Over the past 9 months, we’ve introduced you to a magical 1960s photo album….and told you some of the stories behind it.
Back around 1964, South Philadelphia nightlife columnist and photographer Arthur Tavani collected over 200 photos of himself with nationally and locally famous singers, comedians, athletes, politicians, judges, business people and more.
(Art Tavani greets South Philadelphia’s Al Martino, bottom right. Not all the stars
were locally grown: That’s Art with Tony Bennett, top, and Bob Hope, bottom left.)
Many of the best-known entertainers – ranging from Bobby Rydell and Fabian, to Al Martino and Guy Marks – were South Philly natives. Today, we’ll show you Art’s photos with famous out-of-towners… Continue reading
Last fall we introduced you to the art-filled home and fabulous gardens of Philadelphia Dumpster Diver Randy Dalton and his longtime partner Michael Martin Mills.
(Michael Martin Mills, left, and Randy Dalton in their always summery dining room.)
And, yes, you can still tour their house and garden on our website, and read the blog post about them here.
RANDY’S BLUE GROTTO
But Randy had a magical surprise up his always blue sleeve – one we planned to interview him about later this year: His Blue Grotto art environment.
(Randy’s Blue Grotto contains hundreds of blue lights, sculptures, found objects,
photos and more, in support of his “Do Blue!” campaign for the arts)
It’s tour time again!
Over the past 8 months, Unexpected Philadelphia has taken you to 8 inspiring, art-filled homes belonging to the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – that warm and wacky band of artists and collectors who exhibit, socialize and produce witty, up-cycled art together.
Today we’re heading to the home and studio of Ellen Benson, sister of Divers’ co-founder Neil Benson, whose house we’ve already visited.
(Ellen in her living room with what she modestly calls “The Wall”.
About a third of the work is hers; the rest hails from around the globe.)