Finding the balance between the polarities, the serious undertones, and a playful spirit.
Influenced by decades of experience as a nurse and psychotherapist, self-taught artist Linda Lou Horn highlights the potential of the old, the broken, and the damaged. Horn pairs expressive faces with her found object sculptures to explore universal themes of pain, fear, joy and humor. When positioned together, Horn’s cast reveals a complex and curious connection with each other and the viewer.
2nd & 4th Floors, City Hall
Broad & Market Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Thursday July 7, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy presents Philly VOTE, a nonpartisan exhibit of works that encourage voting. These artworks were created by community arts organizations and schools throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.
Randy Dalton, flanked by fellow Divers Len Davidson & Diane Keller, from our 2016 group photo courtesy of Diver George Bilyk
We regret to announce that beloved Dumpster Divers member, Randy Dalton passed away on February 5th, following a stroke.
He was a tireless champion of Philly artists, actively encouraging them to work together to Do Blue, rather than be blue about the obstacles and limitations they encountered.
Randy best exemplified this enthusiasm as an Artist in Residence at the Philadelphia Community Education Center. Here he created the Blue Grotto, a constantly morphing installation of blue lights and objects, many of which were displayed throughout the region, that showcased his mission to both be creative and inspire creativity in others.
As a fitting tribute, the Blue Grotto will remain open and continue to be a source of creative inspiration, thanks to the support of the CEC.
Randy Dalton’s Dumpster Diver 20th Anniversary Speech (April, 2012)
video courtesy of Diver Burnell Yow
Randy & Dumpster DiverGeorge Felice had countless discussions about The Fleetwood’s “Mr. Blue,” so George began working on a compilation CD, dedicated to Randy, of DooWop songs with “Blue” in the title. He managed to gather the songs but wasn’t able to give the collection to Randy before he passed.
George found versions of the songs on YouTube and we would like to share them with you, as a way to remember, honor and mourn our blue friend.”
Check out Taji Nahl, front and center in WE Culture, Charles “Uncool Chuck” Lloyd’s homage to the iconic Harlem Renaissance photo of jazz musicians taken by Art Kane, which features Philadelphia artists of different media.
When it comes to fun and creative reuse, the Dumpster Divers apply the same wildly imaginative eye to their homes that they do to their art.
On Unexpected Philadelphia, a new website and blog, Diver couple Dave Christopher and Kate Mellina lead you on a truly ‘unexpected’ tour of fabulous Diver homes. And, yes, it’s enough to send you rifling through your own stash for inspiration.
Kate and Dave will be adding more great Diver homes in the coming months, along with exclusive interviews with their owners. They’ll also share photos and stories about the unique people and places they’ve encountered on the streets of South Philadelphia – all with a Diver’s eye for fun.