Chestnut Hill: Arts Group Brings Out Creativity In Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Chestnut Hill: Arts Group Brings Out Creativity In Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Sarah Orgass has never had an easy relationship with her father, and recently it’s become more difficult because of his dementia. But then his doctor suggested ARTZ Philadelphia, a program that offers a creative outlet for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. And that has changed everything, said Orgass. “I wasn’t close to my father […]

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West Oak Lane: Volunteers Want to Keep Up with the Sweep Up for Philly Spring Cleanup

West Oak Lane: Volunteers Want to Keep Up with the Sweep Up for Philly Spring Cleanup

Each spring, brooms, rakes and buckets of paint come alive as the neighborhoods across the city participate in citywide cleanup days. But what about the rest of the year? Vernon Smith and Carlton Williams, legislative assistants and community outreach liaisons to state Rep. Dwight Evans, who serves the West Oak Lane area, helped orchestrate the April […]

 By Brianna Michelle Bosak and Elizabeth Diane Sim

Mount Airy: Art Garage Functions as Dream Factory for Local Community

Mount Airy: Art Garage Functions as Dream Factory for Local Community

The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) is a community organization unlike Daisy Juarez has ever been involved in.
“We have visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, we even have a quilting club,” she said. “It’s a multifunctional garage.”
Juarez became a member last year after moving to Philadelphia. An artist herself, Juarez said she was looking to join an organization similar to the watercolor society she was part of in Illinois – a group where she could connect with fellow artists as well as with the community – luckily, she discovered the Art Garage.
“We’re really all about community and creativity,” said Linda Slodki, president and cofounder of MAAG. “Our goal is to bring artists out of isolation.”

 By Jordan E. Strohl

Center City: Costa Rican Artist Exhibits His Work in Philadelphia

Center City: Costa Rican Artist Exhibits His Work in Philadelphia

Federico Herrero is a Costa Rican artist who recently came to Philadelphia in order to display some of his latest pieces. Thirteen of Herrero’s paintings along with two of his on-site wall paintings are currently on display at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, located at 709 Walnut St. Herrero’s artwork uses tropical colors and various geometric shapes […]

 By Jordan Strohl

Al Dia: Hispanic Artists Draw Inspiration from Others

Al Dia: Hispanic Artists Draw Inspiration from Others

Three Philadelphia artists premiered their latest collections recently at Taller Puertorriqueno, the respected arts venue in Fairhill. This trio, connected either through cultural inspiration or choice of artistic expression, presented very different gallery collections. Artist Natalie Negrón a recent graduate of Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art and Design, works in Vinylbomb, a mix of media […]