Philadelphia Art Alliance’s ‘Spring at the Mansion’

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Spring is in the air and it was very evident at the Philadelphia Art Alliance’s “Spring at the Mansion” party held Friday night in the jewel of Rittenhouse Square, The Wetherill Mansion across from the blooming park.

Black was out, and colorful dresses and dapper suits were in. Guests enjoyed a cocktail party under a tent on the closed Rittenhouse Street adjacent to the Wetherill before being led into the mansion for a delicious dinner prepared by the newly opened French bistro Le Chéri, whose rooms were decorated with springtime colors and flowers by Evantine Designs.

At 8 p.m. the Young Friends of The Art Alliance began their party under the tent. They enjoyed delicious treats from DiBruno’s and an open bar, and danced to the tunes of DJ Serop. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the preservation and restoration of The Wetherill Mansion, home of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the oldest cultural institution on the Square. Co-chairs for the evening were Nicole Cashman and Nigel Richards.

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It’s a nice night for The Philadelphia Art Alliance to kick off its second annual Shop on the Square Craft and Design Sale. The event lasts for a full week, but why not get in early to get first dibs at tonight’s opening party hosted by Art Alliance restaurant Le Cheri. The cocktail reception gives eager art buyers an early chance to browse and buy the goods — everything from jewelry and clothing to visual art and accessories — being sold by 40 local artists. Opening party: Fri., Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m. $150; regular sale extends through Sun., Feb. 9, $5, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. 

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Rittenhouse Square’s Art Alliance to Get Gift Shop, Renovations

Maybe you’ve wandered by the Wetherill Mansion and have felt a little too intimidated to walk inside. The grand building can look a little foreboding from street level on Rittenhouse Square. But the Philadelphia Art Alliance (PAA), which calls the mansion home (along with the much-acclaimed Rittenhouse Tavern), is hosting a fundraiser, Spring at the Mansion, on Friday with the goal of amping up the curb appeal.

Proceeds from Spring at the Mansion will go to exterior renovation projects like new signs and banners; lighting to illuminate the intersection of 18th and Rittenhouse; and perhaps repairs of the front railing and stairs. Interior projects will include renovated gallery lighting and the exposure of a series of beautiful windows on the second floor that are hidden behind walls, blocking out any natural light.

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