Dumpster Diversions – 2017 Group Show

Dumpster Diversions

Photo courtesy of I George Bilyk

“Dumpster Diversions”
Celebrating 25 years of found-object art by the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers
Oct 6th – Nov 4th

Pop-up on Passyunk featuring windows filled with portraits of 26 longtime Divers
1548 E Passyunk (at Tasker), Philadelphia PA 19147

Artist Reception: October 6th, 6 pm – 9 pm

Gallery Hours:
Fri – Sat, 6 pm – 9 pm
Sat Oct 28th, 1 pm – 5 pm

The window portraits will be up every day through October 28,  and will be lit from 4 pm – 1:30 am.

The show includes the work of Dumpster Divers: Betsy Alexander, Kim Alsbrooks, Gretchen Altabef, Harry Anderson, Sara Benowitz, Ellen Benson, Neil Benson, I. George Bilyk, Charmaine Caire, Dave Christopher, Randall Cleaver, Alden Cole, Carol Cole, cdavid Cottrill, Randy Dalton, Len Davidson, James Dupree, Charna Eisner, Dan Enright, George Felice, Bruce Gast, Joanne Hoffman, Linda Lou Horn, Hugo Hsu, John Jonik, Ann Keech, Diane Keller, Smokie Kittner, John Lindsay, Leslie Stuart Matthews, Kate Mellina, Susan Moloney, Taji Nahl, Toni Nash, Eva Preston, Dr. Photon, Susan Richards, Ellen Sall, Leo Sewell, Simone Spicer, Joel Spivak, Jim Ulrich, Ted Warchal, Sally Willowbee, Burnell Yow! and Isaiah Zagar.

From Trashstream to Mainstream – 2017 Group Show

From Trashstream to Mainstream Mar-Apr 2017

“From Trashstream to Mainstream”
Celebrating 25 years of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers
March 5th – April 29th

Pebble Hill Gallery
320 Edison-Furlong Rd, Doylestown PA 18901

Artist Reception: March 5, 12:15 pm – 3 pm

Gallery Hours:
Sunday afternoon 12:30 pm – 2 pm
Mon, Tues, Thu 10 am – 12 pm (please call ahead for weekday visits: 215-348-3428 x2)
2nd Friday Drum Circle 7:30 pm – 10 pm (a very special way to view the gallery)


Featuring the work of Dumpster Divers: Joel Spivak, Diane Keller, Dan Enright, Simone Spicer, Alden Cole, Gretchen Altabef, Sally Willowbee, Sara Benowitz, Smokie Kittner, Harry Anderson, Bruce Gast, Joanne Hoffman, Susan Richards, Hugo Hsu, Carol Cole, Neil Benson, Ted Warchal, Kim Alsbrooks, Charna Eisner, John Jonik & Burnell Yow!

‘Mixed Media’ Art of the Dumpster Divers – 2016 Group Show

Mixed Media Art Show Aug 2016

“Mixed Media” Art of the Dumpster Divers
August 11 – 28, 2016

Media Arts Council
609 W State St, Media PA 19063

Artists Reception: August 13, 4 pm – 7 pm

Gallery Hours: THU – SAT 4 – 7 pm

Featuring the work of Dumpster Divers: Betsy Alexander, Joel Spivak, Diane Keller, Joanne Hoffman, Dan Enright, Jim Ulrich, Sally Willowbee, Sara Benowitz, Kim Alsbrooks, Carol Cole, Susan Richards, Eva Preston, Ann Keech, Alden Cole, Taji Nahl, Gretchen Altabef, Neil Benson, Burnell Yow!, Ted Warchal & I. George Bilyk.

Dumpster Diver Linda Lou Horn announces Cast of Curiosities – 2016 Solo Show

Linda Lou Horn, Cast of Curiosities, 2016
Cast of Curiosities
July 1 – August 30, 2016

Philadelphia Magic Gardens
1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Artist Reception:
Friday, July 15, 6 – 9 pm

Gallery Hours
Wed – Mon: 11 am – 6 pm (closed Tue)

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.

Philly VOTE – 2016 Group Show

Philly VOTE 2016
Philly VOTE
June 13 – July 29, 2016

2nd & 4th Floors, City Hall
Broad & Market Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Artist Reception:
Thursday July 7, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Display Hours
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.

Featuring the work of Dumpster Divers: Gretchen Altabef, Sara Benowitz, Ellen Benson, Neil Benson, Dave Christopher, Alden Cole, Charna Eisner, Dan Enright, John Jonik, Ann Keech, Susan Moloney, Taji Nahl, Eva Preston, Susan Richards, Jim Ulrich, Sally Willowbee.

Randall L. Dalton, 1949 – 2016 #DoBlue

Len Davidson, Randy Dalton & Diane Keller 2016

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.


Here are the obituaries from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com and University City Review.


Randy Dalton’s Dumpster Diver 20th Anniversary Speech (April, 2012)
video courtesy of Diver Burnell Yow


Randy & Dumpster Diver George Felice had countless discussions about The Fleetwood’sMr. 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.”


The Fleetwoods: Mr Blue


For Randy: Do Blue DooWop

Lee Andrews & The Hearts:
Bluebird of Happiness
The Shirelles:
Blue Holiday
The Echoes:
Baby Blue
The Blue Notes:
Blue Star
The Elegants:
Little Boy Blue (Is Blue No More)
The Jades:
So Blue
The Solitaires:
Blue Valentine
The Strangers:
Blue Flowers
The Pretenders:
Blue & Lonely
Three Vales:
Blue Lights Down Low
Bobby Lester & The Moonglows:
Blue Velvet
Eddie Saxon with The Paramounts:
Blues No More
The Marcels:
Blue Moon
The SchoolBoys:
Ding a Ling Coo Coo Mop


Fats Domino: Blue Monday



Randy Dalton at Destination Frankfort, 2014

Randy Dalton, with a mini version of his Blue Grotto installation, at Destination Frankfort (2014)
Photo courtesy of fellow Diver, Dave Christopher

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