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A Look at Robert Rauschenberg

On the occasion of Robert Rauschenberg‘s birthday, today, October 22nd, I’d like to take a look at his work and contributions to the art world. Rauschenberg was an American painter and sculptor but also worked in other mediums as well.  Rauschenberg’s approach was sometimes called “Neo Dadaist.” Rauschenberg is  known for his “Combines,”  in which … Continue reading

Mardi Gras Bead Mosaic Breaks Record

Do you ever wonder what happens to all those Mardi Gras beads after Mardi Gras?  Usually, they end up in a landfill but now they’re being used to make mosaics.  I just read that there’s a new Guinness World Record for the largest mosaic made out of Mardi Gras beads.  Completed on February 22nd, the … Continue reading

Warm Up Winter with Some Art

Looking to shake off those winter blues?  Let a little art brighten your day!  Here are some artful exhibits to check out in February and March. In Person – a juried exhibition celebrating the human form at Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA runs through March 1st.   Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. – 7:30 … Continue reading

Be Open to Art

Today’s artist to watch is Christie Leonard. A senior at Marple Newtown High School, Christie is actively involved in the arts at Community Arts Center. I recently sat with Christie to discuss work from a class she’s been attending for several years, building architectural models, and I really learned a lot about the process.  I’d … Continue reading

Artful Gifts in Honor of MLK Day of Service

I am a huge proponent of volunteering so I was pleasantly surprised to read on that Philadelphia holds the largest Martin Luther King Day of Service in the nation. Many of the activities that took place around our area included community clean ups, renovations of church or community buildings, and packing of food for … Continue reading

Art of Thanksgiving

As we prepare to observe the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought I’d take a look at some Thanksgiving celebrations depicted in art and how those pictures have evolved to reflect our society. “The First Thanksgiving” by Philadelphia artist JLG Ferris c. 1912 shows some early settlers sharing an outdoor meal with a group of Native Americans.  … Continue reading

Today We Celebrate Claude Monet

November 14th is the birthday of one of my all time favorite painters, Claude Monet.  Born in 1840, he is one of the founders of French Impressionist painting. Monet wasn’t afraid to venture away from traditional art techniques and he began experimenting with new approaches to art including painting the effects of light en plein … Continue reading

CAC Teacher in The Photographic Society of Philadelphia’s Exhibit

CAC Teacher in The Photographic Society of Philadelphia’s Exhibit

John A. Benigno, who teaches several photography classes at Community Arts Center, is one of the artists participating in the The Photographic Society of Philadelphia 150th Anniversary Exhibit. The Photographic Society of Philadelphia (, founded in 1862, is the oldest continuously active photographic society in the United States.  It marks its 150th anniversary with a major exhibition opening … Continue reading