October 4, 2014 |
Art students commonly learn to draw by sketching a model who is not wearing clothes. In the dim, after-hours light at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Jason Poole's students are drawing from a model without flesh: a dinosaur skeleton. How can you draw a creature no one has ever seen? The bones are key, providing a framework for artists to envision fully formed prehistoric beasts with muscle and skin. Every Monday night for 10 weeks this fall, the 13 adult students enter a side entrance of the venerable natural history museum, sign in with a security guard, and head off to Dinosaur Hall, where they squat on the floor in the shadows of Tyrannosaurus rex . Poole, 44, of East Oak Lane, is their guide, equal parts art teacher and anatomy instructor.
July 18, 2014 |
Laura Araujo had lived in the West Philadelphia rooming house only for a short time, but it was long enough to convince her housemate that she had money, Philadelphia police say. The man who rented the room next to hers, Jerry Jakson, had seen her car - a 2011 Toyota RAV4 - and took it as an indication of her wealth, Lt. Walter Bell said Wednesday. Police believe Jakson had planned to rob Araujo, a 23-year-old graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia who was about to move from the house.
October 30, 2013 |
Stefanie Ulmer's pre-championship preparation was the same as it has been for the last four years. Before Monday's Public League girls' soccer Class AAA championship against Central, Ulmer and her teammates waited in Franklin Towne Charter's auditorium for two hours in silence. Ulmer knew going home would produce nerves, so she and her teammates stayed together before heading to Northeast for the game. By the time it started, the senior showed no signs of stress, scoring three goals to lead Franklin Towne Charter to a third straight championship with a 5-1 win against Central.
July 8, 2013 |
Two years out of Yale University's art school, Jennifer Bartlett moved to New York City and began to think deeply "about what I could do that wasn't copying somebody else. " Nine years later, the consequences of that intense contemplating emerged spectacularly at Paula Cooper Gallery as a monumental painting titled Rhapsody , now owned by the Museum of Modern Art. The painting announced a breakthrough not only in its broad intellectual reach and its mix of abstraction and representation but also in its systematic gridded structure and particularly in its medium.
June 10, 2013
Tycoons hoping to better society from beyond the grave might consider living (and dying) somewhere other than Pennsylvania. This is, after all, the state where Albert Barnes' idiosyncratic suburban art school was repurposed as a downtown museum, and where the school underwritten by Milton Hershey's fortune has become mired in inexplicable investments and state investigations. Yet another dead capitalist's construct is unraveling at Philadelphia's Girard College. The boarding school for needy children, built in the mid-19th century with the massive fortune of financier Stephen Girard, is undergoing a radical restructuring.
June 8, 2013 |
Anne Bryan's accomplishments were many and varied. She was a talented artist, majoring in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She spoke fluent Spanish. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and moonlighted as a vegetarian cook. On Thursday, her family was reeling from her death. Ms. Bryan, 24, of Lower Merion, was killed Wednesday, June 5, while shopping at the Center City Salvation Army thrift store crushed when the building next door collapsed during demolition work.
May 5, 2013 |
Leo Weisz has been involved in art since he was 6, helping design advertisements for his father's Philadelphia five-and-dime store. He's still creating art, and his favorite medium is watercolors - at age 102. "His secret to a long life is that he never worked. He loved what he did, so it was never work," Weisz's son, Howard, said of his father's accomplishments, including a lifelong career in illustration and advertising. For more than 40 years, Weisz was the art director for Acme Markets.
April 29, 2013 |
Woodmere Art Museum has brought another forgotten Philadelphia artist out of history's back closet, to her benefit and ours. If you haven't heard of Ethel V. Ashton (1896-1975), the exhibition's title, "Private Artist/Public Life," explains why. Ashton was a fixture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she was active for years in the Fellowship organization, which supports PAFA students and artists. She also was the school's librarian from 1957 until the early 1970s.
March 11, 2013 |
Peter Falchetta, 94, who worked his way up from copy boy at The Inquirer to become the manager of the newspaper's editorial art department, died Thursday, March 7, at Burlington Woods Nursing Home in Burlington Township. Mr. Falchetta, a longtime resident of Haddon Heights, worked for The Inquirer for 48 years, retiring in 1986. As manager of the editorial art department, Mr. Falchetta designed news pages and graphic elements, and oversaw a staff of artists. He supervised the graphics in The Inquirer's coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster in 1979.