Art Splash makes an Impression. Robin Bloom shares her picks for what to do this week.
Tall Ships Philadelphia-Camden
Catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on one of 12 vessels, making their way to the Delaware River for Tall Ships Philadelphia-Camden, June 25-28. The largest sailing event in the United States this year features historic replicas of ships from all over the world like the French frigate L’Hermione, El Galeon, Sagres of Portugal, and Gazela, Philadelphia’s own Tall Ship. Look for the World’s Largest Rubber Duck (61′ tall and 11 tons) as well as historical reenactments, live music, dance, youth sail training, a craft beer garden, food and more, Penn’s Landing and Camden waterfronts. Photo courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll returns Thursday, June 25, 5:30pm-8:30pm, an outdoor street festival with participating businesses offering $1 specials along with live music, street performances, and more, Baltimore Avenue from 43rd to 51st Streets, University City. Rain or shine. Photo courtesy of University City District.
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre’s Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre’s Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes opens Thursday June 25. Created and performed by Almanac with words by Josh McIlvain and live music written and performed by Patrick Lamborn, the performance is an absurd and contemplative tapestry of sublime human idiocy, isolationist seafarer cults, and the kinds of people that devote their lives to becoming acrobats. Performances through June 28 with an opening night reception on June 25 at Fleisher Art Memorial, 7th and Catherine Streets, Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre.
Awesome Fest returns with free outdoor summer movie screenings on a larger than ever 40 foot screen at Liberty Lands Park each Friday through August 14. Screenings begin at sundown on June 26 with the Philadelphia premiere of Call Me Lucky, Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary about his close friend and stand-up comic Barry Crimmins. Additional films include Turbo Kid, Roar, Catch Me Daddy, Body, Uncle Kent 2, Sun Choke, and closes with the New Zealand heavy metal demon-slaying horror film Deathgasm. All films for adult audiences only, North 3rd Street between Poplar and Wildey Streets, Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Awesome Fest.
Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
The 32nd annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival is Saturday, June 27, 10am-4pm, celebrating the cultivated Highbush Blueberry (the official state fruit of New Jersey) with an old fashioned festival including pinelands crafters and artists “row,” walking and wagon tours, children’s activities, live country bluegrass music, blueberry pie-eating contest, old time General Store, living history actors, and more, including a hunt for the Jersey Devil, Whitesbog Historical Village, Brendan Byrne State Forest, Browns Mills, NJ. Photo courtesy of Whitesbog Blueberry Festival.
Jersey Shore Festivals
Margate’s Beachstock celebrates the summer season with live music, food, children’s activities, and much more, including sunset movie on the beach, this Saturday, June 27, 7:30am-10pm, behind the library, Margate, NJ. Photo by Tom Briglia and his staff at PhotoGraphics. The 21st annual North Wildwood Italian-American Festival takes place Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28. The celebration of Italian-American heritage, food and music features authentic Italian-American foods, vendors, dancing, children’s activities, live entertainment, and more, at 1st & Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood, NJ.
*** NOTE – BEACHSTOCK HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JULY 11 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS PREDICTED FOR JUNE 27 ***
Kutztown Folk Festival
The 66th Annual Kutztown Folk Festival celebrates Pennsylvania Dutch culture June 27 through July 5. The “oldest folk festival in America” offers festivities for the entire family including traditional crafts by 200 juried American craftspeople, historical reenactments, the largest quilt sale in the nation, music on five stages, children’s activities, and food, Kutztown Fairgrounds, 225 North White Oak Street, Kutztown, PA, Route 222, between Allentown and Reading. Rain or shine. #SassySays
New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park
The New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park, “Delaware’s largest family picnic,” is back with family fun for all ages, including live music, vendors, local restaurants, crafts, and local creameries serving the region’s best ice cream, Saturday, June 27, 10am-7pm, and Sunday, June 28, 10am-5pm, Rockwood Park (pictured), 4671 Washington St. Extension, Wilmington, DE. Bring your own blanket! #SassySays
The Schuylkill Canal Association celebrates the 33rd annual Canal Day @ Lock 60, Sunday, June 28, 8:30am-4pm, with live music, crafts, food, and more along the Schuylkill Canal at Lock 60 and St. Michael’s Park, Mont Clare, PA. Photo courtesy of Schuylkill Canal Association.
Fairy and Wizard Festival at Tyler Arboretum
Tyler Arboretum hosts a Fairy and Wizard Festival, Sunday, June 28, 10am-2pm, with magical activities and crafts, shows, parade, music, and more, along with the opportunity to explore the Butterfly House, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA. Free with admission, rain or shine. Photo by Barry Rubin.
“Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
A ground-breaking exhibition that focuses on the early struggles and subsequent rise of the art movement known as Impressionism opens June 24 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, examines the role played by the visionary Parisian art dealer who guided the careers and developed new markets for Impressionist masters. The exhibit spans the period of 1865 through 1905 with key paintings by Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Mary Cassatt, some of which have not been seen in the United States in decades or ever before, gathered from collections throughout the world. Also on display, items from Durand-Ruel’s personal collection, including family portraits by Renoir, sculpture in marble by Auguste Rodin, and a salon door composed of still life and floral panels painted by Monet. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, organized with the National Gallery, London, and by the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, through September 13. Accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. Related programs and events include a Parisian Cabaret, Friday, June 26, Film screening July 14, and Garden Soiree, July 29, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Pictured: The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil (A Corner of the Garden with Dahlias), 1873, by Claude Monet (National Gallery of Art, Washington: Gift of Janice H. Levin, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art).
Bring the kids and enjoy Art Splash, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s signature summer program for families, opening Tuesday, June 30 with an exhibition, custom-designed studio, hands-on workshops and tours, festivals, performances, and more. This year’s theme is the natural world, focusing on animals, rivers, and trees.
“Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970-1990” at Delaware Art Museum
Delaware Art Museum celebrates two decades of artistic activity in the City of Wilmington, Delaware with Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970-1990, opening June 27. Featuring more than 50 artists who emerged as key participants in the Wilmington art community during the 1970s and 1980s, including Mitch Lyons, Tom Watkins, Mary Page Evans, and Flash Rosenberg, through September 27, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington. Accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue. Related programs and events include a member preview Friday, June 26, workshops, gallery talks, a film festival, and more. Pictured: Southern Approaches (detail), 1984 by Kevin McLaughlin. Oil on canvas, 38 x 60 inches. Lent by Thomas C. Shea, Jr. Photo courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum.
“Painting on Paper: American Watercolors” at Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton University Art Museum surveys the importance and evolution of watercolor painting in the U.S. since the early 19th century with an exhibit of 90 selections from their collection as well as by loan. Painting on Paper: American Watercolors opens June 27, offering the opportunity to view some pieces rarely seen (due to their sensitivity to light), through August 30. Artists include John James Audubon, Milton Avery, Charles Burchfield, Alexander Calder, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Claes Oldenburg, Maurine Prendergast, John Singer Sargent, Ben Shahn, and Andrew Wyeth, representing a wide range of subject matter and styles, McCormick Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Pictured: Newfields, New Hampshire, 1917, by Childe Hassam. Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper. Gift of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Photo courtesy of Princeton University Art Museum.
“Natural Beauty: 19th Century English Watercolors” at La Salle University Art Museum
La Salle University Art Museum explores the distinct style of British watercolor painting with Natural Beauty: 19th Century English Watercolors, on display through August 6. Inspired by 17th century Dutch and French landscape artists, watercolor artists in England developed a distinctly English watercolor tradition, celebrating the natural beauty of the world around them, Lower level of Olney Hall, 19th Street and Olney Avenue, Philadelphia. Also on view is Kathleen Spicer: Natural Conversations. Pictured: Landscape with Man and River by John Varley (1778-1842), Water-based paint, 7×10″, Gift of Frank and Molly Reilly. Varley was one of the founders of the Society of Painters in Water Colours (founded in 1804) and now known as the Royal Watercolour Society. Photo courtesy of La Salle University Art Museum.
“Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean” at the Gershman Y
Gershman Y shines a spotlight on some of the oldest synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in the Western hemisphere with the exhibit Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean, opening June 25 through September 11. 36 works by award-winning photographer Wyatt Gallery depict the little-known history of the Sephardic Jews of the Caribbean, as seen through remaining historic sites in Barbados, Curaçao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Suriname. These Jewish communities that date back to the early 1600s helped fuel the success of the American Revolution, financed the first synagogues in the United States, and are now facing extinction. Gallery, whose work has been exhibited worldwide and is in major public, private and corporate collections, will be in attendance at the opening reception Thursday, June 25, 6pm-8pm, Corner of Broad and Pine Streets, Philadelphia. Catch the “Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean” talk on July 23. Photo courtesy of Gershman Y.
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Each week, the Entertainment Guide spotlights interesting local arts offerings happening now, including music, dance, theater, museums, special exhibitions and other arts events from across the region.