|WEEKEND ONE||:||STUDIOS EAST OF BROAD STREET OCTOBER 20 - 21, 2007|
CfEVA had Melissa Potter—an artist and career consultant—in this evening for a talk that was part of the Direct Dialogue™ series. Her topic, "Making the Most of Opportunities Beyond the Gallery," really drove home the importance and possible benefits of community. I feel lucky to be part of that community in Philadelphia, where things like Inliquid and POST bring artists together and help them connect with the outside world. For POST alone there are nearly 300 participating artists and studios with over 10,000 people visiting studios during the two weekends' activities. Incredible.
Yesterday I mentioned just one reason for continuing to commute into the city to print at Project Basho, but it is really the sense of community that the place instills that keeps me coming back. The way Tsuyoshi has created a place that brings photographers together—despite differences in experience or personal vision—and the supportive, positive environment for his new students is truly amazing.
Please stop by on your studio tour this weekend, October 20 and 21 to experience this special place first hand. In addition to all the great work on display, there will be a tintype portrait session where, for a small fee, you can have your portrait made with one of the most beautiful photographic processes. Project Basho is convienently located just a few minutes from the Girard El stop, and there is ample FREE Parking for those who drive. There will be shuttles making the tour and leaving Johnny Brenda’s every half hour. The tour is sponsored by New Kensington CDC, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, and Philly Car Share. This shuttle will take you to all the artists studios in the area.