October 29, 1986 |
In its reincarnation at Wilmington's Playhouse Theater this week, Pippin is a Ben Vereen show. His is the dominating presence. He re-creates his Tony Award-winning role as master of ceremonies, otherwise known as the Leading Player, and is also the director of the revival. But a Ben Vereen show is not the Ben Vereen show. The dynamic hoofer's part in this musical does not give his talents full rein. He is restricted by the necessity of sharing the stage with a whole company of gifted performers pretending to be a strolling troupe of players who go through their paces under Vereen's propulsive hand.
July 7, 1994 |
The cast moved together a bit awkwardly at the end of the number, but the overall harmonic rendition of "All the Live Long Day" had Scott Schwartz jumping onto the stage to applaud. "Do that every time, and you'll get a big round of applause," he told his six-member cast. From his place in the mostly empty theater, Jon Dorf summed up all his own fears in a mumble: "If there is an audience. " Schwartz, 20, and Dorf, 23, are launching an ambitious project, The American Experiment Theater, which opens at The Haverford School Tuesday.
February 18, 1999 |
Scottie Pippen has lofted the ball inside to Othella Harrington. Now, he must wait. Much of an NBA star's life is glamorous, exciting - and Pippen's first season untethered to the Chicago Bulls has been all of that - but, then again, much of it is also spent wondering what exactly Othella Harrington plans to do with the basketball. One thing is clear: Harrington intends to keep it. He backs toward the basket, butting up against the pliant, defensive posture of Phoenix's Tom Gugliotta, then turns suddenly and caroms a short shot through the rim. The Compaq Center crowd cheers with a mix of delight and surprise.
February 6, 1994 |
The vibrant and colorful paintings of Horace Pippin, on exhibit at the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, have often been characterized as a window into the heritage of black Americans in Chester County. Pippin, the grandson of slaves, captured the warmth and simplicity of everyday life in paintings such as Interior of a Cabin and Domino Players. But the scenes could have taken place anywhere. These folklore paintings, as well as Pippin's still lifes, portraits and landscapes of rural Pennsylvania, made him practically an overnight sensation.
November 13, 2003 |
An art critic might call a painting "vibrant" or "energetic" - words that also apply to the flourishing art scene in West Chester. Thanks to a cluster of galleries - along with civic improvements, plenty of restaurants, and the borough's inherent charm - West Chester has become a destination for the region's art lovers. West Chester's gallery boom is the continuation of a long-standing artistic tradition that goes back to Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth and Horace Pippin. The area has inspired generations of artists.
February 6, 1994 |
The considerable attention being paid to the Horace Pippin retrospective at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts obscures the fact that it's not the only major exhibition of folk art in town. The other one, at Moore College of Art and Design through March 27, features relief sculptures by the late Elijah Pierce (1892-1984). Like Pippin, Pierce was a self-taught African American artist. Unlike Pippin, who painted, Pierce was a carver. The Moore exhibition consists of 100 carvings, most of them painted reliefs, made over a 70-year career.
January 27, 1994 |
Horace Pippin emerges in broad brush strokes as a gentle, devoted family man and painter, according to those who worked and lived with him. Jean S. Fugett Sr. used to visit Pippin's stepson Richard Wade in the 1940s, when the Pippin family lived in a neat rowhouse on the west side of West Chester. During those visits, Fugett, now 66, would watch the older man paint in the kitchen. Pippin was "very personable," said Fugett, a retired Department of Defense employee. "He always seemed to enjoy talking to people.
March 8, 1994 |
Police suspect foul play in the disappearance of a Lawrenceville High School teacher who was last seen early Saturday morning leaving a Trenton bar. His car is also missing. James J. Semptimphelter, 43, who was an Italian language instructor at the township's high school and middle school, was reported missing by his landlord at 2:45 p.m. Saturday after he failed to return to his home on Farnsworth Avenue, police said. Detective Jeff Pippin said friends and relatives became concerned about Semptimphelter's whereabouts when he didn't show up at his mother's house at noon on Saturday to drive her to the airport.
January 11, 1990 |
A Mount Holly man was arrested yesterday in Bordentown Township, and authorities later found stolen guns, jewelry and electronics taken during during a six-month burglary spree in Burlington County in the man's home, officials said. Harry M. Wilson, 61, of the first block of Clay Street, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. yesterday and charged with burglary, theft and possession of a stolen car, said Patrolman Jeffrey Pippin, an investigating officer. "So far he has come forward on at least 24 counts of burglary," Pippin said.
January 31, 1988 |
He knew what he wanted to paint, but his withered right arm wouldn't work. So he lifted it with his left and laboriously brushed the paint onto canvas. The oils he layered had a presence and a power that spoke volumes of being black in America, spoke of war's atrocities, yet spoke also of life's essential beauty. There, working in the front room of his Gay Street rowhouse in West Chester more than 50 years ago, Horace Pippin created the paintings that many critics rate as the best folk art in America.