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Photo Pop Philly Announces Winter Wonderland Artists

New and Returning Artists Bring Winter Wonderland To Life  

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 2019) — After major success this past summer, Photo Pop Philly is back this holiday season! The first-ever holiday installment of the pop-up includes more interactive art than ever before. Kicking off the season with a Grand Community events copy 2Opening Celebration on November 15, Photo Pop is ready for guests to immerse themselves in the joyful enchantment of Winter Wonderland. The brand’s latest edition is opening up once again at the newly-restored food hall, The Bourse, adjacent to the 5th street entrance overlooking Independence Mall in historic Old City Philadelphia.   

“It’s always a pleasure connecting with local artists that create truly incredible displays in Photo Pop”, says Photo Pop Owner Kate Marlys. “It was especially fun this time around, collaborating to bring the magic of the holidays to life!  I created Photo Pop to showcase the amazing local talent we have and this group of artists will not disappoint!”

Over 15 local Philadelphia artists, some new and some returning will present ideas of what “Winter Wonderland” means to them in the exhibit which includes over 25 installations and murals. Photo Pop is still looking for several more artists and sponsorship opportunities are still available as well for local companies and brands. Visitors can expect to see works from the artists below with hints to what their art will be:

  • Andrew Stapp - TWO special Virtual Reality Experiences 

    • With a background in filmmaking and screenwriting, Andrew Stapp seeks to tell a compelling story no matter the medium. Combined with a passion for technology, he is constantly pushing to expand his work past the traditional methods of storytelling and onto the frontiers of interactive art. As Operations and Technology Director for Photo Pop: Winter Wonderland, he's doing just that.
  • Emily Taylor Rogers - Midnight Kisses

    • Emily Taylor Rogers brings a contemporary approach by combining traditional processes with her love for experimentation. Her process results in multimedia works that project her vision, while embellishing each piece with adornments such as 24k gold, Swarovski crystals, and diamond dust, giving a luxurious aesthetic. Using a limited color palette allows for a deeper exploration of each subject and concept while bringing attention to the ornamentation’s light and reflection. The position of the viewer and lighting in the room will constantly alter the way each piece appears, Emily welcomes that variability into her artwork. Emily earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University, and she currently resides and works out of her studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Frvnkie Jones - JOYful

    • Frankie Jones is a native of Philadelphia, PA. For quite some time, Frankie was into all types of arts that included photography, composing small music videos, producing music, singing, and even songwriting. However, in the year 2018, Frankie rediscovered a new way of expressing herself which was through painting. “Painting has allowed me to capture deep emotions that I carry. I express those emotions by the colors I use and the brush strokes I make.”

  • Isabelle Staub - Snow Adventures

    • Isabelle started creating art from her kitchen table at the young age of four. This culmination of time and passion has helped her to become a worldwide recognized artist.  She describes her art as, "a story reflecting my current vision which I enjoy sharing and connecting with my audience." Isabelle received a BFA in Illustration at Moore College of Art and Design located in Philadelphia. She specializes in both portraiture and character design. She currently resides in Valley Forge, PA.  

  • Justine Giordano - Snowfilled Wonderland with a Splash of Gold

    • Justine Giordano is a self-taught abstract artist residing in Philadelphia. Justine finds inspiration in elements of nature and her travels around the world. She regularly combines acrylic paint with non-traditional mediums and enjoys experimenting with texture. Her new work can be viewed on Instagram @justinegior and by searching #JustineGiordano. Justine is a resident artist at Phantom Gallery Philadelphia where she regularly releases new work.

  • Julia Malak - SLEIGH All Day

    • Julia Malak is a true creative at heart, who processes the world around her through illustration, hand lettering, painting, and songwriting.  She grew up in the Philadelphia area, and the now 25-year-old is currently residing in Central Jersey, where she works a day job in Communications and spends the rest of her time making any kind of art she can get her hands on.  She has painted everything from denim jackets and champagne bottles to glass windows and footballs, testing the limits of just exactly how many different things she can add her hand-lettering and illustrations to. Her latest venture?  The Photo Pop Philly “Sleigh All Day” wall, which is the most fitting expression of her love for rich and playful color palettes, mixed with quirky imagery and most importantly, puns. Her Instagram page @juliamalakdesigns is where you can find all of her adorable illustrations, latest painting ventures, and other works of art from her that totally “sleigh.” 

  • Khalid Dennis aka BKLvisions - The Philly “special” tree. 

    • Khalid Dennis a.k.a BKLvisions is a Philadelphia based artist who works on various mediums of Art. BKL creates expressive styles of art on Paper, Canvas, Clothing and Walls using Spray paints, High Flow Acrylics And Raw Materials. He appreciates urban struggles and uses the stories from his community to brighten and enlighten the Urban youth and the people of his community. BKL is also part Owner of BKLvisions x 2.0.G studios, a Multi-Creative Art Company located in the City’s Globe Dye Works building in Philadelphia, PA. BKL’s vision is to share is art with the world and to encourage and increase the awareness of love, peace, and equality throughout urban communities and The Entire World.

  • Lori Loves - A Pixelated Holiday Surprise 

    • Lori Thomson has been sewing since she was a teen and after graduating college. She worked for over 10 years in the Visual Display industry and loves to create! She loves to have an idea and see it come to life. We all look up at the same sky every day, but have such different experiences. The idea behind LORI LOVES...and the content she creates is inspired by the wonder that we see in that sky; day and night. From sunshine to cloudy skies; to thunderstorms and starry nights and every miracle in between. Lori believes we are all UNIQUE. You are THE ONE AND ONLY YOU in this great big world! Show your colors, be true to who you are and never stop dreaming! 

  • Megan Karetny - Snowflakes in the Sky

    • Megan takes different craft mediums and gives new life to upcycled materials.  She grew up in the PA suburbs and studied at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Her passion for crafting eventually led her to creatively working more with her hands and leading craft workshops, designing stationery, crafty home décor, paper and felt flower bouquets and centerpieces, to now huge paper flower installations. She shares her creative adventures with Inge Lawyer, who is her crafty right-hand girl.  They are celebrating 10 years of creative collaborations of craft demos, displays & shows in NJ, NYC and PA.
  • Monica and Monique (Mother and Daughter Artist Collective) - Unity and Creativity

    • Alice and Daisy’s Kin (Monica is Alice's daughter and Monique is Alice's granddaughter) is an artist collective made of the descendants of Daisy and Alice Jacob. These sisters were born in South Carolina but migrated to Philadelphia in the early parts of their lives. Both women were known for their creative abilities but did not pursue professional careers in the arts. Their creative legacy lives on through Monique, Monica and the other kinfolk who create authentic art using multiple media, teach classes, and host workshops that explore the interaction of spirituality and making art.
  • Sam Carell - A Holiday Illumination

    • Focused on illumination, Samantha's work is the result of a long and ongoing experiment with different techniques and learning through mistakes. While convinced she is at the right place right now, her subject begins to evolve into wondering possibility. Samantha finds joy in her craft as she discovers new materials and how they speak to science and the aesthetic experience. With a constant change in direction, Samantha strives to impress with her growing discipline. She has a drive that pushes her work to continually evolve as it takes on many new guises on her artistic journey.

  • Sarah Demers - Take a sELFie!

    • Hand letterer, illustrator, and designer, Sarah Demers, was born in Massachusetts and has been living in Philly since she graduated from Tyler School of Art in with a BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design. She is the happiest experimenting with different styles and colors. She is inspired by everyday thoughts, reactions and instances of color spotted out and about. When Sarah is not drawing she is either tending to her plants, exploring the city or finding a friend with a dog to spend some time with. 

  • Tori Alexandra - Winter Wonderland’s Northern Lights

    • Tori wasn't always certain she wanted to be an artist. She studied Visual Arts while she was in high school at CAPA, but after graduating in 2009, she thought she didn't have the passion to pursue painting. She went on to study teaching and graduated from college with a degree in Education. It was then that Tori was asked to paint a mural on a family member's wall as a simple favor, which reminded her of her love for art, and subsequently led to the decision of pursuing business in painting. When the opportunity of working in Photo Pop Philly Sweet Paradise presented itself to her, she jumped at the chance to make the exhibit come to life, and hasn't put her paintbrush down since. We're so excited for her to contribute to our Winter Wonderland. 

  • Victoria Kelly - A Tree Like No Other 

    • Vicky is wild about macrame. She taught herself the craft in 2017 and it has been her therapy ever since. Outside of macrame, she is a full-time elementary school teacher. She loves to do all things outdoors, especially seeing new spectacular places. So far, she has lived in Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado, but is currently living in New Jersey, where she was born and raised. Check her out at @tassel.n.fringe and @vintageloveaffair_ on Instagram.

“I was contemplating ending my career as an artist. My work just wasn’t consistent enough. But then the opportunity to do Photo Pop’s Sweet Paradise came to me. So I went for it,” says artist, Tori Alexandra. “Ever since then, so many doors have opened for me between the people I met through working there and the visitors who came through and saw it.”

“Being apart of the Sweet Paradise summer exhibit was a wonderful opportunity, and I'm very much looking forward to being apart of another Photo Pop Philly showcase! Not only did my artwork get exposure to tons of locals and tourists, but I also had the opportunity to be on the local televised news to discuss my work and the exhibit” says artist, Emily Taylor Rogers. “The exposure alone was incredible, and a few sales came directly from collectors who saw my work in the exhibit.”

Photo Pop Philly is always looking for buzz-worthy partners, so if your company is interested, please email We would love to work together to enhance the experience for our guests!

Join Philly PR Girl as they host a grand opening party on November  15, 2019. Limited tickets are available for the night, which includes complimentary cocktails, white hot chocolate and the FIRST look at Photo Pop's Winter Wonderland. Photo Pop Philly will officially open to the public on Saturday, November 16. General admission tickets are on sale now at Connect with Photo Pop by visiting their website and following along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. For media inquiries, please contact


Photo Pop Philly is an interactive art exhibit that strives to design thought-provoking and wholesome experiences weaving art, pop culture and seasonal celebrations together.  Guests can escape reality, have fun, and express themselves, all while taking one-of-a-kind photos. It’s the first of its kind in Philadelphia. Winter Wonderland is Photo Pop’s third exhibit.


Opened in November 2018, the Historic District’s circa 1895 commodities exchange is transformed into an artisanal market rivaling the world’s best Food Halls. The burnished, Victorian-era member of the National Register of Historic Places across the street from Independence Mall, is a newly incarnated Food Hall. The Bourse brings together 20+ artisanal vendors that excite locals and visitors alike. Truly a Food Hall for all, offerings range from Korean inspired flavors with a Latin-American twist, to fast-casual Filipino fare, traditional Roman pizza, a quality cheesesteak purveyor, and a craft cocktail bar boasting locally made spirits. Located at 111 S. Independence Mall E., The Bourse Food Hall is open from 7 am to 10 pm Monday through Thursday, 7 am to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday. For more information please visit: