It’s spring house tour time!
If you follow our Unexpected Philadelphia blog and website, you know we’ve visited nine inspiring, art-filled homes belonging to members of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – that warm and wacky band of artists and collectors who exhibit, socialize and produce witty, up-cycled art together.
Today we’re heading to South Street to visit the home, gallery and visionary art environment of the couple who initiated us into the Divers’ magic circle: famed mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar and his wife Julia Zagar, owner of South Street’s iconic Eye’s Gallery.
(And, yes, if you guessed that Isaiah and Julia have a few mosaic walls in their home then, well, you guessed right….)
Last summer, Unexpected Philadelphia toured the home and studio of architect, artist, author and community activist Joel Spivak and his artist wife Diane Keller.
(Joel and Diane in their art-and-imagination-filled South Philadelphia home.)
Joel, a co-founder of that merry band of found-object artists known as the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, is also the inspired originator of Philadelphia’s National Hot Dog Month celebration, leading tours to classic hot dog stands and giving away hundreds of hot dogs each July to confused-but-happy pedestrians around the city.
INTRODUCING THE TROLLEY LAMA
But Joel has another avocation: Known among the Dumpster Divers as the “Trolley Lama”, Joel is the co-author of two photo-packed books on Philadelphia trolleys and trains:
(“Philadelphia Trolleys” and “Philadelphia Railroads” by Allen Meyers and Joel Spivak for Arcadia Publishing)