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July 9, 2016
Treasures from India Can't swing a vacation this summer? Take a trip to India by way of Rittenhouse Square at Greetings from Kolkata, India. The Philadelphia Art Alliance hosts an exhibition and sale of art by the Crafts Council of West Bengal, a nonprofit organization that works with the craftspeople of Eastern India to promote their work. Expect varying media, from embroidery (including kantha, the quilt stitch of Bengal), scarves, saris, masks, instruments, and jewelry. There will also be three different craftspeople on-site showing off their incredible skill, including a potter, an embroiderer, and a jeweler who works in copper and silver.
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June 28, 2012 | Jason Wilson
 The Industry 1401 E. Moyamensing Ave. 215-271-9500 theindustrybar.com   The Boilermaker 216 S. 11th St. 215-922-3427 theboilermakerbar.com   Rittenhouse Tavern 251 S. 18th St. Philadelphia Art Alliance 215-732-2412 rittenhousetavern.com   Vernick Food & Drink 2031 Walnut St. (267) 639-6644 vernickphilly.com   Lemon Hill 747 N. 25th St. (Corner of 25th and Aspen)
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February 23, 2002 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gerardo Belfiore, 88, patriarch of a family of artists, died Tuesday at Fair Acres Nursing Home in Lima of complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. He had been a resident of Wallingford since 1987. Before moving there, he had lived in Southwest Philadelphia for many years. Mr. Belfiore was the elder statesman of a family of artists that includes his wife of 51 years, Edith; his daughter, Sandra; and his granddaughter, Kristin Severson. His wife worked as a medical and technical illustrator and as the official portrait artist for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
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September 15, 2006 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Norman R. Tissian, 76, a self-described "Center City egotist" who as head of Spiro & Associates advertising agency touted tourism in Philadelphia, died from complications following spinal surgery Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants who were card-carrying Communists, Mr. Tissian grew up in Strawberry Mansion. While attending school, he worked in textile factories alongside his parents. He slept in a second-story room that was also his father's quilt shop.
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April 18, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeanne Faith Coryell, 89, of Philadelphia, a freelance artist, died Friday, March 28, of an infection at Symphony Square, an assisted-living facility in Bala Cynwyd. A well-known figure in the Philadelphia art community, Ms. Coryell was a longtime member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Plastic Club, and Philadelphia/Tri State Artists Equity. She was a frequent participant in juried exhibitions at the Sketch Club, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show.
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March 26, 2010 | By Monica Peters FOR THE INQUIRER
The Franklin Institute will open two continuing exhibits on Saturday, "Changing Earth" and "Electricity," focusing on climatology, meteorology, sustainability and more. The centerpiece of the "Changing Earth" exhibit is a huge satellite image of the globe. Visitors enter through a projected image of the planet on a fog curtain as they descend into the Earth's atmosphere. The screen presentation recounts the history of changes in our planet. Viewers also can calculate their carbon footprint, explore seismographs of recent earthquakes, create their own weather, and experiment to see how dams and water volume affect river flow and erosion.
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October 1, 1991 | By Andy Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rita Wolpe Barnett Kenin, 71, a Philadelphia artist whose soft, impressionistic oil paintings of ordinary people doing ordinary things graced local galleries for decades, died Sunday at Graduate Hospital. Mrs. Kenin, the daughter of portrait photographer Caesar Wolpe, was taken with art from the time she was a toddler. Some of her drawings, illustrating a nursery story, were exhibited at the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial in 1925, when she was still in kindergarten. She also was fascinated by people, and she dedicated much of her life to getting on canvas the interesting characters she met. She found them everywhere, said her niece, Beth Rose.
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June 30, 2014 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
Walking through the retrospective "Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby" at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, it's quickly apparent why Higby has received the American Craft Movement Visionary Award from New York's Museum of Arts and Design, among other honors. The 56 works in this exhibition - organized by Peter Held, curator of ceramics at Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center, where it originated (its recent most stop before Philadelphia was the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery)
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November 17, 1995 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Edith Neff, a nationally recognized artist known for her renderings of Philadelphia scenes and its people, died of cancer yesterday. She was 52 and lived in Center City. She received national acclaim for her paintings depicting her family, friends, colleagues and professional models posed together on Philadelphia streets, rooftops and locations throughout Fairmount Park in large narrative compositions which often referred to mythological themes. In 1978 she joined the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she taught figure painting and drawing until the time of her death.
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May 9, 1987 | By Victoria Donohoe, Special to The Inquirer
For Milton Brutten and Helen Herrick, who are showing portions of their enormous contemporary art collection at the Art Alliance, collecting is their creative act. After 20 years at the task, they are still trying to improve on their work - like any truly creative artists. A hallmark of the Brutten-Herrick approach is a search for new talent. This has led them to many young American artists whose work was unheralded when they bought it. A sizable number of these artists enjoy a wide following today.
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July 9, 2016
Treasures from India Can't swing a vacation this summer? Take a trip to India by way of Rittenhouse Square at Greetings from Kolkata, India. The Philadelphia Art Alliance hosts an exhibition and sale of art by the Crafts Council of West Bengal, a nonprofit organization that works with the craftspeople of Eastern India to promote their work. Expect varying media, from embroidery (including kantha, the quilt stitch of Bengal), scarves, saris, masks, instruments, and jewelry. There will also be three different craftspeople on-site showing off their incredible skill, including a potter, an embroiderer, and a jeweler who works in copper and silver.
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October 9, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Turning 75, pianist Dave Burrell says, has given him the opportunity to "reflect back and think of all the people that I've met and played with. " It's certainly an impressive list, including substantial musical relationships with innovators like saxophonists Archie Shepp, David Murray, and Pharoah Sanders; bassist William Parker; and drummer Sunny Murray. One of the longest-lasting of those relationships has been with drummer Andrew Cyrille, who will join Burrell as the Full-Blown Duo on Saturday at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, one of two hometown celebrations of Burrell's birthday planned by Ars Nova Workshop.
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September 19, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THAT BEAUTIFUL woman prowling around the junk yard, what could she be looking for? Or rooting in trash bins. Or just ransacking the urban environment for the castoffs of a reckless society. It would have been the artist Dina Wind, looking for discarded objects that she could fashion into the installations that made her one of Philadelphia's more interesting artists. She took old car fenders and other auto castoffs, as well as tools - hammers, saws, pliers, shears and the like - and welded them into shapes and contours that the motorists who once drove the cars and the workers who once wielded the tools wouldn't have recognized.
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June 30, 2014 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
Walking through the retrospective "Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby" at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, it's quickly apparent why Higby has received the American Craft Movement Visionary Award from New York's Museum of Arts and Design, among other honors. The 56 works in this exhibition - organized by Peter Held, curator of ceramics at Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center, where it originated (its recent most stop before Philadelphia was the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery)
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May 23, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ROLAND AYERS was one of those kids who seemed to be studiously bent over his schoolbooks in class, but in reality was hard at work drawing airplanes. Although he did well in school, Roland loved airplanes, and his schoolbooks were filled with drawings of all kinds of planes. His airborne pen-and-ink work dates back to the first grade, and his wife, Sheila Whitelaw Ayers, has drawings with his name written in a child's scrawl at the bottom. Of course, Roland went far beyond airplanes in a long and distinguished art career, creating what one critic called "magically surreal" works in pen and ink, watercolor, gouache and collage.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeanne Faith Coryell, 89, of Philadelphia, a freelance artist, died Friday, March 28, of an infection at Symphony Square, an assisted-living facility in Bala Cynwyd. A well-known figure in the Philadelphia art community, Ms. Coryell was a longtime member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Plastic Club, and Philadelphia/Tri State Artists Equity. She was a frequent participant in juried exhibitions at the Sketch Club, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012 | Jason Wilson
 The Industry 1401 E. Moyamensing Ave. 215-271-9500 theindustrybar.com   The Boilermaker 216 S. 11th St. 215-922-3427 theboilermakerbar.com   Rittenhouse Tavern 251 S. 18th St. Philadelphia Art Alliance 215-732-2412 rittenhousetavern.com   Vernick Food & Drink 2031 Walnut St. (267) 639-6644 vernickphilly.com   Lemon Hill 747 N. 25th St. (Corner of 25th and Aspen)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2010 | By Monica Peters FOR THE INQUIRER
The Franklin Institute will open two continuing exhibits on Saturday, "Changing Earth" and "Electricity," focusing on climatology, meteorology, sustainability and more. The centerpiece of the "Changing Earth" exhibit is a huge satellite image of the globe. Visitors enter through a projected image of the planet on a fog curtain as they descend into the Earth's atmosphere. The screen presentation recounts the history of changes in our planet. Viewers also can calculate their carbon footprint, explore seismographs of recent earthquakes, create their own weather, and experiment to see how dams and water volume affect river flow and erosion.
NEWS
September 15, 2006 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Norman R. Tissian, 76, a self-described "Center City egotist" who as head of Spiro & Associates advertising agency touted tourism in Philadelphia, died from complications following spinal surgery Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants who were card-carrying Communists, Mr. Tissian grew up in Strawberry Mansion. While attending school, he worked in textile factories alongside his parents. He slept in a second-story room that was also his father's quilt shop.
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April 4, 2003 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Virginia Mason Gifford, 95, an accomplished artist whose works were exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Civic Center Museum, and elsewhere, died March 18 at her Rittenhouse Square home. Mrs. Gifford, born in Old Saybrook, Conn., moved to Philadelphia in 1917. She graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1926 and from the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, now part of the University of the Arts, in 1930. In 1931 she married Dr. Edward S. Gifford Jr., and the two quickly became known as an intellectual and cultured couple who loved to have a good time and share it with their many friends.
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