Category Archives: African art

Merry Old Sole

Willie Cole’s artistic training began in the 1960s: with his dollar-a-week allowance, the Newark native visited S. Klein’s Department Store and bought model kits of plastic cars and superheroes. He’d put them together according to the directions – but that … Continue reading

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From Trenton to Africa, then Maine

Ever since there were threats last fall that the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie would be shuttering due to a lack of funds, I’ve been eager to get over there and find out what’s going on. “We are alive and … Continue reading

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Last Chance in Merion

For years I’ve been writing that this may be the very last chance to see the Barnes Foundation collection in its original home in Merion, Pa., but it looks like this is really really that last chance. The Foundation’s website … Continue reading

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Finding Your Center Through Beading

Bead artist and author of Beading – The Creative Spirit: Finding Your Sacred Center through the Art of Beadwork Wendy Ellsworth will give a talk about her work with tribal women in Kenya March 16, 7 p.m., in the cafe … Continue reading

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Jewel of Pennsylvania

As the Barnes Foundation gears up for its 2012 move from Merion Township to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, I remember a trip I took there a few years ago: a last chance to view the collection in its … Continue reading

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The Art of Tea (Bags)

I love tea and have drunk a sea of it over more years than I’m willing to admit in print. Foolish me, all those years I composted my tea bags, but Jill Heyes had a much smarter idea. She traveled … Continue reading

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