Philadelphia Open Studio Tourist: Act II

Photo from studio of Sun Young Kang and Anne Canfield

Photo from studio of Sun Young Kang and Anne Canfield

The Philadelphia Open Studio Tours continued for its second weekend on the west side of Broad Street on October 19 and 20, following the east side tours that took place October 5 and 6.

My tour began on Saturday afternoon in the University City, Powelton Village, Spruce Hill and Cedar Park area, and I was very excited for my first stop at Zoe Cohen’s studio. She created a series entitled What Was Our Vision, based on visual research on the belief systems in the Middle East, and is developing a project called “Vayehi / Vehaya” to investigate “the physical remnants of Jewish religious life in West Philly.”

As the day went on, I discovered the work of Marabelle Hincher and learned about “xenobiology,” encountered a doll house entirely made of credit cards by Amy Orr, and enjoyed the calming effect of the paper lighting and artwork in Sibylla Benatova’s studio. I wrapped up the tour with some of my personal favorites, Sun Young Kang and Anne Canfield. Sun Young Kang approaches thought-provoking issues in unique ways – for instance, one of her works was a book with a shape cut out of the inside, with the cutout on the page next to the original. She describes this as creating presence by creating absence, and it was a beautiful concept and presentation.

This weekend was also characterized by the two interactions I had with Greek artists Genevieve Coutroubis and Margo Johnson. A previous resident of Greece myself, it was amazing to see the way both of these artists captured the daily feelings and interactions that I had often struggled to express to friends and family.
Perhaps my favorite studio visit was with Leroy Forney, Margo Johnson, and Christina Oddo. Besides the beautiful art on display, there was also a very casual, friendly atmosphere, and it was definitely a lengthy stop! I spoke with each artist about their methods and media, and it turned into an educational and fun conversation in which we all were involved.

After a brief brunch break in Rittenhouse Square, I wandered into Thomas Kohlmann’s workspace and admired his figurative works, accompanied by the notes of a trumpet practicing Christmas songs. A ten-minute walk later led me to Naudain Street and the studios of Lauren Sweeney, Karen Stabenow, and Bhavisha Patel and her students. Raven’s Wing Studio was an artistic marvel inside and out. Once inside, it became difficult to distinguish between the art pieces and the everyday décor.

It was truly a pleasure to meet so many talented and inspirational artists, and I look forward to POST next year!

As a native of Israel, Dganit grew up in a Kibbutz. She moved with her husband to the US in 1992. After years of creating art as a self-taught artist, she became a full time student at UNC Chapel Hill. Moving to Philadelphia, she earned her BFA with honors from the University of The Arts, and MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art. Currently, she is working in her studio at the Crane Old School in Philadelphia.
In her work she is pulling from her reservoir of life experiences, memories, intuitive processes, and curiosity to construct a “place”, an environment – a landscape. Within it, she aims to present an idea composed of multiple layers, which focuses not only on the physical “being” of land, but also on land as a source of emotional and psychological mood.
Dganit Zauberman
Dganit Zauberman

As a native of Israel, Dganit grew up in a Kibbutz. She moved with her husband to the US in 1992. After years of creating…

As a native of Israel, Dganit grew up in a Kibbutz. She moved with her husband to the US in 1992. After years of creating art as a self-taught artist, she became a full time student at UNC Chapel Hill.…

As a native of Israel, Dganit grew up in a Kibbutz. She moved with her husband to the US in 1992. After years of creating art as a self-taught artist, she became a full time student at UNC Chapel Hill. Moving to Philadelphia,…

Russ Little
Russ Little
Gregory Brellochs is a Philadelphia-based artist, Professor, and the Visual and Performing Arts, Chair at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey. Brellochs has held numerous solo exhibitions and has been featured in a number of prestigious juried and curated group exhibitions, both regionally and nationally.
Gregory Brellochs
Gregory Brellochs

Gregory Brellochs is a Philadelphia-based artist, Professor, and the Visual and Performing Arts, Chair at Camden County College…

Gregory Brellochs is a Philadelphia-based artist, Professor, and the Visual and Performing Arts, Chair at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey. Brellochs has held numerous solo exhibitions and…

Gregory Brellochs is a Philadelphia-based artist, Professor, and the Visual and Performing Arts, Chair at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey. Brellochs has held numerous solo exhibitions and has been featured…

Kitty Caparella
Kitty Caparella
Brenda Denise Howell
Brenda Denise Howell
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