Peter Javian and Teresa Chang, in their studios
It’s time again of one Philadelphia’s coolest events, POST aka the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. It’s a chance to visit artists in their native habitat. And unlike the Zoo, you won’t get in trouble if you feed them.
Long story short:
– a lot of Philadelphia artists open their studios to the public for a weekend.
– the city is roughly divided in half. Artists east of Broad Street are open the weekend of October 3 & 4. West of Broad is the following weekend, October 10 & 11.
– it’s FREE unless you want to buy some art, but there is no pressure.
The hard part is narrowing down which artists you want to see. There are lot of artists and they can be a little spread out (Philadelphia is a good sized city), though you could see them all if you really tried. Go to the POST website to figure out your itinerary. There are also free hard copy brochures available around the city.
POST has been going on for a number of years now and I have done one or both weekends every year. I usually pick a few high density locations and visit all the artists there, which often led to some very pleasant surprises. Some artists that didn’t read well to me wound up being the ones that had the most impact. I also make a point to hit some more isolated artists that especially peak my interest. It’s a nice balance. And if you miss a few this year, you can catch them next year.
It’s a great chance to meet artists and see where and how they work. And it’s free!
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
ARTIST STUDIOS EAST OF BROAD STREET
The weekend of October 3-4, 2009, Noon-6pm
South Philly, Bella Vista, Queen Village, South Street, Center City, Old City, Northern Liberties, Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond
ARTIST STUDIOS WEST OF BROAD STREET
The weekend of October 10-11, 2009, Noon-6pm
Germantown, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, East Falls, Manayunk, Roxborough, West Philly,Â North Philly, Fairmount, Center City, and Graduate Hospital