Last week I attended The Art Gallery at City Hall to celebrate City Hall: The French Connection and the coinciding juried exhibition The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) presented two exhibitions in collaboration with the Kimmel Center for the upcoming citywide event , The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). City Hall: The French Connection, an exhibition of art and artifacts, is an introduction to City Hall’s French Second Empire architectural style. Something French, a juried group exhibition, features artwork with a French flavor. The French Connection exhibit runs from March 14 – May 20, 2011 in the Art Gallery at City Hall (Room 116), and Something French, located on the 1st and 2nd floor display cases NE corner, runs thru June 24th.Below Gary Steuer Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia is greeting the packed house.
City Hall Tour Director (Rm 121 for tours), Greta Greenberger and Tu Huynh, City Hall Exhibitions Manager
City of Philadelphia, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. OMG so embarrassed I told you all months ago I would be volunteering and giving the City Hall tours and you know what I have not had a chance. Working on my blog & doing event photography has kept me so incredibly busy. It’s a blessing, but I was surprised that I wouldn’t be eating bon bons and watching Wendy Williams on the couch in between entries. Oh well hopefully I will get it under control.
The exhibitions in City Hall are a collaborative effort between the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and the arts community. They are supported by an independent City Hall Exhibitions Advisory Committee made up of arts professionals and private citizens. In addition to the art gallery, other public spaces in City Hall feature artwork from Philadelphia’s schools, other city agencies, local non-profits, and community arts organizations on a rotating basis. For more information, visit: or join us on and
For weeks I have been excited to check out the Julia Child etching which is done in chocolate. So fun.Kari Kristine Scott is the artist and she’s done a little ode to St. Julia:
St. Julia, Show me the wisdom of good, well prepared fresh food eating in moderation. Help me slow my eating down so that I can taste and savor every bite. Allow me to eat rich, buttery and creamy foods as long as I eat them infrequently, slowly and in moderation. – Amen
Joan Smith and Leslie Kaufman served on the City Hall advisory for the art show.
Marilyn MacGregor and Janice Hayes check out some of the glass ware
This is my favorite piece. Participating artists included: Mary Brady Begnardi, Lisa C. Budd, Carl Frankel, Ellen Gavin, Janice Hayes-Cha, George R. Johnson, Jennifer Lipman-Bartel, Rob Lybeck, Anthony Masucci, Anne Saint Peter, Ron Tarver and Alexander Trejo.
Ellen Carlson and Patricia Gunter were excited to participate in many of the PIFA events.
Colleen Branch stands in front of her work. be sure to check out the show. Enter City Hall at the Northern corner and check in at the front desk where they will give you a visitors pass.
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