Morris Klein, Giovanni’s Room, photograph.
Mina Smith-Segal, Giovanni’s Room, watercolor.
Inspired by an art show at the William Way Gay Community Center of gay hang-outs which are no longer around – remember the Allegro? The art power couple, Mina leads a workshop at the Philadelphia Sketch Club and Morris is VP of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia, decided to create an art show of 12 locations in the modern day Gayborhood of Philly with Mina creating paintings and Morris shooting photos of the same location such as Woodies, Sisters, Giovanni’s Room and more. Mina’s liquidy paintings paired with Morris’ filter-ific watercolor-like photos capture the essence of the famous gay district. Bet you didn’t know there’s along history of Philly being in the forefront of the gay civil rights movement – the first gay civil rights march was held in Philly and an historic marker is at Independence Mall to prove it.
The HIV Clinic, Mina Smith-Segal & Morris Klein.
Woodies Bar, Mina Smith-Segal, watercolor.
Woodies Bar, Morris Klein, photograph.
The staff at 12th Street Coffee told DoN this is the best art show they’ve had to date, with 24 images this is truly an historic exhibit commemorating Philly’s famous gay neighborhood. Located next to the 12th Street Gym it’s a great spot to take in the art, sip some coffee and check out the hot boys coming and going from the gym. Thanks Mina & Morris, your idea is inspiring, brave and beautiful.