September Sees the Passing of Two Beloved Figures in the Philadelphia Community

On Friday, September 9, Warren Angle, artist, educator, and exhibitions curator at Fleisher Art Memorial for 17 years, passed away after a courageous fight with cancer. Inspired by a background growing up in a rural area in the Midwest, Angle’s art dealt with the interplay between humans and nature. But just by browsing through the Facebook page set up in remembrance, it seems clear that, for anyone who knew him, Angle will be remembered most for the kind of man he was. The shared stories and photographs give a brief but poignant glimpse into the life of a man whose brush with the arts community of Philadelphia over the years has left behind a kaleidoscope of vibrant moments. Patching together this mosaic of memories leaves one with the idea of a man filled with subtle empathy, a keen (and somewhat irreverent) wit, and the very rare (but always appreciated) ability to connect with even casual acquaintances on a personal level.

On Saturday, September 10, Nessa Forman, 68, succumbed to her long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Forman inspired friends and colleagues during her time as Arts and Leisure Editor at the Philadelphia Bulletin, and later Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at WHYY until 2007. In 2002, Forman was voted into the hall of fame of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association. Dan Cirucci, a lecturer in Corporate Communication at Penn State, has written a lovely tribute to a woman who leaves behind a great number of people influenced by her strength and counsel.

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks add life to the slow movement of rain laden clouds. Areas of sky, water, and land are knit together with brushstrokes to represent their seamless interaction under the common conditions of weather and time. In my acid etched tin pieces, areas of watery marks are left visible to suggest the underlying layers of the landscape. I  do not strive to recreate the particulars of  places that inspire me, but rather the timelessness of the elements of light, weather, and geometries that inform them. My work is not about how the landscape looks as much as about how the landscape makes me feel. I try to create an image that allows the viewer to engage with it in such a way as to invite similar introspection.
Kirby Fredendall
Kirby Fredendall

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural…

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks…

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks add life to the…

Mindy Flexer makes magical realist, figurative, oil paintings. She uses observation and invention to explore identity and family relationships, and the way personal history resides within the larger arc of time. Her current work is about our extraordinary historical moment, when climate crisis threatens all life on earth, and climate justice offers the possibility of global transformation to a just and equitable world. Her visual language of a seamless world of people, animals, and place, is the language of the interconnection of all life on earth. Flexer’s paintings speak about climate in a language personal enough for people to hear it. Her goal is to inspire people to action. She hopes to connect people to themselves and each other, so each person can find their place in the mass movement necessary to create a sustainable future. In this way, she sees her paintings aspart of the great web of healing she deeply believes can save our planet.
Mindy Flexer
Mindy Flexer

Mindy Flexer makes magical realist, figurative, oil paintings. She uses observation and invention to explore identity and…

Mindy Flexer makes magical realist, figurative, oil paintings. She uses observation and invention to explore identity and family relationships, and the way personal history resides within the larger arc…

Mindy Flexer makes magical realist, figurative, oil paintings. She uses observation and invention to explore identity and family relationships, and the way personal history resides within the larger arc of time. Her current…

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, information and data, and how music weaves throughout human experience. Melinda Steffy’s RUINATION DAY series (acrylic on wood panel) deconstructs folk and blues songs that reference the date April 14, which is when Lincoln was shot, the Titanic hit the iceberg, and the Black Sunday dust storm devastated the Midwest. Melinda Steffy’s BACH PROJECT series (watercolor on paper) converts classical music by J.S. Bach and Bela Bartok into grids and pie charts. Rather than hear one note after the other through time, the paintings show all of the notes and rhythms simultaneously on one visual plane.
Melinda Steffy
Melinda Steffy

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring…

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, information and data, and how music weaves throughout human…

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, information and data, and how music weaves throughout human experience. Melinda…

Sarah Kaizar
Sarah Kaizar
Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on paper and works on board. She creates imagined, spiritual, abstract landscapes, aerialscapes, and cityscapes drawing inspiration from her life in Indonesia and Philadelphia.
Donna Backues
Donna Backues

Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on…

Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on paper and works on board. She creates imagined, spiritual, abstract landscapes,…

Donna Backues graduated with an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She employs drawing, mix media as works on paper and works on board. She creates imagined, spiritual, abstract landscapes, aerialscapes, and…

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