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.
February 19, 2013 |
LONDON - A British couple's round-the-world cycling odyssey ended in tragedy when both of them were killed in a road accident in Thailand. Peter Root and Mary Thompson, who had been chronicling their journey in a blog, died Wednesday when they were hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok, Thai police said Monday. The couple, both 34 and from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, left Britain in July 2011 and had cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and China.
December 1, 2012 |
Reporters are always asking Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast when they're going to collaborate. That's what happens when you're famous, married, and working in the same industry. Scher and Chwast are firm: Never. "It's not so much our lack of interest than it would break up our marriage," Chwast (pronounced Kwahst) tells me, because I can't resist asking, either. Later I ask Scher. "No," she says. "We can't collaborate. It's impossible. " Besides the relational politics, they work in different styles and on different scales.
November 11, 2012 |
She doesn't look like a revolutionary. Now in her early 70s, Linda Lee Alter is diminutive, gracious, and soft-spoken, with a fringe of white hair and rimless glasses. During an interview in her light-filled Center City apartment, she was dressed simply and conservatively: charcoal sweater vest, pearl-gray blouse, black slacks, flats. Yet with one bold gesture, Alter has transformed Philadelphia into a must-visit city for anyone interested in the work of female artists. Alter spent a quarter-century assembling an impressive collection: approximately 400 works made during the last four decades by more than 150 American women.
November 9, 2012
Antiques/Art/Crafts 56th Annual Holiday Fair and Craft Show Features local crafters and their works. Sponsored by Woman's Club of Indian Valley. Indian Crest Middle School, 139 Harleysville Tpke., Souderton. 11/10. 9 am-3 pm. 6th Annual Holiday Craft and Gift Showcase Creations of approximately 30 vendors, hot dogs, soft pretzels, soda, water, vendor raffles, raffle baskets. The Villas at Five Ponds Clubhouse Ballroom, 301 Clubhouse Ln., Warminster; 215-773-9363. 11/11. 10:30-3 pm. Annual Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction Attic treasures, homemade crafts, ornaments, jewelry, baked goods, visit from Santa, children's activities.
October 28, 2012
Karen Rile teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania Earlier this month, I got a call about a 13-year-old poet growing up in a chaotic, challenging environment in West Philly. The caller was an eighth-grade math teacher, an algebra and geometry kind of guy. He told me that he didn't know much about poetry, but he was moved by the young girl's expressive words and wanted to support her development as a writer. So I shot out an e-mail to the Kelly Writers House community at Penn, where I teach.
August 12, 2012 |
NEW YORK - In torn jeans and saddled with a black backpack, Andrew Witten glances up and down the street for police. He then whips out a black marker and scribbles "Zephyr" on a wall covered with movie posters. He admires his work for a few seconds before his tattooed arms reach for his daughter, holding her hand as he briskly walks away. Witten and a generation of urban latchkey kids who spray-painted their initials all over Manhattan in the 1970s and '80s and landed in the city's street-art scene are coming of age - middle age, that is. And like Witten, a 51-year-old single father, some street artists considered now to be graffiti elders are having trouble putting away their spray-paint cans.