Tiberino – The West Philly Wyeths

Art of Life — Produced by Karen Smyles

Chapter 2 — The Tiberino family, often referred to as “The West Philly Wyeths”, have been creating art in their Powelton Village neighborhood for over half a century. Joe Tiberino and wife, Ellen Powell Tiberino, who passed away in 1992, have firmly established themselves in Philadelphia’s art community and beyond, and the Tiberino children have followed their lead. Daughter Ellen Tiberino works in ceramics and stained glass, Raphael describes his work as figurative impressionistic, and Gabriel has created several works for the Mural Arts Program.

The Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum was established in October 1999 to celebrate the artist’s life and career. The museum consists of five houses and a common courtyard, filled with artwork by the Tiberino family and the works of over 30 other artists. On a nice day you’ll find people from all walks of life taking it all in.

New Jersey filmmaker, Derrick Woodyard felt the Tiberino story was one that needed to be shared with the world and has created a documentary that will premiere later this year. Art of Life had the opportunity to speak with family members about their careers and art, and to learn why they felt it was important to share their story. Woodyard hopes the documentary will bring the artists long overdue recognition and that it will encourage people to visit the museum and to experience their amazing art.

Filmmaker Woodyard and the Tiberino family talk about the making of the documentary. — Edited by John Shirk

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