The Roxborough Development Corporation is gearing up for next month’s Rox Art Stroll, a weekend jam-packed with art and culture along Ridge Avenue.
The event is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 2 and it’s a chance for local artists and galleries to show their creative side to the Roxborough community and beyond.
The Roxborough Development Corporation (RDC) will kick off the weekend with a semi-private, invitation-only event for Roxborough residents on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the RDC office.
The weekend will continue with photography, visual art, pottery and sculpture displays along Ridge Avenue from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Bernard Guet, executive director of the Roxborough Development Corporation, said it was important to open the event to the public so that Philadelphians can see the artistic talent that residents of Roxborough have already seen.
“There is that pride that people have about their neighborhood and I don’t think that we have shown people that there is also a lot of art in Roxborough,” said Guet. “We have shown that to the people from Roxborough, but now we need to show it to all the people in Philadelphia.”
Manayunk Pottery, a pottery studio that opened in January, will be participating in the event. The studio will showcase work from both students and teachers including ceramics, tiles, mosaics and pottery.
Janice Strawder, owner of Manayunk Pottery, says she looks forward to making key connections in the neighborhood.
“Since I am a new business, [I am looking forward to] becoming more a part of the community and growing into that, making more connections with other artists, art centers, art offerings and other places in the community,” Strawder said.
Some of the other participating galleries and businesses are Bohema, Crossroads Coffee House, and the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center.