NEWS: October 2011

Vol. 4, No. 10

In This Issue:

Banner Image: Detail of a watercolor of the Athenaeum by Paul Hogarth, c. 1976.


Banner Image: Detail of a watercolor of the Athenaeum by Paul Hogarth, c. 1976.


New Books for October

Athenaeum Bookshelf  10-2011


Marc Fumaroli Lecture and Book Signing, When the World Spoke French

Join 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 follow.


Wednesday, October 19, 5:30PM

Free for Athenaeum members. RSVP to Susan Gallo at 215-925-2688 or, All others $10 Register here

Staff News

Athenaeum 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


Friday Evening, October 7, 2011


Chase Freedom Rewards

From October 1-December 31, 2011, users of the Chase Freedom Rewards Card can earn 5% cash back (up to $1500) for making donations to charities.  You must enroll in advance for each quarter.  For those of you who have a Chase Freedom Rewards Card and qualify for this promotion, this is the perfect time to make a donation to the Athenaeum.  For more information, click here


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Philadelphia Places On Paper Gallery Talks

Bruce Laverty, Curator of Architecture, will give gallery talks on 

Saturday, October 1st at 2:00pm and Wednesday, October 26th at 5:30pm.  Space is limited, reservations required.  Free.  RSVP to Susan Gallo at 215-925-2688 or


Artist Spotlight: Phoebe Darlington

Another in an ongoing series of profiles of artist customers of the Athenaeum’s Regional Digital Imaging Center (RDIC).

Phoebe Darlington-Fensterer GirlsPhoebe 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 pencil." 


Phoebe 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 Darlington-Shiba InuAlthough 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." 


An online 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."

Visit Phoebe’s website at:


Above Right: "Fensterer Girls" by Phoebe Darlington.

Above Left: "Shiba Inu" by Phoebe Darlington.


Children's Afternoon at the Athenaeum



Storyteller 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

Saturday, October 29, 2011, 1:00PM



Children's Book Workshop with Maria Pisano: Flag Book


The Flag 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 Halloween.


Saturday, October 29, 2011, 2:00PM-4:00 PM

$15 for Athenaeum Members, All others $20


Click here for registration


Save the date:

October 1: First Saturday, Athenaeum open, 11:00am-3:00pm.


October 1: Tunnel Book workshop with Maria Pisano, 10:00am-4:00pm.


October 1: Philadelphia Places On Paper Gallery Talk, 1:00pm.


October 5: Kieran Timberlake book launch, 5:30pm.


October 19: Marc Fumaroli, When The World Spoke French, 5:30pm.


October 24: Mah Jongg Lessons, 2:00pm.


October 26: Philadelphia Places On Paper Gallery Talk, 5:30pm.

October 29: Children's programs: storytelling (1:00pm) and book arts workshop (2:00pm).


See the Event Calendar for details and additional events.


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