Posted by: albfor | April 6, 2013

Apr 5, 2013 SURFACE Viaducts of Fashion Fundraiser


FRIDAY.  SURFACE Viaducts of Fashion Fundraiser presenting the work of Bela Shehu and Melissa D’Agostino in an exclusive fashion show at CITYSPACE, 2200 Walnut street.

Catie Drussell (Model), DSC_7777

Catie Drussell (Model)

Bela Shehu and Melissa D’Agostino, two Philadelphia designers have established their artistic skills, creativity and commitment to the City’s chic “in crowd..”.   Viaduct (is a similar project to the High Line in NYC) held an exclusive soiree at CITY SPACE (2200 Walnut Street), Saturday, April 5, 2013.  The event, “SURFACE Viaducts of Fashion Fundraiser“, was very informative and united fashion with public open green space; The Reading Viaduct Project.


SURFACE Viaducts of Fashion Fundraiser

Telling the story was an exhibition by Julia Blaukopf based on her recent photographs of the old elevated train track (built in the 1890’s) that transects 3.1 miles of diverse and rapidly redeveloping neighborhoods just north of the traditional boundary of Center City.

Julia Blaukopf’s work focuses on visual storytelling through photographs, mixed media works, large-scale fabric scrims, and many other mediums; more informative than words or context.

Skip Massengill, Elissa Bloom & Karin Copeland  |Julia Blaukopf, Wendy D. Verna with Debora Pokallus

Skip Massengill, Elissa Bloom & Karin Copeland | Gary P. Steuer with Julia Blaukopf

Jen Eberwein (Crimson Hair Studio) with mother, Nancy Couoton and Ania Maliakina (Be My Surf Princess)

Jen Eberwein with mother, Nancy Couoton and Ania Maliakina

The Reading Viaduct Project is dedicated to the preservation and remediation of The Reading Viaduct as a public open green space. Its creation will provide a unique, elevated linear park. The new site will attract residents of the Greater Philadelphia area and visitors to it.

SURFACE is in support VIADUCTgreene, a 501(c)(3) organization, advocates for the preservation of the elevated 9th Street Branch [“Reading Viaduct”] and City Branch rail cut of the former Philadelphia and Reading Railroad and seeks to transform this soaring and submersive landscape into a three-mile linear gardenpark and recreation path through several neighborhoods, connecting to Fairmount Park and a number of major cultural destinations.

For a complete view of the images or to order prints and digital downloads from this event please select this link or the “Apr 5, 2013 SURFACE Viaducts of Fashion Fundraiser” album in the right column of this photo weblog.

To view a few “SELECT IMAGES ” from this event on’s section of local events here’s the link: Out And About section.  It would be greatly appreciated if you would interact with the column; post a comment, tag, refer, fb, twitter, etc.


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