Collage walls by Dan Welch @ OCDan on Fitzwater Street. The handy-dandy POST guide says,”surreal, alchemical, flux.” Yup! The first stop on a beautiful Saturday was a third floor walk-up to OCDan’s trippy studio he shares with Emily Smith, their art resonates on different vibes but the space has room for both.
Emily Smith, watercolors. Smith says she does a lot of self-portraits because no one will pose for her. she likes to mix beauty and the grotesque because people are monsters yet beautiful. “I like it when people hate my work, take away what you want.”
Mosaic mural near South Street – we tried to get into the Magic Garden but it was crowded, this little diversion helped satisfy the urge.
Nancy @ Nangellini on South Street makes Dream-Catchers from hand pulled, hand died yarn; the shop carries artisanal yarns made from exotic threads from near and far. Although not part of the POST tour, Nangellini is a welcome stop on South Street to take in a heady mix of art and fashion.
Studios @ The Purl, 1138 South 9th Street – jewelry, clever scarves, photography created by a five artist collective in that strip along the Italian Market waiting to become cool, on the other side of Washington Ave.
Studios @ The Purl is a good example of how many smaller galleries and collectives participated in this years art crawl, in this tough economy we have to band together to keep the dream alive. Philly has a rich heritage of art and culture requiring support if we are to survive as a hub of the regional creative economy. Studios @ The Purl includes Jurgita Centuke, Zivile Pupinyte & SoulPurl 77 Design.
DoN is working on a separate story about 1241 Carpenter Street and his Sunday tour of Kensington area studios and galleries.
Photos by DoN.