19th Annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

By Tiffany Mercer-Robbins on Sep 17, 2018

October 6: West | October 7: Northwest 
October 13: Northeast | October 14: South 
PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 14, 2018. 

The Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), presented by the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), is a citywide festival taking place over four days this October. POST is a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of a visual artist and an opportunity to join (free of charge) in appreciation of the creative culture that pulses through the heart of every neighborhood in Philadelphia. 

Through an approachable and easy-to-navigate, self-guided our, the program spotlights the vitality of Philadelphia’s contributions artists make to our city’s economic and civic life. Artists will open their studio doors between NOON and 6PM on the day their region of the city is featured to welcome the public. Activities include: studio visits, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, artist discussions, receptions, guided tours, and featured exhibitions. No other open studio event in the region provides a rich and diverse cultural experience to the public.  

Comprehensive festival information is available at www.philaopenstudios.org, the best source for the most up-to-date details about participating artists, venue locations, and events. Audiences can search POST participants alphabetically by last name, geographically by neighborhood, and thematically by type of work or media. Printed Directories are available for free at all participating POST venues starting in mid-September. Contact Julia Fox at julia@cfeva.org or (215) 546-7775 ext. 13 for more information.

Tweet: This October discover creativity in your backyard with POST: the region’s largest open studio tour! #POSTPHL #POST2018  

About CFEVA 
With of mission to cultivate, nurture, and advance the careers of emerging visual artists while simultaneously expanding opportunities for the public to discover and connect with art, CFEVA’s services are designed to: raise the profile of Philadelphia’s professional artists, foster artistic experimentation and innovation, and showcase how vibrant artistic communities boost cultural tourism and foster economic development. Through fellowships, residencies, educational outreach, exhibitions, professional development, and city-wide events, CFEVA provides artists with the tangible resources needed to develop viable and sustainable careers.

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Artist Alyse Bernstein in Studio, POST 2017, Photographed by Mae Belle Vargas

 

Featured Exhibitions and Events 

NORTHWEST 
PRE/POST/PARTY 
September 28, 2018 | 6 - 9PM 
Herman Street Studios invites you to join in on a Pre/POST/Party! Please join us to celebrate the arts in our diverse community during an interactive poetry project with Way of Words, music, and other family friendly activities. We will be dedicating a new mural painted at 31 E Herman Street in the Germantown Neighborhood. Many of our artists will open their studio doors during this event to preview what they will be showing during POST on Sunday 10/6 from noon until 6PM. 
20 E Herman Street | hermanststudios.com 

WEST 
40ST Artist-in-Residence  
October 6 │ NOON to 6PM 
A year-long studio program catering to West Philadelphia. Residents include Inga Kimberly Brown, Candy Alexandra Gonzalez, Katie Kaplan, Patricia Renee Thomas, Keisha Whatley and Wit Lopez. 
4007 & 4013 Chestnut St │ 40streetair.blogspot.com 

NORTHEAST 
Guided Studio Tours with CRAFTNOW Philadelphia 
October 13, 2018 | 11:30 – 6PM 
Leaving from: 320 South Broad Street 
In partnership with the American Craft Council and POST, CraftNOW invites you to spend the afternoon touring some of Philadelphia’s most exciting makerspaces. 
craftnowphila.org 

SOUTH 
Mother Pins: SYD CARPENTER, CFEVA FELLOW 
October 14, 2018 | Noon to 1pm 
During her fellowship with CFEVA, Syd Carpenter began a series of mixed media sculptures inspired by the shape of wooden clothes pins. Such a shape is evocative of an elegant, elongated female form, the clean lines recalling Cycladic figures from an ancient Aegean Culture. In the series Mother Pins, the shape represents the artist’s mother, Ernestine Carpenter. Ernestine appears as a mother pin, providing shelter, food and fantasy. In whatever guise, she is always elegant, always elevated. The series re-imagines that long held bag of clothes pins transformed from a forgettable artifact to emblems of the complex, but reverent relationship between a mother and daughter.