Sep. 6 and Sep. 7
5212 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139
Free, donation accepted
Part of Francesca Montanile Lyon’s Conjuring Joy at the Bride residency: learn more here.

Content warning: Some of this work contains nudity and deals with sexuality.

  • Fri, Sep. 6, open 5-8pm
  • Sat, Sep. 7, open 12-3pm

Come make some artwork from the world in your phone! These workshops are free, but space is limited – please RSVP at the ticket link above.

1001 Unread Messages is a gallery featuring the work of Francesca Montanile Lyons that explores digital intimacy and communication.

The Open Art-Making Workshops are an open, drop-in space hosted by Francesca that will include prompts and supplies for drawing, writing, and/or painting using the digital artifacts of your phone screen – a photo, message exchange, notes-app list, meme, video still – any screenshot from your phone that you find interesting, amusing, or meaningful.

You will be invited to add your work to the 1001 Unread Messages gallery, or take it home.

We spend a lot of time on our phones, and there’s an understandable anxiety around this. What is all this screen time doing to us? To our ability to connect? These are valid questions, but rather than immediately dismissing the time we spend on phones – what if we look at it with tenderness? What can it teach us about how we connect and what we value? What can these small, palm-sized universes teach us about ourselves?


  • The venue is indoors and wheelchair accessible with chairs available. Please reach out to Communications Manager Mary (mary (at) paintedbride.org) with any specific accessibility needs.
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