The perfect combination of art, music, networking and butterflies enthralled and intrigued members and friends of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GNPCC) Monday, Dec. 4 at the Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion, 8046 Frankford Ave., in Philadelphia’s historic Holmesburg community. The 2nd Annual Mingle Among the Masterpieces brought together artists and musicians of all ages in a unique pairing of science and art.
Artist-participants displayed their talents, including local renowned artist John Fischer, who along with GNPCC President Pam Henshall, were the founders and creators of this trailblazing idea to celebrate Northeast Philadelphia-area culture.
Obviously, the most unique aspect of this year’s event was holding such a gathering inside an interactive butterfly exhibit. “It was an opportunity to showcase the talents of local artists, and an opportunity to experience the region’s most interesting live butterfly exhibits,” said Ms. Henshall. “We think it’s a great combination, and the folks at Philadelphia Insectarium – especially Dr. John Cambridge — are very excited as well.”
The talented Mr. Fischer offered an interactive art demonstration. The first “strokes” on the canvas were made by Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD., president of Holy Family University and incoming Chair of the GNPCC. Settlement Music School (Kardon Northeast) provided entertainment, with the brilliant duo, Aaron Patterson on keyboard and Luke Honer on guitar. The Presenting Sponsor of the evening was Philadelphia Federal Credit Union. Gold Sponsors were Holy Family University and Beneficial Bank. Silver Sponsors were The Dining Car and Mr. Fischer of Northwestern Mutual. Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion was Host Sponsor.
Participants included: Archbishop Ryan High School, First Philadelphia Charter School, Holy Family University, La Salle University, Nazareth Academy High School, People Acting to Help (PATH), Philadelphia First Charter School, St. Hubert High School, St. Matthew School, The Center for Autism, Philadelphia Protestant Home, and Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion.