February 20, 2013 |
On a snowy day before the Feb. 10 opening of "Unearthing a Masterpiece" at the Penn Museum, exhibition coordinator Kate Quinn stood on South Street, watching the enormous crane that was to lift the star of the show - the magnificent late-Roman Lod mosaic - into the museum. South Street was closed to cars, but pedestrians continued to walk by even as, moments later, the first of the 17-by-24-foot floor mosaic's seven pieces rose into the air. "They were on their phones and not noticing the almost-2,000-year-old floor flying above their heads," Quinn recalls.
February 4, 2013 |
Most parents don't think of being a twosome again until the house is devoid of offspring. Not Suzanne and Chuck Cruit of Media. Maybe it was because the Cruit nest had no one zip code for long. During the couple's 28 years of marriage, they have lived in Washington, D.C.; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Newtown Square, Delaware County; and East Goshen, Chester County. With life's changes so clearly and chronologically documented, the Cruits didn't need a crystal ball to get an accurate picture of the future.
October 14, 2011 |
For years, Marla Milgram has been a fan of the Barnes Museum, even taking a yearlong course on its world-famous collection of impressionist paintings. Now, with the museum set to move from Lower Merion to Philadelphia, Milgram has found a way to keep a piece of the Barnes close to home. In her home, actually. She commissioned local artist Jonathan Mandell to create a mosaic depicting the eastern end of the museum's Great Room, with all the famous works of art re-created in tiny shards of glass, tile, and stone.
October 11, 2011 |
In the summer of 1988, Salvatore Ciambella was at work in the lobby of the former Bellevue-Stratford hotel in Center City. In the lobby. On the lobby. Mr. Ciambella was on his hands and knees, restoring parts of the mosaic, tile by tiny tile. "It's tedious," Mr. Ciambella told an Inquirer interviewer. "But I like the challenge. " On Friday, Oct. 7, Mr. Ciambella, 82, a stone mason and lifelong resident of Chestnut Hill, died of leukemia at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.
December 28, 2010 |
THE NEW year ushers in a fresh start for many of Philadelphia's cultural institutions. Catch these events before they shutter for good. And don't say we didn't warn you. Franklin Square Remember summer? Prolong those sweet memories with one last visit to Franklin Square before the rehabbed park closes up shop until April. The mini-golf course, playground and Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel are all open, despite the weather outside being more frightful than delightful. Kids are treated to their own version of New Year's Eve ( sans champagne)
November 30, 2010 |
On an unusually warm Sunday for November, four very different Chester County artists arrived at their exhibit at West Chester University, bringing with them a large canvas and paint supplies. They had not come to create art alone. Accompanying them were nine children, ages 4 to 16, who live in emergency shelters throughout Chester County. Most said they had never worked with paint before, not even in school. "We don't have a lot of money to give, but we have our time and our skills," said Adrian Martinez, a 61-year-old painter and sculptor who grew up in poverty in Washington.
January 22, 2010 |
The answering machine gives her away: "You have reached Barbie. I'm either grouting, gardening, or watching Law & Order . . . " Those are the fixations, in correct order, of Barbie Henig, a mosaic-maker, gardener, and crime-series fan from Ardmore who has been known to create some rather unorthodox mosaics - on bowling balls and basketballs - using grout-sealed shards of pottery and glass scavenged on an out-of-the-way beach in Ventnor. She calls herself a "shardist," which rhymes with artist, which raises a question: How, exactly, should we think of mosaics, that ancient practice of creating images or decorative designs from colored glass and stone?
April 17, 2009 |
The following review originally appeared during the 2008 Philadelphia Film Festival. Isaiah Zagar's art is all over Philadelphia's South Street corridor. And his restless spirit - and painful secrets - are all over In a Dream, a stunning, deeply personal documentary portrait by the muralist's youngest son, Jeremiah Zagar. Like the dazzling, colorful mosaics that Isaiah has pasted to buildings around town - crazy-quilt images of people (often including the artist himself), shards of shattered mirror, cracked crockery, wine bottles, bicycle wheels - his life has been kaleidoscopic, yet singularly focused.
November 23, 2008 |
The visionary moment that helped inspire a community-square project came after death in Iraq touched Doylestown. A routine morning jog capped by the sight of a flying bald eagle led a local businesswoman to think of a patriotic pin worn by one grieving mother and the dog tags around the neck of another. That moment last spring helped bring the jogger together with a mosaic artist and the mothers of two 26-year-old Doylestown Township servicemen who died within a week of each other.