November 2011 Board Press Highlights Kaiden, Tom, “Engaging Individuals May Be Paying Dividends for Arts & Cultural Groups in Philadelphia” Philanthropy News Digest, 10/7/2011 Editor, “Editorial: Region must step up support for arts groups” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/19/2011 Salisbury, Stephan, “In The Know: Financing Phila. arts” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/16/2011 Beach, Laura, “USArtists American Fine Art Show and Sale” Antiques And The Arts Online, 10/14/2011 Editor, “The Much Cooler PPA To Give Out Grants To Local Arts Groups” Philebrity.com, 10/13/2011 Lin, Jennifer, “Pa. Ballet stepping toward a new home” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/11/2011 Roncace, Kelly, “With gargoyles in place, the „Terror‟ begins” Gloucester County Times, 10/7/2011 Leong, Jeanne, “Student performances offer fun, inexpensive entertainment” Penn Current, 10/6/2011 Editor, “South Camden Theatre Company Opens Its Seventh Season with Suddenly Last Summer‟ by Tennessee Williams” CBS 3, 10/3/2011 Nguyen, Quan, “„Carmen‟ draws a crowd to see mall simulcast” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/2/2011 Editor, “Access Philly Fun Online” Sunday Tribune, 10/2/2011 Editor, “Local Organizations” Sunday Tribune, 10/2/2011
USArtists American Fine Art Show and Sale Laura Beach 10/14/2011
Philadelphia, Penn. -- This year's USArtists was not a barn burner, but organizers of the September 23–25 show, a leading venue for traditional American painting from the Eighteenth Century through the present, are confident that the blue-chip fair will recover its once prosperous footing. Organized by the Women's Board as a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), the nation's oldest art museum and school, USArtists got its start 19 years ago at the 33rd Street Amory. At the height of the market, top dealers made six-figure sales to collectors on opening night, then traded among themselves with their earnings. USArtists moved to the sleek, new Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, adjacent to PAFA's historic 1876 headquarters near City Hall, last year. While most participants suspect that the sluggish economy and erratic financial markets are chiefly to blame for the sales slowdown, there were other culprits. For one, USArtists — which debuted on Thursday evening, September 22 — fell earlier in the season. For another, some PAFA patrons may have felt forced to choose between supporting the show and attending the October 1 lighting of Claes Oldenburg's "Paint Torch," a 51-foot sculpture marking the start of Philadelphia's Museum Mile, and PAFA's accompanying after-party, just one week later. PAFA owes the Women's Board and USArtists exhibitors better dates and its wholehearted support in the future. "USArtists has been promised the third weekend of October from next year forward," said Alicia A. Sterling, who co-chaired USArtists with Diana Bittel. "Otherwise, I'm not sure what more the Women's Board could have done to make people buy art. Our marketing and promotion effort was thoughtfully conceived. We bought ads in the New York Times , The New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest and Vanity Fair . We were on Facebook and the Phillyfunguide.com. The lights of the PECO Building were even dedicated to us." Martin Johnson Heade's monumental "Coast of Newport,” $3.5 million, a 51-by-72-inch oil on canvas of 1874, was an attraction at William Vareika Fine Arts, Ltd, Newport, R.I. The dealer is standing in front of the painting that was first exhibited at the Louisville Industrial Expo in 1875. Managed by Karen DiSaia, USArtists sets up on two floors, a mild inconvenience offset by the beauty and intimacy of these elegant spaces. Reflecting PAFA's dual role as a school and a museum, the top floor of the show emphasized contemporary, if largely traditional, American art. Most of the powerhouse dealers in Impressionist and Modern American art — featuring a breathtaking range of works by Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam and Winslow Homer to Joseph Stella, Marsden Hartley and Andrew Wyeth — took booths on the first floor. "I can't complain," said Fraidoon Al-Nakib of F.A.N., a Philadelphia gallery that represents emerging, regional artists, some with ties to PAFA. Al-Nakib's second-floor display was crammed with canvases, many not more than a few inches large. Before the weekend's close, F.A.N. sold seven paintings by Al Gury, the head of PAFA's paintings department, plus nine more by the 28-year-old painter Gregory Prestegord. F.A.N.'s affordably priced pieces range from about $1,500 to $5,000.
At the other end of the price spectrum were "The Pond, Weir Farm" by John Henry Twachtman and "The Red Mill, Cos Cob" at Gavin Spanierman; "Coast of Newport" by Martin Johnson Heade at William Vareika Fine Arts; Maurice Prendergast's "Bayside, Marblehead" at Gerald Peters Gallery; Joseph Stella's "Pear on a Plate" and John LaFarge's "A Boy and His Dog" at Thomas Colville Fine Art; "Sea Birds" by Jamie Wyeth at Jonathan Boos; "Century of Progress (Boardwalk)" by Thomas Hart Benton at Hirschl & Adler Galleries. Also, "Green Idleness" by Willard Metcalf at Godel & Co. Fine Art; "Massachusetts Infantry" by Childe Hassam at Menconi & Schoelkopf Fine Art; the double-sided "Strike" and "Waiting" by Thomas Hart Benton and "The Artist's Wife and Child" by William Glackens at John H. Surovek; "Spring Morning, Montmartre" by Childe Hassam at Debra Force Fine Art and J.F. Cropsey's "Autumn in America" at Questroyal Fine Art. "Rain: Spring,” an oil on canvas of 1944 by Arthur Meltzer, at Schwarz Gallery of Philadelphia. A smattering of sculpture included assorted works by Elie Nadelman at Tom Veilleux Gallery and Wharton Esherick's "Sad Sack" at Gerald Peters Gallery. Some exhibitors mounted special exhibitions. The Cooley Gallery unveiled "Introspect: Faces and Figures in American Art," a portraiture show that continues at the firm's Old Lyme, Conn., premises through October 15. Cooley's sales included John Singer Sargent's 1921 charcoal on paper portrait of Peyton J. Van Rensselaer, an Anna Elizabeth Klumpke drawing, plus a few other pieces. "I like USArtists because people are here to look at paintings. Plus, I enjoy seeing my colleagues," said Jeff Cooley, who also brought portraits by Frank Duveneck, William Merritt Chase and Thomas Dewing. Elle Shushan featured a collection of early Twentieth Century portrait miniatures by Evelyn Purdie (1858–1943), a Boston- and Paris-trained artist who was a prominent member of the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters. "I sold five of my seven Purdies," said the Philadelphia dealer, who experienced a preshow rush on her website, portrait-miniatures.com. H.L. Chalfant sold two paintings by Grace Thorpe Gemberling Keast (1903–1997), a PAFA graduate who was one of Philadelphia's most promising women artists before she stopped painting in 1940 after her marriage to architect Morton Keast. Scott Chalfant studied correspondence and other surviving records to compile Sanely Modern , the catalog to the retrospective exhibition that will open at his West Chester, Penn., gallery in February. The Cooley Gallery unveiled "Introspect: Faces & Figures in American Art,” a portraits show on view at its Old Lyme, Conn., gallery through October 15. Left is Brian Craig's bronze "Sower (Portrait of Idah).” Far right is Frank Duveneck's "At Home.” Partially visible lower left is the classically composed "The Spinner,” an oil on canvas by Frances C. Lyons Houston. Also featured were works by John Singer Sargent, Dennis Miller Bunker and Bessie Potter Vonnoh. Pennsylvania Impressionism, a reliable seller here most years, was amply represented. Avery Galleries of Bryn Mawr, Penn., built its presentation around "At the Crossroads," a large, arresting architectural landscape by Philadelphia artist Walter E. Schofield. Gratz Gallery of Doylestown, Penn., featured "Clouds of Evening" by George W. Sotter. Rae Sloan Bredin's "Summer Symphony" was a highlight at Plymouth Meeting Gallery, Plymouth Meeting, Penn.
Pennsylvania Modernism included "Memories of the Past" by David Burliuk at the Caldwell Gallery, Manlius, N.Y., and "Gloria" by Emlen Pope Etting at Dixon-Hall Fine Art, Phoenixville, Penn. Schwarz Gallery offered "Rain: Spring" by Arthur Meltzer and "Schurs Lane, Manayunk" by Francis Speight. A dozen USArtists exhibitors also participate in Manhattan's American Art Fair in late November, a show that has the advantage of dovetailing with the important fall paintings auctions in New York. What USArtists has that competitors do not is crowd-pleasing variety and compelling ties to American artists past and present, more than a few with links to Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is at 128 North Broad Street. For information, 215-9727600 or www.pafa.org . Antiques and the Arts Editorial Content
The Much Cooler PPA To Give Out Grants To Local Art Groups Editor 10/13/2011
The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, a much cooler PPA than that other one, is granting nearly $95,000 to local art groups at an October 20th ceremony at PECO’s Energy Hall. The money will be distributed as Project Stream grants to 47 nonprofit arts groups and performers from around the region. The PPA is a regionalized funding program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Some grant winners include: >>>Girls Rock Philly, who will offer two week-long day camp programs for girls ages 9 through 17 that encourage empowerment through musical instruction and creation. >>>Weathervane Music Organization, the grant will help fund Shaking Through – a music and video series produced by Weathervane Music and WXPN documenting the birth of a song by an emerging independent musician in a high-end studio. >>>Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s Philly Photo Day, a free community arts event where everyone in Philadelphia is asked to take a picture on the same day, October 28th. Then on November 10th, from 6-9pm, every single picture submitted is printed and hung for exhibition in their space at 1400 N American St. A full list of grant recipients is here.
Student performances offer fun, inexpensive entertainment Jeanne Leong 10/6/2011
The Bloomers, Penn's all-female musical and sketch troupe, put on a show. Penn students are known for their academic talents, but throughout the school year, gifted student comedians, singers, dancers, musicians and actors show off their skills in a wide variety of public performances. The presentations are popular among students, who attend to cheer on their friends from the audience. But it may come as a surprise that many others who attend the 70 shows each year are faculty, staff and the general public. “They know we have student performances. They know they’re not very expensive, and they enjoy them,” says Ty Furman, director of University Life Arts Initiatives, which oversees student performance groups. For as little as $5 or $10, arts and theater lovers can attend a play, comedy revue, concert or dance performance. A member of Simply Chaos, Penn’s first and only stand-up comedy club, performs stand up. The schedule for future student shows is listed on the Performing Arts Council website; interested individuals can also sign up for weekly email updates or find information about performances in the Philly Fun Guide. On Oct. 29, family, friends and the general public can watch more than a dozen student groups showcase their talents on “Family Performing Arts Night.” The Pennchants, an all-male a cappella group, will join the Bloomers, an all-female musical and sketch comedy group; the Penn Players, a student theater group; and many other performers for an evening of family fun. The show starts at 8 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 general admission, and can be purchased in advance at the Annenberg Center Box Office or one hour in advance in Irvine Auditorium. For ticket information, visit the University Life Arts Initiatives website.
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South Camden Theatre Company Opens Its Seventh Season with 'Suddenly Last Summer' by Tennessee Williams By: South Camden Theatre Company, Inc. via PR Newswire Send
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X Ten," featuring works written by and inspired by Tennessee Williams in celebration of the centennial of his birth. A three-week production of "Suddenly Last Summer," written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Connie Norwood, begins the 2011-2012 season opening Friday October 21, 2011 at 8 p.m. Founder and Producing Artistic Director Joseph M. Paprzycki states, "South Camden Theatre Company is the only theatre in the United States that chose to honor Tennessee Williams's centennial with an entire season of his work, and we are excited to bring his plays to our audience. Additionally we are
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proud to highlight award-winning local Camden artist Brother Mickey O'Neill McGrath, who painted four original works of art that appear as the poster image for each production this season." Director Connie Norwood adds, "What lengths people go through to hide the truth are a familiar theme in Tennessee's work and front and center in 'Suddenly Last Summer.'"
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revitalize the City of Camden, New Jersey by producing meaningful, professional theater in the City's Waterfront South District as the resident theatre company at Waterfront South Theatre. We are committed to staging performances that entertain, elevate, and inspire audiences, whether our plays are rooted in the reality of injustice, or explore the magic of human potential and show how love can transcend our differences. We are here to serve the community; its adults, children, and we exist to provide hope for the rebirth of our city, while providing a voice and a stage for those who live, work and dream here. South Camden Theatre Company is a proud member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. For more information on South Camden Theatre Company and Waterfront South Theatre, visit http://www.southcamdentheatre.org. Media Contact: Gus Orr Director, Public Relations South Camden Theatre Company, Inc.
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'Carmen' draws a crowd to see mall simulcast Quan Nguyen 10/02/2011
"Tonight we are not alone," Stephen A. Madva, board chairman of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, said to nearly 2,200 people Friday at the Academy of Music as he introduced what is arguably the most popular opera of all time. His words rang true to another crowd, 5,300 strong, braving the rain on Independence Mall. As their compatriots watched inside, the crowd on the mall was treated to a free simulcast of the company's season-opening production of Bizet's Carmen. "I think it's wonderful. It reminds me of the old days of Robin Hood Dell" when the Philadelphia Orchestra played outdoor summer concerts, said Mary Dickler, 75. Her friend examined the people around them. "One thing I think is nice is that when you look around, you get to see all age groups," said Jan Ackerman, 81. The turnout was diverse. College students, parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, foreigners, all there to be captivated by Carmen, shown on a 40-foot-wide screen. They sprawled on blankets they had laid out on the mall. Many brought collapsible chairs. The first 2,500 to arrive received free seat cushions from Phillyfunguide.com. Mayor Nutter and Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historical Park, welcomed the crowd. Hana Mura, 20, a student at Temple University, said she couldn't resist the obvious incentive. "I go to college," she said. "It's important to go to as many free events as possible." Although they have frequented opera in its more conventional indoor setting, Linda and Marty Millison don't consider themselves "opera buffs." "We are interested in all cultural stuff in the city," Linda Millison said. "Also," added her husband, "we love Carmen - the music, the familiarity, the idea, the characters." Carmen is part love story and part tragic tale of friendship and betrayal. The title character, played here by mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham, is famous for her unconventional and playful personality. "She's high-spirited, spitfire," Linda Millison said. Mura said, "It's easy for me to relate to a strong female role."
The event was sponsored in part by a grant of $150,000 from the Knight Arts Challenge, which advocates for the enrichment and engagement of Philadelphia through the arts. Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for the Knight Foundation, which runs the challenge, said he was proud that the Opera Company was among this year's 36 grant recipients. "We picked the Opera Company of Philadelphia [because] we want to get classical performance out of the symphony halls and onto the streets," Scholl said. "I think any time that you can have events that are outdoors, that are open to everyone, you will bridge diversity and rekindle people's passion for classical performance." Because of a possible strike at Kimmel Center properties (the Academy of Music, the Kimmel, and the Merriam Theater) by IATSE Local 8 at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, the Kimmel Center announced Friday that it was rescheduling Audra McDonald's Saturday night concert at Verizon Hall. The new date is Nov. 30. Contact staff writer Quan Nguyen at 215-854-5626 or email@example.com.