Studio Tour 2007

Some pics of visitors on tour to our studio this weekend. Saw old friends, and made some new ones. Some from as far away as Maryland, Georgia, Cape Cod, NYC, and Poland :)
Thanks to all who stopped by, with thoughtful, lively conversation.


Fibre Sculpture

Work from the weaving atelier Design Senior, active from 1971 to 1980. I've scanned and created a set on flickr.


Painted Ornament Restoration

Recently had an opportunity to reproduce a damaged ornament in historic St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, located in South Philadelphia. The problem stemmed from water damage, and masonry repair had been completed. I don't know the age of the ornament, but it was most likely in the last century, as it was on canvas and covered an earlier mural or ornament as I could see beneath the flaking paint.

Built in 1840, it was founded as a free church, "relying on freewill contributions rather instead of pew rentals and annual fees" the usual custom of the time. It was the first free Catholic school in the Phila. Archdiocese. Bishop John Neumann- now St. John Neumann introduced the program of the Forty Hours of Devotion in the United States at St, Philip Neri in 1853.

It is also "historic for its unwelcome role as the focal point of the the most violent Nativist riots.. The Southwark riots of 1844, with our church at its epicenter, were the first time.. government troops were forced to raise arms against civilians to maintain public order"

"... St. Philip Neri is the first building we can definitely attribute to (Napoleon) LeBrun (1821-1901)... LeBrun's most important contribution to Philadelphia secular architecture is the Academy of Music (1855) on Broad Street." quoted from Historic Sacred Places of Philadelphia, Roger W. Moss.

After a fire in 1897, which destroyed the interior the church, the interiors were redesigned by the architect Frank R. Watson (1859-1940).


Chrysalis 2007 Artists of Studio Tours

Dr. Valarie Swain-Cade has published a lovely book called Chrysalis featuring the artists in this years Open Studio Tours. Its the first lulu.com book I've seen, and am impressed with the quality of reproduction.
Dr. Swain-Cade is Vice Provost, University Life Division at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Lots of friends, patrons and artists came together tonight at
Freeman's Auction House
Thanks to all my friends who came. It was my first chance to see works collected in one space by all the artists who will be opening their studios later this month.

DPAP video