Thursday, May 26, 2011

Photos: Latin Jazz Night

Enjoy some of our photos from Latin Jazz Night with Edgardo Cintron and his band!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chestnut Hill House Evolves into a Home for Art

Chestnut Hill House Evolves into a Home for Art 
By James Weaver

Some people have called it the “Addam’s House” because it resembles the house in the television show The Addams Family. Actually, no one knows where the name of the handsome Victorian mansion at the corner of Bells Mill Road and Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, originated. Charles Knox Smith (1845-1916), a prominent Philadelphia businessman (oil brokerage and gold and silver mining in Mexico) and member of the Philadelphia Common Council (before it became City Council) acquired the house and grounds in 1901. Built sometime before 1867, it was already called “Woodmere” and the name stuck. Smith was the fourth owner. He was living in the city’s Kensington neighborhood at the time, but he was rapidly outgrowing his space. He had become interested in art and art collecting and his collection was growing.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Photos: Woodmere's Friday Evening Jazz Series - Ellington, Coltrane, Gershwin, Armstrong

Enjoy some of our photos from our recent Jazz Night on Friday, May 13! Warren Oree & the Arpeggio Jazz Band played an incredible show featuring the Jazz Classics: Ellington, Coltrane, Gershwin, Armstrong and more. Thank you for all your support!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Artists At Work

ARTISTS AT WORK, a Woodmere Art Museum program, is designed to be an educational experience demonstrating to young people that making art can be a vocation, a viable lifestyle and a means to make a living. Classes of elementary school students from local public and private schools will watch artists creating art work at the Woodmere Art Museum.

Artists Include:
Paul Dusold – Portrait Painter 
Shelley Thorstensen – Printmaker
Laura Pritchard – Batik Artist

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Woodmere Reciprocal Membership Benefits

Woodmere Art Museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Membership program! Our Contributor level membership ($100) is good at over 400 museums in the United States and Canada! Some of the participating museums near Philadelphia include:

The Brandywine River Museum
James A. Michener Art Museum
Susquehanna Art Museum
Abington Art Center 
Lancaster Museum of Art 
Tyler Arboretum
Institute of Contemporary Art/University of Pennsylvania 
National Museum of American Jewish History 
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
The Philadelphia Art Alliance 
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 
Reading Public Museum 
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Our Collection: Frederic Edwin Church

Frederic Edwin Church was perhaps the best-known representative of the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Born in Hartford in 1826, he was the privileged son of Joseph Church, a jeweler and banker of that city, who interceded with Connecticut scion and collector Daniel Wadsworth to persuade the landscape painter Thomas Cole to accept his son as a pupil. From 1844 to 1846, Church studied with Cole in his Catskill, New York, studio and accompanied him on sketching sojourns in the Catskill Mountains and the Berkshires of Massachusetts. At one point, the master characterized the student as having "the finest eye for drawing in the world."