Saturday, March 5, 2011

Best Wishes, c. 1908

Above, a spring bouquet, c. 1908. Below, the latest from Garth Lax on the host city for this year's convention.

                            LET  FREEDOM  RING !
                                      Email # 5
                                ART,  ART,  ART  !!!
High on the interest list of many Paper Doll Collectors is Art, and here
you're in luck, for the Philadelphia area boasts a wide range of world
class Museums. In this Email, we'll cover some of the best - - one of
the major art Museums in the United States - - a superb Museum of
Fine Arts - - and a marvelous sculpture Museum housing the work of a
true Master.
This Museum rivals Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell as a symbol
of Philadelphia. Set on a hill overlooking the city and Fairmount Park, the
broad front stairs of this great Museum were the setting for multiple
scenes of striving and triumph in the movie, "Rocky". 
The Museum is home to over 225,000 objects, spanning the creative
achievements of the Western world since the first century AD and those
of Asia since the third millennium BC. The European holdings date from
the Medieval era to the present, and the collection of arms and armor is
the second largest in the United States. The American collections are
among the finest in the country, as are the expanding collections of
modern and contemporary art. In addition, the Museum houses
encyclopedic holdings of costume and textiles as well as prints,
drawings, and photographs that are displayed in rotation.
The Special Exhibitions have not been announced fully yet. However,
there are two that I know will be there at the time of the Convention.
Romancing the West:
Alfred Jacob Miller (1810–1874), one of the first American artists to
paint the Far West, is best remembered for his vivid chronicles of the
Western fur trade and his romanticized depictions of mountain men,
American Indian subjects, exotic wildlife, and the region’s stunning
topography. The Exhibit closely studies an intriguing selection of thirty
rarely seen watercolors, surveying Miller’s most revered body of work:
images of the West based on his 1837 trip along the Oregon Trail. 
Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) is universally acclaimed as the
greatest master painter of the Dutch Golden Age, the seventeenth-
century efflorescence of art in the Netherlands. Thanks to an inventory
of his home and studio conducted in July 1656, we know that
Rembrandt kept in his bedroom two of his own paintings called
Head of Christ. A third painting— “Head of Christ, from life”—was found
in a bin in Rembrandt’s studio, awaiting use as a model for a New
Testament composition. Today, eight paintings survive that fit this
description, all painted by Rembrandt and his pupils between 1643
and 1655. Bust-length portraits, they show the same young man
familiar from traditional artistic conceptions of Christ, yet each figure
also bears a slightly different expression.
The Museum will charge an extra fee for this Exhibit.
The Museum is located at 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway,
a 10 mile, or 19 minute, drive from your Convention Hotel.
The Main Building is open Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM.
Select Galleries are open Friday evenings until 8:45 PM.
Admission is Adults $16 US, Seniors (65 and above) $14 US
The Admission price includes the Main and Perelman Buildings.
The Perelman Building across the street is open 10-5 Tuesday-Sunday.
There's a shuttle between the buildings every 10-15 minutes.
Yes, you can eat at the Museum.
     Granite Hill serves traditional French cuisine with a modern twist.
       It serves lunch Tuesday-Friday 11:30 - 2:30; Saturday 11:30-3:30;
       Sunday Brunch is 10:30 - 2:30.
     The Cafeteria offers made-to-order omelets, hot entrees, sandwiches,
       soups, salads, and sweets. Open Tuesday - Sunday  10 - 4:30.
     The Balcony Cafe has coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, and sweets.
       Open Friday 11 AM - 8:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday 11 - 4:30.
     The Gallery Cafe at the Perelman has made-to-order salads and
        sandwiches. It's open Tuesday - Sunday 11 - 2:30.
Founded in 1805 by painter and scientist Charles Willson Peale, the
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is the oldest Art Museum and
school in the United States.
Collection strengths such as history painting, early American landscape,
trompe l’oeil still-lifes, American impressionism, art by Robert Henri
and The Eight, and Philadelphia modernism are given special
attention. Important works of Surrealism and early Abstract
Expressionism pulled from PAFA’s holdings also are featured.
There are Docent tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at
11:30 AM and 12:30 PM beginning in the Landmark Building Lobby.
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, the tours are at 1 PM and 2 PM.
The Museum is at 118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, about 9 miles
or 17 minutes from your Convention Hotel.
It is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM; Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM
Admission is $10 US for Adults; $8 US for Seniors (60 and over)
For Special Exhibitions, the Admission price is $15 US for Adults
and $12 US for Seniors (60 and over). The price includes the
admission to the General Collection.
The Academy Cafe offers breakfast breads, lunch, and afternoon
snacks Tuesday - Sunday 10 AM to 2 PM.
The beautiful, intimate Rodin Museum, in a 1929 Paul Cret
neoclassical Beaux Arts building, exhibits the largest collection of
the master's work (129 sculptures) outside the Musée Rodin in Paris.
It makes a very French use of space inside and boasts much
greenery outside in the formal gardens. Entering from the Benjamin
Franklin Parkway, you'll contemplate The Thinker, then pass through
an imposing arch to a front garden of hardy shrubs and trees
surrounding a fishpond. Before going into the museum, study the
Gates of Hell. These gigantic doors reveal the artist's power to mold
metal with his tremendous imagination.
The main hall holds authorized casts of John the Baptist,
The Cathedral, and The Burghers of Calais. Several of the side
chambers and the library hold powerful erotic plaster models.
Drawings, sketchbooks, and Steichen photographic portraits of
Rodin are exhibited from time to time. The most complete sketchbook,
filled by Rodin around 1860, is available on an interactive kiosk
in the Main Entrance Hall.
The Museum is on Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street
(almost across from the Franklin Institute). It is an 8 1/2 mile,
or 15 minute) drive from your Convention Hotel.
It is open Tuesday - Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM.
The Museum suggests a contribution of $5 US per person.
Camera use is welcome, but not flash, strobe, or tripod.
There's one more Museum - - and a wonderful one at that - -
that is located only a 30 minute drive from your Convention Hotel.
Even better, it's very close to another venue that holds the world's
finest collection of Americana. You won't want to miss either !!
I'll tell you about them in two weeks. Expect your pulse to race !!
- - Garth
                               August 17 - 21, 2011
                  Embassy Suites - Philadelphia Airport
                               9000 Bartram Avenue
                            Philadelphia,  PA  19153
                          CONVENTION REGISTRATION
CITY_______________________STATE_______ ZIP/PC__________
Registration:  $295.00 USD 
Absentee Registration:  $155.00 USD
  (Absentee Registrations are limited in number.)
Guest Registration (Meals, Reception Party) $150.00
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Make Checks payable to:  2011 Paper Doll Convention
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        (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx accepted)
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Mail to:
David Wolfe
P.O. Box 2279
New Preston,  CT  06777

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