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
A major perk of hosting our Unexpected Philadelphia website is that we get to run happily amok – with cameras in hand – through the homes and studios of our fellow Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, that merry band of artists who have played, exhibited and produced witty, found-object art together since 1992.
So when “Dumpster Diva” Ellen Sall invited us to photograph her South Jersey home last August, we had our beach clothes packed before the phone call ended.
“You expect us to drive all the way to the Jersey shore? Can we come today??”
Ellen and her mom, Bernice Rosenfeld, began making beaded jewelry together in the early 1980s, under the name “By Bernel”. By the mid-1990s, Ellen had struck out on her own, making Fimo clay earrings and pendants that incorporated objects like beads and her own watercolor drawings.
Ellen and husband Robert Sall in the living room of what she calls their “HOE” house – “Heaven on Earth”.
Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and/or New Year’s to all — and welcome to everyone who recently subscribed to our blog.
SO, HEY – WHERE DID WE GO?
After batting out a record number of blog posts and photos during our pre-election window campaign, we decided to take a holiday break to drag out the old Christmas tree, whip up a spectacular Christmas feast (okay, so we actually ordered it pre-cooked from Wegman’s – we know our limits!), and play in our art studio.
DON’T MISS THOSE HOLIDAY LIGHTS
We’ll be back in late January, but don’t miss South Philadelphia’s great holiday light shows if you haven’t toured them already — next week’s weather will be perfect for strolling…