WE MADE IT! We’re proud to announce that our first exhibition in the Portside’s studio #12 at Cherry Street Pier is open to the public. Come and help us celebrate our new space this First Friday, August 7th in Studio #12 at the Pier!
The exhibition will feature the amazing artwork of Chris Windle, Portside Arts Center's Resident Artist in the studio space for the months of July and August. Chris is also a treasured member of the Portside's teaching staff. The current exhibition also contains the work of artists from the Portside community including Kim Creighton, Bill Dankanis, Salvatore Damiano, and Portside's After School Arts Program Students. The exhibition will be held in Portside's gallery space in Studio #12 at Cherry Street Pier.
This amazing display of art will be on display and for sale throughout the month of August. Please note that artists are donating 20% of their sales to the Portside!
Cherry Street Pier is a year-round, mixed-use public space on the central Delaware River waterfront. Built into the shell of a century-old municipal pier, it is a reflection of Philadelphia today—creative, diverse, historic, adaptable, and inspired. Portside has been chosen among many applicants to have a studio space at Cherry Street Pier, which has repurposed shipping containers into artist studios and galleries. Artists and organizations utilize the spaces to create work, educate, and host arts exhibitions and programs. In the last several months that we have been waiting to be able to take occupancy, we have already had such an amazing experience, meeting all the talented artists and the fantastic staff at Cherry Street Pier. We plan on having all kinds of artsy stuff at the Pier this year!
Portside Arts Center is so excited to host a creative medley of programs and classes to be offered at the Pier. As previously mentioned, Portside is hosting a different local artist each month to be an Artist in Residence, and to utilize the space to create their work. During their residencies, these artists will showcase their work, and give an artist talk to the public. In addition to the artist’s work, the gallery space will feature the artwork by members of the Portside community including students and teachers.
The studio space stands next to the mezzanine on the second floor of the Pier, which will serve as a spacious area to conduct art classes. These kids, adult and teen classes will include our Teen Artist Workshops, Upholstery 10 week class and One-Day Workshops, and Adult Paint Nights. Various programs are now in the works, and we can’t wait for things to be in full swing! We will continue to update the community on developments involving upcoming programs.
Cherry Street Pier houses 12 other artists, creatives and non-profits, as well as food carts and a bar. With the current pandemic, the Pier is instilling safety procedures to help maintain a relaxing, clean, and fun environment for everyone. Safety precautions include the Pier’s capacity being capped at 250 individuals, studio capacity being 2 visitors at a time, and mandatory mask wearing unless an individual is eating or drinking.
That being said, the Pier is the perfect place to visit for a fun night out, while practicing safe social distancing. We’ll see you soon in studio #12!