Philadelphia

THE WALL BALL 2009 – JANE GOLDEN & JANE SEYMOUR

One of my favorite groups in the city, the Mural Arts Program, had their big fundraising gala, The Wall Ball, a few weeks ago at the Loews Hotel. The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (MAP) started in 1984 as a component of the Anti-Graffiti Network (PAGN), a city-wide initiative to eradicate destructive graffiti and address neighborhood blight.
Jane Seymour stopped by again this year. Here she is with the guy who is responsible for her being introduced to the Mural Art’s Program, Loews VIP Concierge Jonathan Vendrick. Last year she had been staying in the hotel as she was going to be showing her art at a gallery in Stone Harbor. He mentioned the gala and asked if she wanted to stop by, she said she would, and it was there they she fell in love with the program, and Jane Golden. Today they are good friends in art.
Besides buying a ticket to this wonderful event, you could also support it by participating in the silent auction filled with amazing stuff. This U2 Drum head sold for $1200. No doubt my friend Diane Werwinski would have loved to have won the bid. One of the things I learned over this past year is sometimes the organization arranges to book the items for the silent auction, or they retain someone to get the items. In this case Cashman & Assoc. were tapped to organize the auction, some of the items were donated and some were obtained by a third party. Left unsold the items are returned to the third party. Which is great as then they are offered again to another worthy charity.
Laura Burkhardt, Jeff Guaracino,Cari Feiler Bender and Nina Tinari

Jane brought some of her art again this year. I think both these pieces are about $2k’s

Citizen Bank President Dan Fitzpatrick, Jane Golden, Jane Seymour and Rep Dwight Evans
The Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, an effort to eradicate the graffiti crisis plaguing the city. The Anti-Graffiti Network hired muralist Jane Golden to reach out to graffiti writers to redirect their energies from destructive graffiti writing to constructive mural painting. Without the love, and dedication of Jane Golden this program would never had been as successful as it has. You have to love what you do, and it shows through her efforts, she truly cares.

Ali Pearlstein, Josh Goldblum, guest, Mike McCaffrey; affiliate with Bluecadet who won a Webby this year. “BLUECADET INTERACTIVE’S WEBSITE: “LIVE HOPE LOVE” NAMED BEST ART SITE IN WEBBY PEOPLE’S VOICE AWARDS” Here is their 5 word thank you.
http://www.youtube.com/webby?x=mEzGGiwNQSw
The outpouring of love not only was in abundance with the attendance, but also came through with the amazing amount of items donated to the Silent Auction.
Bank of America FREE Mural Tour Saturday, June 27 · 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Trolley picks up and drops at 423 E. Girard Ave, Fishtown Call now for reservations for our popular FREE mural tours, sponsored by Bank of America in honor of our 25th Anniversary. These tours book up fast. Call 215.685.0754 today!Also I HIGHLY recommend you take a Mural Arts Tour which is offered weekly and covers a different part of the city, or theme.
http://www.muralarts.org/getinvolved/tours/On the right is Ryan Derfler, who is the Tour Manager of the Mural Arts Program


Jane Seymour talks with young artistsGPFO Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson and Executive Director City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Jane Golden (Two pioneering women responsible for making Philadelphia just a little bit better and brighter.)
This year the Mural Arts peeps decided to have a big cocktail party with a buffet rather than a big seated dinner. The bar was plentiful with lots of choices.
Mayor Nutter greets Jane Seymour. Last year a similar photo of them greeting each other appeared in the paper. This year I had already gotten the photo I thought was “the shot”, so I wasn’t disapointed that this shot came out sooo busy.
This is the shot that was published, and although I gave MK several choices, I was glad that he thought this was the best shot too.