I haven't done an art journal page in quite a while. I did a digital one today.
I also have something to share with you about someone I'm very proud of. My nephew, Andrew, who is a mere twenty-three years of age had quite a night last night. Those of you from the Philadelphia area may be familiar with the Wanamakers organ at the historic building on Broad Street in Center City Philadelphia. Built in California, the organ was exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair as the world's largest pipe organ before becoming the centerpiece of the colossal Philadelphia department store in 1909. It was enlarged after being installed there. Today it has 28,500 pipes! The largest of the pipes is made of Oregon sugar pine, three inches thick, and thirty-two feet long. A shetland pony once posed inside of it for publicity photos! It has six ivory keyboards, 729 color coded stops, 168 piston buttons under the keyboards, and 42 foot controls. The console weighs 2.5 tons and the entire instrument weighs in at a whopping 287 tons.
My nephew has spent the better part of the last few years learning to play this beast under the tutelage of renowned Grand Court Organist, Peter Richard Conte. Mr. Conte is only the fourth person to hold this position since the organ was first played in 1911. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra. Last night, Andrew joined the ranks of some of the world's finest musicians when he played the Wanamaker organ for the 5:30 p.m. show. It is an honor granted to very few musicians.
We couldn't be more proud of him!
Until next time,