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JOIN ME: 2nd Saturday Philly Art Walks

March 30, 2019

Welcome to Streets Dept’s 2nd Saturday Philly Art Walk, a new kind of guided tour that aims to explore the art around Philadelphia’s public spaces one neighborhood at a time. Each month, join us for a two-hour walk around different parts of the city in search of some of Philly’s most inspiring murals, street art, independent galleries, exciting exhibitions – and more! Each tour is hosted and led by’s founder Conrad Benner.

Get your tickets for one of our next tours now at the links below…

April 13 – Center City West
May 11 – Spring Arts/ Eraserhood
June 8 – Queen Village/ South Philly
July 13 – Fishtown
September 14 – South Broad
October 12 – Gayborhood
November 9 – West Philly/ University City

Hope to see y’all soon!

Street Artist Marisa Velázquez-Rivas Wheatpastes New “Smash the Fash” Series Around Center City

July 16, 2019

A new wheatpaste series this week by Philly-based street artist Marisa Velázquez-Rivas titled Smash the Fash depicts Nazi and white supremacist symbols being crushed by a hand with incredible nails!

In a public Facebook post about her new series, Marisa wrote: “Respeta existencia o espera resistencia. Filadelfia es antifascista.” Which, if Facebook translate is correct, reads in English: “Respect existence or expect resistance. Philadelphia is antifascist.” (Feel free to correct me and Facebook translate in the comments, if that’s not accurate.)

The paste photographed above depicts a sweaty member of a white supremacist hate group running from a brilliantly manicured hand, and it’s located on Walnut street off 11th street in the Gayborhood. The paste photographed below depicts a swastika crumbling under the pressure of that same manicured hand, and it’s located on Chestnut street off 19th street in Rittenhouse Square. A third wheatpaste apart of the series that depicted a MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat wearing individual meeting the same fate with the hand has already been destroyed, but you can check it out here.

Absolutely LOVE these, Marisa… Hope to see more around town soon!

Read our 2018 Streets Dept Oral History Project interview with Marisa Velázquez-Rivas now here; and see other works from the artist around Philly here!

Philly Street Art Interviews: Keeping It 365 with Symone Salib

July 11, 2019

(Photos by Conrad Benner and Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale)

Welcome to Season 2 of Streets Dept’s newest series of street artist interviews, created in partnership with Philadelphia’s own unofficial official street art museum, Tattooed Mom. Each month, Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale will sit down with one local street artist to ask them about their work. Together, we’ll learn more about the incredible artists getting up around Philly.

In the past several months, Symone Salib’s nascent art career has really begun to take off. That can partly be attributed to her recent push into street art. Her wheatpasted portraits and quotes have proved quite popular, leading to collaborations with other artists and many messages of support from followers. We sat down recently to talk about her beginnings—both in fine art and in street art.

Streets Dept’s Eric Dale: Hey Symone, thanks for coming by to chat!
Symone Salib: Heck yeah, thanks for having me!

SD: For starters, I want to congratulate you on a somewhat… meteoric rise? It seems like it’s been pretty great for you!
SS: Yeah, it’s, like, really wild. To make stuff, and have enough people resonate with it, especially that are in your city, that you call your home—but then also from people that don’t live in the city… to have it be shared with people [outside Philly who] also connect with it and message me… I’m like oh my gosh! It’s, like, really wild.

SD: So for folks who are unfamiliar with you, let’s review the past couple months… You were in a gallery show with Malachi Lily at The Art Dept Collective in April, you were a part of Tattooed Mom’s 22nd birthday show in May, and your work is on display at Photo Pop Philly at The Bourse this summer! That seems like… a lot?
SS: Yeah, definitely. Especially with juggling other parts of my life, and my jobs, it is definitely a lot. But at the same time I feel like this is where I feel the most fulfillment. So I’m happy to do it when I’m super tired at the same time. Like, this is what I want, right?

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Two New Wheatpastes by Amberella

July 8, 2019

Two new wheatpastes by Philly/LA-based artist Amberella last week!

The first (photographed above) is located on Market street between 9th and 10th streets and reads, “Who Lead The World: Girls!” The second (photographed below) is located at 20th and Kater streets reads, “Be Gentle And Kind to Yourself.”

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Philly Artist Jim Houser Paints New Mural On Historic Frank Furness Building

July 8, 2019

Awesome new mural completed last week by artist and muralist Jim Houser at 6th and Spring Garden streets! A reflection on the life and career of the self-taught Philly-bred artist, according to its curator Ryan Strand Greenberg, the mural has a pretty uniquely Philly location too in that it’s on the side of Frank Furness’ historic Northern Savings Fund Society Building.

Frank Furness, called “Philadelphia’s Architect” by Architect Magazine in 2012, is a truly prolific Victorian era architect: “[Furness] embraced the materials and vocabulary of the Industrial Age, designing hundreds of buildings in the Philadelphia region,” Architect Magazine’s Eric Wills goes on to say. Frank Furness’ influence on architecture is hard to sum up, so I won’t. But if you’ve never heard of Furness before now then I encourage you to do some Googling. A great place to start is this article by Curbed Philly.

Now I hear you asking, If this is a historic building how did a mural get painted on it? Well, the answer is kind of simple: it wasn’t. While the Philadelphia Historical Commission did approve Jim’s mural being painted at this location as Ryan Greenberg mentioned in this Instagram post, the mural is actually painted on a more recently built fire staircase wall. For those interested, Hidden City explores a lot more of the history of Furness’ Northern Savings Fund Society Building here, including that the western end of the building was partly demolished and at some later point this fire stairwell was added.

Jim’s new mural is brought to you by support from Mural Arts Philadelphia and Arts & Crafts Holdings. And the mural has a lot of little details, so feel free to click on any of the images in this post to see and explore more!

Nilé Livingston Paints Temporary Mural to U.S. Women’s Soccer Star Carli Lloyd in Fishtown

July 7, 2019

Finally got a chance to see and photograph this new temporary mural from Philly-based artist and muralist Nilé Livingston that celebrates one of the U.S. Women’s National Team players as they go for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup! The mural is located on Front street right off Girard avenue in Fishtown and was created with support from Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Nilé’s mural is to Carli Lloyd, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, two-time FIFA Player of the Year, and a three-time Olympian. [Source: Wikipedia] And according to the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s website, Nilé’s is just one of 12 total murals created by women all around the United States, each honoring a different player or players.

See more work from Nilé Livingston around Philadelphia here!

New Mural by Natalie Flor Negrón in Fishtown

July 2, 2019

Love this new temporary mural from Philly-based artist and muralist Natalie Flor Negrón, located on Richmond street right off Frankford avenue in Fishtown!

“The main inspiration for this work is the power of ancient symbology,” Natalie wrote on her Instagram about the mural. “I’ve introduced the deities and symbols of my Irish and Puerto Rican heritage and combined them together. This particular character is based off of the leading Taino (Native Puerto Rican) god, Yocahu and the Celtic salmon. This piece is about transformation through nutrition and wisdom. My father Domingo Negrón, laid the groundwork for the re-birth of these wonderful characters by way of silkscreen more than 40 years ago and is a major influencer in my art today.”

Natalie’s mural was curated by Andréa Grasso and created with support from Mural Arts Philadelphia, and it will be up until September.

Pair of Philly Artists Create A Street Art Scavenger Hunt to Queer Eye’s Fab Five

July 1, 2019

Have y’all heard the news that Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski are filming the next season of Netflix’s Queer Eye right now in Philly?

Yesterday, a pair of Philly street artists, Nicole Nikolich (aka Lace in the Moon) and Symone Salib, created a little Fab Five scavenger hunt by installing five wheatpaste/ yarnbomb collaborations to each of the Five all around Philly!

Listed below are the artworks and locations in the order the photos appear in this post:
-Antoni Porowski on South Street between Broad and 13th streets
-Bobby Berk at 38th street and Lancaster avenue
-Karamo Brown on Chestnut street between 2nd and 3rd streets
-Tan France at Frankford avenue and Belgrade street
-Jonathan Van Ness at 10th and Manning streets

Welcome to Philly, Fab Five!

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