Randall L. Dalton, 1949 – 2016 #DoBlue

Len Davidson, Randy Dalton & Diane Keller 2016

Randy Dalton, flanked by fellow Divers Len Davidson & Diane Keller, from our 2016 group photo courtesy of Diver George Bilyk


We regret to announce that beloved Dumpster Divers member, Randy Dalton passed away on February 5th, following a stroke.

He was a tireless champion of Philly artists, actively encouraging them to work together to Do Blue, rather than be blue about the obstacles and limitations they encountered.

Randy best exemplified this enthusiasm as an Artist in Residence at the Philadelphia Community Education Center. Here he created the Blue Grotto, a constantly morphing installation of blue lights and objects, many of which were displayed throughout the region, that showcased his mission to both be creative and inspire creativity in others.

As a fitting tribute, the Blue Grotto will remain open and continue to be a source of creative inspiration, thanks to the support of the CEC.


Here are the obituaries from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com and University City Review.


Randy Dalton’s Dumpster Diver 20th Anniversary Speech (April, 2012)
video courtesy of Diver Burnell Yow


Randy & Dumpster Diver George Felice had countless discussions about The Fleetwood’sMr. Blue,” so George began working on a compilation CD, dedicated to Randy, of DooWop songs with “Blue” in the title. He managed to gather the songs but wasn’t able to give the collection to Randy before he passed.

George found versions of the songs on YouTube and we would like to share them with you, as a way to remember, honor and mourn our blue friend.”


The Fleetwoods: Mr Blue


For Randy: Do Blue DooWop

Lee Andrews & The Hearts:
Bluebird of Happiness
The Shirelles:
Blue Holiday
The Echoes:
Baby Blue
The Blue Notes:
Blue Star
The Elegants:
Little Boy Blue (Is Blue No More)
The Jades:
So Blue
The Solitaires:
Blue Valentine
The Strangers:
Blue Flowers
The Pretenders:
Blue & Lonely
Three Vales:
Blue Lights Down Low
Bobby Lester & The Moonglows:
Blue Velvet
Eddie Saxon with The Paramounts:
Blues No More
The Marcels:
Blue Moon
The SchoolBoys:
Ding a Ling Coo Coo Mop


Fats Domino: Blue Monday



Randy Dalton at Destination Frankfort, 2014

Randy Dalton, with a mini version of his Blue Grotto installation, at Destination Frankfort (2014)
Photo courtesy of fellow Diver, Dave Christopher

Closing Reception: The Woodmere Art Museum Annual, Labor Day (MON., SEPT 7, 2015)

Closing Reception: The Woodmere Art Museum Annual
Monday (Labor Day), September 7, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Woodmere website lists this event as FREE.

Museum location, and hours leading up to closing reception:
Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Located at Bells Mill Road in Chestnut Hill

Tues. – Thurs. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
More info at http://woodmereartmuseum.org/

The accompanying image features “Dogs!” by Dumpster Diver, Jim Ulrich.Woodmere 2015 Annual E-Card

‘Unexpected’ Diver Homes featured on the Unexpected Philadelphia website

Alden Cole at Home, Photo Collage courtesy Unexpected Philadelphia

Diver Alden Cole at home,
courtesy Unexpected Philadelphia

When it comes to fun and creative reuse, the Dumpster Divers apply the same wildly imaginative eye to their homes that they do to their art.

On Unexpected Philadelphia, a new website and blog, Diver couple Dave Christopher and Kate Mellina lead you on a truly ‘unexpected’ tour of fabulous Diver homes. And, yes, it’s enough to send you rifling through your own stash for inspiration.

Kate and Dave will be adding more great Diver homes in the coming months, along with exclusive interviews with their owners. They’ll also share photos and stories about the unique people and places they’ve encountered on the streets of South Philadelphia – all with a Diver’s eye for fun.

We encourage you to check them out at unexpectedphila.com!

Last Chance to See Divers’ “Reclaim” Show at Destination Frankford, SAT, MAY 17, 2014

Last Chance to See Divers' "Reclaim" Show at Destination FrankfordThanks to Dave Christopher for taking this photo of me (Jim Ulrich) with my piece “Snakeoil” at the opening of the Dumpster Divers “Reclaim” exhibit on display at Destination Frankford through this Saturday, MAY 17.

Thanks also to exhibit organizer Leslie Kaufman and her hanging crew for the lighting that produced the rather dramatic pattern of shadows, something I hadn’t planned for, but may in future.

This pop-up gallery will be open Saturday between 12:00 noon and 5:00 PM. It’s located at the corner of Frankford Ave. and Poplar St., a short distance from the Margaret-Orthodox station on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line, a.k.a. the “El” (for elevated train).

Dumpster Diver Joanne Hoffman and myself have gallery sitting duty this Saturday and will greatly welcome any visitors.

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