News Welcome to 2013, artblog – we now have a tumblr! Great BIG pictures from artblog stories and from other artsy tumblrs around the web, all curated by Maeve Coudrelle. Better late than never, we suppose… 2 from the OACCE – 1. Big news from Gary Steuer this week. Our beloved cultural emissary is departing the OACCE to become the new President and CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in Denver, Colorado, assuming the position in early October. Although we lament that the Philly art world is now one man down, we are very excited for Denver! Best of luck, Gary. 2. The Bicycle ... More » »
News Napoleon Gallery and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania are partnering for a fundraiser aimed at engaging artistically inclined young people. Forty artists have been invited to a charity art sale, with each artist contributing one piece of work; prices range from $40-$80, so it’s well within a thrifty budget. The proceeds are split fifty-fifty between the artists and Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA for a 2013 educational art event. The fundraiser began last night, with the sale continuing today and Sunday from 2-6 PM. Keep in mind that it ‘s cash-only! Fishtown’s status as a cultural haven ... More » »
News Right there at the forefront of crowd-sourced fundraising, Little Berlin is using Groupon to raise money for its next mission: benches for its Fair Grounds project. And not just any old benches – they’re seeking donations of $10 or more for $1000, going towards hand-crafting five benches with the help of local artists and designers. The campaign is up for seven days, from August 20-26 – so if you haven’t already donated, act fast! For more info and access to the Groupon page visit Little Berlin’s Tumblr. Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and winner of ... More » »
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This was too funny to pass up. Sent by the PR firm working for Haru a sushi restaurant in Old City: HARU LAUNCHES “TUTANSUSHI ROLL” IN HONOR OF KING TUT The golden era of Tut-mania is on a roll in Philadelphia, literally, with the introduction of the Tutansushi Roll, featuring genuine gold leaf, available starting February 3 at Haru Sushi, 241-3 Chestnut St., serving up inventive Japanese fusion cuisine with a contemporary flair. “We challenged our chef to create a roll truly suitable for a king and so the Tutansushi Roll was born” said Seth Rose, vice president of operations ... More » »
How I missed it I don’t know but here’s something that should have been in my Monday list of what’s to do this week: Second Thursdays, a multi-gallery opening-go-round that unites Northern Liberties galleries with their near-neighbor above Girard Avenue, the Crane Art Center. That’s tomorrow night, Feb. 8, 6-9 pm. Galleries involved include Art Star, Tower Gallery, Gallery 908, Nexus and The Framer’s Studio. Nexus Executive Director Nick Cassway in front of Catherine Passante’s billboard-photo in Nexus’s new space at Crane. –Check out Nexus at its new home at Crane, with shows by Jennie Thwing and Catherine Passante. e-poster ... More » »
If you missed the item in this morning’s paper about artist Tom Forsythe’s “Food Chain Barbie” beating out a copyright infringement suit from toy manufacturer Mattel, follow the link.
I always have mixed feelings about the Art in City Hall shows. On the one hand, I’m completely sold on the idea of art in public spaces. On the other, City Hall’s tall, narrow glass vitrines, placed on two floors of the building, are a challenge for the art and a challenge for the viewer. Put on your hiking boots because to see the exhibit requires pacing hundreds of feet of hallways and ascending two flights of stairs. Apart from those logistics, what’s in the exhibits is almost always worth the trip. Right now you’ll find the cases full of ... More » »