What happens when a longtime potter with a background in teaching and television takes a papermaking class?
If it’s Philadelphia area artist Carol Cole – with a love of multicultural art and a penchant for found objects – the results probably won’t fit in your stationery drawer….
Carol’s “Turn of the Century: 500 Familiar Objects from 1999” is made of paper pulp imbedded with – yes – 500 real objects ranging from a wristwatch to a wrench. This outdoor version is cast in fiberglass.
A major perk of belonging to the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – that merry band of artists who have played, exhibited and produced witty, found-object art together since 1992 – is that we get to hang out in the area’s most creative homes.
Today our Unexpected Philadelphia website takes you on another Dumpster Diver photo tour – this time to the inspiring home, studio, and garden of Susan and Patrick Moloney.
Patrick and Susan Moloney with one of their ever-ready coffee makers
Linda Lou Horn always dreamed of becoming an artist.
So when the long-time nurse, elder care activist, and gestalt psychotherapist decided to radically change up her life at age 50, she marked the occasion with a two-mile free fall from an airplane.
Linda Lou with “Going Nowhere Fast” in her polka-dotted dining room.
Now the much-exhibited, found-object artist – whose art-and-imagination-filled home we profiled last summer – has landed in a one-woman show at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens through August 28. Continue reading
Last fall we introduced you to the art-filled home and fabulous gardens of Philadelphia Dumpster Diver Randy Dalton and his longtime partner Michael Martin Mills.
(Michael Martin Mills, left, and Randy Dalton in their always summery dining room.)
And, yes, you can still tour their house and garden on our website, and read the blog post about them here.
RANDY’S BLUE GROTTO
But Randy had a magical surprise up his always blue sleeve – one we planned to interview him about later this year: His Blue Grotto art environment.
(Randy’s Blue Grotto contains hundreds of blue lights, sculptures, found objects,
photos and more, in support of his “Do Blue!” campaign for the arts)
It’s tour time again!
Over the past 8 months, Unexpected Philadelphia has taken you to 8 inspiring, art-filled homes belonging to the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – that warm and wacky band of artists and collectors who exhibit, socialize and produce witty, up-cycled art together.
Today we’re heading to the home and studio of Ellen Benson, sister of Divers’ co-founder Neil Benson, whose house we’ve already visited.
(Ellen in her living room with what she modestly calls “The Wall”.
About a third of the work is hers; the rest hails from around the globe.)
If you follow our Unexpected Philadelphia website, you’ve toured eight wildly creative homes and studios belonging to members of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers – that merry band of found-object artists who prove (in the words of co-founder Neil Benson) that “Trash is simply a failure of imagination.”
(Divers take to the walls of the Dupree Gallery.)
And now through January 30, you can experience their work firsthand at Philadelphia’s Dupree Gallery in Queen Village.
First, take famed architect R. Brognard Okie, who designed a Colonial Revival masterpiece for a young married couple in 1902. (Paid for by the groom’s father, of course….)
(This wonderfully inviting inglenook shows Okie’s love of woodwork and clever design. With those big windows on the landing, how did he hide the fireplace chimney?)
Next, take Ann and Ev Keech, who stumbled on the fixer-upper home just outside Philadelphia in 1977, and began administering tender loving care while raising three children there.
(Did we mention the elaborate woodwork? And, yes, Okie carefully designed the fireplace columns to match those seen outside on the porch.)