A closer look: Jean Blumberg October 9 – November 14
This new installment of “A Closer Look”, a more intimate show highlighting the work by one artist, is on view from October 9 until November 14, Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Jean Blumberg was born in New York City and graduated from Case Western University Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with BS in biology and MS in chemistry. Jean’s parents had encouraged her early interest in art, and when her own four children were in school, Jean began her training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).
Community art installation
In March 2020, the FRIEDA community began a collaborative art project that created by hand 20,000 blue butterflies, enough to form a protective canopy over the building entrance and a flickering overhead lattice for the interior space. More than 60 community members contributed to this project that uses rare blue butterflies as symbols of transformation, renewal, freedom, and luck to capture the essence of FRIEDA.
A closer look: Iwan (John) Nazarewycz  August 8 – October 3
John Nazarewycz earned a B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. A painter, he showed with Larry Becker Gallery for over a decade, as well as with galleries in New York and Washington, DC. His work has been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, the Delaware Art Museum; and Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia, PA). Nazarewycz’s paintings are held in private collections throughout the country.
Call for Artists: A Closer Look
FRIEDAcommunity is organizing intimate art exhibitions, showcasing every month a different artist on one of our 16-foot walls. Join us across from Independence National Historical Park, seven days a week, during FRIEDA opening hours. FRIEDAcommunity is proud to introduce casual but curated small art exhibitions throughout the year in our Philadelphia space to celebrate art that spans generations. Opportunities are available for established or emerging artists who live or work within the Mid-Atlantic region (PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, and Washington, DC). FRIEDAcommunity asks that selected artists schedule time to engage online with our community through a workshop, a demonstration, or a discussion during the exhibition. No commission is expected from the sale of any artwork; any transactions will be handled directly by the artist and the potential buyer.
For thousands of years, nature has been a source of inspiration for human artistic endeavors. green, FRIEDA Group Art Exhibition III from March 20 - May 17 explores various representations of nature.
Join the artists whose artwork will grace our walls for the new FRIEDA art exhibition “green” Opening cocktail and reception Friday, March 20 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
In continuation with our theme green, Das Blumenwunder (Miracle of Flowers) from 1926, combines the much needed sciences of life with the spiritual and our emotions witnessing the spectacle of nature, both of which moves the viewers to great effect to music composed for this silent film by Eduard Kuenneke.
This is the third gathering of our “Food for Thought” series, which follows the panel discussion about homelessness and food insecurity in Philadelphia (spring 2019) and voices & social activism last fall.
This is the third gathering of our “Food for Thought” series, which follows the panel discussion about homelessness and food insecurity in Philadelphia (spring 2019) and voices & social activism last fall.
Join us for a literary event by writers celebrating an approach to green reading, new work, fresh work, early work, in a few different genres.
This FRIEDA Film, “The Biggest Little Farm” has viewers fall in love with nature and a more humane way of farming best described as the harmonious coexistence of men and nature. We are inspired to become stewards of nature.
The question posed by the artist: Can vegetables and/or fruits be burned and cast in a lost wax method? The answer is yes, as illustrated by the sculptures created here. The presentation will help the audience understand the step-by-step process of casting metal sculptures of vegetables.
This workshop aims to demonstrate how landscape photos can be altered through an active consideration of design and focus. The outcome of the workshop will be strategies to create landscapes that are personally expressive and detached from a “photographic reality.”
Hand Pulled Relief Prints
Have fun learning a new skill to hand craft single or multiple color prints. Participants will learn how to transfer a design onto a block, carve it and then print the block using water-based printing inks. Feel free to bring a simple drawing or picture to use as a reference for reproducing. You can take home a series of 5” x 7” printed postcards
Poetry Painting Workshop
This painting workshop will engage participants in the visualization of poetry and the technique of using language to create an illustrative painting. We will read the famous poem, “I Wandered as Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth.
Plein Air
This outdoor watercolor workshop is being held directly across the street from FRIEDA and will include a demonstration and individual instruction. During the first hour, Rob will speak to site selection, range of palette, composition, color layering and wet-on-wet techniques while he executes a piece.

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