“Your best yet”
“This gets more fun each year!”
“We wouldn’t miss it!”
“Having the kids with their art was a real treat!”
“Watching the kids watching the sculptor replicate the 2nd grader’s artwork in ice was magic.”
“The Memory Games are brilliant! I bought 4 of them!”
“We had loads of fun with the arty Photo Booth. The pictures were great. We’re hiring Seth for our next corporate retreat!”
And the best comment of the evening came from one of our youngest artist-philanthropists, who looked up at me and said,
“You mean these guys came all the way here to meet US and see OUR art?”
Corporate executives Eric Grae (HP), Roger Allen (Fresh Artists), Valerie Lagauskas (Event Navigators), Tom Yungen (HP), Heather Gibson (Sentry Art Advisory Services), Lori Morrissey (SAP) and John Pauciulo (Eckert Seamans) came to see the children's new art at the World Cafe Live and celebrate the fruits of the children's philanthropic actions in the world.
We had a blast. There were about 300 people who stopped by throughout the evening to meet the kids, see the new children’s art installed at the World Cafe, have some refreshments provided by Hal Real, Founder of World Cafe Live, and schmooze with influential people from the legal, pharma, design and education communities. We were honored to have national product managers from HP’s large-format printing sectors visiting both our studio during the day and attending the evening event, Eric Grae, Tom Yungen, and Kerry Ignatovitch.
Eiko Fan Takahira, Art teacher at the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, showed Tom Yungen of HP artwork made by her student, Ryan Bonner. Fresh Artists has many brilliant works from HMS children in the collection. These bold abstracts are very popular, and have raised funds for tens of hundreds of pounds of art supplies given to poor schools.
For the first time, we invited youngsters whose art was installed in WCL and their families. We were delighted with the strong turnout. Our guests enjoyed meeting the kids and hearing about what inspired each piece. The kids were such a hit, that we will invite them each year from now on.
The Velazguez girls and Artist-Philanthropist Malberson Nunez with Founder, Barbara Chandler Allen, Juania was our student speaker this year. An art donor to Fresh Artists of her 6th grade artwork, Juania is now in college, pre-med, with the goal of being a pediatrician. She told how important being philanthropic is in her life. Her sister, Nishiana, is our Print Studio Intern, and helps Fresh Artists each week, in many important ways.
We added another new feature to this year's Salon - a three-level Clothesline art sale with high-quality reproductions of the hottest children's artwork. Here's Lisa Margraff, Food & Beverage Manager of WCL, with Roger, admiring the kid's art. Thank you, LIsa and Hal Real, owner of World Cafe, for donating all the beer, wine, buffet and venue rental each year. We love this mutually beneficial partnership!
Our guest speaker was Farah Jimenez, the CEO of the People’s Emergency Center in West Philadelphia. A core value of Fresh Artists is to also give a great deal of our signature artwork away to people who are serving children and families in need. This year we chose the People’s Emergency Center to be the permanent home for 14 large works of art that have been enjoyed by staff and visitors to the World Cafe since last February. We will install the artwork in PEC within the next month. Farah’s remarks were exceptionally moving to everyone in the cafe. She talked about how much inspiration artwork is to people living in chaos and displacement.
Our featured speaker, Farah Jimenez, CEO of the People's Emergency Center, and recipient of the gift of this year's art collection. All 14 pieces of art will e installed throughout Gloria's Place, a shelter for homeless women, teens and their children in West Philadelphia. With Farah are corporate members of Fresh Artists Print Studio Partners (l to r) Mike Zaikowski, Profiles Fine Print Studio, HP's Large Format Product Manager Tom Yungen, and Ken Johnson, Glaxo Smith Kline.
Our youth-run entertainment was terrific! The CAPA alumni jazz combo entertained before the program, and the famous Masterman School’s “Sweet 16″ a cappella group had us all singing along afterwards. We love to showcase musical youngsters at Salon and thank them for their enormous contribution to the evening.
Masterman School "Sweet 16" brought down the house!
Our “Merch” table offered 5 editions of our new venture into children’s educational games, The Memory Game. People were snapping them up for gifts as well as the new 2013 Fresh Artists calendar, published each year as a gift to Fresh Artists by our friends at Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group. The games are in all Anthropologie stores throughout the world, in Whole Foods, the AIA Bookstores, and in many other high quality children’s bookstores, boutiques and gift shops.
the Addis Group's Kris Lamley and Susan Yeager of ReSourcePros were at the helm of our shop.
The gifts from our business partners were astonishing this year! The Fresh Artists Business Advisory Council set a lofty goal of $30,000 in event sponsorships…a jump from last year. Not only did the group hit the target, they exceeded it! These funds are dedicated to a fresh, new website…ours is heading into it’s 6th year. It was built on old (non-CMS) architecture…and is pretty hard to use. We are thrilled that we will be starting over from scratch to make a user (and owner!) friendly site with three dedicated portals for children, teachers and corporate clients. Thank you to the BAC for yet again astonishing us with your generosity and dedication.
Here is the list of the 2013 Salon on the Schuylkill Sponsors – Angels every one!
Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group
Anonymous (W.L. Gore & Associates)
Independence Blue Cross
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Drexel University
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott
FIrstrust Financial Resources
Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin & Schiller
The Addis Group
The Lighting Practice / In Posse
Friends of Salon $500
Patriot Construction, Inc.
Pro bono counsel, Eckert Seamans was well represented at Salon by Rich Pierce and John Pauciulo.
Architect Bob Reid (Elevate Architects & Collaborators), Sara Anderson (head of facilities for First Niagara) and Susan Yeager (ReSourcePro)
Board members, Pastor Christine James (Careview Community church) and Jim Pinheiro (Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group)
The KIPP School''s Misty Domers (2nd from left) w2ith her husband Ted and friends. Fresh Artists is providing a year-long pilot art-enrichment program for all KIPP 5th graders. We are pleased to work with Misty, the KIPPster kids and her colleagues.
Heather Gibson (Sentry Art Advisory Services), Gretchen Suess (Penn's Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Marilyn Leuszler (Gretchen's mom and Fresh Artists Western States Coordinator!)
Board member, Valerie Lagauskas (Event Navigators) welcomes Fresh Artists' New York CIty Coordinator, Andrea Vizcarrando to Salon
(Far right) New Print Studio Partner, Joe Gallagher of G & H Services, an HP distributor and new Fresh Artists donor, with Board President, Jim Pinheiro (Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group)
This is a great time to also acknowledge the extraordinary generosity of our new category of donors, Print Studio Partners. Starting last year with the buildout and furnishing of our new teaching workshop for large-format digital printing, this group has expanded exponentially to donate more specific studio equipment, furnishings, and now consumables for the printers such as paper, ink, adhesives, cutting tools, a fine-art quality scanner, framing, scanning services (for “lumpy children’s art!) and even coffee to keep us all awake!
Two of the most important men in our life! Hoagie Bock (Centrum, Inc) donated the Mitsubishi Mini-Split Heater/Air Conditioning Unit that makes the studio cosy in winter and summer, and John Siemiarowski (Electrical Wizardry) who spent 16 Saturdays last winter wiring the studio as his gift to Fresh Artists! See why we love these two guys! A Family Affair! We also have to give a shout-out to Evelyn Bock, cub photographer, who took so many of these wonderful shots at the party! A true master teacher, Evelyn retired after teaching art in the Philadelphia schools for 37 years to become a passionate volunteer for Fresh Artists. Her involvement ranges from teaching our Sprout Studios and Mini-Masterpieces in partner schools to taking informal pictures whenever we gather. Evelyn is one of the most eloquent and ardent spokesperson for the mission of Fresh Artists. Thank you, Evelyn, for your many gifts to Fresh Artists and to creative children.
Well-known photographer, Susan Beard, volunteered to be this year's Salon photographer. Susan is reunited with an old friend, Antoinette Maciolek, a new Fresh Artists staffer.
We are delighted to announce that One Village Coffee, a local artisan coffee roaster in Souderton, PA, has partnered with Fresh Artists to place 24 works of art from our collection on bags of their best selling variety, Artist Blend. This means our images (and URL!) are now all over the country, in Whole Foods, co-ops, and gourmet shops from Boston down the Virginia. Steve Hackman, the CEO, has fallen in love with our mission. Please go to the One Village Coffee website and read all about the work they are doing in Africa, and in the States to deliver the finest, most sustainable coffee possible.
CEO of One Village Coffee Roasters, Steve Hackman, with Jose Sebourne, Art teacher at Northeast High School. Artwork of Jose's students, Reem Khalafalla and David Chubok, was chosen by the staff at World Cafe Live to be installed in their 2013 collection.
Zoe and Woody (Roast Master) of One Village Coffee brewing up lots of Artists Blend for Salon guests.
Oh the places we'll go, throughout the Eastern seaboard, with One Village Coffee! Sixteen different children's artwork to start! Thank you, Steve and company. And thank you for the coffee you supply for our studio! It's the best! And so are you! Please go to One Village Coffee and read the whole website. This is a fine company, a B-Corp, run by people of integrity. We are honored to be their partner.
After you read all about our fabulous donors, check out the wacky Silly Salon (JIHM BOOTH) photos at the end!
Seth Shimkonis, owner of JIHM Booth (Join In Hilarious Moments), is a loyal supporter of Fresh Artists. Seth donates a JIHM Booth for every Sprout Fest (annual celebration for the children) and Salon. Thank you, Seth! You are not only a talented photographer, you are a talented photographer with a huge heart. That’s a winning combination in our book! Your gifts make a lot, alot of people happy, connected and spreading silliness, a powerful and precious commodity in these days.
Seth Shimkonis with Alpha Kanu, Artist-philanthropist and volunteer printer in the JIHM Booth.
In Kind Gifts – Print Studio Partners
3A Composites, Statesville, SC
Alpha Imaging Technologies, Bayport, NY
Art Guild, W. Deptford, NJ
Centrum, Inc., Sharon Hill, PA
Epson, Long Beach, CA
Ergosoft Rip Solutions, Nashua, NH
Foster Keen Cut, Montgomeryville, PA
G & H Service Company, Norristown, PA
Graphic Art Supply, NYC
Image One Impact, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Lithotone, Inc., Elkhart IN
Markely Enterprises, Elkhart, IN
Merion Art & Repro, Ardmore, PA
One Village Coffee Roasters, Souderton, PA
Parthenon Framing, Bohemia, NY
Profiles, Chestnut Hill
Service Point USA, Woburn, MA
Shades of Paper, Mt. Laurel, NJ
Specialty Graphic Imaging Associate, Washington DC
Sun-light Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Reed Photo, Denver
Silicon Gallery Fine Art Printing
Susan Beard Photography
Welch Packaging, Elkhart, IN
World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA
Any omissions are simply mistakes on our part. Please forgive us, and send us a gentle note asking us to rectify the situation! We’re on it!
Eric Grae (HP Americas Sales & Marketing Manager of Large Format Printing Materials) and Tom Yungen (HP's Americas Product Manager of Large-Format Printing Materials) flew out to visit Fresh Artists. One stop was the installation of Fresh Artists work on the entire 24th floor of Independence Blue Cross (a GOLD Sponsor of Salon). All Fresh Artists artwork is printed on HP large-format printers using HP photo paper. We are profoundly grateful to HP for their generosity as major donor of large-format digital printing equipment and consumables to the Fresh Artists Print Studio and Teen Internship Program.
Fresh Artists Staff & Volunteers
Barbara Chandler Allen, President & CEO
Roger Allen, Creative and Operations Director
Antoinette Maciolek, Executive Assistant
Christine Kochevar, Advisor, Large-format digital printing
Marilyn Leuszler, Fresh Artists Western State Coordinator (Colorado)
Andrea Vizcarrando, Fresh Artists New York Area Coordinator
Robyn Miller, Evelyn Bock, Sonya Smith & Eileen Rudnick, Program Art teachers
Steve Trueman, Author, “Pablo, the Philly Philanthropist” and “Clothesline” storybooks
Meredith and Samantha Wiggins, Editing and photography
Nishiana Velazguez, Student Intern
Joshua James, Video, Studio and event assistance
Janine James, interviewing and Story Meister
Alpha Kanu, Alexis Bloom & Juania Velazguez, Artist-Philanthropists
Thanks to our Special Friends
Susan Beard, Photography
CAPA Jazz Trio
Ice Bars Luges and Logos – Rob Capone, Ice sculpture on the spot
JIHM Booth -Seth Shimkonis
Masterman School Sweet 16 A Cappella Group
One Village Coffee – Steve Hackman
Fresh Artists Board of Trustees
Heather Gibson, Sentry Art Advisory Services
Pastor Christine James, Careview Community Church
Valerie Lagauskas, Event Navigators
Jim Pinheiro, Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group
Nancy K. Wolff, School District of Philadelphia, Art educator, retired
John Pauciulo, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, pro bono counsel
Business Advisory Council (BAC)
Sara Anderson, First Niagara Bank
Scott Binder, Health Partners
Alex Brame, Service Point USA
Nicole Carville, Haworth
April Colby, Martin Banks
Rick DeCoyte, Silicon Valley Fine Art Prints
Helen Diemer, The Lighting Practice
Rob Diemer, In Posse
Rosemarie Fabien, Fabien Communications
Lauren Fantini, Caroselli, Beachler McTierney & Conboy
Peter Hahn, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Heller, Comcast
Ken Johnson, Glaxo Smith Kline
Kristine Lamley, The Addis Group
Susan Mock, Academy of Vocal Arts
Lori Morrissey, SAP Americas
Robert Reid, AIA, Elevate Architects & Collaborators
Janine Sesso, Independence Blue Cross
Seth Shimkonis, JIHM Booth
John Siemiarowski, Electrical Wizardry
Jeffrey Totaro, Jeffrey Totaro Photography
Suzanne Turk, Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Drexel University
Amanda Weko, AGW Communications
Jerria Williams, SEPTA
Susan Yeager, ReSourcePro Insurance Services
Artist-Philantropist Matt DeLaurentis (between parents) and his family hamming it up at Salon
Writer Janine James and brother Josh spent the evening interviewing kids, families, event volunteers and corporate supporters. Fresh Artists, The Movie, coming to theaters near you soon!
Malberson Nunez (remember that name, he will be famous!) with his art teacher, Sonya Smith, Mom and sister enjoying the evening
Velvet McNeil of YES Philly, our teen internship partner, stopped by to have some fun and support the kids
Uber-Volunteers Rosemarie Fabien and Amanda Weko, design writers who help us reach out to the press to tell our story
Drumroll.... our thanks to the Art teachers whom we are rallied to serve! Thanks to Eileen Rudnick (two students represented in this year's WCL Collection, Rovic Merginio and Destiny Goodger) and Robyn Miller (her student, Michael Kushnir, also in this year's WCL collection) with Robyn's husband, Les Cooperson and Fresh Artists Co-founder, Roger Allen. Eileen is recently retired from the School District of Philadelphia, and now working with us on interesting, innovative programs. We are actively approaching master art teachers with the invitation to work with us after they retire. It is part of our commitment to the Encore Movement to engage brilliant art teachers in our mission, mentoring younger teachers and helping us implement some of the zany ideas we cook up.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS YEAR’S SALON ON THE SCHUYLKILL SUCH A ROUSING SUCCESS!
See you all next year!