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July 11, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frederic Howard Toone Bacon, 88, of Pottsville, Pa., former director of art education for the Philadelphia School District, died Tuesday, June 30, at his home. Though he had no children of his own, he was "the father I never had," said his sister Evie Barnwell, whose father died when she was 3. She recalls Pottsville winters when she was a child, when she and Mr. Bacon's three other siblings would trudge through fallen snow to school. "He would go first and break the trail," Barnwell said.
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October 27, 1993 | By Murray Dubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"What do you see?" asks Noreen Scott Garrity, pointing to the painting. Hands shoot up. Voices call out. "I see a boy sleeping and someone throwing up on him. " "A boy sleeping and a monster beating on his head. " After some gentle prodding, someone suggests that it is a sleeping boy and his guilty conscience. A guilty conscience, muses Garrity. "If you had to draw your conscience, how would you do it?" "It would have blue hair, a blue face, three toes and three fingers.
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March 22, 2015 | By Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that Pennsylvania does the worst job in the nation of funding low-income school districts. "The state of Pennsylvania is 50th, dead last, in terms of the inequality between how wealthy school districts are funded and poor districts," Duncan said. Recent Education Department figures show that the amount spent on each student in Pennsylvania's poorest school districts is 33 percent less than the amount spent on each student in the wealthier districts.
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June 18, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seventeen-year-old David Jones, who'll be a senior this fall at West Philadelphia High, was not surprised when he learned he had been named Philadelphia's next youth poet laureate. "It was super cool," he said after receiving the honor during a City Hall ceremony in front of his family, friends, and city officials including Mayor Nutter. "Honestly, I kind of expected it. " Jones, who has been writing poetry for years, was calm and confident as he recited one of his poems, Birds , an homage to Maya Angelou's famous work.
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July 29, 2014
J   ILL MARKOVITZ, 40, of Fairmount, is founder and director of Philly Art Center, with locations in Queen Village and Fairmount. The centers hold art classes, after-school programs and summer camps for kids as young as 18 months, as well as workshops for adults.   Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: My background is art education, and it was always my dream to have an arts center. We just celebrated 10 years in Fairmount, and [Queen Village] opened in 2011.
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October 16, 1990 | Inquirer photographs by Ron Cortes
Horticulture and art are related fields, but in bonsai, they are one. As curator of the bonsai collection at Longwood Gardens, Mary Allinson makes use of her art education and her childhood experience on her family's farm. She is teaching two sessions in bonsai at Longwood this month that already are filled. Bonsai is the art of growing plants as dwarf, picturesque specimens in containers. The technique originated in China and was developed further in Japan.
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January 20, 1993 | By Sophia Lezin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Paul B. Flick, 73, a retired Glassboro State College (now Rowan College of New Jersey) art professor and Mickleton resident, died Thursday when he was hit by a car near his home. "He was deeply involved with art and teaching art at Glassboro State College," said Burton Wasserman, a senior art professor at Rowan since 1960. "It was central to his life. " While there, the bulk of Mr. Flick's work consisted of teaching art- appreciation courses to non-art majors. "It is a special challenge to make art interesting to students who aren't art majors," said George Neff, chairman of Rowan College's art department.
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August 28, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DEBORAH ANN DEERY traveled to Western states and the California coastline, seeking the most dramatic scenery America has to offer to capture on canvas. The awesome landscapes of desert and sea, rocks at sunrise and sunset, and twisted trees emerged from her brush in stunningly vibrant colors. As described on her website, she hoped "to encourage viewers to see the landscape in a natural setting, void of tourists and human contact as they would if visiting directly. " As outstanding as Deborah was as an artist, her true vocation was as a teacher, her students varying from college art majors to youngsters in public and parochial schools, as well as underprivileged kids, to whom she introduced the joys of art. Deborah Deery, a teacher and administrator at Moore College of Art and Design, a writer and community activist, died Aug. 19 at the age of 49 after an eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
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April 17, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ending an often testy and sometimes distant 25-year coexistence, the Barnes Foundation will merge with the foundation established by the estate of Violette de Mazia, Albert C. Barnes' longtime colleague. The Violette de Mazia Foundation - whose sole purpose has been to promulgate and support art education based on the formalist pedagogical principles of Barnes, de Mazia, and the philosopher John Dewey - will form the core of the Barnes-de Mazia Education Program, to be based at the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway.
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July 11, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frederic Howard Toone Bacon, 88, of Pottsville, Pa., former director of art education for the Philadelphia School District, died Tuesday, June 30, at his home. Though he had no children of his own, he was "the father I never had," said his sister Evie Barnwell, whose father died when she was 3. She recalls Pottsville winters when she was a child, when she and Mr. Bacon's three other siblings would trudge through fallen snow to school. "He would go first and break the trail," Barnwell said.
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June 18, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seventeen-year-old David Jones, who'll be a senior this fall at West Philadelphia High, was not surprised when he learned he had been named Philadelphia's next youth poet laureate. "It was super cool," he said after receiving the honor during a City Hall ceremony in front of his family, friends, and city officials including Mayor Nutter. "Honestly, I kind of expected it. " Jones, who has been writing poetry for years, was calm and confident as he recited one of his poems, Birds , an homage to Maya Angelou's famous work.
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April 20, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
SALLY GUARIGLIA believes that eyes are portals to a person's true self, so when she first saw Savannah Harvey's sea-green peepers, she knew that the sophomore from Moore College of Art & Design was a kindred soul. "Look at those eyes!" Guariglia, 75, exclaimed while she and Harvey worked on Guariglia's memory book of digital photographs at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, on East Passyunk Avenue near Dickinson Street. Harvey is among Moore College art-education majors teaching digital photography to 16 senior citizens at the center and helping them handcraft memory books with their photos.
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April 17, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ending an often testy and sometimes distant 25-year coexistence, the Barnes Foundation will merge with the foundation established by the estate of Violette de Mazia, Albert C. Barnes' longtime colleague. The Violette de Mazia Foundation - whose sole purpose has been to promulgate and support art education based on the formalist pedagogical principles of Barnes, de Mazia, and the philosopher John Dewey - will form the core of the Barnes-de Mazia Education Program, to be based at the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway.
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March 22, 2015 | By Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that Pennsylvania does the worst job in the nation of funding low-income school districts. "The state of Pennsylvania is 50th, dead last, in terms of the inequality between how wealthy school districts are funded and poor districts," Duncan said. Recent Education Department figures show that the amount spent on each student in Pennsylvania's poorest school districts is 33 percent less than the amount spent on each student in the wealthier districts.
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August 13, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A painter deeply influenced by Albert E. Sandecki, whose name was once familiar in South Jersey and beyond, is helping organize the first retrospective of the late artist's work. Opening Sept. 18 at the Markheim Arts Center in Haddonfield, the show "is kind of a farewell," says Jim Repenning, who owns Repenning Fine Arts in Audubon. Sandecki died last year, at 78, after a long battle with cancer. He made his reputation with moody, oil-on-canvas landscapes of Maine. Bateman's Hill , perhaps his best-known painting, is owned by the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.
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July 29, 2014
J   ILL MARKOVITZ, 40, of Fairmount, is founder and director of Philly Art Center, with locations in Queen Village and Fairmount. The centers hold art classes, after-school programs and summer camps for kids as young as 18 months, as well as workshops for adults.   Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: My background is art education, and it was always my dream to have an arts center. We just celebrated 10 years in Fairmount, and [Queen Village] opened in 2011.
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October 18, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE ART stays. The School Reform Commission voted unanimously last night to oppose the sale of an esteemed art collection, prompting surprise and joy among advocates for the artwork. The resolution would have authorized the sale of 60 paintings that have been locked away since about 2004. The proceeds would have gone to the general fund and not toward an education fund, which was a sticking point with SRC member Feather Houstoun. She said she received many phone calls asking that if the art had to be sold that any proceeds should go toward art education.
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August 29, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Deborah Ann Deery, 49, of Philadelphia, an artist and college teacher whose love of nature helped shape her artistic vision, died of pancreatic cancer Monday, Aug. 19, at Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Deery was appointed in May as an assistant professor at Moore College of Art & Design in Center City, where she had numerous roles throughout her career. "Whatever Deb was doing, she was always an ambassador for Moore," said Moore president Cecelia Fitzgibbon. "It is an understatement to say that she occupies a special place in our hearts; she will be truly missed.
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