[With so much happening on Philadelphia’s arts and culture scene, we want to make Uwishunu, in conjunction with sister site With Art Philadelphia, your one-stop-shop for all that’s happening with local art. Every month, we gather our top art picks, featuring exhibits and events at both smaller, alternative galleries and art spaces, as well as at the city’s major art institutions. Be sure to check them out for yourself.]
If February is for lovers, then February in Philly is for arts lovers.
Below, fall for our picks for this month’s best art happenings around the city:
• Music Inspiring Art (MIA) at Indy Hall: Open now, Indy Hall, 22 N. Third Street. Disney princesses might whistle while they work, but everyone else usually lets their playlists take care of the entertainment. This month at Indy Hall, you’ll be able to listen in on some of the songs that inspire works from your favorite local artists. From sketches to fashion garments, Jack White to Johnny Cash, lend an ear to MIA this First Friday.
• Stranger Things Have Happened at Arch Enemy Arts: Opening now, Arch Enemy Arts, 109 Arch Street. If you haven’t yet toasted to First Friday at new space Arch Enemy Arts, February’s the perfect time to fall in love. The space prides itself on featuring macabre and pop-surrealist artwork, while in the other room Gallery ML takes you on a vibrant journey through the world of body paint.
• 10,000 Maniacs, 8 Million Stories at North Bowl: Open now, North Bowl, 909 N. Second Street. We’ve all been guilty of spilling stories to bartenders, taxi drivers, and hair stylists – but what happens when an artist overhears our day-to-day stories? You can find out thanks to the current show at North Bowl, where daily narratives become paintings and illustrations. The First Friday opening will feature a complimentary snack buffet and beer and house wine special from 9 to 11 p.m.
• The Lion King at the Barnes Foundation: February 6, 4-6 p.m., Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. You might have caught the occasional screening at a local gallery, but even the larger museums like to kick back now and then. No matter what age your inner cub is, you’ll find it hard to say no to a free showing of The Lion King.
• Abstract/Phenomenal World at James Oliver Gallery: Opening February 9, James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street. From tourists who still come looking for Rocky on the art museum steps, to the curse of Billy Penn, Philly’s statues nestle comfortably between urbanity and urban legend. At the February show at James Oliver Gallery, Michael Yoder will give local statues a new home – on works of digital imagery. Visitors will also have the chance to visit the abstract, colorful world of painter Miguel Martinez.
• The Rewards and Pitfalls of Collecting Original Prints at Woodmere Art Museum: February 9, 3 p.m., Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue, $15 ($10 for members). If you’ve ever wanted to purchase a print during a gallery tour, but then felt intimidated by your lack of knowledge, Woodmere Art Museum will transform you from amateur to adept. You’ll finally feel comfortable enough to upgrade your apartment from posters to art.
• 30th Street Craft Market at 30th Street Station: February 9, 11 a.m., 30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street. A few days after Valentine’s Day, don’t get stuck with nothing but dead flowers and candy cavities. Surprise your loved one with something that will last, thanks to handmade finds from the 30th Street Craft Market.
Check out the rest of our With Art Top Picks, below.
• I <3 Mythology at Philadelphia Museum of Art: February 10, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, free after admission. No one knows love like a character from ancient myth. Learn how to sweet-talk from the experts, then channel your love into creating some artwork in the Balcony Studio. Dance your way over to the Great Stair Hall for a performance by the Ken Ulansey Ensemble before you leave.
• InLiquid Benefit v.13 at Crane Arts: February 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street, $40 in advance, $50 at the door. InLiquid’s annual silent auction acts as a crash-course in local art, with work by hundreds of artists on display in one night. With free food and drinks, live performances, and more, it’s the perfect way to fit more party into the shortest month of the year.
• Yoga in the Galleries at PAFA: February 23, 10-11 a.m., PAFA, 128 N. Broad Street. If just looking at art isn’t quite enough to relax you, then unbend your worries with a yoga lesson at PAFA. Bring a yoga mat and comfortable clothing, and then let your mind and body take care of the rest.