In 2008, Associate Curator of American Art Mark Mitchell was in the early phases of planning an exhibition on American still-life painting. Thinking of possible acquisitions that the Museum might pursue to bolster its still-life holdings and enhance the exhibition, Mitchell started making visits to art dealers. When he went to Michael Altman Fine Art in New York, he cited “Flower Still Life with Bird’s Nest” by nineteenth-century master Severin Roesen as an exemplar of the style and quality that he was seeking. Little did he know, the very painting, which had long been in private hands, had just gone on the market and was sitting in the gallery’s storage at that exact moment.

The serendipity of the encounter propelled the Museum to undertake a fund-raising campaign to secure the picture for Philadelphia. Roesen had spent much of his career in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, advancing the artistic achievements of this region while redefining the genre of American still life. Recognizing this treasure’s value to the collection, every member of the American Art department’s advisory committee stepped forward with contributions toward its purchase, a historic and triumphant moment for the Museum.

“Flower Still Life with Bird’s Nest,” 1853, by Severin Roesen 


Famille Rose bowl, once owned by Benjamin Franklin
China (1760-1770)
Hard paste porcelain
The Frankliniana Collection, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
First two photos are my own, third is from [Source]

Happy Fourth of July, continued!

I took these shots when I was visiting Philly earlier this year. This is one of the first fashionable items Franklin and his wife Deborah bought when their business started to grow.

Chinese-made goods: they’ve been with you since Year Zero. :)


“Using our Gardens as the inspiration and the canvas, Klip Collective is creating an imaginary visual and sound experience,” Executive Director Paul B. Redman said in a phone interview. “It is something I promise no one has ever seen before.”

Topiaries that seemingly come to life. Palm trees that glitter like jewels. The Flower Garden Drive that transforms into “an undersea fantasia.”

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Thanks to Klip Collective, Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia is going to be lit this summer ;)

And finally. It’s here.

Happy birthday to Creepoid’s brilliant new album Cemetery Highrise Slum available everywhere now!

They’ll be on tour this week to celebrate, starting tonight in New York City. Get the full tour dates and ticket links here.

And in the meantime, there is no shortage of fine people who would love to facilitate your listening enjoyment with physical and digital copies of the album. Here is a tight selection of online and IRL spots where you can pick it up today!


iTunes -
Amazon -
GooglePlay -
Bandcamp -


Spotify -
Rdio -


Collect Direct (worldwide exclusive variant) -
Banquet (UK exclusive variant) -
Amazon -
Amoeba Records - San Francisco / Los Angeles
Best Buy - Online
Black Plastic - Cincinnati
Bull Moose Music - New Hampshire / Maine
Cactus Music - Houston
Cheap Thrills - Princeton, WV
Creep Records: The Store - Philadelphia
Criminal Records - Atlanta
Culture Clash - Toledo
Dearborn Music - Dearborn
Dimple Records - Northern California
The Electric Fetus - Minneapolis
End of an Ear - Austin
Euclid Records - New Orleans
Exclusive Company - Milwaukee
Exile on Main St - Branford, CT
Extreme Noise - Minneapolis
Fingerprints - Long Beach
FYE - Various
Graywhale Entertainment - Salt Lake City
Guestroom Records - Louisville
Hungry Ear - Honolulu
Independent Records - Pueblo / Colorado Springs
Jackpot Records - Portland
Looney Tunes - West Babylon, NY
Lou’s Records - Encinitas
Luna Music - Indianapolis
Lunchbox Records - Charlotte
No Idea Records - Online
Park Avenue CD - Orlando
Plan 9 - Richmond
Princeton Record Exchange - Princeton, NJ
Rasputins - Northern California
Reckless Records - Chicago
Record Theater - Buffalo / Amherst
Repo Records - Philadelphia
Revelation Records - Online
Rough Trade - Brooklyn
Schoolkids - Raleigh / Durham
Silver Platters - Bellevue / Seattle
The Sound Garden - Baltimore
Stickfigure - Atlanta
Stinkweeds - Phoenix
Streetlight Records - Santa Cruz / San Jose
Twist & Shout - Denver
Vintage Vinyl - Fords, NJ
Waterloo Records - Austin
Zia Records - Las Vegas

Philadelphia Science Festival, May 2

Black Salt Press and Craig B. Snyder, author of A Secret History of the Olliewill be at the Philadelphia Science Festival on Saturday, May 2. Look for us at the Action Science booth, in front of the Philadelphia Science Museum. Snyder will be signing copies of A Secret History of the Ollie throughout the day, along with appearances by some of the skateboarding legends featured in the book. On display will be a range of vintage skateboards, and there will be skateboarding demonstrations in front of the Philadelphia Science Museum, featuring former pro skater Bill Robertson, aka “Dr. Skateboard,” and The Philadelphia Collective.

The Foreign Exchange - Foreign Exchange Title Theme
Bahamadia x Guru - Uknowhowwedu (Across The Tracks Jazzy Blend)
The Foreign Exchange - Better (ft. Shana Tucker & Eric Roberson)
J. Dilla ft. Black Thought
The Roots - Tunnel Vision
Hiatus Kaiyote - Swamp Thing
Miles Bonny - Too High
DJ Mitsu ft. Hanif - My Lament
Grand Agent ft. The Wurxs - Spiterature
Skyzoo & Illmind - Speakers On Blast
Hezekiah - Love Is Gone (PJ Remix)
De La Soul - Ego Trippin 2
The Bul Bey - On
Supavison - Shake
Tink - Ratchet Commandments
Eric Clapton - I Shot The Sheriff
EPMD - Strictly Business
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back (Billy Hoyle Samba Rock RMX)
Major Ernie - Pon De Girls
DJ Asparagus x Eric Roberson - Funk For Me

The @tractioncompany is an artist collective from Philadelphia whos latest exhibit is now open at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

“subTraction” (pictured) is one of the group projects found at the exhibit, which is a 1/6th scale model of the exact studio #tractioncompany works from.

We recommend you take time to see these and other works of the traction company at the @pafacademy which will be open from now until October.

For more info check:

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Loan Servicing and Collections position, Philadelphia

I. Job Title: Loan Servicing & Collections
Supervisor: CFO
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

FINANTA is a non-profit 501©(3) community lender whose mission is to promote the growth and economic expansion of diverse communities through the infusion of capital and the provision of business and home-ownership consultation services. Products for businesses include microloans of up to $50,000, small business loans up to $150,000, economic development loans over $150,000, and lines of credit up to $100,000. We also offer FINANTA mortgages (up to $160,000) and PHFA mortgages (up to $417,000) for first-time homebuyers. For those not yet ready to borrow, FINANTA offers “PRE” programs that pair credit-building microloans with customized one-on-one and group-based counseling. Since its founding in 1996, FINANTA has deployed over 900 loans totaling $41.6 million.

-Greet and receive all incoming visitors/clientele and direct to the appropriate staff person. -Receive all mail and packages, sort and distribute to appropriate party. -Mail all correspondence as assigned. -Type reports, proposals, letter, memos, labels and other correspondence. -Maintain FINANTA event calendar. -Perform other related duties as assigned. -Maintain contact lists for staff and clients.

-Upon closing of the loan, create binder for the customer, including respective sections. -Coordinate with lender to record documents in the City, have proper follow up, and file the document once back from being recorded. (Includes UCC filings and car title liens). -For clients, draft and mail letters for site visit requests to update documents for binder and gather missing information. -Audit each current client file for documents completeness according to the closing list. -Maintain insurance information up to date on each file to avoid any lapse in coverage. -Prepare paid –off loan files to be archived and dispose files when loans have been paid-off for more than 7 years; however, making sure that all loan documents have been scanned and saved on database. -Order Title search/appraisal/mortgage pay-off and follow up on delivery timelines. -Review loan data on database to ensure loan data accuracy & integrity. -Generate loan portfolio reports (Employment reports, escrows & insurance reports). -Review and monitor escrows holdback accounts (Revised two times a year). -Report any conditions affecting customer’s satisfaction. -Review title reports, insurance documents, construction due diligence documentation, escrow closing statements for accuracy and completeness in compliance with FINANTA’s policies and loan approval closing conditions. -Maintain collection process for active and charged off accounts. Print delinquency report, contact clients, issue nonpayment and default letters. Refer clients to legal if needed.

-Excellent English and Spanish – oral and written skills required. -College Degree or minimum one year of continued experience required in similar field. -Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Professional. -Able to multitask, pay attention to detail, have flexibility, and prioritize workload. -Must relate well to others. -Must exhibit professional appearance and skills at all times, on the phone and/or in person. -Able to work with limited supervision and find solutions to administrative challenges. -Strong organizational skills and analytical abilities. -Must have high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations.

Starting salary OF $30,000.00 (or more based on length of experience). Full-time position with excellent benefits package, including: medical, dental, matching retirement contribution and paid time off. FINANTA is an equal opportunity employer.

Qualified/interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter directly to:


The Art of the Steal (2009) - The Relocation of the Barnes Art Collection to Philadelphia

“Sometimes my feet are tired and my hands are quiet, but there is no quiet in my heart.” W.B. Yeats….
#its_gram #its_yeats #williambutleryeats #shutterbug_collective #frommyperspective #18thcenturygarden #philadelphia #whyilovephilly #phillyparks by journalwriter