Monday @ noon, a ceremony was held in the fabulous Please Touch Museum in the glorious Memorial Hall to introduce a new public art program called Phanatic Around Town, a project assigning artists a life size sculpture of the famous Phillies mascot, The Phanatic. The anticipation was high as each artist was introduced and stood next to their covered art work – but then one of the sculptures came to life and the new RED Phanatic was introduced and with a flourish all the artists revealed their secret projects including Lillian Didovic and Ronnie Norpel of Da Vinci Art Alliance, the famous art club in South Philly.
Ronnie Norpel, the new Red Phanatic and Lilliana Didovic with their fantastic Phanatic collabo of images and phrases referring to Philly fan favorites from cheese steaks to the Art Museum to the Walt. The duo’s work will be on display at The Convention Center on Independence Mall! Lilliana is probably Philly’s biggest fan; the Phanatic Around Town project is the perfect way for Philly to LoVe Lilliana back!
Lilliana Didovic painted her iconic glamorous scenes of Philly paired with Ronnie Norpel‘s poems – Norpel has just released her new novel, Baseball Karma & The Constitution Blues on Three Rooms Press. Ronnie’s book release party is @ PATOU, 4/16, 9:00 PM.
Lilliana’s hubby has been hinting to DoN for months about her progress on the immense project as she worked in a neighbor’s garage; he and their son, Gordon – in full Phillie’s Fan gear – were present for Lilliana’s new pinnacle of success in the Philadelphia art world.
No! it’s not zombies – it’s all the Phanatics with open arms, perfect for embracing all the fans of the Phillies and the City That LoVeS You Back – thanks to the artists for bringing such joy, it really warms the heart to see a giggling little kid get hugged by the big hairy beast – With LoVe Philadelphia XOXO!!!
The Phillie Phanatic Around Town as the Mad Hatter by Lorna Kent.
Phanatico Latino by Marta Sanchez.
Photography by DoNBrewerMultimedia Photography.