A wine and cheese reception will accompany each lecture.


Wissahickon_in_winter_sizedCapturing the Wissahickon: Peeling Back the Layers
Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
Lecturer: David Contosta, Professor of History, Chestnut Hill College
$15 ($10 members)

Generations of painters, photographers, filmmakers, and surveyors have captured the many faces of the Wissahickon Valley—from millers and mystics to hikers, bikers, and nature lovers. Historian David Contosta will peel back familiar and forgotten layers of this iconic landscape, tracing its evolution from its early industrial history to the urban paradise we know today. Contosta is the author of several books, including Suburb in the City: Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 1850–1990. Doors open at 6:15 for a reception.


levy_sizedContemporary Approaches to the Landscape: Nature as the Client
Saturday, November 1, 3:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Stacy Levy, artist
$15 ($10 members)

Stacy Levy creates sculptural installations that explore nature. She will discuss her artwork’s relationship with the urban landscape and her many projects that meld art, engineering, and ecology. Throughout her career, Levy has been making “working” earthworks that address environmental issues such as storm water runoff and pollution. Reception to follow.


Brandywine_CoveredBridgeFrom the Seine to the Schuylkill: Impressionism and Its Pennsylvania Practitioners
Saturday, November 8, 3:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Therese Dolan, PhD, Professor of Art History, Temple University’s Tyler School of Art
$15 ($10 members)

Art historian Therese Dolan will explore the term “Pennsylvania Impressionism” and its implications for the group of New Hope painters who have been labeled under this name. She will examine the origin of the term “Impressionism” in France and consider its manifestations and adaptations in the paintings of Walter Elmer Schofield and his New Hope colleagues. Reception to follow.


Members Tour – Journey in Watercolor: The Art of Deena Gu
Saturday, November 15 | 2:00 pm

Assistant Curator Rachel McCay will tour the galleries and explore the work of watercolorist Deena Gu.  Lecture by Deena Gu and reception to follow.


Laties_sizedContemporary Approaches to the Landscape: Journey in Watercolor: The Art of Deena Gu
Saturday, November 15, 3:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Deena Gu, artist

Deena Gu will give a gallery talk about her recent work on exhibit in Woodmere’s galleries. These landscape paintings illustrate Gu’s transformation into abstract imagery. Inspired by music and poetry, these meditative compositions reflect her integration of traditional Chinese painting and contemporary influences. Reception to follow.


Panel Discussion: Contemporary Approaches to the Landscape
Saturday, January 10, 3:00 p.m.
Lecturers: Deena Gu, Andrea Packard, Stuart Shils, and Ron Tarver
$15 ($10 members)

Contemporary artists Deena Gu, Andrea Packard, Stuart Shils, and Ron Tarver all draw inspiration from the landscape. They will discuss their varied approaches and development, and respond to the work of Walter Elmer Schofield. Reception to follow.


On Schofield: Reflections by His Great-Grandson
Saturday, January 24, 3:00 p.m.
Lecturer: James Church

James Church, great-grandson of Walter Elmer Schofield, will share his personal insights about Schofield’s art and career. Church will focus on key works in the exhibition and reflect on his research from the last eight years. Woodmere greatly appreciates his assistance with this exhibition. Reception to follow.