A wine and cheese reception will accompany each lecture.

The Secret Language of Painting
Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Peter Paone, artist
$15 (Free for members)

Renowned Philadelphia artist Peter Paone will provide insight into the creative process and the making of a painting. He will describe how every painting holds its own mystery and magic as it reveals its unique qualities of expression. Doors open at 6:15 for a reception.

“Human Nature”: A Brief History of Landscape Painting
Saturday, October 11, 3:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Brian Peterson, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator (retired), James A. Michener Art Museum
$15 ($10 members)

This lecture traces the dramatic evolution in our culture’s attitudes toward nature over the centuries, as demonstrated by some of the major moments in the history of landscape painting. It will conclude with a brief discussion of the work of distinguished Pennsylvania Impressionist painters William Langson Lathrop, Edward Willis Redfield, Daniel Garber, and Walter Elmer Schofield in the larger context of our culture’s complex relationship with “human nature.” Reception to follow.


Gender and Modernity: Theresa Bernstein and Her Milieu
Monday, October 13, 11:00 a.m.
Lecturer: Christine Filippone, PhD

Christine Filippone, Assistant Professor of Art History at Millersville University, discusses the nuances of changing gender roles in the early twentieth century, and how they affected the early career of Theresa Bernstein and her friends, particularly the Dada poet and artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. The Baroness worked as an artist’s model for Bernstein as well as Marcel Duchamp, Robert Henri, and John Sloan. Reception to follow.


Is There an “Ism” in Pennsylvania Impressionism?
Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Brian Peterson, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator (retired), James A. Michener Art Museum
$15 ($10 members)

Focusing on the best-known Pennsylvania Impressionists, this lecture explores how these artists were influenced by events and movements in the larger art world, and how they transcended those influences and created something new. Artists discussed include Edward Willis Redfield, Daniel Garber, William Langson Lathrop, Fern Isabel Coppedge, Walter Elmer Schofield, and John F. Folinsbee. Doors open at 6:15 for a reception.


Gallery Tour: Theresa Bernstein and the Art of Observation
Monday, October 20, 11:00 a.m.
Lecturer: Flo Gelo, Associate Professor, Division of Medical Humanities, Drexel University College of Medicine
$15 ($10 members)

During the Art of Observation tour, visitors will look closely at the colors, subjects, and styles of Theresa Bernstein’s paintings. They will cultivate a special kind of seeing that focuses on how the artist captures the intimacies of human activity, psychological emotional expression, and dramatic gesture. Reception to follow.


Capturing 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.


Contemporary 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.


From 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.


Contemporary 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.