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Harry Bertoia’s Free interpretation of Plant Forms. by William Valerio Until Philadelphia County moves into the “green phase” of Governor Wolf’s reopening plan for our state, Woodmere, like … more
Blue Beads, 1994, by Penelope Harris (Woodmere Art Museum: Gift of Bill Scott, 2011) By William Valerio When I was asked to write a column for this special blue-ink issue of the Chestnut Hill Local … more
Alex London, of Mt. Airy, is the best-selling author of an astonishing 25 books (over two million copies sold) who was also a war correspondent in some of the world’s most dangerous countries. by … more
Ginger in her Chestnut Hill studio. by Len Lear Ginger Garrett Arthur is one Chestnut Hill resident who is working just as hard now as she did before the pandemic. Ginger, 65, is a successful artist … more
Woodmere director William Valerio (right) and artist Jerry Pinkney discuss Pinkney’s book on Martin Luther King Jr. at a Woodmere event for Martin Luther King Day. by William Valerio As the … more
Ciliberti was inspired by the beauty he found at Morris Arboretum, Pastorius Park and Wissahickon Park. This piece by him is titled “Rose Garden” at Morris Arboretum. by Len Lear The Chestnut … more
West Mt. Airy resident Charles McMahon, co-founder of Philly's Lantern Theatre, is bringing a Shakespeare comedy to people in their own living rooms. By Rita Charleston Shakespeare once told us that … more
Michele, who is also a professional photographer, has “channeled” Picasso to the extent that many observers have said they cannot tell her paintings from the real thing. by Len Lear For Michele … more
In addition to all of his awards for his painting, Reinhold was an acclaimed violinist. by Len Lear So many people in Philadelphia and other major cities have died of complications of the … more
Harry Bertoia, “Free Interpretation of Plant Forms, 1967. (Photo by Darryl Moran) By William Valerio International Sculpture Day (#ISDay) is celebrated each year on the last Saturday of April, … more
Mt. Airy comic writer Maurice Robert Mander. by Len Lear We all know that musicians and other performers have been devastated by the pandemic, but so have authors of new books, who have had to … more
Long-time Wyndmoor bandleader Rich Posmontier (foreground), who has played at more than 2,500 weddings over the last 42 years, would normally now be arranging his dizzying schedule of upcoming … more
Mary Cassat's "Young Mother Sewing" By William Valeriowith Patricia Likos Ricci Philadelphians can claim to own Mother’s Day, for this is the city where the holiday began. In 1908, the first … more
Jane and Warren Rohrer, early 1990s, Screenshot from Language and Land (Courtesy of Woodmere Art Museum and Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State) by William ValerioDirector, Woodmere Art Museum Like … more
Kelli Dunham a former Catholic nun is who is now a gay standup comedian. by Len Lear I would be willing to bet a year’s pay that Kelli Dunham is the only former Catholic nun in the world who is … more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgA-b2a8P1Y&feature=youtu.be by William ValerioDirector, Woodmere Art Museum Woodmere’s exhibition, Fully Saturated is about the many ways that … more
The Jasper String Quartet is one of many local musical acts to have suddenly found their gig schedule completely canceled. by Len Lear The Local routinely runs feature articles on professional local … more
The autobiography of Mermaid Inn favorite George Grosz, 90, which is “full of sardonic wit with a touch of vaudeville,” was just released by publisher Golden Alley Press on March 4. by Len Lear … more
by Len Lear Imagine a career of 64 years performing for the public because there is no way even the FBI could tie you down to a 9-to-5 desk job. That is the story of Glenside singer Freyda Thomas, … more
A screen capture of the Violet Oakley page on Woodmere Art Museum's website. by William Valerio Woodmere was the City’s first art museum to close its doors on Thursday afternoon, but if you could … more
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