Art

 By June Fredericks and Tina Diserafino

Logan: Hats Off to Tillman’s Boutique

Logan: Hats Off to Tillman’s Boutique

Settled at the edge of Logan’s Broad Street shopping district, Tillman’s Boutique has impeccably dressed the community from head to toe since 1997.  Noted for its unique collection of hats, Tillman’s has served as a gem to locals in the neighborhood. Floid Tillman, a retiree of the Philadelphia Police Department, and his wife Martha, first […]

 By Damon Fillman

Manayunk: An Author Returns Home

Manayunk: An Author Returns Home

[vimeo 20663195] Author Tom McAllister, who grew up on the 300 block of Hermitage Street, returned last week to Manayunk to promote his book, Bury Me in My Jersey, a memoir describing his obsession with football and how it helped him cope with the loss of his father. McAllister, 29, who now lives in New Jersey, […]

 By Melissa Nowicki

Germantown: Stained Glass Studio

Germantown: Stained Glass Studio

Joseph and Rita Beyer took a glass half full approach after being laid off from a struggling stained glass studio a week before their wedding date. “We didn’t have any kids or a mortgage or anything like that, so it was a good time to go out on our own and start our own business,” […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Green Line Cafe Stands for More Than Just Coffee

Powelton Village: Green Line Cafe Stands for More Than Just Coffee

At the corner of 36th Street and Lancaster Avenue, the Green Line Café in Powelton Village is more than just an average coffee shop.  The quiet, quaint space doubles as an art gallery, where the masterpieces of the café’s employees and local artists are displayed. It’s also a popular spot where locals go to work, […]

 By John Paul Titlow

Kensington: Graffiti to Be Removed from Shepard Fairey Mural

Kensington: Graffiti to Be Removed from Shepard Fairey Mural

When Lauren Cassady first saw the photos on Facebook, she was infuriated.  A friend of hers from the East Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia had posted pictures of the side of a building with a large graffiti tag containing the word “Spain.” Graffiti on a brick wall is not that unusual in Philadelphia, but for residents […]

 By Charlie Creitz and Danielle Grossman

Fairhill: Photography Exhibit Showcases Afro-Latino Culture in Philadelphia

Fairhill: Photography Exhibit Showcases Afro-Latino Culture in Philadelphia

This spring, the Taller Puertorriqueño community center is exhibiting a photo-documentary project by the center’s director of education, Dr. Sandra Andino. “Afro-Latinos in Philadelphia: Stories from el Barrio” has included a series of photographs partnered with short discussions between Andino and local residents whose families have immigrated to North Philadelphia from Latin America, among other […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Bella Vista: Local Artist’s Gallery Features Local Artwork

Bella Vista: Local Artist’s Gallery Features Local Artwork

Although some outsiders hate to admit it, Philadelphia has both a prominent and flourishing art scene. We are no New York when it comes to this stuff, but there is definitely a significant amount of talent in the area in regards to all facets of art. What sets Philadelphia apart from other art communities perhaps, […]

 By Samantha Krotzer and Andrew Whitlatch

West Oak Lane: Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology

West Oak Lane: Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology

[vimeo 17931160] Sixty-two-year-old Fran McDonald sits anxiously at her computer with her white binder full of handouts scattered with her own notes as she waits for class to start. “Me and Excel are having a ball,” McDonald says with a laugh. McDonald is using the “Technology is Power Seminar,” one of the free programs offered […]

 By James Riggio and Max Webber

Germantown: Papermaking at the Birthplace of American Paper

Germantown: Papermaking at the Birthplace of American Paper

[vimeo 20005894] Philadelphia is home to a lot of firsts, including the first known American flag in 1777 and the first meeting of the U. S. Congress in 1789. Nearly a century earlier, however, there was another important, albeit lesser known, first in Philadelphia: the construction of the first paper mill in British North America, […]

 By Damon Fillman and Julie Achilles

Manayunk: Weekend on Ice

Manayunk: Weekend on Ice

Sometimes a bitter winter season can keep an entire neighborhood indoors until it’s time to visit the local baseball team’s spring training, but last weekend Manayunk held an outdoors ice sculpting event that attracted hundreds to Main Street. The event, dubbed Manayunk on Ice, celebrated the ice sculptures of over 30 different artists whom displayed […]