Steeling beauty: a ‘new type of magic’ at Hill venue

Arts | June 14th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Robert Michael Zigmund Several recent visitors to Morris Arboretum have been mesmerized by “Said the Spider to the Fly,” a whimsical masterpiece in bright blue by John Parker, a local steel plate sculptor whose eye-catching art has been on display across the country. Morris Arboretum has been displaying “Spider” since May 5, and it […]

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African/Caribbean folk band to open Pastorius series

Arts | June 8th, 2018 | 2 Comments

by Carole Verona “We hope everybody will get up and dance and will come away feeling emotionally, physically and mentally moved,” said Toubab Krewe’s Luke Quaranta as the band gets ready to launch the 2018 free Pastorius Park concert series. For those who have never heard Toubab Krewe, Quaranta said their music connects the dots […]

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Mt. Airy watercolor master after 40 years in ad industry

Arts | June 1st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Mt. Airy artist Donald Leong, 78, who graduated in 1963 from the University of the Arts, retired in 2006 after 40-plus years in the advertising and marketing industry to pursue his love of drawing and started to paint in various mediums. Ultimately, he settled on watercolors as his medium of choice. An […]

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Not Renaissance art, but still a very impressive exhibit

Arts | May 31st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear If you ever took a History of Art course in college, you no doubt learned about Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), a giant of the Italian Renaissance who was an extraordinary goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier, musician and artist who also wrote a famous autobiography and poetry. He was a contemporary and friend of Michelangelo […]

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Carpenter begins building career as director in Mt. Airy

Arts | May 30th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston “The Prince and the Pauper,” Mark Twain’s first attempt at historical fiction, is currently being staged by Quintessence Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy, through June 3. Adapted and directed by Josh Carpenter, the story, set in 1547, tells the tale of two young boys who are identical in appearance. Tom […]

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‘Prince and Pauper’ ideal for children on stage in Mt. Airy

Arts | May 23rd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter Quintessence Theatre in Mt. Airy winds up its season with a family classic, “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain. Quintessence veteran Josh Carpenter puts on his writer/director hat. There have been many productions of the book, but his new adaptation is especially geared towards enchanting children. Two young actresses frolic […]

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