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Join Artblog and Hidden City as we uncover mysteries of Callowhill art and history

Join us for a Neighborhood art and history tour on First Friday, Oct. 5, 2018! Listen to the history of the Callowhill Neighborhood, once home to industries and warehouses and now gentrifying neighborhood that's home to the brand new Reading Rail Park. Our friend, Peter Woodall, of Hidden City knows his Philadelphia history and has tons of facts about the past (including the street names -- Callowhill, anyone?). Then go inside 319 N. 11th St., with Artblog's Imani Roach and Roberta Fallon leading you through the 6 alternative galleries with opening receptions and art that includes video, performance, painting, sculpture and experimental mashups. Artists will be there to speak with us about their work. Get the inside scoop! This tour is affordable and fun, and we hope you will join us.


Artblog and Hidden City present
Callowhill Art and History Tour
6:00 PM — 9:00 PM

TICKETS HERE (Very affordable!)

Art and History, together at last, in this Tour of the Callowhill Neighborhood and its artist-run art spaces!


Artblog group looking up at the "Vox" building (left) as Hidden City's Pete Woodall tells us its history in the Callowhill Neighborhood
Participants looking up at the 319 N. 11th St. (left) on our Art Safari May 5, 2017, as Hidden City’s Pete Woodall tells us its history in the Callowhill Neighborhood

Join Hidden City‘s Pete Woodall for a tour of the neighborhood with five names (Callowhill, Chinatown North, Loft District, Testletown and Eraserhood). We’ll delve into the history of the surrounding blocks, which despite a recent wave of gentrification remain an atmospheric mixture of decaying factory buildings, rail lines, and narrow streets. We’ll even explore the history of the 319 N. 11th Building itself!


Join Artblog’s Roberta Fallon and Imani Roach at 319 N. 11th Street, sometimes called the “Vox” building, a rabbit warren of six alternative galleries, all but one run by artist-members.

First Friday is the most exciting time to see these spaces since the galleries have their opening receptions that night. The sculptures, paintings, and videos will be colorful and experimental–and, who knows, there might even be an impromptu performance. Young artists and art lovers mingle, drink cheap beer, share gossip, and look at the art–it’s a scene.

While we will visit each gallery in the building on Oct. 5, we may spend most of our time at Vox Populi, the oldest — and largest by far — of the alternative spaces, founded in 1988. But we will be sure to stop by all the newer spaces, like Grizzly Grizzly, Marginal Utility, Automat, Napoleon and Practice. There is an elevator in the 6-story building, but it’s sometimes out of order, so we will take the stairs. It’s more fun to rub elbows with the crowd of art lovers bustling up and down, anyway.


We will wrap up with refreshments at the Trestle Inn, known for its Go Go Dancers and whiskey drinks (not included in ticket price). History, art, and whiskey sours – Join us!