America is having a moment. Seven cities from across the country are opening up their arts—I mean, hearts—to us this weekend, and you might live in one of them. From Philly’s countdown preparation for Pope Francis to buying the best art in the Bay Area, check out how our local artists are spreading the love this weekend. First come, first serve.
Festival of the Families 2015 in Philadelphia
This Saturday, Pope Francis will attend Philly’s annual Festival of Families. Local artist Cesar Vivero already has designed a 4,239 square foot mural to memorialize the day, but the walls of St. Malachy School in North Philadelphia will be a work-in-progress until November 2015. To honor this city of love right here and now, we suggest checking out artist Robert Indiana’s six-foot-high sculpture, AMOR (1998). Indiana’s AMOR will face his famous LOVE sculpture at the other end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, adding an artistic touch of inclusion for the one million people expected to attend the event.
Fireseed Arts as part of ArtWeek 2015 in Boston
Last year you made a serving tray out of your cabinet door, and your dinner guests love it. However, you’ve been dreaming about transforming that other outdated cabinet of yours into a gnarly guitar for years now—but didn’t know how. Well, if you don’t know you better ask somebody. Fireseed Arts, a creative enterprise of local artists and musicians, is participating in Boston ArtWeek to demonstrate how locally harvested ‘trash’ can be turned into modern-day marvels, like a rock band. The workshop is interactive, aimed at teaching new perspectives on waste and reusability, and experience isn’t necessary. All you have to do is arrive to the open studio in Framingham on Saturday, sit in, and jam from 2 to 4pm on their kitchen cabinets. Rock on, Boston.
Nuit Blanche DC 2015 in Washington DC
The art exhibit that began in Paris in 2001 is spending the night in D.C. this Saturday. Nuit Blanche, or Art All Night, is famous for its exploration of contemporary art in unconventional space and time. Lighting up five of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods from 7pm to 3am, Nuit Blanche DC will showcase work by artists that can’t and shouldn’t be missed.
2015 Edgewater Fall Art Fair in Chicago
Chi-Town is home to an impressive list of local artists, and many of them will represent their roots this Saturday at the third annual Edgewater Fall Art Fair. This year’s program includes 120 Chicago-based artists, three stages of music and a beer garden that showcases Chicago’s eclectic local restaurant scene. Shout-out to artists like Tyler Harris, whose painting above has us wishing to meet all of you this weekend.
Collect! Exhibition and Art Auction 2015 in San Francisco
Oh, San Francisco. You have great food, unmatched weather conditions, and a hefty handful of the most innovative artists in the world—all of whom just so happen to be locals. Berkeley Arts Center encourages us to mingle with their talented Bay Area artists this weekend at the Center’s Art Auction Fundraiser. Stop by BAC from 5 to 9pm this Saturday to enjoy local food and drinks with the artists themselves while also considering how you might transport your lofty new piece of artwork home without incident.
Portraits of Hope in Los Angeles
While the East Coast is deflating its beach balls for the winter, the West Coast has added more than 3,000 spheres of fun to its landscape. Organized by the public arts group Portrait of Hope, the art instillation aims to materialize the life and love of a community that the locals of Los Angeles often feel but don’t always see. The gigantic balls float in MacArthur Park Lake and are hand-painted by local school-children and volunteers, some of the best neighborhood artists out there. Because each globe of love will go to a local school, shelter, and hospital at the end of this week, we recommend navigating this local exhibit the only way one can: this weekend, on boat, in awe, and with ice cream in tow.
2015 Global Citizen Festival + Art Galleries in New York City
With the 2015 Global Citizen Festival taking over Central Park this Saturday, we expect a love for local communities—on a global level—to be in the air already. In keeping with the times, we suggest checking out the local artists who house their hearts for hometowns in many of Manhattan’s art galleries, such as Art Angler. Located in the East Village, Art Angler supports the work of Spanish artists from across the globe. Colorful pieces like the one above, painted by artist Eduardo Infante of Alicante, Spain, serve as a reminder of why Krrb can’t get enough of our local artists from around the world.