This week marked the start of social practice artist Kathryn Sclavi's latest project in Philadelphia. Every Wednesday evening from 6-9pm now through September, Sclavi will be serving drinks at her FreeShop CoffeeShop in an empty lot at 10th and Mount Vernon Streets, just a few blocks from our offices. At FreeShop CoffeeShop, people will find free coffee by Greenstreet Coffee Roasters and (hopefully) a new community gathering place.
South African street artist and muralist Ricky Lee Gordon aka Freddy Sam made a brief stop in Philadelphia this month to work with the Mural Arts Program. An internationally acclaimed artist who has worked with brands like Adidas and painted around the world, Ricky came to the USA this summer to paint murals in Rochester, Philadelphia and Atlanta.
This week marked the opening of The Oval, the new "park on the Parkway" at Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy have organized The Oval as a temporary and experimental public park, open now through August 18th. The Oval has live entertainment, food trucks and events planned every day until it closes.
The Portuguese street artist Vhils was in Philadelphia last week to visit with one of our art education classes and create a mural in Center City. Vhils is known for his portraits and cityscapes that involve either carving into walls or cutting away at layers of posters to reveal the faces of whatever city he is working in.