Volunteers are a big part of what makes the Rittenhouse Square Art Show such a huge success year after year. If you love art, meeting people, having fun and contributing to the vitality
of your community, then join us!
You'll meet fellow residents who share your passion for fine art while playing a key role in creating one of the most vibrant outdoor art shows in the country.
In the center of the park, our volunteers are involved with people of all ages and abilities. Each year we invite local community arts organizations to be a part of this vibrant, interactive area.. the heart of the show!
Below, read an account from a newsletter produced by one of Philadelphia's most active community supported arts organizations, Portside Arts Center. Portside students participated in the September Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show.
Portside Takes On Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
(excerpts from PAC's September 2019 newsletter)
This past weekend, September 13th to September 15th, Portside Arts Center had the pleasure and great honor of participating in the 92nd annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show. This is the third year in a row that students from Portside's After School Arts Program have been invited to partake in the event, which includes over 140 critically acclaimed artists exhibiting their artwork in the historical park in Center City.
This year, the students from the After School Arts Program did something special for the show. They each received their own unique piece of wood cut from trees in the Poconos. On these pieces of wood, each child created a painting using a watercolor wash for the background, and scenes from nature in the foreground including images of plants and animals. They proved to be very popular among passersby, who were drawn in and intrigued by the materials and concepts of the pieces. We had many familiar faces come through the show, including some of our students and their families. A few of the students even conducted live on site painting projects!
"When you sell a piece, you feel like you're a part of something
bigger than yourself," said Maya L. about having her
artwork in the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show.
Portside wants to thank everyone involved in the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, and everyone who came to support us and the young artists of our After School Arts Program. We are fortunate to have such an encouraging and caring community of artists, families and individuals involved with Portside.