Puppets, masks and more were on display last weekend during a show at the 40th Street artist-in-residence program.
The gallery featured the works of Beth Nixon, a staple in the West Philadelphia art and East Coast puppetry scene. Nixon’s designs included info-graphic posters detailing white flight from urban areas and various animal masks. Puppets of flying grandparents were very popular with the crowd, and some of the puppets were given away to the first 15 visitors.
Nixon is approaching the end of her stay at the 40th Street artist-in-residence program, which grants studio space for artists to use for a wide variety of art projects. The program requires a minimum of 40 hours of outreach work in West Philadelphia, which includes teaching art classes to students at West Philadelphia High School.
Nixon was a fan of the program and felt it greatly contributed to her ability to make art. “It’s an amazing resource. I can’t imagine how I would have been able to make all thing things I made this year without the use of this free space.”
The 40th Street artist-in-residence program is accepting applications for residency for the 2012-2013 year until May 7. Those interested should email 40th Street AIR for an application.