Warehouse Transitioning; Globe Dye Works: Layers

Globe Dye WorksPhiladelphia warehouse makes the transition to its next incarnation: from textile factory to art community.

Since 1865, the Globe Dye Works warehouse compound has been the site of one of longest running dye factories in Philadelphia. Now under new ownership, Globe will enter its next phase of life as an art community. “Globe Dye Works: Layers,” its first art exhibition, will premier Saturday, May 9th to showcase some of Philadelphia’s best established and emerging artists, including Greek artist Maria Anasazi. A reception with the artists is being held Saturday, May 9th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm and is open to the public. Light fare will be served, and Philadelphia Brewing Company will provide beverages as the reception sponsor. The exhibit runs through June 7th by appointment only.

Curated by Philadelphia artist Veronica Scarpellino, “Globe Dye Works: Layers” will bring together 13 artists to celebrate the transition of the Globe Dye Works building into its next incarnation. Artist Maria Anasazi, a recent Philadelphia transplant from Greece, will headline the exhibit with delicate sculptures created from antique and discarded books. Anasazi is a prolific artist who has shown her work extensively across the country and has received numerous awards and accolades. Anasazi will be joined in the main gallery by other established artists Steven Earl Weber, Kiki Gaffney and Pete Checchia. Together their artwork will pay homage to the past as it meets the present, in unison with the space around them.

The exhibition continues upstairs in two other exhibit rooms, featuring the works of Candace Karch and Joshua Erb, Romy Scheroder, Ron Johnson, Justin Coffin, Deb Imler and Allen Spencer, James Oliver and Peter Stanfield.

Globe Dye Works has been remade to support art studios, craftsman studios, offices and stores. Public spaces within will serve as areas to exhibit art, communicate with fellow tenants, and give residents an opportunity to collaborate. Spaces vary in size, from 500 sq. ft. to 3000 sq. ft., giving residents a flexibility in scope that is rare.

Join the partners of Globe Dye Works and Philadelphia Brewing Company in this celebration on Saturday, May 9th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

[link] http://vscarpellino.blogspot.com/2009/04/globe-dye-works-layers.html