Fun-A-Day 4, hosted by The Artclash! Collective

What’s Fun-A-Day, say you? Simply put, it’s a free art show in West Philly. More specifically, a show by local artists who created one work on each day in January. In Philly, some 70 people — professional artists and casual funlovers alike — signed up to participate in 2008. This year’s creations run the gamut from thirty-one haikus composed on SEPTA, to a daily leaf-quilt-square, to a month of different breakfast pastries. Others are entitled “neon paper cut designs,” “a walk and a photo,” and “flowchart-a-day.”

The event grew out of a December 2004 potluck dinner in West Philly, where artist Kara Schlindwein and three friends were searching for some mid-winter inspiration. Drawing on an idea that had taken hold among comics creators, they dared each other to create one artwork each day during the month of January. The success of the first show spawned Artclash!, a West Philly-based artists’ collective established, essentially, to keep Fun-A-Day going. (They’ve since expanded their portfolio, holding such events as The Starting Over Art Show, which required artists to work in a medium they’d never used, and Mail Art, in which participants from 12 states and three countries exchanged artwork through the mail.)

The Fun-a-Day show has moved from a living room into Studio 34 Yoga | Healing | Arts, a new 5,000-square-foot space at 4233 Baltimore Avenue in West Philly. Named for the adjacent trolley line, Studio 34 offers yoga and Pilates classes, massage and other healing services, and community spaces for meetings, art shows, and live performances. Its grand opening will be in March, but the Fun-a-Day show will offer a “sneak preview” of the KBAS-designed studio. All are welcome.

See some photos from 2006’s Fun-a-Day 2.

When: Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Studio 34 Yoga | Healing | Arts
4522 Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia (on the No. 34 Green Line trolley)

Thanks to Brad for this information!

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