June 1, 2015 |
Georgia S. McWhinney, 85, of Wyncote, an associate professor in the field of literacy, died Wednesday, May 20, of cancer at her home. Dr. McWhinney devoted her energies to her family and the study and teaching of emergent literacy in both children and adults. Emergent literacy , a term coined by researcher Marie Clay, refers to the gradual process by which children and adults interact with language, books, and those around them on the road to literacy. A part of the process is speaking, listening, writing, and viewing words and pictures.
May 2, 2015 |
On Friday, in front of the Delaware County Courthouse on Front Street, the Borough of Media will hold a small ceremony celebrating the hanging of Thomas Moran's monumental 1892 painting, Grand Canyon of the Colorado River . Well, not the real McCoy (or Moran), one of the masterpieces of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection. Media's Moran will be a very high-quality reproduction in an elaborate frame, all coated with an anti-graffiti resin. Pop-up outdoor art installations are coming to town.
April 27, 2015 |
Retrospectives generally reveal the trajectory of an artist's career as a horizontal path with a few zigs and zags here and there and a recognizable "signature" style settling in at some point, usually when the artist is in his or her 30s, occasionally much earlier or later. The career of Frank Bramblett, on the other hand, whose retrospective at the Woodmere Art Museum, "Frank Bramblett: No Intention," offers four decades of his art, follows no such pattern. Looking at the stylistic shifts in his work from 1968 to the present, it's obvious that his painting has developed largely through curiosity rather than any set agendas.
April 8, 2015 |
Karen Bitting met Ellen Marsden Smedley in the 1970s, when both were teaching at the Sheppard School in Lower Kensington. "She ran an unbelievable art program" for children from kindergarten through fourth grade, Bitting said, and did it without a classroom dedicated to art. She had a cart filled with supplies on each of the three floors of Sheppard, Bitting said. "Sometimes, after a class on the third floor," she said, "she would have to tear down to the first floor for her next class.
March 17, 2015 |
In Frances Galante's home, a portrait she painted of the Maine countryside hangs prominently. It's the kind of work that would stop visiting friends. Some would ask questions; most would admire. Ms. Galante always would be humble. "She would say, 'My paintings aren't that great,' or, 'This still needs work,' " said Linda Galante, her sister. "But I know so many people who would look at her art and start crying because it was so moving. " Ms. Galante, 57, a prominent painter in the region, died Tuesday, March 10, in her Philadelphia home after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
January 9, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Some artists are influenced by Pop Art. Others, such as sculptor Maddelinde Wiker, 20, are influenced by Pop Pop's art. In this case, Pop Pop is Lance Balderson, 73, a well-regarded abstract painter whose work hangs in the Woodmere Art Museum, Columbia University School of Law, and the Curtis Institute of Music. One painting, Tryst , has been displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But beginning this week, the art of Balderson and his granddaughter bookend a distinctive exhibit at the Ocean City Arts Center.
August 25, 2014 |
But for the efforts of several art historians who sought her out in the last decades of her life, Theresa Bernstein would have been just another forgotten female artist. Fortunately, one of those historians was Gail Levin. She is distinguished professor of art history, American studies, and women's studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, as well as author of books on Lee Krasner and Edward Hopper, and a former Whitney Museum curator. In addition, Levin is the editor of a book on Bernstein and the curator of the artist's first retrospective, "Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art," a traveling show that recently arrived at the Woodmere Art Museum.
August 5, 2014 |
Through a work of art, the two women were hoping to save a connection that is slipping away. Their husbands, who have Alzheimer's disease, are becoming more distant, their marriages more solitary and fraught with worry. But in a discussion of a painting called The Immigrants , those husbands - Jack Williams and Dick Force - virtually carried the conversation at the Woodmere Art Museum, in Chestnut Hill. The two men, whose wives had met through their mutual experience as caregivers, found the story in the brushstrokes and shared their thoughts about the discovery.
April 18, 2014 |
Edward J. Sozanski, 77, art critic for The Inquirer, who over three decades became a major figure in describing and documenting the city's cultural transformation from regional byway to the national main stage, died suddenly Monday, April 14, in Gladwyne. The cause of death has not been determined. Whether writing about America's first sculptor, William Rush, or art from Korea's Joseon dynasty, or the way John Cage's musical "scores" looked on the page, Mr. Sozanski always sought to directly engage the art and provide his readers with an utterly independent critical judgment.
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.