Over the years, John Atwater has traveled the globe — and he always had his camera with him, a Minolta camera his dad had given him. For the past month Atwater has shared his favorite photos from far-away places, displaying them in handmade frames the TV anchor makes from salvaged antique parts. (John Atwater joined FOX 29 in October, 2005, as a general assignment reporter. He currently anchors “Fox 29 News at 6” and “Fox 29 News at 10” with Joyce Evans on the weekends.)The month-long exhibit is the first in a new series showcasing local artists at JimmyStyle at 1820 E. Passyunk Ave in Philadelphia, Pa L-R The Mayor of East Passyunk Ave Jimmy Contreras ( Yesterday JimmyStyle assisted Inquirer’s I Magazine photo shoot for an upcoming story on all the great things happening on East Passyunk Ave.) and Photographer John Atwater Fellow photographers Charlie Kirkwood and Paul Soroka
Mike Toub (He’s been making the scene a lot lately), Steve Knepper, David Mariscotti and Steve Fabiani

NBC10’s Justin Pizzi told me he was excited about John’s exhibit, especially since he had been with him on a couple occasions where John would stop the car, get out and trash pick a potential frame.Alden Thomas, Lisa Kunz and Jimmy
NBC10 Make-up Artist Carie Brescia is launching her own line of makeup in September. She’s with friend Eden Blair. Equally delicious looking were the cupcakes from the newly launched Buttercream Cupcake Truck Look for the Buttercream truck to visit Love Park on Friday @ 1PM
The turnout was nothing but a success with lots of friends, family and admirers in attendance
even cousin Jess was there with her friend Lizelle Arellano
as well as friends Nicole Linehan and Rob Saxon. Rob is out in Chicago this week celebrating a milestone birthday with mom. Nicole loved the Buttercream Cupcakes, and also recommends the newly launched Caketopia here in Philadelphia. In Bed with Butch” Butch Cordora, who just found out that I’m getting the Sept/Oct cover of “Diversity Rules Magazine”! It’s an awesome new LGBTQ mag serving the Binghamton/Syracuse area. With him is Erica Atwood, who I enjoyed a delicious Butcher & Singer burger voted Phila Mag Best and is celebrating with a sale $5.95 with fries & famed reporter from Philadelphia Tribune Bobbie Booker. Erica tells me that their are exciting things coming up in the City like the debut of M. Butterfly at the Academy of Music which might include an outdoor simulcast of opening night if a sponsor is found. Also this year for the Philadelphia Marathon they will be honoring a local athlete that has used their celebrity in a positive way to effect a charitable change.
This entire crew worked together at one time somewhere, I can’t recall. Lauren Richman, NBC10’s Justin Pizzi, FOX29’s John Atwater, Colleen Lundy, Kevin Shupp and Comcast SportsNet West Steve Weissman
Peggy M Trott, Peggy is the Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar’s GM. Hotel Palomar now occupies the historic Architects Building. Built in 1929, it is a striking example of Art Deco architecture. I know the building well as my chiropractor was located there on the 4th floor, the AIA was on the 2nd floor, and a lawfirm I worked on a project at on the 25th floor. Peggy tells me that the 25th Floor will now be a magnificent ballroom. They have restored the crown molding and she can’t wait to show me the other amazing details that were either preserved or restored. She went on to tell me that the 2nd floor is the seating section of the bar/restaurant, plus there will be a private dining room, offices and the board room. I asked about the elevators and the beautiful tiled murals which were in each one. All four of them were decorated with intricate mosaics of circa-30s Philly scenes: City Hall, Swann Fountain, the old skyline, the Ben Franklin Bridge. They were carefully removed and are intact and GUESS WHAT THE KIMPTON IS WILLING TO DONATE THEM TO A WORTHY ORGANIZATION THAT WOULD LIKE TO MAINTAIN THEM AND DISPLAY THEM. Friend them on Facebook to win an overnight stay, tell them PhillyChitChat sent you probably won’t help but what the heck – LOL (Matt Ray & Manna’s Marketing Director Meg Rider)

Where Magazine publisher, Laura Burkhardt with John Atwater. On Monday look for the Reid Rosenthal cover shot of the monthly Where Magazine to his tourist racks throughout the Philadelphia area.

Vlahos PR’s newest member Robert Johnson and friend Arianna Neromiliotis, a greek girl who does NOT like greek coffee

You still have a few days to catch the John Atwater photo exhibit which ends 9/4/09. At that time a new exhibit will be installed. Vincent McLaughlin has a moving exhibition of photos from 9/11 which will be displayed throughout the month of September. An opening reception will be held on September 9 atJimmyStyle.

Come December I hope to have my exhibit up there. I just have to find the time. If you’ve been on PhillyChitChat you might find yourself as part of my exhibit. No doubt the “It Girls” will be a subject. JimmyStyle 1820 E Passyunk Ave Philadelphia, PA 19148-2128 (267) 239-0598 (When you’re finished reading today’s entry, check out an earlier entry about Reese Witherspoon and friends