates the fully renovated playground as well as the cultural vibrancy of Smith Playground’s community. More information, as well as a site visit, will be given at the Pre-Proposal Meeting.

Download full information here.