March 11, 2016 |
At the F.A.N. Gallery over more than a decade, I've watched the evolution of the work of Philadelphia realist painter Carlo Russo, particularly the stunning still lifes he's known for. He's showing those, along with some figurative and landscape works, at F.A.N. through March 26. Over the years, one could see Russo - who studied fashion design at the Art Institute and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 2004 – aggressively attack complex subject matter across several paintings.
March 7, 2016 |
If 119-year-old houses could talk, Travis and Dana Hanmer's rowhouse in Old Richmond would brag that two art school graduates decided it had "good bones" and bought it. The couple, who graduated from the Art Institute of Boston, moved to Philadelphia after Dana finished postgraduate work at Cranbrook Academy of Art near Detroit. "We are happy to be in on an upscaling of a neighborhood, as we were in Detroit," says Travis Hanmer, who hails from eastern Texas and works at home as a graphic artist.
January 6, 2016 |
John F. Duffy, 85, of Springfield, Delaware County, a childhood artist who blossomed into a graphic designer, illustrator, and teacher, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, of multiple myeloma at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Duffy was admired for his artistic talent and appealing personality, as well as his red hair, his family said in a tribute. Born in Philadelphia, "Jack," as he was called, was the son of Thomas W. and Helen Roller Duffy. He graduated from West Catholic High School in 1949, and attended Temple University, where he met Jane Simpkins.
November 19, 2015 |
The Art Institute of Philadelphia is among a network of for-profit colleges nationwide that will forgive nearly $103 million in student loans under a multistate settlement of complaints that the company used high-pressure tactics to enroll unqualified students. In Pennsylvania, 2,683 students stand to benefit from a total of more than $4 million in debt relief, said Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, whose office noted that 39 state attorneys general joined the settlement with Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp., which enrolls more than 100,000 students online and at 110 locations in 32 states and Canada.
October 28, 2015 |
The verb taking - as in, taking pictures - has, perhaps, never been more apt than when applied to street photographer Mark Cohen. He walks by a subject, snaps a photo without a glance through the viewfinder, and is gone. He does not ask permission. "When you ask permission to take a picture," he said, "it destroys the subtlety and the chance and the drama of the small theft that happens. " Cohen has stolen thousands of such moments - more than 50 years' worth of daily life in the small cities of northeastern Pennsylvania.
October 2, 2015 |
COMMUNITY COLLEGE of Philadelphia is not usually thought of as an art school. And strictly speaking, with more than 34,000 full- and part-time students studying everything from English as a second language to computer science, it isn't. Which makes the college's art program that much more remarkable. Though its students are counted in the hundreds, the art department has very quietly had a big impact on those it teaches - and on the larger art world. "I believe CCP is a very under-the-radar institution that does a great deal of good for Philly but never gets the acknowledgment deserved," said highly regarded painter and photographer Diane Burko, who taught there from 1970 to 2000.
September 22, 2015 |
James E. Buckley, 71, of Chestnut Hill, a fine-arts appraiser and auctioneer, died Thursday, Sept. 3, of pancreatic cancer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Born in Chicago, Mr. Buckley graduated from South Shore High School there in 1963. He went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1964 and at the Cleveland Institute of Technology in 1968. While serving in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968, he was an illustrator for the military police at the Oscoda, Mich., Air Force base.
September 8, 2015 |
It's not a secret garden. But people are still surprised to see it - sprouting from a parking lot, the vines climbing a cinder-block wall in Chinatown North. "I used to think it was just flowers when I walked by," said Joyce Randell, who lives not far away. Set between a Shell station and a Catholic school, this small, corner-store-sized farm has big ambitions: to provide food to the homeless, purpose to the aimless, and satisfaction to everyone willing to get their hands dirty.
September 3, 2015 |
To Monica Ippolito, family meant hours of listening to her grandfather's stories: how he'd fought in World War II; how, after he eloped with her grandmother, his mother-in-law chased them with the wooden spoon she called her "macaroni stick. " For Tim McIntire, family ties were equally fierce. His sister, born with special needs, defied doctors' predictions that she would never walk or talk. "I had a pretty big hand in helping to raise her," Tim says. When they met, he was a first-year student and Monica was a senior at Philadelphia's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.