Main Gallery
8517 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa
Hours: Sat + Sun / 10-4pm


Philadelphia Open Studios Tour (POST)

Saturday + Sunday, October 1st + 2nd



We are proud to be a Community Partner for the 2011 Philadelphia Open Studios Tour (POST). For 12 years POST has brought communities together through the arts, arts appreciation and creative dialogue. Come out and visit the area and explore the works in the Wissahickon Park! Nearly every cultural venue in the Northwest is open and offering something wonderful, so come out! Many of the exhibiting "New Trails" artists will be in attendance. 


 Learn more about POST and other participating venues in the Northwest!



Closing Reception

First Friday, October 7th



Join us as we celebrate the close of "New Trails" at the Main Gallery at 8517 Germantown Avenue. Drinks and light fare will be served. Many of the exhibiting "New Trails" artists will be in attendance. If you have not had a chance to visit the project yet, please attend! We would love to meet you!


Chestnut Hill "Fall for the Arts" Festival

Sunday, October 9th



"Each year Chestnut Hill welcomes Autumn with the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival.  Everyone is invited to enjoy a day of art, music, culinary delights and boutique shopping as Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues is transformed into an outdoor arts and crafts marketplace. Chestnut Hill serves as a backdrop for more than 150 talented artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and from as far away as New Mexico. A fabulous array of artistic choices will be on display including oils, watercolors, etchings, photography, sculpture, pottery, wood crafts, jewelry and accessories."

The Main Gallery will be open and many of the exhibiting "New Trails" artists will be in attendance. Join upwards of 15k people exploring the Avenue and the cultural offerings presented!


 Learn more about the festival!




"Young Trail Blazer" Field Guide Drop-off Deadline

October 12th

9-5pm (Chestnut Hill Visitor's Center)


The "Young Trail Blazer" Field Guide is a self-directed educational packet designed to enhance the experience of "New Trails". The guide features arts and writing activities focused on developing a creative relationship with the project and the Wissahickon Park.

Every Young Trail Blazer who submits a completed packet at one of the drop-off points by October 12th, 2011 will receive a free compass to aid them on future journeys. On October 20th, 2011 we will select a completed packet at random for our Grand Prize: 4 tickets to the Philadelphia Museum of Art & 4 tickets to the Franklin Institute, for you and your family to enjoy.


Find the Field Guide here! 




New Trails aims to intelligently and provocatively activate empty storefront venues and outdoor spaces in the Philadelphia community of Chestnut Hill through a series of arts exhibition events.


New Trails presents dynamic young and established artists from the region who are actively utilizing recycled materials, environmentally aware concepts and/or sustainable practices as part of their creative process and output, as well as provides opportunities for artists to investigate and create site-specific, site-conscious projects in the shared regional outdoor space of the historic Wissahickon Valley.


Participating Artists
Brookes Britcher (Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA)
Emily Bunker (Philadelphia, PA)
Alexander Conner (Philadelphia, PA)
Fritz Horstman (Baltimore, MD)
Ted Houghtaling (Pittsburgh, PA)
Ellie Irons (New York, NY)
Colin Keefe (Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA)
Michael Koehler (New York, NY/Germantown, Philadelphia, PA)
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel (West Chester, PA)
Jason Lee (Morgantown, WV)
Max Liboiron (New York, NY)
Ron Longsdorf (Spartanburg, SC)
Daniel Mahlman (Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA)
Joanna Platt (Philadelphia, PA)
Stephen Ruszkowski (Wilmington, DE)
Mike Ryan (Philadelphia, PA)
Hiro Sakaguchi (Philadelphia, PA)
Phillip Scarpone (Wilmington, DE)
Michael Sebright (Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA)
William Schlough (Pittsburgh, PA)
Harrison Tyler (Baltimore, MD)
Lindsay Yeager (Newark, DE)
Jim Zeske (West Chester, PA)


New Trails is curated by Brookes Britcher and Bryan Rice.


New Trails is a sponsored project of the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce ReStore Corridors Through Art initiative. New Trails is made possible by the generosity and support of area businesses, various local organizations, Bowman Properties, Ltd., the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation and the Friends of the Wissahickon.



More information can be found online at

adaptation is an independent curatorial collective based in Philadelphia, Pa. Our goal is to provide challenging and dynamic curatorial interventions to traditional and non-traditional art venues. We curate, develop and produce exhibitions and related events at off-site venues ranging from houses, storefronts, backyards as well as traditional gallery and museum spaces.