Friday, February 8, 2013
Youth from Lee-Ming Chinese School, one of the oldest Chinese cultural education schools in Montgomery County, performed traditional Chinese folk dances to celebrate 'Year of the Snake.'
When the music started, 10 little girls, all dressed in red, picked up paper bamboo parasols and playfully spun them as they began to dance. The girls, ages 8 – 10, represented the Lee-Ming Chinese School, based in the Montgomery County Community College’s Blue Bell campus. They gathered at the Lower Providence Community Library (LPCL), on Wednesday night, to demonstrate traditional Chinese Folk dances. The occasion was organized by the library’s Children and Teen Department, in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year (taking place Feb. 10). “It’s our highest holiday for the year for the Chinese people,” Teh Lin, Lee-Ming Chinese School dance instructor, told the library audience. Lin hosted the dance performance, which included …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Lansdale Fun A Day will make its second-annual appearance Friday, celebrating accessibility to the arts and the local artists that make them.
The Fun A Day challenges artists to create art every single day throughout the month of January. The challenge was started over a decade ago in Philadelphia by a group of artists who became known as the Artclash Collective. According to artclash.com, the Fun A Day challenge comes to a head in an annual inclusive and participatory public exhibition sometime in February. The event highlights the results from the challenge. The exhibition is meant to be fun and accessible to both appreciators of art and the artists themselves. While the Philadelphia-based Fun A Day event is slated for the weekend of Feb. 15, residents and artists in the Montgomery County suburbs will have their chance to see local art early at the Lansdale-based Fun A Day …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The art, which was painted by a local artist and presented on Feb. 1, features several local scenes.
When visiting 'Feine Coffee Shop in Conshohocken for coffee of pastries over the next several weeks, you may see some familiar sights - in the form of paintings all over the walls. Local artist Jon Bandish - who lives just over the borough line in Plymouth Township and works at Ikea - has more than a dozen pieces of art, many of which depict local scenes from the Plymouth, Whitemarsh and Conshohocken area, hanging as part of "Galeria 'feine," the art gallery arm of the coffee shop. The Schuylkill River is featured, as well as large power lines along Butler Pike, an abandoned gas station, and more. His scenes extends into Philadelphia, and there are some beach paintings as well. According to Bandish, he likes to portray the links between…
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Hundreds of residents enjoyed food and spirits from more than 40 local restaurants in support of the Ambler organization, which advocates for families with children who have illnesses and disabilities.
The Sixth Annual Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Wine in Winter event was held on Feb. 1 at Normandy Farms Conference Center in Blue Bell, bringing together hundreds of supporters for the non-profit, which helps families caring for ill and disabled children. Guests enjoyed the fare from more than 40 restaurants from throughout Pennsylvania, and were able to participate in a silent auction and raffles for unique and exclusive items and experiences, including a Walt Disney World package, dinner with a local food critic, and more. Presenting restaurants included Blackfish from Conshohocken, Cantina Feliz from Whitemarsh, Forest & Main Brewing Co., The Farmer’s Daughter, Mina Cucina Rustica, Origlio Beverages, 10 Bella, Joseph Ambler Inn, …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Youth dance members from the Audubon YMCA STRONG program shared center court with Montgomery County Community College Dance Ensemble at the college's men's basketball home opening game.
At the Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) men’s basketball game Jan. 29, there was an energetic half-time dance performance. This performance was a particularly special treat for certain youth in attendance. However, these eight girls and one boy, ages 8 to 13, weren’t in the stands watching the show, rather, they were in it. “It was a chance of a lifetime,” Abreeyah Samuel, 10, said. “It felt good. It was a good opportunity.” Abreeyah is a student at the Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy in the Norristown Area School District. She is also enrolled in the STRONG (Striving to Reach Our Needs and Goals) program, a before-and-after-school enrichment program. STRONG, which caters exclusively to youth living in …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Conshohocken coffee shop ‘feine will hold an opening reception to present the new art on Feb. 1.
One of Conshohocken's newest businesses, 'feine Coffee Shop, will host an opening reception to unveil its newest art exhibition on Feb. 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The six-month-old coffee shop, located at 812 Fayette St., features regular art exhibits, and between Feb. 1 and March 9, visitors can browse the works of Conshohocken resident Jon Bandish and his “Selected Landscapes.” Bandish, who lives in Conshohocken, has shown his work at museums and galleries in Philadelphia, as well as New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. Most recently, his work was purchased by the new Einstein Hospital in Montgomery County. For much more on Bandish and his work, and for more on 'feine, visit the ‘Galeria ‘Feine’ website.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge had her official portrait unveiled at Lond's National Portrait Gallery, and Dr. Lori helps explain the art behind a royal Portrait.
The official portrait of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled at London’s National Portrait Gallery on Jan. 11 and is currently on public display there. The portrait was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery through the Art Fund. The painting was painted by the BP award-winning artist Paul Emsley (born in 1947 in Glasgow, Scotland) who has also painted such notable figures as President Nelson Mandela and author V. S. Naipaul. Experts are categorizing the painting within the tradition of Italian Renaissance portrait master, Leonardo da Vinci citing a keen ability to capture likeness and the use of dark and light areas to convey drama to the image. Soon other royal portraits will be compared to this painting of the Duchess of …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Ambler artist, Liz Coppola, exhibits a hauntingly beautiful eulogy of social institutions with her first solo show in Ambler’s Art in the Storefront gallery.
The latest gallery at the Art in the Storefront in Ambler, features the photographs of local artist Liz Coppola. The subjects of Coppola’s art are not people, but rather places. She focuses her lens on the ins-and-outs of abandoned and dilapidating structures, most notably former asylums, and the social injustice that reportedly took place within many of those walls. Through her artist’s statement, she describes her work, in part, as documenting the “failed tenants of the American Dream,” and the lasting impact these places have on the rest of society. “It’s a eulogy of all the people that used to live there,” Liz Coppola said. “It’s a remembrance.” Liz Kallikak Coppola, 25, who also goes by her artist’s name “Kallikak,” is a 2006 …
Monday, January 21, 2013
A pre-show look at some of the vehicles the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show has to offer.
Monday, January 21
Patch photographer Kristen McMaster, along with Abington Patch Editor Mischa Arnosky, participated in Friday morning's media-only sneak peek of the 2013 Philadelphia Auto Show, which featured a vast array of vehicles ranging from exotic to domestic. The end result? The beautiful gallery above, showcasing all the automotive innovation that 2013 has to offer. Check out the above gallery, and see if your favorite car was captured in our lens. For additional photos, as well as detailed info on the show, check out Mischa Arnosky's recap by clicking here. The 2013 Pennsylvania Auto Show will continue to run through Sunday, January 27. For hours of operation and ticket availability, visit www.phillyautoshow.com.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The Fort Washington School of Rock takes a trip back to a time of keyboards, drum machines and big hair.
The Fort Washington School of Rock went "Back to the 80s" on Friday night, treating those in attendance to music by Billy Idol, Journey, Madonna, and other prominent artists from the decade of big hair. Check out our gallery from the concert, and if you have photos of your own, feel free to add them. Did we catch you in our lens?