One of the best times you can have that’s legal and for all ages (except maybe the very young who tend to run, grab things and knock stuff over) is visiting working studios of Philadelphia Artists during the two weekends of the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Most artists love to talk about their work and the Open Studio Tour is a great way for them to reach out to the public.
This year I went with some friends to visit the artists in the studios at the 915 Spring Garden Street Building. It’s an old factory with light filled spaces, old beaten down wooden floors and an old industrial cage elevator that is very steampunk.
Janell Wysock‘s fiber art hangs in the hall.
A peek into Janell Wysock’s studio
Emily Squires Levine (foreground, polymer vases) was showing in ceramic artist Peter Cunicelli’s studio (see his work in the background.)
Jorge Caligiuri‘s work is worth a trip to his studio. He traveled to Italy to study the art of fresco making and is one of the few artists in the US currently using this technique in his work.
I didn’t try to take pictures of the artwork because most of these artists have web sites which display it much better than I could. Press here for a directory of artists in the building. And be sure to check out the web sites of Susan O’Reilly and Nari Kim, two artists whose work I especially enjoyed.