Thursday, Jack and I went to the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, PA, about a half and hour northwest of Philadelphia. They have an exhibit of paintings by Pennsylvania-born impressionist Walter Elmer Schofield. I've only seen his paintings on television or in magazines, but I like them.
Because this is a small museum, I wasn't really expecting much. Goodness, was I overwhelmed! They had about thirty or forty of his paintings! He painted in Pennsylvania, Great Britain, and France. I apologize, but I didn't expect to be able to take photos at the museum, so I didn't take my camera. Jack took some photos of another exhibit with his cell phone, but I was so engrossed in the Schofield paintings that I forgot to ask him to take photos of them. I hope you can see some of them here. This exhibit closes on January 25th or 26th, so if you're in the area and you want to see it, go now.
They had just installed an exhibit that I thought was creative and fun. It's a great way to introduce kids to good art. Do you know the song / rhyme 'I Know and Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly'? If you don't know the rhyme / song, you should be able to read it / listen to it here. This was a favorite song of mine when I was little. A silly song. The museum has illustrated the song with paintings from their collection. Remember, these photos were taken with an I-phone, which the museum encouraged as long as you don't use the flash.
Here are two photos of permanent exhibits at the museum: a doll house and a portrait of Charles Knox Smith, the founder, over the fireplace decorated for Christmas. The photo of the lovely Christmas tree didn't come out well, but it was decorated with bows and little ornaments. Very pretty.
Here are some photos of the 'I Know an Old Woman' exhibit:
And just to wrap things up, here's a painting done of a harbor on the Delaware River in the area that used to be called Southwark, a.k.a. Queen Village, where we live, and Pennsport. I wish it still looked like this!