Over the past two years, we’ve introduced you to the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – that big-hearted coalition of artists who have played, exhibited and produced witty, found-object art together since 1992.
Who are these people, and do they always dress like that? Well, actually, some of them do…. (Photo by I. George Bilyk)
We’ve also led you on photo tours of 15 striking Diver homes and studios…
Click here to visit the secret lairs of artists like (clockwise from top left) Alden Cole, Isaiah Zagar, Susan Moloney, and Betsy Alexander & Burnell Yow!
YOU ARE INVITED….
This April Fool’s Day marked the Divers’ 25th anniversary and, to celebrate, we’re hosting “DUMPSTER DIVERSions”, an exhibit of the Divers’ found-object art assemblages, collages, paintings, photography and more in our South Philadelphia studio.
Definitely the Divers: Work by Bruce Gast, Randall Cleaver and Leslie Stuart Matthews. (Photos courtesy of the artists.)
Opening night is Friday, October 6 from 6-9 pm, and our doors will open every Friday and Saturday in October from 6-9 pm at the corner of E. Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street.
We’ll also open 1-5 pm on Saturday, October 28, during the annual Passyunk Avenue fall fest, so be sure to include us in your Halloween plans.
AND, YES – THERE WILL BE WINDOW PHOTOS
As you may know, we love marking everything from holidays to elections by placing over-sized portraits of neighbors and friends in our lighted windows.
A raft of Philadelphia artists, writers and performers urged you to vote in October, 2016.
So, starting in late September and running through October, we’ll light up South Philadelphia’s singing fountain corner with portraits of over two dozen Dumpster Divers, including this engaging trio of Diver “founding fathers”…
Still crazy after all these years: Neil Benson, Joel Spivak and Len Davidson
AND, YES, THERE’S MORE….
Can’t visit in person? Never fear: In late September, our “Unexpected Philadelphia” website will feature photos of over 40 current and former Dumpster Divers, along with images of their fun and inspiring art…
Coming up on our website: the ultimate Diver directory, including work by (clockwise from top left) Susan Richards, Sara Benowitz and Eva Preston. (Photos courtesy of the artists)
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SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER (& OCTOBER!)
This May, we took an unannounced (even to us) blog break to deal with family responsibilities, but we’re still here behind the scenes — happily working on our blow-out 25th anniversary celebration.
So please spread the word about our upcoming “DUMPSTER DIVERSions” exhibit, window display and online art directory, and we’ll see you then!
Uh, Dave, why does this guy keep photobombing me?
Happy rest of summer —
Kate & Dave