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October 2, 2013

A Guide To Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), Returning October 5-6 And 19-20 With Free Tours Of 300 Philadelphia Art Studios

This is your chance to meet some of Philadelphia’s most talented people, and explore some of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods. (Photos by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Find inspiring visual arts right in your neighborhood during this year’s, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), the largest tour program of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region.

For anyone curious to learn about the process of working artists in Philadelphia, make time to go on a guided or self tour on the weekends of October 5-6 and 19-20 when POST returns for its 14th year.

A program produced in conjunction with The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, the tours not only make engaging with Philadelphia’s professional artists super accessible, but also allow participants to craft a tour based solely on personal interests.

In 2013, art lovers can choose their own adventure on October 5 and 6 in the spaces east of Broad Street, and then on October 19 and 20 in the studios west of Broad Street. The tours run from noon-6 p.m. on both weekends, both days.

Read on for our guide to engaging with POST in 2013.

Self Tours

 
During these two weekends in October, POST tours expose the inner workings of Philadelphia’s creative spaces to the public in the biggest event of its kind in the Philadelphia area, and one of the premier open studio tour events in the entire country.

On October 5 and 6, explore neighborhoods including Center City East and Callowhill, Kensington, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Old City, Queen Village, Bella Vista and more of South Philadelphia.

The weekend of October 19 and 20, visit Center City West, Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy, Fairmount, Francisville, Germantown, Manayunk, Roxborough, East Falls and West Philadelphia.

With anywhere from a dozen to more than 50 studios open for visitation in each neighborhood, POST participants can count on finding a hugely diverse array of artists, mediums and style of space.

To hit a number of studios on a single stop, look for artist collectives and co-op spaces like the Studios at 915 Spring Garden in Callowhill, Crane Arts in Kensington, Neighborhood House @ Christ Church in Old City and the Artists at 40th Street Artist Residency in West Philadelphia.

Check out the more than 300 participating artists and search by neighborhood or by medium online so you can start planning your own itinerary.

Guided Tours

 
Interested in an expert organizing a tour for you? Reserve a spot on one of the guided trolley tours curated by The Center For Emerging Visual Artists.

Tours are $40 per person and available on Sunday, October 6 and Sunday, October 20 and run from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Each tour features a wide range of studio styles, locations, and experiences, but with the added bonus of convenient door-to-door service from Center City, tour kits and a casual wine reception at the conclusion of each tour.

The tours depart from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (237 S. 18th Street) and reservations are required. Contact 215-546-7775 x10 or info@cfeva.org to reserve a seat.

For a complete itinerary of each guided tour, check here.

Special Events

 
In addition to the tours, POST also hosts a number of special events during the Open Studio Tours festival season.

From an artist reception at Christ Church Neighborhood House on October 4 to tours with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ MFA students, more than a dozen events fill the calendar.

For the complete event lineup, check here.

But this year, local enthusiasts don’t have to wait to take in the works of incredible local artists. Thanks to Made in Philly, large-scale images of artwork have taken over traditional advertising spaces like bus shelters, rail platforms and billboards. The campaign offers some awesome, well-deserved exposure to the artists and makers of Philadelphia’s ongoing creative renaissance.

Keep an eye out for these public showcases of the oft-unseen locally produced visual art, which connects each work displayed to the neighborhood (sometimes even the block) where it was created.

Now, visit the studios of the artists who made them.

Don’t miss out on the largest tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) 2013
When: October 5-6 for venues east of Broad Street; October 19-20 for venues west of Broad Street
Where: Art studios throughout the city
Cost: Free
More info: www.philaopenstudios.org

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