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At Fleisher/Ollman: “Leigh Bowery & A Bottle of 7UP” Showcases Six Self-Taught Artists from Philly’s CIS ArtWorks Program

On view through January 7 at Fleisher/Ollman in Philly is Leigh Bowery & A Bottle of 7UP, an endearing exhibition featuring dozens of drawings by six Philadelphia-based artists from ArtWorks, “the artist-focused arm of Community Integrated Services (CIS), a Philadelphia-area program that empowers people with disabilities through employment opportunities that foster self-sustainability, equality, and community.”

The drawings featured above were fashioned on paper by Woodley White, whose works — largely rendered in ink, colored pencils and graphite — reflect the artist’s fondness and talents for symmetry and precision. What follows are several more images of artworks that I captured while visiting the exhibition last week:

Also by Woodley White, “Untitled,” 2019, Crayon and graphite on paper

Chantal Bobo Peden, “Untitled,” 2021, Ink on paper

Also by Chantal Bobo Peden, Girlfriends, 2022, Ink on paper

Christian Hayes, 2022, “Untitled,” Graphite and ink on paper

Jennifer Williams, “Supermodels on the Red Carpet for Ralph Lauren,” 2021, Ink on paper

Anthony Coleman, “Homer Simpson,” 2022, Colored pencil and graphite on paper

Also by Anthony Coleman, “Leigh Bowery & A Bottle of 7 Up,” 2022, Colored pencil and graphite on paper

On view, too, are a delightful series of drawings fashioned with ink on paper by Bayaht Ham.

Located at 915 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, Fleisher/Ollman — currently closed for the holidays — will reopen on Tuesday, January 3. Hours are Tue–Fri: 11–6 and Sat: 12–5.

Photos of artworks by Lois Stavsky