With Exhibition, Isaiah Zagar Writes “Visual Love Letter” To Wife

 

“In this Thursday, May 26, 2016 photo, Isaiah Zagar sits with his dog dog Blue at the ‘Dear Julia’ exhibit during an interview with The Associated Press, at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens in Philadelphia. The exhibition is scheduled to run through Sunday, June 26.” | Photo: Matt Rourke, for The Associated Press

“In this Thursday, May 26, 2016 photo, Isaiah Zagar sits with his dog dog Blue at the ‘Dear Julia’ exhibit during an interview with The Associated Press, at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in Philadelphia. The exhibition is scheduled to run through Sunday, June 26.” | Photo: Matt Rourke, The Associated Press

  • Kristen de Groot of The Associated Press discusses the latest exhibition at Isaiah Zagar’s iconic Magic Gardens on South Street. “Dear Julia,” a “visual love letter” to his wife Julia now on display through June 26, includes ink sketches of her own from her time in rural Peru during the 1960s, as well as the numerous mixed media portraits of Julia they have gleaned from around the world, products of joint collaboration between Isaiah and whichever talented craftsman they stumbled upon. All proceeds will help establish a residency program next year for one female artist to “to teach classes, have a show and receive a stipend.”
  • Naked Philly looks at Project HOME’s plans for the former Willard Elementary School at 1920 East Orleans Street recently approved by the Zoning Board. The existing structure will be renovated and turned into offices and 33 apartments, while another 24 units will comprise of a five-story addition. “Compared to some of the surrounding blocks, this building is a beacon of architectural hope for the neighborhood and it’s great to learn that it’ll be sticking around.”
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