After years of neglect, the 4600 block of Paul Street in Frankford is beginning a new life. Starting in April, Destination Frankford will transform a long- vacant storefront into an energetic art venue. A new pop-up art gallery, the Destination Frankford Gallery, will take a big step towards accelerating the process of neighborhood revitalization. Located near the Margaret-Orthodox El stop, the gallery will host “Reclaim, Rediscover, Reanimate” from April 19 – June 28, 2014. Local artists will exhibit their work and the community will gain an opportunity to view contemporary art. Three separate exhibitions will each focus on one part of the theme.
“Reclaim” will include twenty-one members of Philadelphia’s Dumpster Divers, “Rediscover” will involve seven local photographers, and “Reanimate” will present sculptures from members of Philadelphia Sculptors. Each show will have its own reception that will spill over into the street and the pocket park next door. The public is invited to listen to live music, enjoy the offerings of food trucks, and peruse a local crafts market.
RECLAIM | Dumpster Divers
April 19 – May 18, 2014
Philadelphia’s Dumpster Divers are well known for their commitment to making art from what others would perceive as junk. Seeing the possibilities in trash and other under-utilized resources, they bring a new awareness to the concept of “upcycling” as they transform discarded materials into creative new art forms.
REDISCOVER | Photography
May 24 – June 22, 2014
Seven local photographers will use their cameras to explore Philadelphia’s urban terrain, concentrating on less visited locations and new perspectives of familiar imagery. Using personal viewpoints, they draw attention to small moments, ambiguous settings, and underlying beauty that might be overlooked by the casual viewer.