Known for its vibrant art scene, there is literally something for every artsy person in Philadelphia. Some spots, of course, tend to be more unusual than others.
1. The Clay Studio (above), founded 74 years ago, is one of the longest-tenured arts-related educational institutions in Philadelphia. Founded by five artists in need of space to do their work, it quickly evolved into an outward community and educational focus. Situated at 137-139 N. 2nd St., the studio offers workshops for adults, clay camps for children and frequent exhibitions. In 2001, it became an institutional member of the prestigious international Academy of Ceramics.
2. Painting with a Twist, located at 629 E. Passyunk Ave., is not your ordinary paint shop. Not only does it provide artists with space to work on their paintings, it also enables them to bring in their own alcohol. Cups are on the house and finger foods are encouraged. Just make sure you bring your own ice!
3. Located at 246 Race St., Findings offers antique cameras, jewelry and other art from around the city, with a specialization in African tribal art. The store is located in Center City East and features work from multiple Philadelphia artists as well as international.
4. Indy Hall, located at 22 N. 3rd St., is a co-working community that hosts art exhibits every month. The latest one included local artist Sean Martorana.
“We had our one worker, who is a writer, make up short stories and we would then draw the atmosphere he was depicting,” Martorana said. “Then we flipped the switch and all drew one painting and made him write a story for it. Very cool and very interactive.”
5. Philadelphia Independents, founded by Ashley Peel Pinkham and friends, features arts and crafts from over 40 Philadelphia artists. Items include jewelry, home décor and clothing, but the new addition to Old City will also feature craft talks, art discussions and demos for neighboring artists in the community.
– Text and images by Tyler Sablich and Maxwell Reil