November 1, 2014 |
"ART AND CRAFT" is a documentary about art forger Mark Landis, an eccentric Southerner whose hobby is in making replicas of valuable art. His other hobby? Posing as a big-shot donor and fobbing his fake paintings off on museums (for free) as the real thing. He calls this "mischief. " Museum curators call it fraud. Either way, law enforcement isn't interested, because there's no money involved. Landis doesn't ask for payment. For him, the reward is simply fooling the curators - the satisfaction of a con job well done.
November 1, 2014 |
Art and Craft opens with shots of an impossibly slim, small, unassuming man in his late 50s, completely bald except for a tiny ring of hair at the very back, shopping in a crafts supply store. So that's Mark A. Landis, the devilishly brilliant artist and confidence trickster who unloaded hundreds of forgeries on art museums across the country? What's he doing there? Codirected by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and Mark Becker, Art and Craft is a thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating documentary about Landis' amazing feats as a forger and con man. For more than 20 years, until he was unmasked in 2008, Landis forged hundreds of pieces of art - from ancient illuminated manuscript pages to watercolors, drawings, and paintings by Louis Valtat, Paul Signac, Marie Laurencin, Stanislas Lépine, and Daumier.
July 15, 2014 |
Jeff and Jim Petrillo of Moorestown have been woodworkers most of their adult lives, usually of smaller items. One year, the brothers branched out and built a wooden boat. Next, they built a wooden surfboard. And then they built a company - Deadhead Surfboards. They produce gleaming boards of various woods that nevertheless are fully functional. "The idea is you hang it on the wall, take it out and use it, and then put it back on the wall," Jeff Petrillo said Sunday as the company booth at the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival drew more than a few curious stares.
September 17, 2013 |
Zaire is an intelligent and inquisitive 7-year-old who delights in making people laugh. He loves learning new things and figuring things out. Happy and affectionate, Zaire likes to give big hugs. Some of his favorite pastimes are watching cartoons, reading, and anything having to do with fire trucks. He also enjoys building objects with Legos and solving puzzles. Zaire likes being independent and showing adults that he can do things on his own. Zaire is passionate about art and crafts and is very creative, so he was thrilled to have an opportunity recently to visit an art center.
July 6, 2013
Antiques/Art/Crafts Headhouse Square Craft & Fine Arts Fair Jewelry, clothing, photography, ceramics, glass, paintings & more. Rain or shine. Historic Headhouse Square, Second & Pine Sts.; 215-413-3713. cccraftsfair.com. 7/7. Landreth Seniors Flea Market & Craft Fair Crafts & flea market items, raffles & baked goods. Landreth Apartments, 1201 S. 23d St. 7/6. 10 am-4 pm. Send information about antiques, arts and crafts, and auction events to firstname.lastname@example.org .
December 20, 2012 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - The sharp tang of varnish hangs in the air as a dozen women and a few men cut and scrape logs into bowls destined for U.S. department stores. In other Haitian workshops, vases sparkle with sequins of pink, green and blue, and dragonflies leap from picture frames cut from recycled steel drums. Three years after a devastating earthquake, there's still not much economic traction in this long impoverished Caribbean country, but one small niche has taken off: arts and crafts.
December 9, 2012
Film New this week: Starlet (*** out of four stars) A young actress working in the porn biz befriends an elderly, isolated woman in this low-key, low-budget indie - a small, nicely observed film with surprising depth. - Steven Rea Music The Who Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend took the band's most inspired rock opera, 1973's Quadrophenia, stripped away its chatty narrative, and let Townshend's most brutal, poignant songs of youth's wrongs and longings breathe with defiant, if aged, effervescence.
December 8, 2012 |
The Keystone State Boychoir returns to the Church of St. Monica in Berwyn this season to perform a free Sunday concert for the Music at Monica's series. The choir will be accompanied by local harpist Jordan Thomas. The singers will perform classical composer Benjamin Britten's Christmas choral piece Ceremony of Carols (Op. 28 ). Composed of boys 8 to 18, the group has performed in countries including Vietnam, Austria, and South Africa. Harpist Thomas, a native Philadelphian now a junior at Johns Hopkins University studying music, is also a founding member of the choir.