Last night was East Passyunk Avenue’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, and over two dozen South Philadelphia neighbors, shop owners and dogs smiled down from our windows in what has become our annual holiday salute to the neighborhood.
So, if you’re dining or playing near the restaurant-packed “Singing Fountain” between now and New Year’s Day, check out our well-decked windows at East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street….
We’ll keep the lights on for you ’til 2 a.m. each night.
In our last post, we told you about “DUMPSTER DIVERSions”, our 25th anniversary pop-up exhibit by 46 members of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, that predictably unpredictable band of found-object artists and their painter/photographer/performance artist friends….
Some of the more than 125 works you’ll find behind our purple door.
TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH
Based on the encouraging feedback we’ve received in our first two weeks (hey, we can never predict what will happen when we schedule one of our unlikely projects!), we’ve extended the exhibit to Saturday, Nov. 4.
Collage, fiber and found-object art by Eva Aanya Preston, Ellen Sall, I. George Bilyk, Burnell Yow! and Bruce Gast
The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers’ 25th anniversary exhibit opens this Friday, and we’ll have Divers on the inside, Divers on the outside (check out our new window display, below) and Divers on our website (don’t miss our two-part anniversary album of Diver art).
But first, we’d like to invite you to visit….
The Divers, of course, are that merry band of found-object artists and their painter-photographer-performance art friends who have worked and played together since April Fool’s Day, 1992.
Among our 46 featured Diver artists are (clockwise from top left): Leo Sewell, Ellen Sall, John Jonik, Hugo Hsu, Smokie Kittner and Harry Anderson
Last month, we told you about our upcoming 25th anniversary celebration for the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers.
The Divers are that spirited band of found-object artists and friends (photographers, painters, a poet and more) whose homes and studios we’ve documented on our “Unexpected Philadelphia” website.
A 1990s rogue’s gallery of (semi-)dressed-up Divers….
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. Continue reading
When we moved to South Philly in 2011, we were lucky to stumble across two groups that provided us with both art inspiration and a wonderful circle of friends.
The first, as you’ve probably guessed, was the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, that inspired group of found-object artists whose homes and studios we profile on our Unexpected Philadelphia website. (And, yes, there are more Diver home tours coming, including — when we finally get around to it — our own.)
“Tracy Takes Another Chance on Love” – Kate’s found-object commentary on the pre-Dave dating scene. Hmm — Should I take the “not quite divorced” guy for 50 points, my cousin’s ex-fiance for a family-wrecking 30 points, or “Mr. 93%-Right” for 100 points?
Philadelphia mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar introduced us to the free-spirited Dumpster Divers, but his sister — dancer and choreographer Sheila Zagar — introduced Kate to its complementary and indispensable opposite: the Artist Conference Network.
2016 was definitely not our favorite year.
We cleaned out and sold Kate’s parents’ home. We learned more than we ever cared to about hospitals, insurance, Medicaid applications and nursing homes.
AND THEN THERE WAS….
….that endless election campaign. Not even the fun of our non-partisan “Flip the Script” photo project could wipe out the divisiveness of a candidate who relentlessly belittled women, minorities, the disabled, the armed forces, immigrants, prisoners of war, our allies, the press – seemingly basic human kindness itself.
Dave, are you SURE we don’t have another comics section…..?
And by the time it all ended – amid reams of vicious fake news and a winner who lost by almost 3 million votes – we needed an extra-long holiday break.
BACK TO THE 1960s
So when we heard about the January 21 Women’s March on Washington – which rapidly morphed into almost 700 sister marches across all 50 states and every continent on earth – we quickly decided we were in – even if Kate (perhaps fortunately) had never learned to knit.
No badly knitted-by-her pink hat, but Kate tries on a sign.
MARCHING IN THE STREETS
So here’s our look at Saturday’s march on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway: The sky was foggy, but the vibe (and, happily, the temperature) was warm and upbeat, and just what the doctor ordered….
On the march: Part of the Philly crowd preparing to head from Logan Square to Eakins Oval.