Tuesday, February 12, 2013
It was 'Art in Motion' when the second-annual Lansdale Fun A Day art show brought in hundreds of people to see the talents of local artists from across Montgomery County.
The Lansdale Fun A Day art show is not your typical black-tie art gallery affair. In fact, it’s held in the upstairs ballroom of a local pub. “It’s better than going to an art museum,” Matt Rosenfeld, a Blue Bell resident, said. “This is less formal, more relaxed, and a different crowd of people.” While this was Rosenfeld’s first visit to the art show, of the hundreds of visitors that attended this year, many have made it a point to return. “I think these shows are great, because you get a lot of different artists from different perspectives,” Mike Omensetter, of Hatfield, said. “It’s not your traditional, mainstream, mass-produced art. It’s much more personal with these artists.” Omensetter said that he became passionate on attending …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Dr. Lori takes a tour of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Florida, founded by the legendary circus king.
My first reaction when I visited the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla. (www.ringling.org) was one of sheer amazement. Even someone like me who has worked at some of the world’s finest museums found herself in awe of the collection of mammoth paintings (approximately 15 feet x 15 feet) by the Flemish baroque master, Peter Paul Rubens in the entry galleries. After I gasped at the Rubens collection, I continued to enjoy viewing the world class collection assembled by the legendary circus king, John Ringling. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art houses more than 10,000 objects of international art and antiques. Many of the collections derive from the 1936 bequest of John Ringling including his mansion and summer …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The "WOW" Factor, presented by staff and students from the Spring-Ford Area School District.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The following was sent in by Wendy Pflugler, librarian at Upper Providence Elementary School: What happens when talent, kindness, and cooperation are mixed together? You get the “WOW“ factor! Last fall Mrs. Pflugler and Miss Winkler, the librarian and art teachers for Upper Providence Elementary, decided the library needed some color. The result was a cooperative effort between the two Upper Providence Elementary teachers, Mrs. Crane (the high school art teacher), and eight of her talented students. These dedicated students volunteered their time over the next few months to create art based on classic children’s stories. On May 8, 2012 Mrs. Crane and her students including Caroline Fazzini, Amanda Vangieri, Savanna Malloy, Emily …
Friday, April 13, 2012
A list of excelling Spring-Ford alumni
Friday, April 13, 2012
ALBANY, NY (03/20/2012)(readMedia)-- Christina Ann Ryder, a resident of Royersford, PA (Zip Code 19468) has earned a(n) Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College. Excelsior College is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults. Its primary mission is to increase access to a college degree for adult learners by removing obstacles to their educational goals. Excelsior's unique strength is its acknowledged leadership in the assessment of student knowledge. It does so by providing working adults multiple avenues to degree completion that include its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance of credit in transfer from other colleges and …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Find three local attractions you can visit on one tank of gas.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Want to get out of town and go for a trip, but looking to save money? Try one of these three trips you can enjoy on just one tank of gas: the Merritt Gallery in Haverford, the Cabela's Outfitter in Hamburg and the Medal of Honor Grove in Phoenixville. Address: 1601 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville, PA How Far From LRSC Patch: 8.78 miles or 17 minutes Admission: Donations accepted Hours: Open daily till dusk Summary: The Medal of Honor Grove is owned by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, but is now maintained by the Friends of the MOH Grove, a newly formed non-profit organization. The Medal of Honor Grove consists of 52-acres on the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge and is the oldest Medal of Honor memorial in the nation. Each state …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Music makes a name for itself and excellent local talent at Chaplin's Music Café.
Resonating on the main street each weekend in Spring City is Chaplin’s Music Café, where stage acts take to life through the encouragement of those who dedicate their time to tidying schedules of gigs months in advance. In 1908, the café opened under its first name, the Gem Theater, showcasing the talents of traveling troop actors. It next served as a theater for silent films. “When talking pictures came around, this place was too small and not properly set up for a movie theater,” said Chaplin’s managing partner Dennis Coleman who took on his position three years ago. “There was a balcony for viewing but no projection room.” After that, the downtown location served as a union hall, a Harley Davidson shop and lastly, a photography studio. …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Marilyn Shafer Bush hasn't put a paintbrush down since her earliest days.
Marilyn Shafer Bush knew in the days of her childhood that a paintbrush would always be laced between her fingertips, throughout the stretches of her life. Born and raised in Royersford, still living in that zip code today, Shafer Bush had parents who warmly encouraged her talent as soon as they realized how pursuing art led to a growing passion in her. “I was always into something, creating things,” she said. During the Christmas break of her seventh-grade year, she received a drawing kit as a gift, managing to complete it before school was back in session. From then on, her parents and teachers persuaded her well into drawing and painting. “I did a lot of portraits in charcoal from the yearbook and would time myself,” Shafer Bush said. “…
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Videographer Hy Mayerson juxtaposes song and sight in his video covers of famed music from decades ago into today.
Pairing songs on film with pictures and scenery pushing along as the minutes go by is something Hy Mayerson has been doing ever since close friend and renowned musician Jim Croce passed away in the autumn of 1973. “When he died in an airplane crash, I had no film of him playing in my house,” Mayerson said. “I wanted to be sure that never happened again.” Croce played locally, having been born in Philadelphia. Today, Mayerson does videos combined with the singing of Croce’s son A.J. “Birchrunville was really a music hub,” Mayerson said about the nearby town, with his affection for music from decades ago apparent. “Lots of great music played there.” Folk singer-songwriters John Prine and Stevie Goodman, well-famed in the 1970s, have played …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Flowers have their place in many a heart.
The fingertips and eyes behind Royersford’s own Three Peas in a Pod are those of head designer Heidi Swartz who busily handles graceful sweeps of petals and stems in arranging flowers. Twenty years ago this month, Swartz and her family took over the shop from its previous owners who started it about 25 years earlier. Her mother Gail Wellington manages the more business-oriented parts of daily floral adventures, while her husband Shawn takes care of deliveries, making the already existing name of the storefront all the more fitting for this trio. During Swartz’s youth, Wellington dug in the dirt with garden clubs and worked in a flower shop. This led to Swartz taking on an early taste for laboring with floral arranging, and she began in the…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Jen Capone brings the glimmers behind photography to light.
For the past 20 years, Jen Capone has been snapping her way into stills of the most moving kinds of glimmers in life through her seasoned practice with camera-views. Formerly working for different studios throughout Manhattan, photographing for companies like Swatch watches, Sam Goody and Warner Brothers after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Capone began her own shop in Royersford about a decade ago. “You can capture a moment as it’s happening,” Capone said. “It’s raw, and the emotion is very true. You have to capture the expression—you can’t paint it later, the way you want it. “If you’re painting, and you don’t like the expression that’s being given to you, you can change it. But in photography, you have to relate to…