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Free Paint


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free Paint is a free community painting event. Participants are invited to paint freely and learn about color relationships and mark-making while creating a large-scale collaborative painting. Happening on the Ben Franklin Parkway, the color pallette for Free Paint is inspired by the collection at the Barnes Foundation. Participants will connect to the past through contemporary art practice.

The material produced during Free Paint is reworked into new compositions by lead artist, Mat Tomezsko. The resulting artwork bears the mark of the community who made it, and will be publicly exhibited at Cherry Street Pier and included in an art exhibition at Wexler Gallery in the fall.

Free Paint events were developed by artist Mat Tomezsko during a community-based artist residency at the Tacony LAB through the Mural Arts Philadelphia. They have taken place with the help of community partners at Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Barnes Foundation (Stephanie Stern – Teacher Institute in 2017), and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills.


  • The Oval
  • Fairmount Park Conservancy
  • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department
Presented By:
A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
  • Knight Foundation
  • Visit Philadelphia
  • Inspire
  • diadora

About The Oval

The Oval is an initiative of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

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Please call Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's Special Events office at 215-685-0060.


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