Every once in a while, people hold art shows around Rittenhouse Park. They surround the park with tents and assorted artists come to show their paintings/drawings/sculptures. Last weekend, one such show was held, and we went and got some pictures of it.
Here’s how the art shows work. The artists are each assigned one tent to hang their art in. Artists came for various states. Some of the states that caught our eye were North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
We walked through the tents and looked at all the paintings. I have never been to one of these shows before, and it was pretty fun to look at all the paintings and sculptures. We are usually pretty negative about all the art we see in Philadelphia, but this time we decided to concentrate on the good instead of making fun of the bad. Excluding the thing with the shapes, all of the pictures we took were of ones we liked.
Actually, we thought that there were only two or three artists that showed a great amount of talent or originality. The other artists’ work was good, but there were only a few that were really exceptional in our opinion. We noticed that a lot of the artists enjoyed painting water – river bank, lakes, and beaches seemed to be a favorite theme.
The paintings in these exhibits were not just for looking at, they were also for sale and the price tags were terrifying. Some of the paintings cost up to $8,000, and as good as some were, we wouldn’t even consider buying them for that price. They were fun to look at though.
There is usually an arts & crafts fair in the spring again in Rittenhouse Square Park, so if you live close to Philadelphia and go, maybe we’ll see you!
by John and Dink