Monday, August 13, 2012

James Mundie's drawing J. R. Bass, The Ossified Man has received the Mary Butler Trust Purchase Award as a result of its inclusion in the 113th Fellowship of PAFA Exhibition in the Alumni Gallery of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 29 July through 9 September 2012.  The drawing is now part of the prestigious collection of The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  The exhibition was juried by Martha Mayer Erlebacher and features works by thirty-one PAFA alumni.

James Mundie, "J. R. Bass, The Ossified Man", ink drawing on paper, 14 x 3.75 inches

The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was founded in April 1897.   Earlier that year, a notice was sent out to several thousand PAFA alums stating the intention to create an organization devoted to "the welfare of the Academy and the benefits to be derived from a common purpose and close union." Cecilia Beaux was one of the prominent artists elected to serve among the Fellowship's first officers.  

Since that time, the Fellowship has been devoted to celebrating the accomplishments of its members by exhibiting and collecting their works and directly supporting young PAFA artists through cash awards.  The Fellowship Trust has grown through donations and the occasional sale of works from the collection at auction.  All proceeds from theses sales are returned to the trust to further augment the Fellowship' mission and continue the tradition of "artists helping artists."  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Painting is Home

Above the Old Surgery is home. It has joined the collection of award winning poets Pattie McCarthy and Kevin Varrone.

As a painter I manipulate globs of paint and dabs of color. I push paint, making marks with my brush or palette knife to make visual connections and create relationships between shapes. The paintings are intended to tap into emotion and give the feeling of place.

Pattie and Kevin do the same with poetry. They use words, space and punctuation to create connections between word, song, play, environment and visual art.  There are lines in some of Pattie's poems that I have read over and over. There is a painting in those lines. Her work knits together ideas about our position as women, art, and the readers connection to the written word.  Kevin's poems brim with humor. They are filled with an urban landscape expressed in word. His poems capture the atmosphere and stillness of the environment. It is that same feeling that I look for when I am deciding on my painting composition looking at a landscape.

You can read an excerpt from Kevin's latest poem here and or from his series here.

You can read excerpts of Pattie's poems here. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Poobah, fire-eating dwarf

We bid a fond farewell to Pete Terhurne, who passed away this week at a nursing home in Florida. Little Pete was a constant companion of showmen Chris Christ and Ward Hall, with whom he began working in the 1950s after Pete was "discovered" as a young man at a fair in Minnesota. Pete worked with Ward for a few weeks that first summer, and from then on was hooked on the business of show. As Poobah, Pete was a constant performer with the World of Wonders on midways and fairgrounds across the United States - typically working the bally stage as a fire eater - until declining health forced him into retirement two years ago. Pete was also well known in the circus community as a clown, and had quite an impressive resume of television and film appearances.