Monday, June 28, 2010

Lily Yeh and Philadelphia

We had a perfect holiday; a four day jaunt that felt like a glorious, stimulating week away.
Playing with friends always tops my list of delights. This time we shared Philadelphia with Megan Hicks and Jack Abgott. What a different Philadelphia this was than what I saw when my daughter and I went with her choir and we played tourist and saw the Liberty Bell!

Talk about contrasts! This trip we poured over esoteric, antique, etched and engraved copper plates that were created to illustrate Charles Dickens' stories at the Rosenbach Museum. And on the same day we walked among exhuberantly colored mosaics and paintings decorating walls and cement structures on Germantown Avenue near downtown Philadelphia. Designed by Lily Yeh and painted and constructed by members of the neighborhood, this is art that clearly builds community spirit and a sense of ownership for participants and residents, and is moving and exciting for anyone who comes to visit.

I heard Lily Yeh speak at a Virginia Commission for the Arts conference, probably ten years ago, and it took till now to go see her Village of Arts and Humanities . . . well worth the wait!

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