Blogging Can Change The World : Part II

This is part two of my “blogging can change the world” series and which deals with the amazing Art Blog in Philly, that I think has been around since about 2002. Like a lot of people both inside and outside Philly, a lot of what I know about things there comes from their blog which now has fancy videos too!!These two have even topped Barry and James in terms of personal energy expended (not sure about that). When they go, it’s likely a massive stash of speed will be found on them.

“Through their blog, Libby and Roberta are non-stop Philadelphia art enthusiasts and supporters of their fellow artists… to the extent that their support of others has perhaps overshadowed awareness of their own very interesting artwork. Roberta and Libby have helped to draw artists to Philadelphia, kept artists from deciding to leave Philadelphia, motivated galleries and collectors, and made Philadelphia a much more dynamic and exuberant place for art.

If it were within my power I would give them a huge grant, or a medal or something… but all I can do is to try to capture and relay some of their generous-hearted vibe in this painting.

Thanks, Libby and Roberta!”

Martin Bromirsky, Artist Blogger

“2. These two ladies are dynamos. They report on a huge number of arts events and issues in Philadelphia, more than any other print or web source, including the Inquirer, the Daily News, City Paper and the Weekly. They post almost everyday, which to me is mindblowingly amazing and great. It’s seriously taking me 2 hours to write this short thing and they could have written 20 long things that are articulate and informative. Meanwhile, I’m spellchecking this for the 90th time.

3. Roberta and Libby report on other stuff that makes me love them, their travels, their families, other Philadelphia stuff.

4. I am sometimes aggravated if they skip a day of posting. Now, that’s mentally ill because Libby and Roberta are providing this incredible service out of the goodness of their hearts. It’s remarkable that I want to read what they’re putting up so much that I’m disappointed if a day is missed. In the last year, they’ve a become an important part of my daily life. And, look, I know I ain’t the only one out there checking more than once a day.

5. They don’t shy from gossip. And I love gossip.

6. Put them together as a team, they’re great. Separate Libby and Roberta, they’re still great. You can’t go wrong!

Artblog also includes reviews and reports from other folks, so most of the waterfront is covered.

Zoe Strauss, Artist Blogger , Philly

One of the side benefits is learning about all of the talented people that make up a new place. I have been reading Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s artblog and find it outstanding. Their artblog is chocked full of fascinating and interesting posts about “art reviews, deep thoughts, and gossip from Philadelphia and beyond”. Art in America magazine named the blog as one of the top art blogs because of their excellent coverage of the Philadelphia art scene and their clear writing style.

An excellent example of why this art blog is one of the best is today’s post called “Resurrection at Rosenbach” and deals with a show at the Rosenbach Museum and Library. If I had seen an ad for this show I probably would have dismissed it as boring or irrelevant. After reading the article posted by Libby I want to go tomorrow morning to see the show and learn about Girolamo da Carpi. I encourage you to read her review of the show. Fantastic!

JMG Artblog, Philly

“They make a huge effort to cover a lot- galleries, museums, various initiatives. I can’t think of any other kind of publication that covers a single art scene so comprehensively. Their coverage almost makes me feel part of it all by giving me what seems a pretty good glimpse into the Philly art scene. Of course I’m sure there are people, places, and things there that don’t get covered, and may feel left out- that’s to be expected. But I’m astonished by how much Roberta and Libby actually see and write about. Any city would be incredibly fortunate to have a resource such as this.

Their writing, and the writing of occasional guests, is really good- enthusiastic, insightful, and thorough. Roberta and Libby write with real consideration and depth, and work to describe and get at experience and meaning.”
Chris Ashley, Artist Blogger

1 Comment so far

  1. libby (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

    Oh, my, this is blush-worthy. That it all happens to come from some outstanding bloggers themselves makes me feel even more amazed! I thought I was living my dream life. Turns out I’m a blogging fool.

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