DoN visited the Flowers Galore show at The Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square which is held in conjunction with the Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities. Not only is the elaborate Norman style interior stunningly decorated, there is beautiful stained glass from English, French and American studios including five by Tiffany and one by Luc Olivier Merson. The church is a wonderful supporter of local artists and DoN was surprised by how many of the fifty displayed he’s familiar with; the simple display of each painting on an easel with it’s own spotlight was inventive and a wonderfully modern twist to the Romanesque space. Holy Trinity’s next show is June 6th – June 12th – DoN recommends you not miss this wonderful city landmark and the great images by local artists.
Alden Cole @ Flowers Galore.
David Guinn @ Flowers Galore (BTW – Guinn has created some of Philly’s most beautiful murals including the Four Seasons series – DoN‘s favorites.)
Karl Olsen @ Flowers Galore (BTW – Olsen led an incredible drawing workshop at the Plastic Club Thursday evening).
Mina Smith-Segal @ Flowers Galore (BTW – Smith-Segal monitors the workshop at the Philadelphia Sketch Club Tuesday afternoons).
Friday night DoN went out in the rain to the opening party for Henry Horenstein at Gallery 339; the show, Animalia, includes spectacular B&W visions of animal portraiture. DoN had the opportunity to talk with HH about capturing the stunning images of sea rays, peacocks, primates even dogs, some images require he wait patiently for hours for the creature to assume the pose that is to become a beautiful work of art. Horenstein has published several books of photographs including Canine, Aquatics and the new Animalia, the show at 339 includes images from each of the series.
DoN spoke with Stephen Perloff of Photo Review about the upcoming International Photography Competition, chatted with gallery owner/curator Martin McNamara about selling photography to art collectors and spoke with artist Tetsugo Hyakutake about his hybrid photography technique. Hyakutake shoots on film, scans the negatives and then prints archival ink large scale photographs – DoN LoVeS multimedia art!
Photographer Henry Horenstein @ Gallery 339.
The second floor @ Gallery 339 (light bulbs by Amanda Means).
Sunday Shoshana and DoN visited Olde City to attend the artist reception for Dr. Doris L. Peltzman but the party was cancelled because there was a festival on the Parkway celebrating the 60th anniversary of Israel. Luckily, a greeter was there and Sho & DoN got a private tour of A Tribute to Jewish Women at Old City Jewish Art Center – “A mother, wife, sister, friend; a woman of valor is righteous, humble, giving and wise.” DoN missed seeing Doris but her art speaks for itself; lovely, exquisitely executed florals and still life oil paintings are lined up salon-style along a bare brick wall revealing the strong talent of this independent woman.
Doris Peltzman @ OCJAC.
Oil painting by Doris Peltzman @ OCJAC.
Down the street, Shoshka and DoN visited ORYTAH Judaic Arts and Culture, nestled in the heart of
DoN spotted a painting of a dinosaur in a gallery window which drew him into Rodger LaPelle Gallery where he had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Lapelle himself. The gallery has been in operation for more than 20 years, Rodger told DoN the reason he likes Philly is that he saw too many talented Philadelphia artists die in NYC – literally and figuratively. His first space was ironically the same location as the Rittenhouse Gym where DoN recently had an art show. Mr Lapelle has written for prominent art magazines and blogs including ArtBlog. The current show is Sarah Hunter
Annelies Van Dommelen ( didn’t take any pics.)