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Pope Up in Frankford

Is the Pope really coming to Frankford? Well not as far as I know but he does sometimes pull off a surprise visit.  pope up

The Pope Up is coming to the Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth Street,  though all during September.  The show is by the Philadelphia Sculptors and they always have a unique view on any topic they touch.

 Just in time for the Pope’s visit, and part of this year’s Fringe Festival, Philadelphia Sculptors will present “Pope Up,” an exhibition of 2D and 3D works centered around all things “Popish.” From the traditional to the offbeat and humorous, the show will present contemporary artists’ approaches to religion and its meanings and interpretations. Located at Globe Dye Works at 4500 Worth St. in Philadelphia, the exhibition is free and will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, September 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, and 26 and 27. Hours are noon – 5:00 pm. Public reception Sunday, September 20, noon – 5:00 pm.

The inspiration of Globe Dye Works’ partner Charlie Abdo, and juried by Independent Public Art Consultant Marsha Moss and Graphic Designer Mark Gallini, “Pope Up” draws in artists of all backgrounds and viewpoints. Handling religion isn’t for the faint of heart and the “Pope Up” artists spare no brushstroke, chisel, or technological device to skewer, applaud, and sometimes make us question what we believe in.

Globe Dye Works
4500 Worth St.
Philadelphia, PA

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Phila. Sculptors “Catagenesis” Brings Renewal to the Globe Dye Works and Frankford!

Step inside and you feel it! The present takes you back to the past yet reminds us we must go forward. Frankford was home to many mills and manufactoring companies and one of the most noteworthy is the Globe Dye Works. Founded in 1865 as a dye factory for the area textile mills who produced cloth and yarn, the Greenwood family operated the Globe Dye Works until 2005. The Globe Development Group acquired this building in 2007 and has been hard at work reinventing this facility as a workplace and showplace for creative professionals in the city. Be sure to explore their website to learn much more –

The latest happening has been the opening of “Catagenesis”, sponsored by the Philadelphia Sculptors“Catagenesis” means that a concept is broken down so that it has a new beginning and progresses until it’s renewed. This idea was at the core of this project as the artists “repurposed, and ultimately transformed a former industrial structure into a place of growth and creativity” (from the Philadelphia Sculptors web site). Artists from Canada, Israel, the United States including the Globe’s resident artists will “repurpose” discarded Globe equipment and other left materials into an exhibition that will run from each weekend, Saturdays and Sundays from Noon until 5 P.M., September 9 through October 21.

We attended the opening (which featured a Wine and Cheese party) and walked throughout the ground floor and first floor through exhibitions and demonstrations marveling at the attendance and the sculptures. These sculptures are something you must experience – lights, movement, motion and “live” sculpture. Be sure to schedule time to visit “Catagenesis at the Globe Dye Works” located at 4500 Worth St. (Kinsey and Worth Sts.)  To give you a taste of what you can experience, watch the short video below.

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Philadelphia Sculptors Event at Globe Dye Works

Join Philadelphia Sculptors and Globe Dye Works (4500 Worth St) for Catagenesis, 15 site specific installations!

Check out the exhibit from September 9 – October 21, 2012, weekend only, from 12:00n to 5:00p.


Stop by the opening reception on Sunday, September 9th, from 2:00p to 5:00p! Catering by Birchtree Catering, wine courtesy of the Consul General of Israel in Philadelphia, cheese courtesy of the Government of Canada. Meet the artists, sponsors, and former and present owners of Globe Dye Works.


Nivi Alroy*, Christine Altman, Pam Bowman, Gandalf Gavan*, Carolyn Healy* and John Phillips*, Joseph Leroux, Elizabeth Mackie, Ryan Mandell, David Meyer, Michael Morgan, David Page, Scott Pellnat*, Reece Terris*, Jacqueline Weaver and Timothy McMurray, and Damian Yanessa 

*invited artist

Curators: Cheryl Harper (Independent Curator) and Leslie Kaufman (President, Philadelphia Sculptors) 
Jurors: Cheryl Harper, Donald Lipski, Artist, and Tom Moran, Chief Curator and Director of Artistic Development, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
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Former Globe Dye Workers Sought for New Video

If hearing the name “Globe Dye Works” sends a shiver of recognition up your spine, Philadelphia Sculptors would love to hear from you. Philadelphia Sculptors will be producing a video portraying the history of Globe Dye Works and the role it played in the Frankford community. This will be shown in conjunction with ”Catagenesis”, a large exhibition of sculptural installations to be exhibited on Globe’s premises on Worth Street during September and October 2012. The focus of the video will be on the people whose lives were affected by the factory.

This will be an opportunity for former Globe workers, people who live(d) in the neighborhood and had a connection to Globe, or friends and relatives of Globe workers, to tell their stories and have their voices heard. Interviewers will visit the community and speak with all those interested in sharing their experiences, stories, mementos, and viewpoints on camera. No prior experience is necessary and all who are interested will be interviewed. Interviewing is set to begin immediately in order to complete the production before the show opens in September.

The video will be shown at Globe during the seven week run of the show and other venues will be sought after the show closes to make it available to a larger audience.

Anyone who is interested in being interviewed or otherwise involved in the project, or who has additional questions, should contact Leslie Kaufman at 215-413-9126 or by e-mail at For additional information about Philadelphia Sculptors and the upcoming exhibition, go to