Banner Image: Detail of a watercolor of the Athenaeum by Paul Hogarth, c. 1976.
New Books for October
Fumaroli Lecture and Book Signing, When the World Spoke French
Marc Fumaroli as he discusses his new book When the World Spoke French
which has been hailed by the New York Times as “magisterial,” and
cited by the Wall Street Journal for “his command of sources, his
treasury of recondite detail and his narrative zest” all of which “combine
in a sustained celebration” of the French and their influence in diplomacy.
Marc Fumaroli is the Director of the Académie Française and has been a member
of the Committee on Social Thought in Chicago. Reception and book signing to
October 19, 5:30PM
Free for Athenaeum members. RSVP to Susan
Gallo at 215-925-2688 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
All others $10 Register
Membership Secretary Brittany Koch will be exhibiting two of her paintings at the Little Engine
Gallery in Old City, on First Friday, October 7th. Brittany is
a 2011 graduate of Temple University with a degree in Studio Art and Art History. Shown here is one of her works,
Rhythms of Suspension, Philadelphia Skyline in the Distance.
Little Engine Gallery
Creative Arts Building
2nd and Cuthbert Streets
Evening, October 7, 2011
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Places On Paper Gallery Talks
Laverty, Curator of Architecture, will give gallery talks on
Saturday, October 1st at
Wednesday, October 26th at 5:30pm. Space is limited, reservations
required. Free. RSVP to Susan
Gallo at 215-925-2688 or email@example.com
Artist Spotlight: Phoebe Darlington
Another in an ongoing series of profiles of artist customers of the Athenaeum’s Regional Digital Imaging Center
Darlington creates portraits in pencil. After twenty years with the medium, her
work practically sings off the page. "Capturing mood, light and delicacy of
form, as I perceive it, has always been a goal best achieved, for me, with
discovered that she was a frustrated artist at the age of four. Having only
crayons to work with, she was unable to capture the beauty of a tulip. "I
was unable to render the subtlety of the petals and in my disappointment made a
decision on the spot that tulips were unattractive (and not the smartest)
flowers, an opinion that lasted into middle age."
Phoebe participates in art shows, most of her work is commissioned. She works
from photographs, which she prefers to take herself, although many portraits
have been created with photos received through the mail or on-line. "I love
the way graphite captures skin tones which is why I have concentrated on human
subjects predominantly. Recently, I have enjoyed capturing the personalities of
dogs for whom I have a great affinity."
search for a Cruse Scanner in the Philadelphia area introduced Phoebe to the
Athenaeum in 2007. "The unparalleled service and availability of the staff
won my loyalty. I have never worked with so accommodating and flexible a team as
Mike and Jim. They set a standard for service in Philadelphia and the quality of
the scans and prints is unparalleled for reproduction and my web site. I highly
recommend their services."
Phoebe’s website at: www.phoebedarlington.com
Right: "Fensterer Girls" by Phoebe Darlington.
Left: "Shiba Inu" by Phoebe Darlington.
Afternoon at the Athenaeum
Michele A. Belluomini of Blue Deer Storytelling returns to the Athenaeum with
magical stories from around the world. Free. Registration required, contact
Susan Gallo at 215-925-2688 or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 29, 2011, 1:00PM
Book Workshop with Maria Pisano: Flag Book
Book is a very expressive, interactive, three dimensional book. The flags have
wonderful movement and allow for multiple images and content. Come and create
your own designs for the pages and the covers and assemble your very own book.
We will be using collage, stencils, stamps and other elements to celebrate
October 29, 2011, 2:00PM-4:00 PM
$15 for Athenaeum Members, All others $20
here for registration
October 1: First Saturday, Athenaeum open, 11:00am-3:00pm.
1: Tunnel Book workshop with Maria Pisano, 10:00am-4:00pm.
1: Philadelphia Places On Paper Gallery Talk, 1:00pm.
October 5: Kieran Timberlake book launch, 5:30pm.
19: Marc Fumaroli, When The World Spoke French, 5:30pm.
24: Mah Jongg Lessons, 2:00pm.
26: Philadelphia Places On Paper Gallery Talk, 5:30pm.
October 29: Children's programs: storytelling (1:00pm) and book arts workshop
Calendar for details and additional