Artist To Show His Mettle - Er, Metals

Posted: September 14, 1995

The bronze and steel sculptures of artist Steve Tobin will fill the main gallery at the Berman Museum of Art in Collegeville through Nov. 22. Tomorrow, Tobin, who is well-known for his works in glass, will discuss his most recent pieces at an artist's reception in the gallery, which is on the grounds of Ursinus College.

Fifteen large-scale sculptures, one measuring 40 feet long, are in the exhibit, which represents work completed in the last two years. Some of these pieces are created using steel remnants to create recognizable forms, such as sunflowers and pinecones. A few are made from animal bones cast in bronze.

"He interweaves these animal bones to create webs in very identifiable forms like an arch or wall," said museum director Lisa T. Barnes.

About 70 smaller bronze sculptures are in the exhibit, many made from casting toys and animal figures found at flea markets. They depict scenes such as Noah's ark and a battlefield. In addition, some of Tobin's works in glass will be on display.

The free artist's reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Tobin, whose studio is in Coopersburg, will sign catalogs an hour before the reception. He also will conduct a free lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the opening day of the exhibit. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 610-409-3500.

MAIN LINE ART CENTER. From pastels and oils to ceramics and jewelry, the work of 60 faculty members will be showcased at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford at a free open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Besides the exhibit, there will be storytelling, hands-on art projects and demonstrations of cartoon drawing, batiking, jewelry making and working with pastels.

The faculty exhibit, which also encompasses sculpture, mixed media, printmaking and decoupage, will continue to be shown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the center through Sept. 29. The center, on Old Buck Road and Lancaster Avenue, also will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23.

On Monday and Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m., the center is offering preview classes for those interested in registering for the center's fall art programs. For $10 each night, prospective students can try three one-hour classes. To register, call 610-525-0272.

EXHIBIT OF OILS. The landscapes and paintings of animals by Bernie Devlin of Solebury are on display at Third Federal Savings Bank, 834 N. Easton Rd., Plumstead, through September. His 17 oil paintings can be seen from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, and 8:45 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, call 215-579-4000.

CLASSICAL CONCERT. The Lower Makefield Society for the Performing Arts will open its 1995-96 season on Sunday with chamber music performed by violinist Barbara Govatos of the Philadelphia Orchestra; cellist John Eitzen, who performs regularly with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, and pianist Marcantonio Barone, head of the piano department and associate director of the Bryn Mawr

Conservatory of Music.

The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Lower Makefield municipal building on Edgewood Road. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for adults older than 62 and for students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. On display at the municipal building will be the etchings, woodcuts and wood engravings of Cranbury, N.J., artist George Ivers. Ivers' works have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, and one of his miniature porcelain paintings hangs in the White House. For more information, call 215-493-3646 or 215-493-3010.

TOWN & COUNTRY PLAYERS. The ending is in the hands of the audience watching the latest production by Town & Country Players. By their applause the audience members will select from several options the conclusion of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which was adapted from an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. The musical comedy about the sudden disappearance of Drood is directed by Shari Ostergren of Doylestown Borough. It will open tomorrow and run Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 30. Performance time is 8 p.m., and ticket prices are $10. The Town & Country barn theater is on Route 263 in Buckingham. For more information, call 215-348-7566.

MONTGOMERY THEATER. Neil Simon's I Ought To Be In Pictures, about a down- and-out writer and his estranged teenage daughter, will open tomorrow evening at the Montgomery Theater in Souderton. Directed by Tom Quinn, the artistic director of Montgomery Theater Project, the comedy can be seen through Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10. The Montgomery Theater is at 124 Main St. For more information, call 215-723-9984.

BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE. The rock musical Hair, with a score that includes ''Aquarius" and "Let the Sunshine In," is being performed at the Bucks County Playhouse through Sept. 24. Focusing on a draftee who spends his last civilian hours with a group of hippies, the musical can be seen at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. Ticket prices range

from $17 to $20. The playhouse is at 70 S. Main St. For more information, call 215-862-2041.

POETRY READINGS. Those interested in sharing their poems are invited to a free poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Frankford Gallery in the Adelphia Plaza on Old Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills. Artists exhibiting in Frankford's Express! Gallery this month are Bernice Batoff of Yardley, showing hand-colored prints through Saturday; Shirley Parker of St. Albans, N.Y., exhibiting handmade amulets from Tuesday to Sept. 22; and Edward Mann of Levittown, displaying oil paintings from Sept. 26 to 30. The gallery is open

from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 215-295-6909.

ARTISTS' RECEPTION. The Cheltenham Center for the Arts is holding a free opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow for its latest exhibit, which focuses on the creative process of the artist. The exhibit includes photographs, written statements and retrospectives from the artists in an attempt to explain the thinking and inspiration behind each of their pieces. On Sept. 27 at 8 p.m., four artists will discuss the evolution of their work at a free lecture at the gallery, 439 Ashbourne Rd. The exhibit, which has been coordinated by the Nexus Foundation for Today's Art in Philadelphia, can be seen from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Oct. 10. For more information, call 215-379-4660.

Neighbors welcomes news about art and entertainment in Bucks County. Please send all information, including a telephone number for verification, to Valerie Reed, Bucks County Neighbors, 830 Town Center Dr., Langhorne, Pa. 19047.

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