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.
June 19, 2012 |
AFTER GRADUATING from the Tyler School of Art in 2007, Aaron Mannino found himself at a standstill. He had a lot of time, a lot of experience and a lot of vision — but no outlet to express it. He then realized he could try to combine what he loves with a place he loves: the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park. Mannino had first come to the house for a tea ceremony during college, and he eventually realized a lot of his artistic ideas were stemming from things he had picked up on while there.
June 14, 2012 |
THE FIRST DAY of classes at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School last fall had "kind of an Oprah moment," recalled Jason Corosanite. All 250 of the school's sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were gathered at its Broad and Oregon location. Each was presented with an iPad to use throughout the school year. "You could hear the shrieks for blocks," said Corosanite. Clearly, it's not every student who gets to start (as opposed to end) the school term with the chant "no more books.
May 25, 2012 |
The Wharton Esherick Museum's exhibition "Poplar Culture, the Celebration of a Tree" at Historic Yellow Springs is an inspired use of a towering tulip poplar that had to be cut down. The end result: the 75 artworks now on display, crafted from the tree that stood outside eminent woodworker Esherick's studio door on a wooded hill in Paoli. None of the works at Yellow Springs, which range from large furniture to a little spoon, tell the full story of what can be done when you can't save a tree.
May 19, 2012 |
HARRISBURG — State-owned colleges and universities confront crushing cuts in state funding. Students face higher tuition, along with hikes in interest rates for subsidized federal loans. Meanwhile, private liberal-arts schools are holding their ground, even growing. Dickinson College is the latest to announce a major expansion. Projects totaling $46 million make up the school's largest upgrade plan. It seems an astonishing outlay, especially now. Higher education increasingly is perceived as an extravagance.
April 17, 2012 |
Haddonfield artist Natalie Italiano is painting a documentary. Her "100 Portraits of American Teenagers" is a kinetic collection of close-ups - on canvas and online - of local high school students. "I plan to do a gallery show and a book as well," says Italiano, 57, whose subjects also write about themselves. Their musings, and digital images of her portraits, can be seen at www.natalieitaliano.blogspot.com . I met Italiano at Repenning Fine Arts in Audubon, a school and studio that has supported the project since she started it in September 2010.