Friday, November 13, 2009

Judy has decided that she no longer wants to continue treatment.

When I was a kid these are some of the songs I remember hearing coming out of Judy's bedroom...(She was in her Alanis Moristte years and spent many hours in her room, a couple times I hid in her closet to see what she and her girlfriends were chatting about, guess I was always nosey.Judy was hugely popular, having been homecoming queen, a cheerleader, on the student board, friendly, and a volunteer at the local hospital. Sometimes when my folks went out for the night, or away for the weekend she would have the best parties in town, and as I lay awake above the patio, the keg and the makeshift dirt backyard dance floor. Elvis Costello semmed to always be on the turntable. I was so excited when I met him years later because of this memory.

Early 80's
As most of you know my 48 year old sister is battling Ovarian Cancer, but unfortunately OC is winning, and chemo is making the fight so much harder. So after 18 months of a valiant fight my sister has made the selfless decision to stop the chemo so that she will be free of pain and suffering for the holidays and enjoy them with us and her immediate family; and then allow her disease to run it's course. Judy & Walt have had a love affair marriage for almost 25 years meeting right after college. We of course still appreciate your prayers, and we know miracle's happen. If you have a chance please visit her "Caring Bridge Page" as some of my readers have done and leave a message, it would be so nice, and of course she will read the ones here too. I know she reads them. She listed under Judy Wilkins

When Judy was a sophomore in high school she won a radio contest and met the musical group Chicago backstage, received all their albums up to that date, so much of the 70's we heard Chicago piping out of her room. Also the same year she won a helicopter ride to the first day of her sophomore year at Paul VI High School.

Judy just saw Elton John & Billy Joel in concert this past summer. She had a great time.
Judy took me to my first concert, without my parents accompanying me, and it was the Cars. I think I went with a dozen of her friends, and me. It was a lot of fun and nice that she'd let her little brother tag along.

Me, Janine, Crista, Tracy (Wedding dress), Mom, Grandmom, Dad, Margaret, Judy & Ray. We are so lucky to have a really close family.

No teenage girl in the 70's could do without Carly Simon on their play list

This was a favorite and played often after those Paul VI Dances, although Judy had 1 steady BF for high school, and then another for college, before she met Walt, her soulmate:

Daughter Colleen, Judy (about 2 months after her diagnosis) Walt and daughter Lauren. There's is such an incredible close family. Judy & Walt were very involved in their kids lives growing up, Judy and Walt between them coached girls hockey, softball, cheerleading, involved in the PTA, School Board, attending all their games. Please keep them at the top of your prayer list.

Judy was in love with Handy Man James Taylor

but she almost broke her knuckle when she found out her first love Bobby Sherman had a girlfriend and punched his poster. (The stud was hanging on a stud.)

Life started looking brighter when Saturday Night Fever came out and she emerged to the Dance Clubs especially Emerald City.

Then she graduated high school, went to nursing school, met Walt and lived happily ever after til now.But we're gonna have a great time until then...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW at The Convention Center Today thru Sunday - Skateboard Art?

(I have to go to work now, but will finish this at lunch. It's about 80% finished, I started at the bottom, then the top so scroll all the way thru. Then come back cause there's a fun story I have to write. Thanks)Last night I attended the preview party for the PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART CRAFT SHOW (11/12 - 11/15) which is presented annually by the Museum's Women's Committee and Craft Show Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to fund conservation and publication projects, and to support exhibitions and education programs. The Craft Show is held at the Pa Convention Center. (On the bus line and plenty of parking across the street too)

Tickets for this special night were $200 which included dinner, dessert and an open bar. Guests were dressed from Black tie, evening gowns to jeans.

No matter how cold it is, people will line up for Bassets Ice CreamHaving never been to the craft show I was really surprised how much of the art I loved, and the fascinating stories I heard regarding how the artist found their calling, and some who follow their passion even though many are really starving artists.
I was directed to George Peterson's wood carving skateboards from another crafter at the show. He said you have go to check out his work, it's fascinating and unique. Sure enough it is. George told me he is an old skool boarder, but works his craft on the much longer skateboards. He had been a wood turner working on bowls etc. One day as he was tooling around on his board he had one of those a ha moments when looking at other skaters and thought the skateboards are wood let me experiment on them. He work is similar to Tribal Art as he believes skateboarders are a tribal group, plus he likes to recyle old skateboards into beautiful art. (While here he's going to try and make it to the Roosevelt Skatepark in South Philly, says its one of the best in the country.)
Ignatious Creegan helps Dudy Ferguson find the right hat for her. I love this hat, reminds me of a Lady Gaga costume.

Dan Mirer loves his wine and had made a glass that holds one liter. So when your spouse says "Honey please don't drink too much." You can respond, "I'm just gonna have one glass." With him is Chrissy Lapham.

Dan also makes alot of other interesting glass items including the popular Champagne Flutes and $20 drinking glasses.

Christine Rodrigues Schukow loves wildlife, and when she's not creating her Shadowbox Dioramas she volunteers for wildlife rescue. Everyday when she's home you might find her caring for the orphaned and injured wildlife she rehabilitates, and then in her studio where she now specializes in the design and construction of amazing little creations that seem to capture a moment in time and draw the view in, usually with a smile, a touch of nostalgia, humor or just a pleasant sense of times gone by. One of their biggest sellers is this depiction of people walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Partner Ted Young creates the shadowboxes and frames and they are art work in themselves. The prices for these works of art range from $150+ (this of course is not the best pix of the work)

My favorite shadow box was this Domino Sugar neon lighted one, sure to be a seller here in Philadelphia as the Domino Sugar factor was once located in Old City.

Look who I found, Where Magazine Karen Gross and squeeze TLA Manager 15th Street Dan Cresskoff. I think she might have to change the name of her "Sex and the Single Girl" cabaret show. She's still sexy though!!
A contingent of 26 visitors from the Oakland Museum of California came to Philly specifically to see our craft show. WOW thanks. They also have made a week out of it viewing many of the wonderful art we have in the Delaware Valley including the Barnes Collection, The Academy of Fine Arts, Wheaton Village and private collections. These tours were put together by an organization I will be writing about shortly The Philadelphia Hospitality Group. I attended an event of theirs last week and learned about this group I never knew existed.

These women are all from the Bay area Judy Wood, Carole Cohen, Standing Ellen Jasper and Ann Patton. They really enjoyed the Reading Terminal and our historic district too.
Jewelry was a big seller at the craft show, and isn't it everywhere.
Alexandra Geller and Bill Multer. Alexandra creates unique ceramic arts and I think you will too. Both Alexandra and Bill love Philadelphia food and we spent a good amount of time reviewing some of restaurants they will try and fit in while they are here. Tuesday night they went to Amada. Bill said it was the finest tapa restaurant he's been too, loved the octopus and the service. They weren't on top of you, they knew how to pace their visit. He's also looking forward to visiting 10 Arts and enjoying Top Chef Jennifer Carroll's dishes. Perhaps will stop in for a Joseph Poon dish in Chinatown. This town has a lot of celebrity chefs.

Akiko Sugiyama creates sea pods. She loves the texture and the flow. She started her career in painting but when oils became too expensive to work with her creativity took her in a different direction and she discovered her real passion where she can express herself. While I was there a customer from the previous year came in, told her of all the compliments she gets on the piece she bought, and prompty went about choosing another $300+ piece for her wall. "I don't have much wall space left, but I'll make room."

I tweeted this last night from the show: - Interesting Creatures by Ian Kessler-Gowell @ Phila Craft Show. Ian started in the glass blowing craft about 10 years ago. These creatures came about from his doodling in class a few years back, just this year he learned how to do eyes. Currently he is participating in the Energy Xchange Program The EnergyXchange Craft Incubator program was established to support six talented artists in starting, managing, and operating their own small business in the crafts of glass blowing and pottery.

After asking a half dozen folks what was their favorite part of the show, time after time the answer was the Korean Craft Promotion Foundation (KCPF) section of craft. The work is very distinct and ranges from traditional Asian to very contemporary, working in fiber, glass, wood, ceramic & metal. There are silver tea sets and miniature, functional silver cameras. There is wood used for furniture and wood fiber for clothing, wall pieces and jewelry; ceramics that look like stone and ceramics that look like glass. There will be necklaces that look like sketches of elaborate antiques set with diamonds, and brooches that can be worn back-to-front. According to Amy Fox, Show Chair, "We are enthusiastic about their participation in the show this year and know their work will be a great attraction by drawing new attendees to the show and complementing the work of our U.S. artists. So hurry on down to the Convention Center because the show ends on Sunday. And whether you're in the market for something, or just window shopping, the craft show is something you don't want to miss.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Liquid Salon Debuts it's new Digs with a visit from Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Kirk Brandow

With a new season upon us, people tend to debut a new look or new 'do, especially in the Fall as it's the busy Social Season. About 2 weeks ago I covered the grand re-opening of Liquid Hair Salon which also is debuting a new look itself. Liquid has gone under a complete renovation and is now a modern, hip, cool hue hair spot. I guess since they had a face lift they thought it would be great to do this party with a professional cosmetic surgeon and invited Dr. Kirk Brandow to debut his magazine and promote his services too. (There are a several clients of Dr. Brandow's below. He believes in doing touch ups that are not noticeable, or as I like to call them the anti-Joan Rivers face.)
Dr. Kirk Brandow founded the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery in 1997. Located in the Pagoda Building on the Main Line of Philadelphia, the clinic’s state-of-the-art facilities offer a serene environment where patients can make important decisions about their personal rejuvenation.Stephanie Brandow, Theresa Vickery, Dr. Kirk Brandow, Kimberley Savage, and Farah McBride
Liquid co-owner Kimberly Savage and stylist Brian Cuddy.
Will Anthony and Jessie Olivencia
Cyril Camomot and Elisa Peduto
Jennifer Grindville, Joy Craig, Betty Langa
Julia Fanelli, Dr. Brandow and Patty Doyle. Julia and Patty work at Dr. Brandow's Somers Point office.
Jen Quatrone, Jill McIntyre and Hector Rivera
Jackie Long, Kelly Marek, Sabrina Lucia and Gabrielle Pelicci
Dr. Brandow shows his wares to a party goer.
Melanie Dabrow and Randy Coleman

Brian Cuddy and John Fetsko. John just did the renovations to Liquid working on the interior design and doing faux painting;Mainline comes to town with the presence of Christian Wynne and Harrison Todd who bookcase Donna Amato
The Liquid Bathroom is something to see.