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Street Road is an Art Space in a Former Real Estate Office

In 2011, Emily Artinian and her husband, James Smith founded, Street Road, an experimental project in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. An evolution of Artinian’s family's real estate company, Street Road focuses on themes of property, land use, ownership and social space.

Its exhibit space is unique: the building, a newly renovated 1930s cottage restored by Tom Savage, is located at the crossroads of the Gap Newport Pike and Street Road in an area that lies between rural farmland and encroaching suburbanization from the cities of Philadelphia and Wilmington. The exhibition series hosted in the space themselves explore the changing nature of place, as well as the relatively unusual rural setting for the exhibition of contemporary work.

In addition to its unique space, the recent Project Stream grantee hosts workshops for youth.

This November, Street Road will work with young people from The Garage Community and Youth Center in Kennett.

Participants will be introduced to two process based installation artworks on exhibit at Street Road: Maryann Worell's Crisis Farm: Seed to Table and Julia Dooley's CryoZen Garden. The youth will engage in hands-on activities relating to the work. The artists will work with kids who will learn skills from casting concrete, to organic farming, to ice core science. They’ll also have a special guest for the workshops: US Army Corps of Engineers scientist Dr. Zoe Courville will join Julia to teach kids about polar research.

The goal? To engage members of the community, particularly children and youth, with its current exhibition and expose youth to art-making modes and processes which might be unfamiliar to them.

You can read about a previous workshop held with the youth center in this blog post, and Artinian says that they are very open to working with groups and artists from Philadelphia area and the Greater Philadelphia region. You can reach her at Emily@streetroad.org or 610 869 4712.

In addition to hosting exhibitions and workshops, Street Road is a participant in International Little Free Library (LFL) Movement, which seeks to unify and vitalize communities by increasing the accessibility of literature. Its free on-site library, which focuses on books relating to art, land and the environment, is open daily. Those interested can “friend” Street Road LFL on Good Reads to see a full catalog of its books.

Other upcoming events at Street Road include new exhibitions by Susan Marie Brundage and David A. Parker, two Pennsylvania-based artists with work at Street Road and also at a satellite show at the nearby Christiana Motel (Nov 7 – April 16,2016). Also opening November 7 is Fadi Sultagi's "Sanctuary of Bel, Palmyra," an artist's book exploring the recently destroyed site in Syria, first exhibited at Street Road in 2012. Artist Sasha Boyle will show her recent studio work produced at Street Road. November 7 will also be the last day to check out the Sailing Stones exhibition, a show with work by over 350 participants.

Learn more about Street Road, its programs and exhibits at http://www.streetroad.org/

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