As an artist, I love tracking down great art at museums, galleries and theatres. I’ll pursue art wherever I can. Being so close to New York is an advantage, obviously, but Montclair itself is in a great location for finding inspiration, and last weekend I was able to see three great artistic events. Two are ongoing, so check them out if you can!

Philadelphia is one of my favorite places to go for art, it is close, sophisticated, handsome and not as expensive as Gotham. Last weekend I was fortunate to see a dance performance at Bryn Mawr College and two shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  At Bryn Mawr I saw the Tabitha Dance Performance, which were the senior projects of 3 dance majors. It was inventive, fun, and accessible.

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art (you know, where Rocky ran up the steps!) I saw two great shows. The first was the Treasures of the Alfred Stieglitz Center: Photographs from the Permanent Collection (open until April 7, 2013). Some of the earliest photographs were in this show and my favorites were Paris streetscapes from the 1860s, which were notable because of the amazing depth of field in these photographs.

The second show was Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, a wonderful exhibit highlighting art from unusual sources operating on the margins of mainstream artistic realms.


After all that art, it was time to eat.  I was able to eat at two great restaurants: Melograno: incredible food, stylish and very noisy. Farmicia: a wonderful Sunday brunch in ultra-hip Old City.

For Montclair’s own thriving arts scene, check out The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913 exhibit currently at the Montclair Art Museum until June 16, 2013. It contains highlights of the American artists, now obscure, who contributed to much of the art of the Armory Show a century ago, but earned less of the derision than the European artists who were showcased. The exhibit is free on the first Thursday of the month.  See you there?