A Funky Philly Pairing

In tribute to the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Superbowl, I thought it would be nice to highlight the artistic side of this famous city with a funky Philly pairing of jazz and murals.

Jamison Maley, a high school Physics teacher at Haverford School in Philadelphia has created a wonderful compilation of his favorite murals set to his own funkadelic-jazz music with the help of his student Jake Mullin playing the drums.

I’ve enjoyed the murals in Philadelphia and seeing them paired with music gives a new found appreciation.

The murals are constantly expanding through the Mural Arts Philadelphia Program, which appropriately gives this city its characteristic name, “The City of Murals.”

Mother Earth mural by Jess X Snow for We the people mural project on Art Is Everywhere

Mother Earth mural by Jess X Snow for We the people mural project via Mural Arts.org

Some Philly muralists like Meg Saligman, who painted many of Philadelphia’s iconic murals, have brought their talents to other cities, like Chatanooga.

Chattanooga mural by Meg Saligman on Art Is Everywhere

Chattanooga mural by Meg Saligman via The Pulse

Meanwhile, some famous murals in Philadelphia are either being painted over or removed due to ongoing developement, like this Autumn mural by David Guinn. We first saw it at night.

Philly Autumn Mural on Art Is Everywhere

Autumn Mural via OCF Realty

And yet, other murals purposely celebrate and are incorporated into the architecture on which they are painted and some even create new visual streetscapes.

The Great Wave Mural on Art Is Everywhere

The Great Wave Mural via The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tree lined Philly street-scape mural on Art Is Everywhere

Tree lined streetscape mural via Liberty Voice

Whereas, other murals celebrate cultural events, as when Pope Francis visited. This Sacred Now: Faith & Family mural by Cesar Viveros was awaiting his arrival in an incomplete state. Philadelphia citizens participated in its painting during “paint days” on 153 panels that were later installed. This effort made the Guiness Book of World Records for the largest number of painting participants.

The Sacred Now Faith and Family Mural by Cesar Viveros on Art Is Everywhere

The Sacred Now Faith and Family Mural by Cesar Viveros via The Philadelphia Inquirer

Murals will always be important in Philadelphia. There may even be one depicting the Superbowl win but until then, when they need repair, it’s best to get the artist to do it so we can continue to enjoy the artwork.

A great way to end this post is with Vox’s explanation of Philly’s murals. It’s also set to a jazzy musical rendition.

Vox explains Phillys Murals on Art Is Everywhere

An Airlie Way to Experience Winter

Recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing winter the way it should be experienced, relaxing during a bucolic getway at Airlie in Warrenton, VA. The funny thing is it was a bit of an accident.

I booked an Amarone wine tasting for my husband for his birthday, The American Wine Society tasting was at one of our favorite Virginia vineyards at Pearmund. It was on Sunday before Monday’s Martin Luther King holiday. We accidentally booked the hotel reservation at Airlie for Saturday night. We showed up at the winery wondering where everyone was. Oops! Fortunately for us Airlie was right down the road and it was their winter rates. We booked another night and were able to fully enjoy a long weekend getaway, when it was 2 degrees below freezing. Here are some pics from the weekend.

Airlie's main mansion_Art Is Everywhere

The main Airlie House / checkin area

Love is in the air at Airlie and on the hillside_AIE

Love is in the air and on the hillside

Bucolic Airlie vistas_AIE

Topiary Love Knot Garden_AIE

Topiary Love Knot Garden

Main Airlie Dining Room_AIE

Airlie’s Main Beautiful Dining Room.

We only ate breakfast in the main dining room. It was a glorious setting with morning light streaming in and Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra seranading us. The majority of this space was reserved other times for two wedding parties while we were there.

Instead, we headed down the side steps to Harry’s, where we ate at least four delectibal meals. I’m still craving the juicy seared pork chop with sweet potato puree and delicious brussell sprouts. I wish I had taken a picture.

Mural walk to Harry's at Airlie_AIE

Mural walk to Harry’s

Airlie Mural walk 2_AIE

Grisaille Airlie Mural detail_AIE

Grisaille detail

Trompe l'oeil Airlie Mural detail_AIE

Trompe l’oeil detail

Reward: many rounds of their Boulevardier and Manhattan Slings in tribute to non-prohibition days_AIE

Reward: many rounds of their Manhattan Slings in tribute to non-prohibition days

Harry’s is names after Harry Connelly Groome, the original owner of Airlie.

Just outside the bar doors is a lovely pond and fountain. Most of it was frozen except at the center. We saw geese crossing over to where they could swim.

Signs at Airlie guide you_AIE

Signs guide you

Main Airlie pond and fountain_AIE

Main pond and fountain

Geese cross the Airlie Pond_AIE

weddings at Airlie on Art Is Everywhere

Weddings galore

Our Airlie Lodge on Art Is Everywhere

Our Lodge

Lobby in Airlie Lodge on Art Is Everywhere

Lobby in Lodge

There are many things to do at Airlie, including a lot of weddings. There were two different wedding parties while we were there.

You can enjoy a firepit with friends, play archery (in warmer months), walk the many paths, take bikes to other cottages to workout or play pool. We rode bikes to these and their organic farm. It was frigid and I couldn’t feel my face much less my fringers in the 2-degree below cold. I wouldn’t advice riding in this extreme cold but it was a fun adventure.

And check out the interactive map.

Airlie Firepit in the round on Art Is Everywhere

Firepit in the round

Many pathways to meander on Art Is Everywhere

Many pathways to meander

Airlie Bikes & Cottages on Art Is Everywhere

Bikes & Cottages

Biking the Airlie property_Art Is Everywhere

Biking the property

Airlie's Organic Farm on Art Is Everywhere

Airlie’s Organic Farm

You can reserve an organic dinner with friends in the garden and under the stars. How romantic and memorable it would be! The uncanny thing is this is the very dinner I’ve been wanting to do through Vermilion, one of our favorite restaurants. Airlie is one of the farms that provides their produce and where you can book a farm to table dining experience.

Airlie Organic Farm Table Experience on Art Is Everywhere

Organic Farm Table Experience

Airlie Organic Dining under the stars_AIE

Under the Stars

We had so much fun relaxing at Airlie that we were starting to feel transported with the sensation of being back at Sewanee, sitting on the porch, watching the shadows shift as time just drifted by. I caught up on some journal writing.

Beautiful Airlie Panorama_AIE

Beautiful Panorama

However, I neglected to take pictures of the wine tasting but you can read more about our previous experiences at Pearmund. Tomassi is a brand that usually never disappoints and we were happy to have it at the tasting. What a Airlie way to experience winter and a wonderful birthday celebration.

Love the Sunset on Art Is Everywhere

Love the Sunset (literally)