Bohemian South Street comeback thanks to our lovely economy

South Street has avoided for the most part, being taken over by the chain stores more often seen in suburban malls or so called lifestyle centers. The economy is kicking the butts of small businesses and it is hitting Philadelphia hard enough that landlords are looking for ways to fill empty storefronts. This has opened considerable opportunities for artists especially on South Street.

South Street is using the downturn to its advantage expanding arts opportunities on what has always been known as the bohemian street in Philly. Four galleries will kickstart the plan.

More thoughts and photos soon.

Going down South from Eighth to Headhouse Square here are the offerings in the first galleries:

DUMPSTER DIVERS @ 734 SOUTH
A collective of artists who work wonders with found art Among the Dumpser Divers is South Street pioneer Joel Spivak.
space donated by Howard Lander & Richard H. Rothman

TYLER STUDENTS ART SHOWCASE @ 504 SOUTH
Former home of legendary Grendel’s Lair. Work includes fine arts, photography and sculpture.
space donated by Michael Axelrod

SAINT MARCH @ 406 SOUTH
Two dozen artists have created a “Saint” complete with relics of her body parts. A portion of the moderate price for the art pieces will go toward an organ donor program.
Curated by Lucy Pistilli.
space donated by Michael Axelrod

SAGE PROJECT @ 333 SOUTH
Installation entitled Purpose/Repurpose. Artists used found objects or remnants from the former boutique to create paintings, assemblages, video and multi-media installations. The upper level gallery features paintings.
space donated by Michael Axelrod

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