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The Philadelphia Inquirer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • Page L14

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THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Sunday, February 18, 2007 News about arts in your area can be found at http:go.philly.comlistings Art Review By Victoria Donohoe Art Exhibits Arts Things to Do L14 Bucks County I 1 'Ik. m.m'.' Ben Schwab's oil "Poplar" is one of the large works in the Center for Emerging Visual Artists' 17-artist show at the Delaware Art Museum. Young talents, mature display Special Events Bingo Tuesdays Weekly bingo nights at Fairless Hills Elks Lodge. Fairless Hills Elks Lodge, 833 Bridge St, Fairless Hills; 215-295-5333. $6.

5 p.m. Tues. Breakfast Benefits Cerebral Palsy Home Services. Fairless Hills Elks Lodge, 835 Bridge St, Morrisville; 215-295-5333. A la carte or $6.50 all-you-can-eat.

a.m. 218. George Washington's 275th Birthday Historical impersonators, fife drum music, cake, food, drink, more; Washington Crossing Foundation sponsors. Shadyside Mansion, 6934 Radcliffe St, Bristol; 215-949-8841. $30 per couple; veterans children free.

4-6 p.m. 218. Trips Call for prices, departure details. Registration required. Bristol Twp Senior Center 2501 Bath Rd, Bristol; 215-785-6322.

Crab Trap Hilton Casino. 321 Lancaster: American Music Theatre show dinner at Shady Maple. 627. Lower Bucks Activity Center for Retired Senior Citizens 301 Wood St, Bristol; 215-788-9238. Mohegan Sun Foxwood Casinos.

34-35. Riverside Theatre for The Bully Pulpit. 314. Tropicana Casino. 44.

Pine Grove Dude Ranch. 423-427. Middletown Senior Citizen Assn 2142 Trenton Rd, Levittown; 215-945-5345. Ed Sullivan show at Resorts Casino. 312.

Claridge Casino for Circo Viaggio show. 44. Tifereth Israel Synagogue 2909 Bristol Rd, Bensalem; 215-752-3468. Bally's in Atlantic City. 318.

Upper Southampton Parks Recreation 215-355-9781 King Tut exhibit at Franklin Institute. 321. Professional Community Theater The Good, The Bad, the Deadly Murder mystery; Without A Cue Murder Mysteries presents. Fisher's Tudor House, 1858 Street Rd, Bensalem; 215-244-9777.

$35. Sats. Closes 428. Oklahoma! St Paul's Players presents. St Paul's Episcopal Church, 84 Oakland Ave, Doylestown; 215-230-7098. 3 p.m. 218. Who Killed the King of Rock 'n' Roll? Mystery; Without a Cue Productions present; mature audiences. Peddler's Village, Cock 'n' Bull Restaurant, Rtes 202 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4051.

$39.95. Fris-Sats. Closes 331 For Kids Teens Bucks County Audubon Society Visitor Center, 2877 Creamery Rd (2 miles of Peddler's Village), Solebury; 215-297-5880. After-school program: "Animal Games!" $12.

p.m. 221. Register by 219. Nature program for kindergartners: "Let's Get Growing!" $12. 10-11 a.m.

221 4-5 p.m. 222. Register by 219. Em Noogieland Fun educational activities Tor children with cancer or who have a family member with cancer; ages 5-12. Gilda's Club, 200 Kirk Rd, Warminster; 215-441-3290 Free.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues, Wed Program runs 3 times a week during July August. Registration required. Upper Southampton Parks Recreation 215-355-9781. Music for Mom Me; ages 18 mo-3 years.

Fris 223-330. Music for Baby Me; birth-15 mo. Fris 223-330. Call for locations, fees, times. Registration required.

moment. These 35 pristine works demonstrated for me how a photographer's concern can be successfully pursued in paint. Josephine Alcott of Philadelphia shows robust skill as a tonal colorist, displaying abstract paintings as free in effect as they are tightly controlled in conception. Environmentalist Alcott mixes plant substances into her paint. Thus, each canvas has its own pervasive hue, and is filled with quarter-inch dots of paint lined up as if on a grid.

Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Jenkintown. To March 3. Tue-Fri 10-5, Thu to 7, Sun 10-3. Free. 215-887-4882.

Ursinus' Berman Museum. "Is There Still Life?" is a sweetheart of a small show of paperworks by Constance Moore Simon and Debrah Jospe and printed works by book artist Enid Mark at Ursinus. This display by artists who believe that nature-based still life requires no embellishments makes a strong impression. The artists live in Wilmington; Barnegat, N.J.; and Philadelphia, respectively. Ursinus College's Berman Museum of Art, Main Collegeville.

To April 1. Tue-Fri 10-4, Sat-Sun Free. 610-409-3500. A museum gives works from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists the space they deserve. Seventeen up-and-coming painters and sculptors from New York to Baltimore are featured in the show "Fever Pitch: New Work from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists" at the Delaware Art Museum.

Making quite a splash, this is the first sizable group show by the center's artists at a museum. And it provides an illuminating glimpse of some of the more interesting and powerfully direct new work presented in our area by a wide range of young professionals, most of whom are displaying several works. The Philadelphia center formerly called Creative Artists Network was founded by Felicity Roosevelt Benoliel of St. Davids in 1984. Its mission was to help visual artists establish themselves professionally at a major fork in the road, after they complete art school.

All current exhibitors are just finishing, or recently finished, a two-year fellowship at the center. The display is admirably installed in spacious surroundings to let the objects speak for themselves, and some works are quite large. Reality is intensified in the work of photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge and painter Ben Schwab, who focus on gritty Philadelphia neighborhoods. Steven Fishman builds a gangly construction from Ikea furnishings. Sensitive abstractions by sculptor Jill Greenberg and installation artist Binod Shrestha are characterized by a lyrical tautness.

Painter Xiaoqing Ding deals with Asian myth. This refreshing display is informed with a purpose and an energy that animate the entire show, bringing it off with a flourish. Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilmington. To March 4. Tue-Sat 10-4, Sun noon-4.

Adults $10. Sundays free. 302-571-9590. Abington Art Center. Abington's first four simultaneous "Solo Series '07" exhibits give welcome formal exposure for styles of work being done at random by artists across our region.

An installation by sculptor Yvonne Love of Chalfont and photographer Gabrielle Russomagno of Newtown, Bucks County, uses old photos of Love's family matriarchs in Santander, Spain, to propel the viewer into the human-scaled space surrounding those images. Several are embellished with funky versions of Spanish roofing "tiles," which Love made from hot glass that she "Bisabuela," at the Abington Art Center, combines "tiles" by Yvonne Love and photography by Gabrielle Russomagno. imprinted with words. Style, content and form outweigh sociological import here. Frank Vagnone of Bryn Athyn, meanwhile, is responsible for seemingly the most obsessive and idiosyncratic and some of the show's best works.

Assemblages of found objects by this architect give the impression of being under a spell cast, I suppose, by something supernatural. Kate Davis Caldwell of Lambertville makes no secret of using landscape photos that she snaps as models for her paintings, capturing the fleeting Contact art critic Victoria Donohoe at The Inquirer, 800 River Conshohocken, Pa. 19428..

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