Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog


Sentimental Value Fashion Show Thursday June 20th at PAA!

FashionShowBubbles! Models! eBay Stories! Music! Fun! Thursday night, 7:00pm, the Philadelphia Art Alliance will host a very special Fashion Show in conjunction with Emily Spivack’s Sentimental Value currently on view. Models will strut down the runway wearing the items from her web-based art project, while celebrity guest emcee Harvey, of Double Dare fame and former WMGK radio personality, recites verbatim the text accompanying the items as it originally appeared on eBay.

970218_10151638652304431_1213544548_n2Emily Spivack’s web-based art project Sentimental Value connects the age-old desire to tell stories through special objects with the easily accessible platform of the Internet. The project recognizes and highlights a new vernacular mode of expression emerging in the personal narratives accompanying clothing for sale on eBay, which has unintentionally become a repository of surprisingly personal anecdotes and memories. Spivack has been collecting and documenting these stories in all their raw honesty on the Sentimental Value website (sentimental-value.com), and acquiring the objects in the process. The Fashion Show presents a unique opportunity to see the art objects in action and for the stories to come to life.

The Models include a rich array of Philadelphia-based artists, craftspeople, musicians, and performers including Rose Luardo, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Brian Langan, Ted Passon and Carrie Collins and more!

Jams for the evening provided by DJ Collective WYYLDSTYLE and Brian from Pizza Brain.

General Admission is $5 and includes free drinks. There will be bubbles, so come prepared for fun.

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Celebrate the end of the first season of CaveCast for a special Friday Happy Hour and Dance Party.

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The first season of CaveCast is wrapping up this Friday, June 21st at the Philadelphia Art Alliance with CaveCast 008: Funk: From NOLA to Philly. Join us for a special celebratory Happy Hour from 7:30 to 8:30 (first case of beer is free).

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At 8:30 CaveCast 008 will kick off with DJs and record collectors Joshua Kwedar and James Norman aka FROZ1 and Personify, who will share some of their favorite obscure records from their collections. They will discuss how the collection fits into their party Little Big Things, an all Funk party which takes place second Fridays at the Trestle. They exclusively play 45 rpm records, the standard format for singles released on vinyl. The high speed allows for a larger capacity for storing information and produces a high-fidelity recording. According to audiophiles, 45’s offer a far crisper and superior sound to 33 rpm records.

Rare funk out of Coatesville, PA – 1972 – Liberation Records

Click to listen to rare Funk out of Coatesville, PA – 1972 – Liberation Records

A serious crate digger, Joshua Kwedar aka FROZ1 specializes in the rarest cuts of music made in the Philadelphia area from 1960-1990. His tireless search is documented on his website Septunes, which brings to light some of the most obscure gems produced in Philadelphia, Coatesville, Valley Forge, and other places throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

James Norman, aka Personify, brings his varied tastes and turntable skills to bare at the monthly Shindig party at Medusa Lounge.

Stick around for a Dance Party beginning at 10pm as FROZ1 and Personify spin the Funky sounds of Philadelphia late into the night.

This will be the last time to check out CaveCast until the Fall. We return in September with another killer monthly lineup including the return of DEL for his second installment of his series on the History of the philaDELphia Dance Floor on October 4th.

Admission is $5
Drinks are $3

Listen to the podcast here


Craftsmen of the Wetherill Mansion: Charles Klauder

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Charles Klauder, 1872-1938: Klauder was born in Philadelphia and trained in architecture at a young age, joining his first firm at age 15. In 1910, he became a partner at the firm of Frank Miles Day. As partner, he designed Franklin Field  (1922), the Boy Scouts of America Headquarters (1929), as well as a great number of collegiate buildings. Scholars suggest that Klauder designed the Wetherill Mansion under the auspices of Frank Miles Day.

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Wetherill Mansion, c. 1920

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Franklin Field, 1922, University of Pennsylvania


Parlor Shop Artist Profile: Lynn Hoffman

Philadelphia Art Alliance - Lynn HoffmanThese earthy, floral inspired works of pottery are created by local PA ceramicist Lynn Hoffman. Hoffman studied Illustration and Ceramics at the University of the Arts, and has both made and taught pottery for over 20 years.

Philadelphia Art Alliance - Lynn HoffmanThe wonderful pieces she has on display and for sale here at the Parlor Shop are glazed terracotta and stoneware. They are handmade from slabs which are rolled, formed, and then glazed in stages to allow the original colors of the clay to show through.

Philadelphia Art Alliance - Lynn HoffmanWe’re told they are super-durable, and can withstand most household abuse from freezing, microwaving and washing!

The Parlor Shop is open regularly Thursdays through Sundays, 12-5pm. The Parlor Shop is run by volunteers, and profits from sales go back to local artists and craftspeople, with a portion going to the Philadelphia Art Alliance’s fundraising efforts.


Parlor Shop Artist Profile: Elizabeth J McTear from SquidWhale Designs

Philadelphia Art Alliance - SquidWhale DesignsElizabeth McTear is a Moore College graduate with a joint love of textiles and the ocean, which you can certainly see in her fabulous works available here at our Parlor Shop!

Philadelphia Art Alliance - SquidWhale DesignsElizabeth designs and dyes unique nautical prints and produces a range of items, including scarves and clutches printed with fishermens’ nets.

Her deep blue nautical prints conjure up images of whale’s tails and adventures on the high seas, but she actually makes them right here in Philadelphia, and not while sailing on the open ocean!

Philadelphia Art Alliance - Squid Whale DesignsWhether you’re a landlubbing lover of local artistry, or an oceanfaring ol’ seadog, you’ll fall in love with Elizabeth’s cute bags.  We’re in a ‘knot’ over which one of these designs is our favorite!

The Parlor Shop is open regularly Thursdays through Sundays, 12-5pm. The Parlor Shop is run by volunteers, and profits from sales go back to local artists and craftspeople, with a portion going to the Philadelphia Art Alliance’s fundraising efforts.