We are delighted to announce that the Portside Arts Center was chosen to participate, display and be judged in this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show! We have been asked by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to create an “interiorscape,” which is an interior room staged on a 12’ wide x 10’ deep platform surrounded by 8’ walls that we will feature various plant displays on.
Started in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Flower Show is the largest and longest running horticultural event in the nation. The event takes place annually at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Center City and hosts floral and landscape designers from around the globe who create diverse and stunning floral displays. Participants are judged in competitions including major garden displays, artistic floral arranging, gardening presentations and more. This year’s theme for the show is “Riviera Holiday,” so there will be an underlying Mediterranean theme among the displays.
Portide’s Pirates group (Grades 3-5) in our After School Arts Program will be working on the production of the interiorscape over the next five weeks. They will be designing creative arrangements and growing their very own plants, and getting them ready to be displayed and judged at the Flower Show. During this time we are fortunate to have important input and support from Executive Director of Greensgrow Meg DeBrito who will be demonstrating planting methods and plant care. We will also have our very own “Grow Up Green” specialist Jean Murray share her knowledge with us. We’ve also chosen our own theme of “recycle, repurpose, reuse,” a topic that is very important to us. The Pirates will all be bringing in something reused or recycled from home, to be repurposed as a planter.
Stay tuned to see the Pirates’ progress in the development of our fabulous interiorscape titled “The Living Room!” Also check out the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show website to learn more and to purchase tickets to this year’s show!
This holiday season, Portside is grateful for all of the wonderful and supportive families who are part of the Portside community, some who have been involved with us for many years and whom we have become close with. Among those families are Lara Ertwine and her 9 year old daughter, Skyler, who has been attending our After School Arts Program since Kindergarten.
Lara has become a familiar face and an integral member of the Portside community, as well as in the Fishtown and Kensington communities. She is an accomplished realtor at Keller Williams in Fishtown where she manages her own branch, the Lara Ertwine Team.
Raised in Lancaster County, Lara moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts where she received a BFA in Illustration. In 2003 Lara began investing in real estate, and increased her involvement in the community. She was a community adviser, founding member, and board member of the local community association where she organized neighborhood cleanups and other community engagements. She was also the curator of the Trenton Ave Arts Festival.
In 2008, Lara obtained her real estate license. Since then her business has grown exponentially, and she takes great pleasure in helping people find their dream homes. She has become the top agent at Keller Williams. Her team’s mission is to “provide personal and professional service by holding [themselves] accountable and committing to [their] guiding values of Honesty, Diligence, Professionalism, accountability, and teamwork.”
Thank you Lara for being a great mother, a member of the Portside family, and a strong and successful woman in the community!
This holiday, Portside gives thanks to all of the wonderful and supportive families and students who are part of the Portside community. We asked some of the students from our After School Arts program why they are thankful for Portside.
I am thankful for Portside because...
"Of the art that I do and because it has a great art program. When it's time to go home I want to stay because I like it here so much!" - Josie, 7
"We do art and get to have free play!" - Izzy, 5
"They have tons of markers, paint and pater and I love it!" - Cole, 8
"The teachers are nice." - Corinne, 5
"I love art and I get to paint." - Vivienne, 6
"We get to do art in fun ways with Miss Natasha." - Nico, 8
"I like art and all the teachers." - Kyla, 6
"For teaching us art and showing us new things." - Charlie, 8
"We get to make friends." - Luis, 11
"Of all of the materials we have to make art." - Atticus, 8
"It's a wonderful amazing place." - Alex, 10
"It's really useful because it gives you something to do when your parents aren't there and you get to make things and you get lots of colors and a good imagination." - Mila, 8
"I love to do art and all of my friends are here and all the teachers are nice." - Aubrey, 5
"I get to draw and play." -Jaxon, 5
"I can make cool art." - Vivian, 6
"I get to see my friends." - Evelyn, 6
"They're able to pick me up from the cafeteria at Hackett so my dad doesn't have to leave early from work." - Naomi, 5
"Miss Rachel teaches us." - Noah, 6
"I enjoy making art and I get to come here every day and do what I love most, and I get to see all of my friends and make new friends." - Skyler, 9
"It is a place I can do art and homework." - Kira,
"The teachers help me a lot with my projects." - Jaxen, 8
Portside wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!