Make a Pretty Pillow for Your Valentine

Who says you have to spend a ton of money on expensive roses or an overpriced dinner on Valentine’s Day?  How about making your Valentine a hand-made gift?  Hand-made gifts come from the heart and are truly appreciated by the ones we love.  For those of you who might like to make a gift, here … 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

Nominate an Artifact and Help Conserve History

Interested in saving Pennsylvania’s most significant artifacts? The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts has opened a statewide call to libraries, museums, historic sites and archives to participate in a program to do just that. The program,  Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts, is seeking nominations of inspiring historic items – drawings, paintings, manuscripts, rare … Continue reading

Philadelphia’s Art Scene Makes it a Top Travel Spot

Lonely Planet just named Philadelphia as one of  their top 10 travel destinations for 2013.  Philadelphia placed fourth on the list and was referred to as an art capital because of its world-renowned Museum of Art and new Barnes Museum but also for the city’s vibrant gallery scene.  As someone who lives near Philadelphia, none … Continue reading

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Sales

Everywhere I look, I see advertisements and postcards for holiday sales.  In addition to the big box retailers, department stores and specialty stores, there are many fine arts and crafts sales taking place in the next week. If you’re looking to make it a handmade holiday this year, here are a few places to shop … 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

PWCS Exhibit at Wayne Art Center

It’s the last few days to see the Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s 112th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper at the Wayne Art Center. The exhibit closes on November 17th. If this year’s works are anything like what was exhibited at this anniversary show last year at Community Arts Center, you’re sure in for a … Continue reading