July 23, 2015 |
Crystal States is crafty, so naturally, she's planning to make a lot of the elements for her September nuptials. But before she attempts all those do-it-yourself projects, she'll do it with others. Between the exploding maker movement where no project is too complicated to attempt, and a wedding industry where a 20 percent to 40 percent markup is standard, there are now a growing number of businesses offering brides DIY classes - calligraphy, invitation design, cookie-stamping.
December 1, 2014 |
Until I read Carol Solomon's introduction to the catalog for "Memory, Place, Desire: Contemporary Art of the Maghreb and Maghrebi Diaspora," I'd been under the impression that the area of North Africa known as the Mahgreb was Morocco. In fact, as visiting professor Solomon - who organized the exhibition of contemporary art from that region for Haverford College's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, - explains in much greater detail, the Maghreb comprises most of North Africa west of Egypt and is sometimes said to include Egypt.
December 22, 2012 |
Gordon S. Converse will pretty much have the week between Christmas and New Year's Day to itself with an online sale of Chinese and Asian art and collectibles that starts at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29 at www.liveauctioneers.com . The nearly 500 lots include vases and other porcelains, fish tanks, cricket cages, furniture, figurines, and traditional and contemporary paintings. Many of the lots are already attracting attention online. As of Tuesday morning, most of the focus was on a 9-by-9-inch brush pot made of rare huanghuali wood (akin to rosewood)
April 28, 2010 |
Haddonfield native Deborah Remington, 79, a Manhattan-based abstract artist whose work featuring mechanical and organic references has been exhibited all over the world, died of cancer Wednesday, April 21, at CareOne in Moorestown. Though Miss Remington's great-uncle was Frederic Remington, the famous artist who captured the American West in his action-filled paintings, she made only side references to him when speaking of artistic talent in her genes, said those who knew her. She wanted to make a name for herself and focus on her own abstract niche.
April 30, 2004 |
The paintings that Eugene Baguskas is showing at the More Gallery are immensely appealing, as much for their atavistic vitality as for their subject, which ostensibly is nature. I say "ostensibly" because one senses a romantic undercurrent, and perhaps autobiographical symbolism, in these scenes of crashing waterfalls, salmon swimming upstream, and quizzical moose. Among the nine oils, Sunrise neatly summarizes the painter's program. Under an orange sky reflected in a mirror-flat lake, two Canada geese fly across two improbably converging waterfalls, as a bear perched on a rock stares at the viewer.
February 8, 2004 |
With a steady hand and a delicate touch, Grace Heslin used the nib of an ink pen to begin the lines that form chancery calligraphy. Handwriting in the style of 15th-century royalty, and still a must for diplomas and other serious documents, requires practice and patience, Heslin said. For her, it is a calming and fun art. "Some people don't like it - it's too tedious and too time-consuming," Heslin said. "I love it. I find all the arts relaxing. " Calligraphy is as old as the written word, said Anne Binder, immediate past president and executive director of the Association for the Calligraphic Arts, an international organization headquartered in South Bend, Ind. "We are artists who see our images in the form of signs, symbols and letters as opposed to a painter who might see still lifes and seascapes," Binder said.
May 17, 2001 |
As the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center prepares to reopen part of its $3.7 million addition next week, curator Candace Perry is calm. "As long as there aren't any last-minute typos [in the exhibit panels or anything else] and nothing breaks, yeah, calm is the word," she said. Six months of construction and funding from mostly private sources added 15,000 square feet to the original 9,000-square-foot brick building on Seminary Street that dates to the 1950s. When the project is completed June 24, there will be more room for local-history and museum displays, more storage, and better access to the 50,000-volume library.
March 18, 2001 |
Japanese Nanga painters take as much notice of life as of art. Freshness of response is their strong point, and they know how to make the mundane interesting. This is obvious in the very appealing exhibition "Zenga-Nanga" at Haverford College, featuring calligraphy and Zen and Nanga paintings from the 17th through 19th centuries. It's a display that treads lightly but firmly across its long time span. Working in an often-impressionistic technique, these artists never make a pompous picture, though their hand-lettering may be bold or roughly brushed.
December 19, 1999 |
With infinite patience and just the hint of a brogue, Ann McKenna teaches knitting at the Elder Craftsmen Shop in Ardmore. She's working on an Irish fisherman's sweater, like those she sold for 17 years at a store that was nearby. This snug nonprofit shop, where McKenna volunteers, teaching her craft and selling her products, is on shaky financial footing. It closed twice before. And twice before it sputtered back to life. This could be the third - and final - closing. After 40 years, the Elder Craftsmen Shop of Philadelphia, now on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore, has run out of angels, funding, and all but the slimmest spark of hope.