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Monday, February 6, 2012

TNNA Phoenix 2012 Introductions from Barbara Russell

The cow detail and modernist octagons are new 2012 releases for Barbara, the squirrel is from 2011, and the Clarice......well Clarice women have been around and still keep on selling. Barbara's new 2012 releases are based from an exhibit "Philadelphia Modernism" held this past year at Philadelphia's Woodmere Art Museum. Works by Mary Hood and Agnes Hood Miller were featured and the two octagonal canvases are reproductions of ceramic trays made in the mid-century. The cow is a detail from a larger painting by one of the many art instructors the mother and daughter studied under. Springdale is the name of the home owned by the Hood family located outside of New Hope Pa and the farm was a place where much of their art was created. Barbara has several more canvases (think Chagall, Kandinsky) that are very painterly revolving around the careers by both women. For anyone wishing they lived in Paris in the 20's or 30's I think just hanging around Springdale would be enough to satisfy the eccentric. Hopefully soon enough Barbara will be putting up this collection on her website. Including individual canvases that are reproduction pieces from a needlepoint stair runner designed and stitched by Mary Hood that exemplifies life at Springdale. For more information see Mary G.L. Hood and Philadlephia Modernism or visit woodmereartmuseum.org

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