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October 2, 2012

Fairmount Park Welcome Center Presents Forgotten Philadelphia, An Exhibit Celebrating Hidden Philadelphia Gems Through Art And Writing

Storied Philadelphia sites like the Divine Lorraine Hotel, rich with history and the potential for revitalization, are the subject of a new exhibition titled Forgotten Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy Divine Lorraine)

Local artists, poets and writers take on the subject of exploring our city’s hidden and forgotten gems in Forgotten Philadelphia, on view now through November 9 at Love Park’s Welcome Center.

The exhibit combines art inspired by 15 specific heritage sites with poems and short fiction that speculate on the stories behind these hidden treasures. 

Featured sites include the Divine Lorraine Hotel, Laurel Hill Cemetery, John Heinz National Refuge at Tinicum, Valley Green Inn
, the Bank at Norris and Front Streets, Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park and a Frank Furness-designed home in Merion Station.

Some writers imagine stories of characters who may have experienced these sites as visitors or residents, while others offer literal reactions to the sites, creating a diverse mix of written pieces in conjunction with artworks.

A public reception will be held Friday, October 5 from 5-7 p.m.

For a full list of participating artists, click here.

Forgotten Philadelphia
When: Now-November 9
Where: Fairmount Park Welcome Center, Love Park, 16th and JFK Boulevard
Cost: Free
More info: www.philadelphiastories.org

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