Alden Cole and DoN attended the dedication ceremony to the new mural at 17th and Snyder in South Philly. As soon as the choir began to sing DoN‘s eyes filled with tears – the mural was eight years in the making and the joy the congregation expressed at having such a beautiful artwork depicting parishioners, clergy and symbolic members of formerly incarcerated people being re-introduced and welcomed into society was beatific. Designed by artist Jonathan Laidacker, the work was painted by a rotating team of Philadelphia prison system detainees. The Mural Arts Program works with five different prisons housing more than ten thousand prisoners; the art provides a sence of purpose and helps with reintroduction into the community. Father D was so eloquent and thankful for the final installation of the work based on Raphael’s School of Athens.
October 23rd, Alden Cole and DoN attended the opening of the Green Exhibit at Philadelphia City Hall, the 56th group exhibit for local emerging and professional artists with the exhibit focussing on concerns about our environment. The art display cases have been updated with improved lighting and larger exhibition space allowing the 45 participating artists to show their own take on what it means to be green. Carol Cole has always reused cast away objects to include in her striking sculptures which appear to made of metal and stone but usually turn out to be styrofoam and plastic – so clever.
Sculptor Carol Cole @ The Green Exhibit.
Dolores Poacelli @ Art in City Hall’s Green Exhibit. Dolores reuses used aluminum printing plates which she dumpster dives for even though the rats scare her. These two amazing pieces still reveal traces of the imagery that came before she sanded, rusted and glued the panels onto wood.
Gregory Farrar Scott‘s Mask # 40 and Mask # 41 @ The Green Exhibit.
Junk Mail Shag by Valerie Linhart created with shredded junk mail. DoN LoVeS iT!!! The Green Exhibit @ Art in City Hall runs through January 23, 2009. Support your local artists and go buy some art since their are no commissions and the quality is so high. DoN even got to say,”Hi!” to Mayor Nutter.
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It feels appropriate to post this story on Thanksgiving since tonight DoN ate many of the native foods these two very interesting and entertaining historians described. Sunday, October 23rd, Alden Cole and DoN attended a splendid lecture by Carla and Allan Messinger who presented fascinating information about the Lenape Tribe, “The Original People“. The hour was packed with so much information so pertinent to our current situation in America including the notion that by Autumn the people would have stored enough food to last until June of the following year (Economist Suzy Ormond recommends one have enough funds stashed to last eight months – hmmmm), that in 1737 the Indians were perpetrated a hoax when they were promised land forever (sounds like Bush’s ownership society hoax – hmmm), 45% of modern medicine is derived from native American plants (hmmm) and that if it were not for the Indians we wouldn’t know about beans, squash, tomatoes, chocolate or corn (yummm!).
Carla & Allan Messinger @ Da Vinci Art Alliance.
Indian artifacts on display @ Lenape Lifeways lecture. The Messingers described a full cultural life that worked with the land and respected its resources and explained lessons remembered from the people who originally occupied the banks of the Delaware. A people who mastered the art of survival.
Carla Messinger (a Lenape descendant) displaying authentic garb. The lecture was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, you can learn more at www.lenapeprograms.info.
November 13th Shoshana and DoN traveled to Wilmington for the opening of Doris Peltzman‘s one-person show at the prestigious Carspecken Scott Gallery at 1707 Lincoln Street. Even though the evening was drizzly many of Doris’ fans came out to celebrate her glorious floral paintings. With more than fifty paintings on display DoN couldn’t help but have his mood brightened by the strong colorations and confident brush-work from giddy to somber to solemn flower paintings.
As artist Sue Barnes said, “They are Doris!” Artist and teacher Stanley Beilen stated, “Doris has solidified her skills, kind of born with a painters gifts with inborn color preferences. Doris did all the good things in life, now her painting quality and brushwork is maturing.”
View through the window of Carspecken Scott Gallery in Wilmington, Delaware of Doris Peltzman’s art exhibit.
DoN spoke extensively with gallerist Fred Carspecken on how he came to know Doris. ”Doris came in a year ago and made friends with Laurel (Fred’s assistant) and became part of a group show, when I returned some pieces to her studio in Philadelphia I expected to be there only 30 minutes but five hours later we were still talking. Now I adore her, I love her work and that she’s created a second life for herself. She’s done everything right.” Since Carspecken Scott Gallery has been in business for 35 years, DoN thinks Fred knows of what he speaks.
“Queen Anne’s Lace” by Doris Pelzman. Sue Barnes told DoN Doris was visiting Sue’s shore house and instead of painting the water like all her friends she found a simple flower to study. The restrained palette and smooth brushwork is unusual for Doris, perhaps that’s why this painting had a red dot next to it - DoN LoVeS red dots!!!
Painting by Doris Peltzman in the window of Carspecken Scott Gallery, this is one of Doris’s latest and largest paintings to date. Her exhibit runs through early January – try to make the trip to Wilmington, the joyous flowers will make you forget your Winter blues.
Fine art photographer Bonnie Schorske currently is exhibiting skillful black and white photos in the front room of Artists’ Gallery, an artist co-op in Lambertville, NJ. Bonnie has chosen to focus on two major subjects for her show: dogs and pigeons. DoN loves dogs so was immediately drawn into how Bonnie captured urban canines and how they patiently tolerate the conditions their masters impose. DoN has tied up ArT DoG Katy outside of many shops and the image of a dog on a short leash really pulled on his heartstrings.
But pigeons!?! Yuk – right? But, Schorske intersperses masterful images of the urban pests with historical factoids, shedding new light on the much maligned birds. Did you know pigeon poop was used to invent gunpowder? Or their important missions as information carriers before electronic communication? Or that they live 30 years!?!
Artists’ Gallery is shared by 18 other fine artists, several of which are included in the currentAbsolutely Abstract show @ The Philadelphia Sketch Club. The group rotates exhibits in the front room with two artists sharing the space and the rest of the group displaying work in the back rooms. DoN was surprised to see art friends Rich Harrington (who recently saved the day for the Hitoshi Nakazota lecture @ PSC). Rich is a professor of illustration at Moore College of Art and has several masterful watercolors on display.
Artist Gail Bracegirdle @ Artists’ Gallery. Gail also has work in the Absolutely Abstract show. Gail teaches a class called “Watercolor Anarchy” @ The Art Colony of Ty Hodonish.
Artist Carol Sanzalone shares the front room with Bonnie Schorske @ Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. Carol’s bold, fluid watercolors are a perfect counterpoint to Bonnie’s photographic realism. The trip to Lambertville with art buddies Shoshana, Shirleen and Alden Cole was adventurous and left us each wishing we had more time to wander around the quaint village. Artists’ Gallery is located at 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530.