Saturday, October 16, 2010
press release: WHERE ALL THE FREAKS MEET: ANNUAL SIDESHOW GATHERING at INKIN’ THE VALLEY, NOVEMBER 5TH – 7TH, 2010
WILKES-BARRE PA – The Annual Sideshow Gathering — the world's only sideshow convention — returns to northeastern Pennsylvania with its unique blend of weirdness, nostalgia, and wonder. From November 5th through 7th, the strange and unusual take center stage when showmen and genuine sideshow freaks from across the country descend on Wilkes-Barre's The Woodlands Inn & Resort to celebrate and share the giddy thrills and forbidden mysteries of the carnival sideshow. Over the course of three days, these showfolk will walk on glass, swallow swords, eat light bulbs, attempt to break a world record for human blockhead, and otherwise risk bodily harm for the sake of twisted entertainment. The Annual Sideshow Gathering is the premier networking event for performers, fans, collectors, historians, and the curious.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of P. T. Barnum, the man who single-handedly created modern advertising and brought some of history's most celebrated human oddities to national prominence. Barnum knew how to indulge the public's curiosity and send them away satisfied and filled with wonder. It is in the spirit of Barnum that the Sideshow Gathering brings together many of today's best sideshow performers for a weekend of gasps, shrieks, and laughs.
Attractions at the 9th Annual Sideshow Gathering will include:
The weekend's emcees, Tyler Fyre and Thrill Kill Jill of The Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow — named “Best Sideshow Duo” by Washington City Paper; Chris McDaniel, the rope-spinning, whip-cracking, singing cowboy; Coney Island Chris, the hilarious one-man ten-in-one seen on America's Got Talent; Olde City Sideshow, featuring Danny Borneo, Martin Ling the Suicide King, and Reggie Bügmüncher; Harley Newman, professional lunatic; Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, featuring Swami Yomahmi, Mr. Eon, Mab Just Mab, and The Darwin Sisters; Magic Brian, outrageous comedy-magic and sideshow stunts; Doc Wilson, escape artist and medicine show huckster; bagpiper Patrick O'Brien; Mr. Crispy, who will be spending his honeymoon on stage; and many more! This year's event also welcomes special guest of honor A. W. Stencell, showman and author of Circus and Carnival Ballyhoo, who will receive the 2010 Ambassador of Wonder Award. Additionally, vendors such as James Taylor's Shocked and Amazed! will display freakshow memorabilia, rare books, and original show banners. Step right up to the Sideshow Gathering for a weekend of entertainment and diversion you won't soon forget!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Study for portrait of Miracle Mike, The Headless Wonder Chicken
Originally uploaded by Prof. Jas. Mundie
From James G. Mundie's Cabinet of Curiosities
10 x 7 inches, sepia pen with sepia and brown ink washes on Arches hot-pressed watercolor paper
[Copyright © 2010 James G. Mundie. Image may not be reproduced in any form without express written permission.]
Posted by Mundie-Art at 12:42 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Lou Reed (King Neptune) at the 2010 Mermaid Parade
Originally uploaded by Prof. Jas. Mundie
Coney Island, Brooklyn NY
Posted by Mundie-Art at 10:44 PM
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
From series James G. Mundie's Cabinet of Curiosities
[Copyright © 2009 James G. Mundie. Image may not be reproduced in any form without express written permission.]
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
DATE: 31 May 2010
CONTACT: Fraidoon Al-Nakib
ADDRESS: F.A.N. Gallery, 221 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19106
F.A.N. GALLERY PRESENTS
KATE KERN MUNDIE: RECENT PAINTINGS,
4 June to 24 July 2010
PHILADELPHIA PA – This June and July, F.A.N. Gallery presents an exhibition of new oil paintings by Philadelphia artist Kate Kern Mundie. Kate Kern Mundie: Recent Paintings features more than thirty new works: from rural and urban landscapes in and around Philadelphia and Cape Cod, to intimate interiors. The images focus on fleeting moments in an ever-changing environment.
The exhibition begins June 4th and continues through July 24th, 2010. Receptions will take place during First Friday on June 4th and July 2nd from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Both the exhibition and the receptions are free and open to the public. F.A.N. Gallery is located at 221 Arch Street in Philadelphia PA. For exhibition hours and information, please visit www.fanartgallery.com.
Kate Kern Mundie's paintings are the result of daily observations and recent travel. Executed with deft brushstrokes and lush color, Mundie’s paintings often depict unexpected views of urban streets, rural landscape, or secluded interiors. “I am repeatedly struck by how quickly things change,” Mundie says, “from the light moving during a painting session to seeing the effects of erosion at my favorite locations on Cape Cod where some of the gently rolling dunes that I painted a few years ago are now cut back into dramatic cliffs. I feel a sense of urgency to capture those fleeting moments when the light seems so perfect, or to document a place as it appears to me at this instant. ” While Kate Kern Mundie’s paintings are reminiscent of American master Edward Hopper – even going so far as to have visited many of the same locations – she offers a fresh interpretation and a new expression.
In describing the appeal of Ms. Mundie's work, Fraidoon Al-Nakib, founder and owner of F.A.N. Gallery, says, “The vibrant color harmonies and juicy surfaces in Kate Mundie's paintings are a feast for my eyes, inspire my mind, and move my spirit.”
For a preview of paintings in the exhibition, please visit www.mundieart.com/kkm/fan2010-preview.htm.
ABOUT KATE KERN MUNDIE:
Kate Kern Mundie is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. Mundie lives in South Philadelphia with husband and fellow artist James Mundie and their young sons, Declan and Aidan. For examples of her work, please visit www.mundieart.com.
ABOUT F.A.N. GALLERY:
F.A.N. Gallery resides in the heart of historic Old City Philadelphia, in a Colonial building that dates back to the 1740s. Since it was founded by Fraidoon Al-Nakib in 1991, the F.A.N. Gallery has established a reputation for exhibiting the work of emerging and established artists who explore color, tone and atmosphere in the classic traditions of American painting. F.A.N. Gallery's artists introduce innovative contemporary themes and imagery of the urban environment, dreams and memory, and personal experience. For more information, please visit the gallery's website: www.fanartgallery.com.
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Monday, May 17, 2010
This summer, Kate returns to Philadelphia's own F.A.N. Gallery with a two-month-long show! Kate Kern Mundie: Recent Paintings will feature more than thirty new works in oil. The exhibition begins with an opening reception on Friday, 4 June, from 5:00–9:00 PM (a second reception will be held on Friday, 2 July) and continues through 24 July 2010.
F.A.N. Gallery is located at 221 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19106.
Image: Longnook (Eventide), 28 x 24 inches, oil on panel, Kate Kern Mundie © 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Three of my photographs were used to illustrate an article about Ward Hall, who at the age of 79 will once again return to the midway this season with his traveling sideshow — World of Wonders.