December 25, 2014 |
Ann Claire "Acey" Wolgin, 90, of Whitemarsh, a philanthropist and patron of the arts in Philadelphia and Florida, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, of respiratory failure at the Hill at Whitemarsh. Mrs. Wolgin was a longtime friend and supporter of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As cochair of the Friends of the Museum and a member of the Associates Program, both donor groups, she provided strong leadership for efforts to bolster the museum. In 1974, she was elected to serve as one of the first women trustees.
December 12, 2014 |
FOR TWO YEARS, James Dupree fought City Hall over its plan to use eminent domain to seize his Mantua art studio and museum to make room for a grocery store and parking lot. Yesterday, Dupree reclaimed the deed to his 8,600-square-foot studio. At a meeting Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority board dropped its condemnation of Dupree's massive studio and galleries, which stretch across three addresses along Haverford Avenue near 36th Street. Brian Abernathy, the authority's executive director, announced the decision yesterday.
December 9, 2014 |
Helen Stroud Hamilton, 93, of Holland, Bucks County, a faculty member of the former Philadelphia College of Art and a children's book illustrator, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Saturday, Nov. 22, at Twining Village. Mrs. Hamilton created the drawings for the Happy Hollisters books, a 33-title series about a family who enjoyed solving mysteries. The author was Andrew E. Svenson under the pseudonym Jerry West. The imaginary family of two adults, five children, a cat, dog, and burro took shape in Mrs. Hamilton's brightly colored, whimsical drawings.
December 7, 2014 |
A contemporary master painter and one of the greatest painters of all time, jewelry made in accordance with an ancient tradition and jewelry made millennia ago by a people nearly forgotten, the records of life set in stone-these are just some of what is featured in this season's selection of books designed for both reading and display. They're all worth their price tags. Jamie Wyeth by Elliot Bostwick Davis and David Houston (MFA Publications, $50). It's time Jamie Wyeth's work was looked at on its own terms, not in terms of family resemblances.
October 18, 2014 |
If a cinema orgy promising more than 100 films from 28 countries in 11 days can ever seem manageable, the 23d Philadelphia Film Festival does it. It's not remotely possible to catch everything in the ambitious program, which began Thursday night with the gala premiere of Birdman and ends Oct. 26 with more than a dozen titles spread across four venues. But the selection and scheduling of films - from awards-season candidates to homegrown docs, from musicals to new masterworks - makes sense, somehow.
September 21, 2014 |
Low-income Pennsylvania residents will be able to gain low-cost admission to 17 of the region's biggest and most popular museums and cultural sites, thanks to a program to be announced Tuesday. The program, dubbed ACCESS Admission, will provide $2 admission for all holders of Pennsylvania ACCESS cards, electronic cards used for dispensing Medicaid benefits, food stamps, and other services. Each ACCESS card can be used by families of up to four, at $2 per family member; approximately 480,000 residents with ACCESS cards are eligible, according to officials.
September 19, 2014 |
Philadelphia knows its families of artists, families in which the spark of creative vision is passed from one generation to the next and ignites in each. Just stand in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, beneath Alexander Calder's white mobile, Ghost , look down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Swann Fountain's sculptural figures by Alexander Sterling Calder, and on to City Hall's tower, where Alexander Milne Calder's William Penn presides. Son, father, grandfather - three generations of artists defining one city boulevard.
September 16, 2014 |
WHEN Sheinelle Jones left "Good Day Philadelphia" in March to spend more time with her three kids, she promised she wouldn't stay at home for long. After a seven-month hiatus, Jones is back with an even more high-profile gig. I've learned Jones will be the new weekend news reader on the "Today" show. Jones replaces Jenna Wolfe , a former WB17 sports reporter, who will move to the weekday "Today" as its first lifestyle and fitness correspondent. She begins the gig Oct. 4. Jones told me that the shift to the weekend "Today" show works around the reasons she left "Good Day" in the first place: to be with her family.
September 12, 2014 |
An artist has been selected to design a centerpiece at the planned memorial park at 22nd and Market Streets to honor victims of the Center City building collapse that killed six people last year. Barbara Fox, a 1988 graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), won a competitive selection process that was opened earlier this year to alumni, students, and faculty of the academy. She now joins a design team to work on the final plans for the memorial and park, said David R. Brigham, president and chief executive officer of PAFA.
September 8, 2014 |
How can you bore me? Let me count the ways: 99. Fortunately, we don't have to sit/stand through all 99 Breakups , just 11, in Pig Iron's disappointing, self-indulgent, and thoroughly fatuous new work. My overwhelming feeling was, "What a waste!" A waste of a superb venue, a waste of fine performers I recognized from many other shows, and a waste of Pig Iron's honored spot in opening on the Fringe Festival's first official night. Not to mention a waste of my time. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a magnificent building, filled with major paintings.