Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Marker Magic, Drawings by Kate Kern Mundie

Frame Fatale presents a fundraiser exhibition in Crayola marker:
Marker Magic, drawings by Kate Kern Mundie,
October 12 – December 9, 2013

PHILADELPHIA PA – This October, South Philadelphia’s Frame Fatale presents Marker Magic, an exhibition fundraiser of drawings by artist Kate Kern Mundie.  Created with Crayola markers, the drawings focus on dramatic light and vibrant color in landscape.  Many of the drawings depict scenes of Mundie’s Passyunk Square neighborhood and other locations from West Virginia and Cape Cod to Paris. A third of all sales will benefit Andrew Jackson Elementary School.

The exhibition fundraiser begins October 12th and continues through December 9th. An opening reception will take place during Second Saturday on October 12th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Both the exhibition and the receptions are free and open to the public. Frame Fatale is located at 1813 East Passyunk Avenue. For hours and information, please visit

What started as a few sketches using her children’s art supplies has turned into a fully-fledged art form for South Philadelphia-based artist, Kate Kern Mundie.  Mundie sat down to draw with her kids as a way to engage with her children and keep up with her own art practice. Picking up Crayola markers, Kate loved the immediacy, the vivid color, and the possibility to layer colors creating more values and hues. With this series of drawings, Mundie has returned to the materials of her childhood as a way to balance the needs of her children with her needs as an artist.Crayola’s philosophy to inspire creativity in children has also sustained creativity in a parent artist.

Sharing some of the drawings on Facebook, people kept contacting Kate interested in buying the marker drawings. Kate thought, “Why not turn some of this interest in drawings done in a ‘child’s medium’ into a fundraiser to help children at Andrew Jackson Elementary School?” Mundie’s eldest son started kindergarten at Jackson in September and Kate wanted to find a unique way to help Jackson meet the challenges of the Philadelphia public school funding crisis.  The intention was that the drawings should be very affordable for neighborhood families and friends.  “It’s about connecting to the neighborhood and leaving a lasting impression.”

Passyunk Sunset,  7 x 9 inches, Crayola SuperTips on paper

Kate Kern Mundie is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania.  Kate is a landscape painter working in the tradition of American Realism. Her paintings often depict moments of beauty in urban streets, rural landscape, or secluded interiors.  Kate Kern Mundie’s artwork is exhibited widely in the Philadelphia region and found in numerous private collections. She is a two-time recipient of the Fred & Naomi Hazell Faculty Fellowship from the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial. She is represented F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia and Station Gallery in Greenville, Delaware. 

Kate lives in South Philadelphia with husband and fellow artist James Mundie and their two boys. For examples of her work, please visit and

Frame Fatale is a full service frame shop and gallery.  Conservation techniques and materials are expertly used to present and preserve client art.  The exhibition space shows intensely Owner Elaine Johnson prides herself in showcasing the work of artists local to East Passyunk as the area is home to a very creative class of artists, writers, musicians, and designers who are neighbors and clients.  Most of the exhibits at Frame Fatale have featured the City of Philadelphia in some way, or have been a part of a city-wide festival. Elaine Johnson says of her choice to live and work in the Passyunk Square area, “When I moved to South Philadelphia nearly a decade ago, I said, ‘This is it!This is where I'm supposed to be!’It felt comfortable and familiar, despite my never having visited it before. I have since married here, opened a business, moved my senior mother to the area, and send my child to a South Philly school. I feel like I see the community from every angle, and that has only strengthened my commitment.”

Fond, 9 x 7 inches, Crayola SuperTips on paper

Guided by a dedicated staff of teachers, a dynamic principal, and wonderful volunteers, Jackson’s kindergarten through eighth grade students are encouraged to embrace its diverse cultures, demonstrate respect for themselves and others, and to set and achieve academic goals.  Jackson is a community partner helping to make the Passyunk Square neighborhood a great place to live, proving that great schools make great neighborhoods.  Kate Kern Mundie and Elaine Johnson are excited to support Jackson’s mission.