February 19, 1994 |
The Presidents Day weekend will offer a variety of auctions. Art equipment, the settlement of a bankruptcy involving Art Etc., a shop in Feasterville, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow by Barry Slosberg at his gallery at 232 N. Second St. With an inventory divided into lots of manageable size and prices likely to be a fraction of retail, the sale should appeal to art students as well as to commercial buyers. There will be oils in tubes, sketch pads, brushes and easels.
October 25, 1987 |
Rubber cement, found in most public school classrooms, is a potentially toxic substance, according to warnings in a booklet compiled for teachers in the Central Bucks School District. "Rubber cement is very hazardous. It should not be used by any schoolchildren," Margie Urban, a Doyle Elementary School teacher who helped write the booklet, told school board members Thursday. Urban put the booklet together with Tom Conboy, a teacher at Central Bucks West High School, and Marilyn Inman, a teacher at Lenape Junior High.
November 30, 1989 |
The man who for 21 years has cleaned the men's and women's locker rooms, mopped floors and emptied garbage at Merck, Sharpe & Dohme has a little secret he'd be happy to share if anyone asked, but they usually don't. He's an artist. Not famous, but talented. Wain Hunter has a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and although he probably could earn a living as an illustrator or portrait artist, he sees no good reason to struggle for money. "This suits my means," Hunter said as he prepared his morning coffee - at noon - one day last week.
February 24, 2006 |
After Hurricane Katrina hit, New Orleans-area art teacher Kathy Hughes salvaged art supplies for her students. The students' resulting artworks, on display at Winterthur starting Saturday, capture their unique experiences as children affected by a natural disaster. "Reflections on the Storm" includes 22 works of art created by Hughes' elementary school students from the Jefferson Parish public schools. Hughes recovered what art supplies she could post-Katrina because "I believed that art could serve a therapeutic purpose in helping the students grapple with the many emotions and experiences they had endured.
October 9, 2014 |
Billy Blaise Dufala's usual destination for art supplies doesn't offer oil paints, archival paper, or sable brushes. But it does have new inventory daily - tons of it, brought in by the truckload from construction sites and 1-800-GOT-JUNK pickups. As he wanders, wearing a hard hat and reflective vest, among mountains of wood pallets, concrete rubble, and twisted metal at Revolution Recovery in Tacony, he's intrigued by a tattered but, it turns out, functional patio umbrella, a perfectly good roll of roofing vinyl, and a stuffed likeness of a New Kids on the Block-era Jordan Knight, still in its box. Uncovering potential within society's castoffs is at the core of the nonprofit Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR)
July 14, 2013 |
Amanda Long is immobile without her wheelchair. She lacks the coordination to lift a fork. And she has not spoken a word since she was 3. Yet Long's powerful artwork hangs on the walls of Tastykake Inc.'s corporate headquarters, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and 15 other buildings on the East Coast. Long, 21 of Center Valley, Pa., is one of more than 50 students who attend HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy in University City. Like the Irish painter and writer Christy Brown, portrayed in the film My Left Foot , Long and her fellow students have repurposed their bodies to overcome some of the restrictions imposed by their illness.
February 16, 1994 |
Easels or AZT: Take your pick. When an artist has HIV or AIDS, art supplies, schooling or work-related activities can become luxury items. The financial drain created by medical expenses often prevent a painter from painting, a sculptor from sculpting. The situation led to the creation of the Working Fund for the Philadelphia Area Artists Living with AIDS/HIV, a program at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial. Puerto Rican chanteuse Minnie Acosta, a regular performer at the Hotel Atop the Bellevue, will present "A Heart's Voice," a concert to benefit the Working Fund.
July 23, 1998 |
Lou Ann Merkle, Sandy Run Middle School art teacher, called it a goodwill gesture. The Upper Dublin School District called it theft. A Montgomery County Court judge threw out the charges. But the bitter saga that began in August, when Merkle was charged with stealing art supplies she says she intended to donate to a community center, has resurfaced in the form of a $3 million federal lawsuit Merkle has filed against the school district and the township police. The 20-page complaint - received by the school district yesterday - charges the district, Superintendent Clair G. Brown, Sandy Run Middle School principal Margaret Thomas, the Upper Dublin Police Department, and Detective Jack Hahn with violating Merkle's civil and constitutional rights.
August 29, 1991 |
The oldest art center on the Main Line, the Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., will offer 35 adult workshops and courses, and 18 courses for children and teens this fall. The classes, which are to begin Sept. 30, will be taught by 32 instructors and range in fee from a free class for seniors, Plus Art, on Mondays, to a $200 art-experimentation class, Possibilities, on Tuesdays. Most classes will be repeated in the winter period, which is to begin Jan. 27. Classes are held Monday through Friday, days and evenings, and Saturday mornings for children.
April 10, 2009 |
To refresh his corporate offices, Bill George, president of Health Partners Inc., acquired 42 unique works. He was drawn to vibrant colors, minimalist pieces by emerging artists, and powerful primitives unlike any he had seen on business walls. He liked the simplicity, the brightness, the accessibility of his choices. And he loved that they made his workers smile. "It is hard to be in a bad mood when you look up and see these," he said, sounding like a parent who has papered the refrigerator with a child's awkward, but alluring, art. Which isn't far from what he did. Health Partners, an HMO owned by local hospitals and health clinics, was the initial corporate donor to Fresh Artists, an inspired new nonprofit that seeks to solve a problem (finding art supplies for schoolchildren)