Join Us for an “After Hours” Event at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Please join us for our second social “after hours” event at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on Wednesday, August 30, from 5:00 – 6:00.

In keeping with the theme of DVAG’s September general meeting, we will be touring the Magic Gardens, a community-based gallery and museum.  Our tour includes the main areas of the site and ‘behind-the-scenes’ areas.  Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) inspire creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art.  PMG preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals.

DVAG members are welcome to bring 1 guest.  Tickets for the tour are $12/person, which will be collected when you register.

Space is limited to 25 people.  Please RSVP by August 22, 2017 by using this form:

What: “After hours” tour of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
When: Wednesday, August 30, 5:00 – 6:00
Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cost:   $12.00/person

About the Magic Gardens (from PMG’s website)

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is a nonprofit art museum and gallery space located in Isaiah Zagar’s visionary art environment at 1020 South Street.  Spanning half a block, the museum includes an immersive outdoor art installation and indoor galleries. Zagar created the space using nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The site is enveloped in visual anecdotes and personal narratives that refer to Zagar’s life, family, and community, as well as references from the wider world such as influential art history figures and other visionary artists and environments.

About the Content at PMG
PMG would like to make you aware that our space contains artworks that display the nude human figure. PMG was created by Isaiah Zagar as a journal of his life. He, like many artists over the centuries, believes the human figure is its own beautiful work of art. The works are present throughout the site, along with countless other themes and objects, and are not the primary focus of our space. Our staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about nudity in the space prior to your visit.

Rules and Policies
– For the preservation of the space, we ask that visitors refrain from touching the artwork (this includes mosaicked walls, sculptures, and Special Exhibition works).
– Backpacks and large bags must be worn in front for the duration of your visit. Groups should not bring bags into the space when possible.
– No umbrellas can be used inside the sculpture labyrinth.
– In the event of unsafe conditions (such as snow, ice, sleet, or lightning) the outdoor space will be CLOSED, and will remain closed until conditions improve.

More information about PMG can be found on their website:

We hope to see you on the 30th!

Your DVAG Programming Committee:
Kenneth Cleary, Vice-Chair
Kelsey Duinkerken, At-large member
Chrissie Perella, At-large member

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