Philly native, mural artist returns home for free Valentine's Day pop-up event

Hadas Kuznits
February 11, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- An artist specializing in murals about love throughout West Philadelphia will be in town on Valentine's Day making free prints of his work.

Steve Powers is mostly known in Philadelphia for his 50 or so West Philadelphia murals in the "Love Letters" series.

"So Steve Powers is an artists that has worked with Mural Arts for many years,” said Ellen Soloff, with Mural Arts Philadelphia. “He grew up in West Philadelphia."

She explains the murals can be seen from SEPTA's Elevated line in West Philadelphia.

"The murals are between 38th Street and 64th Street," she said.

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Soloff explained how the Mural Arts partnered with SEPTA to host Love Letter tours and show how Powers’ work is synonymous with Love.

"People take wedding photos, we've had many couples that have gotten engaged on the platforms on this tour,” she said. “We had for many years done a Love Train where we actually married some couples on the train."

Powers, who now lives in New York, will be back in town on Valentine's Day. He is expected to be in the Suburban Station concourse from 11 a.m – 3 p.m., ready to silkscreen a unique design for free on your clothing.

"He will be here during a pop-up print shop with us, so bring a t-shirt, a sweatshirt, a bag,” she said. “Something that's fabric."

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