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Manayunk: An Unsung Champion For The Arts In Philadelphia

Manayunk: An Unsung Champion For The Arts In Philadelphia

Manayunk isn’t a neighborhood widely known for its role in the arts, but residents like Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC), would like to see that perception change. “We would like people to realize that art is everywhere in Manayunk,” Lipton said. And it is. Portraits of people from Manayunk, painted by Mat […]

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Manayunk: Along the Schuylkill River, Kay Sykora Always Finds A Way

Manayunk: Along the Schuylkill River, Kay Sykora Always Finds A Way

Just off of Main Street, the section of Lock Street stretching onto Venice Island bears a sign, which dubs it as “Kay Sykora Way.” Jane Lipton, executive director of Manayunk Development Corporation, petitioned to have the section renamed in Sykora’s honor, and said the word “way” holds a special significance. “It was really appropriate. She […]

 

Germantown: Art Reflecting The Community’s Life and History

Germantown: Art Reflecting The Community’s Life and History

Philadelphia is home to more than 3,700 murals, according to the Mural Arts Program. Several of these colorful, detailed works of art are spread across the exterior of buildings throughout Germantown. Some are visible from the community’s bustling Germantown Avenue, while others are tucked behind buildings on side streets. The subject matter of the displays […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: The Art of Removing Graffiti

Arts & Entertainment: The Art of Removing Graffiti

Artistic creation can be visually appealing to anyone. Street art is a way for people to share their work with a broad audience without the awkwardness of attending a cramped gallery showing. It is right in front of them whether they like it or not. Some street art is commissioned, other street art is illegal […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: MAP And Philly Writers Paint Their Own Paths

Arts & Entertainment: MAP And Philly Writers Paint Their Own Paths

In reaction to an increase in graffiti in the 1980s, the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network was created to eradicate the artwork from the city’s buildings, trains, bridges and anything else that graffiti artists – properly known as writers – could spray. Muralist Jane Golden was hired by PAGN to connect with writers and refocus their energies […]

 

Waterfront: Conrad Benner Explores Philly to Expose Art in Unexpected Spaces

Waterfront: Conrad Benner Explores Philly to Expose Art in Unexpected Spaces

Arms outstretched, Conrad Benner leaned out over the silver railing that separated the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk from the water below. Adjusting the frame of his camera to fit the distant Philadelphia skyline, the 29-year-old held, snapped and nodded. Part of Benner’s grind as founder and editor of street art blog StreetsDept.com is sharing his perspective […]

 

Bella Vista: Five Beautiful Sights

Bella Vista: Five Beautiful Sights

Bella Vista, Italian for “beautiful sight,” is full of just that – beautiful sights. Settled by Italian immigrants, the neighborhood eventually welcomed more cultures creating a unique and diverse space full of both modern and traditional beautiful places.   The Fleisher Art Memorial  Originally founded by Samuel S. Fleisher, the building located at 719 Catharine […]

 By Hannah Eshleman and Dillon Mast

Kensington: Local Artist Renews Mural

Kensington: Local Artist Renews Mural

A longtime Philadelphia artist is working to both restore and add to a Kensington mural first completed over a decade ago. Located on the side a residential building at 2144 E. Arizona St., Tropical Landscape was originally completed by Diane Keller, 64, in 1999. Since its initial completion, the mural has suffered typical abuse and […]

 By Irene Kipervasser and John 'Jay' Jones

Walnut Hill: Creativity Prospers At Park Pleasant Nursing Home

Walnut Hill: Creativity Prospers At Park Pleasant Nursing Home

While the residents of Park Pleasant Nursing Home may not consider themselves artists, the unique and spirited atmosphere of Park Pleasant suggests otherwise. Located at 4712 Chester Ave., the nursing home rehabilitation center is decorated with unique art from start to finish. Upon arriving at Park Pleasant, one is greeted by murals covering the building. […]