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Announcing #SurpriseArtShow: A Pop-Up Public Art Exhibition in Center City This Week!

April 3, 2017

UPDATE (4/11): #SurpriseArtShow is here to stay! Y’ALL, you’ve responded so positively to #SurpriseArtShow that Saxbys has asked us to leave the show up for the time being (it was supposed to come down yesterday). No word yet on exactly when it will have to come down, that’s dependant on their construction timeline, so it could be up for a few more days or a few more weeks. Either way, if you’ve yet to check it out and you want to – do so soon!

SO excited to announce #SurpriseArtShow today – a temporary public art exhibition I’ve curated and helped to pull together in partnership with the decidedly uplifting folks over at Saxbys.

We’re calling our exhibition the #SurpriseArtShow, because we quite literally popped it up overnight last night, at the corner of 18th and Chestnut streets, in the windows of a future Saxbys that’s currently under construction. That café, by the way, will be opening sometime this summer, so keep your eyes open for that.

The show features artwork by seven of my favorite Philadelphia-based artists who, quite frankly, are killing it right now: Amberella, Aubrie Costello, BLUR, Bruno Guerreiro, Joe Boruchow, Monica O, and Phobymo! The artwork will be on display for the next seven days (until Monday, April 10), and because it’s installed in the windows it will be viewable day-and-night.

Each of our seven artists has work for purchase, by the way – just click their names above to explore their shops and/or learn how to contact them for inquires… Support local artists, y’all!

As any frequent reader of this blog knows, I not only love but value art in the public space – free and accessible to all. And I’m so grateful to Saxbys for this opportunity. But of course they’d work with me and these artists to do something so inspired. According to their own mission statement, Saxbys aims to ‘Make Life Better’. Or, as they quite fittingly put it, “To fuel the day’s possibilities with our uplifting cafés filled with friendly faces, delicious drinks, and exceptional food.” Love it!

Saxbys gave us the space because, as they told me, their team loves to provide a lift to entrepreneurs of all types. The lift is a hat tip to their new logo, a hot air balloon rising from a coffee cup.

With this #SurpriseArtShow, I hope to surprise and delight unexpecting Philadelphians, to celebrate seven of our city’s most exciting artists, and to inspire thought and creativity abound.

Be sure to Instagram your favorite piece in the show using the hashtag #SurpriseArtShow… Love you, Philly!

More photos below…



Bruno Guerreiro

Aubrie Costello

Joe Boruchow

Monica O


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