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Jefferson Station In Bloom

Heather Redfern
SEPTA Public Information Manager

Normally the trip through a train station doesn't mean a visit to a museum, but through March 10, SEPTA's Jefferson Station has been transformed into a botanical art gallery, thanks to the work of some very special artists - 2,254 kindergarten through 12th grade students from Philadelphia, Norristown and Camden.

The Fresh Artists program tasked the children with creating floral artwork to highlight the theme of the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show, "Flower Power!" The students were given access to photos from renowned photographers as inspiration for their work. "The digital images were lent to Fresh Artists and allowed us to form a huge teaching gallery, which was then made available to all art teachers in Philadelphia, Norristown and Camden public schools," said Barbara Chandler Allen, Fresh Artists Founder and Creative Director. "The children used acrylic, gouache, opaque watercolors, oil crayon or chalk pastels."

SEPTA, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), Garden Club of Philadelphia and Fashion District partnered with Fresh Artists to recognize the students by displaying all of the contributions at Jefferson Station during the Flower Show/ "Jefferson Station is the gateway to the Flower Show," said Liz Bradford, SEPTA's Director of Marketing. "The Convention Center entrance is located above the station. The children's work, which fills almost every wall at Jefferson, helps brighten our passengers' travels through the station to and from the show."

After the Flower Show ends, the beauty of the Jefferson Station exhibition will continue to bring smiles throughout Philadelphia for the remainder of 2019. Selected students' work is featured in the "Fresh Artists Mobile Museum of Mini-Masterpieces," a SEPTA bus covered inside and out with the children's artwork.

"We curated a collection of the strongest work to become super-graphics to vinyl-wrap a SEPTA bus with kids' flower art," said Allen.

Bus #8435 premiered at the Flower Show and will travel in regular service throughout Philadelphia through the end of 2019.

Fresh Artists was founded in 2008 to empower young lives through art by engaging vulnerable children as full partners in philanthropy, by advocating for a quality education for all children by widely exhibiting children's artwork in highly visible and unexpected places. The program provides art supplies and innovative art programs to severely under-resourced public schools. This is the second time Fresh Artists and SEPTA have partnered for art galleries "in transit". In 2014, approximately 350 student masterpieces were on display at Jefferson Station during the Flower Show, with 33 selected pieces featured on a wrapped SEPTA bus.

The Fresh Artists Gallery at Jefferson Station is open to the public during regular station operating hours through March 10.

Philadelphia's newest art gallery has opened at Jefferson Station.

The walls at Jefferson Station are covered with the bright floral collections of 2,253 students from Philadelphia, Norristown and Camden.

Some of the artists and their art teachers stopped by Jefferson Station for the public unveiling.

Selected students' work will appear on a mobile museum, SEPTA Bus #8449, for the remainder of 2019.

Look for the Mobile Museum on the streets of Philadelphia.