October 21, 2012 |
William Trost Richards, a Philadelphia landscape painter of some renown during the late 19th century, enjoyed a working situation that few artists today are lucky enough to fall into. A wealthy patron, Philadelphia industrialist and art collector George Whitney, not only subsidized Richards and bought dozens of his oils and watercolors, but he also promoted the work among other collectors. The two were friends who corresponded regularly for about 10 years when Richards was out of the city.
September 25, 2012 |
Since the last time Barack Obama had to face a Republican opponent in Pennsylvania, the political battleground of the nation's sixth-largest state has changed a bit. Unemployment is up; jobs are down. The voting-age population may be slightly older, with more baby boomers in or near retirement. And Republicans have slightly narrowed the Democrats' voter-registration advantage. Some of the changes are subtle, and they don't all favor one party or the other. Analysts said it was hard to predict how they could affect the Nov. 6 election.
September 11, 2012
A report on private-sector jobs in the region finds that Philadelphians are fleeing the city at an alarming rate. Fortunately, they come back every night - for now. The daily out-migration of nearly 191,000 people to jobs in the suburbs and New Jersey outlined in the new Center City District (CCD) review is a stark reminder that there simply aren't nearly enough jobs in the city. Indeed, the decades-long downward trend in the private-sector workforce that provides 84 percent of city jobs shows no sign of leveling off. Another double-digit decline is possible by 2020, the business-funded group notes in its report released Thursday.
July 4, 2012 |
Journalists are supposed to be the ultimate Zeligs: We pop up at the right places with faces hidden by the shoulders and hairdos of the famous and powerful. We observe and report, always in the thick of things but never part of them. Journalists aren't usually role models or public figures, aren't elected officials, and don't receive taxpayer money. Who cares which ones are gay? But Anderson Cooper, 45, the CNN star journalist who yesterday came out as a gay man (to nobody's surprise)
June 8, 2012 |
Mid-May brought artists from 17 states to participate in Wayne Art Center's Sixth Annual Plein Air Festival. Most of the 23 artists accepted for this increasingly competitive event came from a distance and were guests of local families while painting landscapes in and around Wayne for five festival days. The weather cooperated, and the art center hung the work as fast as it came in - hundreds of paintings, all for sale. Shelby Keefe, a full-time artist from Milwaukee, deservedly won two awards, best in show and Plein Air Magazine's prize, for an oil landscape portraying Ithan and one of Center City, respectively.
May 21, 2012 |
The development of Canada's tar sands and North Dakota's Bakken oil shale region have profoundly transformed the U.S. energy landscape. U.S. and Canadian oil production has risen 11 percent since 2010 and could rise by as much as 50 percent over the next decade. More plentiful North American supply has lowered costs for some U.S. refineries, but mainly in places such as Oklahoma and Illinois, where it can be shipped via the Keystone pipeline. But there are no pipelines to carry this oil to the U.S. coastal refining hubs.
April 16, 2012 |
Dan Mitchell has borrowed $3 million in the last year and a half to buy real estate and equipment to expand his brewery, Ithaca Beer Co. It wasn't easy. Mitchell went to at least four banks in Ithaca, N.Y., looking for a loan to buy real estate and equipment. His sales were growing 25 percent a year and the company had become profitable. His distributors wanted to buy more beer from him. But most of the loan officers just handed him applications and told him to send them in. Even a bank that had already loaned Mitchell money wasn't interested.
March 18, 2012 |
The photographer Emmet Gowin is justifiably well known for the remarkably frank, and simultaneously mysterious, portraits he took of his wife, Edith Morris, and their family in the 1960s and '70s. His aerial photographs of landscapes ravaged by strip mining and weapons testing, taken over the next two decades, offer a similarly matter-of-fact yet ambiguous view of their subjects, but from a distance. Over the last decade, Gowin has gotten up close and personal again, photographing various species of moths in Panama and South America alone, during the day, and as they flit around Edith at night, creating ribbons of light in the dark.
February 19, 2012 |
Pentimenti Gallery regular Steven Baris continues to study and interpret the elasticity and ambiguity of the exurban landscape and its big-box architecture in his recent geometric paintings on canvas and Mylar, and his painted Plexiglas wall sculptures. In particular, his large oil paintings on canvas, showing diagrammatic outlines floating in milky atmospheres, express the banality and soullessness of the exurbs. Baris also has created an installation for the gallery's Project Room, "Exurban Archipelago," that includes a video of a distribution center that appears to have been shot by Baris through the windows of a moving car; it captures the facility's anonymous contours to a T. Baris' work is nicely complemented by Kim Beck's large graphite drawings, in which she reorganizes the typical suburban and exurban landscape into complex compositions with cutouts.
February 13, 2012 |
As anyone with a laptop or cellphone knows, battery life has made great strides over the years, but has plenty of room for improvement. That's one of the goals behind some new research at Drexel University, where engineers have developed a new class of materials that take the form of whisper-thin "nanosheets. " The team recently reported that these layers - so thin that it would take thousands of them to match the thickness of a human hair - could be used to store a charge in a lithium-ion battery.