February 7, 2014 |
Nothing really prepared sculptor Walker K. Hancock for what he saw in the towns of Europe as Allied forces closed in on Germany in 1945. Siegen, east of Bonn, was a rubble field. "The city had been solidly bombed for three months," Hancock wrote in his memoir, A Sculptor's Fortunes . "Corpses had been cleared away, but in one place I noticed a pool of blood with an American helmet beside it. " In this grisly and devastated place, Hancock also found some of the greatest of all European treasures.
December 2, 2013 |
Paris before it became the City of Light; the watercolors of an artist best known for portraits; creatures conjured from the medieval imagination - these are just a few of the fruits in this year's crop of books to be put out in the open, not hidden away on shelves. If you think books may be passé, check out the gorgeous buildings that house so many of them. Prices are list, but discounts abound. John Singer Sargent: Watercolors (MFA Publications/Brooklyn Museum, $60) . Sargent wasn't eager to show or sell his watercolors.
October 28, 2013 |
Doris Staffel Malarkey, a highly praised artist and teacher and a devoted Buddhist and mother, will have her life celebrated at the Arch Street Meeting House on Friday, Nov. 1. Known professionally as Doris Staffel, she died of coronary artery disease Sept. 13 at her Society Hill home at age 91. Born Doris Blitman in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Staffel started drawing at age 3, and painted up to three weeks before she died, said daughter Megan Staffel. "As long as she could paint, she felt energized and excited about life," Staffel said.
October 20, 2013 |
John L. Wade Sr., 76, of Germantown, an award-winning artist and professor emeritus of the Temple University Tyler School of Art, died Monday, Oct. 7, at Good Shepherd Penn Partners in Philadelphia of complications from sarcoidosis. In addition to having received numerous awards, Mr. Wade's primarily abstract works were exhibited in galleries throughout the country, including the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Mr. Wade was born in Wilmington and graduated from Howard High School in 1955.
October 12, 2013
At a time when support for the arts is in flux, the city's cultural community has proven that it's still a font of creative ideas. Under a program launched last week, Philadelphia teenagers ages 14 through 19 can enjoy a year of free access to a dozen institutions, ranging from the National Constitution Center to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Of course, they can't skip school to look at a Kandinsky or a Gauguin. The free passes are valid only outside school hours. But if students spend enough of those hours at a museum or the zoo, their minds could be opened to worlds far more engaging than those offered by video games or Facebook.
October 8, 2013
The Propane Education & Research Council , a Washington trade group, elected Paula Wilson chair. She is director of marketing at AmeriGas Propane in Valley Forge and is a member of the Women in Propane Council. Michael L. Krancer , partner and energy, petrochemical, and natural-resources practice group leader at Blank Rome L.L.P., has been appointed to the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board . Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts , Philadelphia, elected the following members to its board of trustees: Elliot Clark , chairman and CEO of SharedXpertise Media L.L.C.; William J. Farrell 2d, executive vice president of Wilmington Trust; Bill Hankowsky , chairman, president, and CEO of Liberty Property Trust and a partner in Interstate General Media Inc., publisher of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com; Charles Mather , trustee emeritus, president of Mather & Co.; Dorothy Mather Ix, senior vice president at Bollinger Inc.; Brett Matteo, managing director of the PFM Group; and Sashi Reddi , vice president and general manager of big data and analytics at Computer Sciences Corp.
October 5, 2013 |
Celebrate the new season at Morris Arboretum's Fall Festival Weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The festival will have scarecrow-making and pumpkin-painting. From noon to 3, guests can meet visiting animals of the Elmwood Park Zoo. The ColonialLUG (LEGO User Group) will help children build a pumpkin. On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., there will be a Radio Disney performance. Fall Festival Weekend, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Arboretum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
October 2, 2013 |
Roger W. Anliker, 89, of Elkins Park, a professor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art for 25 years, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, of complications from dementia at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales. Born in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Anliker distinguished himself early, winning awards and prizes for outstanding artwork. Mr. Anliker studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he graduated in 1947 with the Agnes Gund Memorial Scholarship for travel. His schooling was interrupted by service as a mapmaker during World War II with the Army's 16th Armored Division.
September 14, 2013 |
The 17th annual Korean Folk Festival for Children returns on Saturday at John Russell Field in LaMott, Cheltenham Township. From 1 to 5 p.m. enjoy culture and traditional games. Children can do rice-cake smashing, practice yoga, make masks, and have their faces painted. They can test their strength in a tug-of-war competition and play on a Korean seesaw. There will be performances and cuisine such as stir-fried rice cakes, barbecue beef, and seaweed rolls. 17th annual Korean Folk Festival for Children, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at John Russell Field, Penrose and Willow Avenues in the LaMott section of Cheltenham Twp. Rain date is Sept.
September 8, 2013
Corbett administration fails kids The Kaiser Family Foundation's national report on Medicaid shows the world what Pennsylvania's doctors and nurses already know: Pennsylvania is doing an abysmal job in caring for its youngest and most vulnerable citizens ("Medicaid numbers plummet in Pa.," Aug. 28). As a family doctor working in safety-net clinics in Philadelphia for more than a decade, I have seen far too many children put at risk by delayed care because Medicaid was cut off or unfairly denied.