“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?”
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS YEAR’S SALON ON THE SCHUYLKILL SUCH A ROUSING SUCCESS!
See you all next year!