Friday, November 26, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 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

Ink and ink wash drawing of Miracle Mike, a chicken who lived 18 months after decapitation in 1945. A fortuitously placed ax left Mike's brain stem intact, so he continued to behave as a normal chicken and received nourishment through an eyedropper. Mike went on to become a popular sideshow attraction and was even featured in Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not, but his career in showbiz came to an abrupt end one night on the road when he choked to death in his hotel room. Miracle Mike's hometown of Fruita, Colorado, throws a festival in his honor every year in May.

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.]

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lou Reed (King Neptune) at the 2010 Mermaid Parade

"Oh, all the poets they studied rules of verse/And those ladies, they rolled their eyes..."

Coney Island, Brooklyn NY

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Originally uploaded by Prof. Jas. Mundie
Sliced section of human head from the collection of Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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
TELEPHONE: 215-922-5155

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

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

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

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:

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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

Divine Lorraine Hotel

A fading jewel on North Broad Street, photographed on a bitterly cold morning between blizzards.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sakura No. 2

Sakura No. 2
Originally uploaded by Prof. Jas. Mundie
Spring has arrived, and with it comes the annual return of the cherry blossoms. I always find it pleasantly startling to come upon these almost magical bursts of light and color that liven up the drab city streets for a few days.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Photographs featured in AOL News article

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.

Sword swallower Tommy Breen and fire eater Pete "Poobah" Terhurne
(photograph © James G. Mundie)