Wow, what a great way to celebrate the beginning of summer and the end of a very difficult school year, with our teachers and students involved in an exciting new exhibition!
Portside students and staff are grateful and proud to announce their participation in the upcoming exhibition Unfolding, curated by Philadelphia Contemporary! This group show features the collected artwork of both past and present Cherry Street Pier Artists in Residence.
Unfolding is hosted by the Atelier Art Gallery in Brewerytown and showcases artwork that explores the concept of the public and the private. This theme is derived from the artists’ process working in a public space at Cherry Street Pier, and how this process informs the artwork created there.
Portside Arts Center is wrapping up their first amazing year at Cherry Street Pier Studio #12! 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.
Cherry Street Pier’s Artist-in-Residence program, currently in its second year, first began in 2019 with the grand opening of the space. The program includes a mix of artists, artist collectives, and arts and culture organizations.
Portside’s Creative Classroom students ages 5-9 will exhibit their work alongside professional artists from Cherry Street Pier, as well as their teachers! The children created epoxy & mica pour paintings on repurposed vintage records, which will be displayed together in a radiating pattern on the wall.
“I’m nervous but excited at the same time!” explains Katherine, age 6, about the experience of exhibiting her artwork alongside professional artists.
The Unfolding art show will be up for viewing beginning on May 28th for a private reception for the artists, and will then be open to the public Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM until July 23rd. We hope you can stop by to enjoy the show!