Amy Danford was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Havertown, Pennsylvania
When I think of the word “home”, I am unable to pinpoint one location or thing. Home has been the Midwest, New York City, New Jersey, and now Pennsylvania. However, home doesn’t necessarily mean a brick and mortar building to me. It’s both physical and emotional – the world I live in, the cities I’ve lived, my body, community, and so much more. Home has sometimes meant living amongst millions of people or living quietly and on my own. At times, it has felt chaotic, confusing or unknown. Mostly, home has helped me understand my place in this world, where I explore and feel inspired, and where I rest my head at night. Home is being at peace, which leaves me feeling whole.
About Amy: I took my first art class at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1980. I was five years old and remember thinking what a wonderful, safe place the museum was. I think I knew then I would someday work in museums. For the past 18 years, I have worked as an art therapist and museum educator in New York City, Cincinnati and now Philadelphia…dabbling in my own art whenever possible. I’m inspired every day by my students, my husband and two boys (ages 11 and 7), and the world around me.
Tracy was born in New Jersey and currently lives in New Hampshire
For me, home is an interesting concept. I have moved a lot since I left for college at 19 or 20 years old, and I travel as much as I can. Most of my travels involve sleeping in a tent with my husband or friends, so my piece shows two of the last permanent structures I have or currently live in, but the rest are places I have laid my head around the country and world. These places all have special meaning to me, and I take a little bit of each of them “home” with me, either in the form of pictures or souvenirs that remind me of the places I’ve been. I feel grounded in my current space, and enjoy coming inside after a walk in the woods, but I will always consider home wherever my loved ones are, where my head hits the pillow, and where my pets are.
About Tracy: I am a biologist, so I love to spend time in the outdoors and take
photographs of wildlife and nature to share with family and friends. I also recently became a beekeeper, and can be found watching the bees come and go from their hives as they pollinate my garden and make delicious honey. My husband and I also love to travel, and are out exploring near and far as much as we can. You can see more of my adventures at https://migratingphotographer.wordpress.com/
Marlene was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now resides in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
Comforts of Home: Tea is about what a home is, as connected to drinking tea.
There are many things that make up a home and collecting beautiful objects that remind us of special times with family and friends is especially important to me. For this work, I drew upon the various teapots that I have collected over the years.
It is nice to share your home with family and friends and this is often expressed in the simplest ways through sharing a cup of tea. Tea provides meaningful time to sit with family and friends to catch up on life. The time it takes to prepare tea provides me with the opportunity to unwind when I am feeling tired or a bit under the weather. Drinking a hot cup of tea to relax in the comfort of home is one of the distinct pleasures of life.
Written on the teabag in my work are the Hebrew letters that form the word for life (chai). I chose to add this detail because tea is a big part of my life.
About Marlene: I am an art educator and have taught art in public schools and presently teach art in a private school. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of the Arts.
Cynthia lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia and was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Home to me is an open door, warm and inviting. Home is sunny and colorful. It is defined by the gardens, animals, and humans that live in and around the actual structure called home. Home is the memory of places lived and future places imagined.
About Cynthia: Cynthia Back has exhibited widely both in the U.S. and internationally. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation; residencies and fellowships to The Artists Centre Dale, Norway; The Women’s Studio Workshop, Blue Mountain Center, Acadia National Park; The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Ltd., Ireland, Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, The Cill Rialaig Project, Ireland, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections, including The Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Newark Public Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia, The New-York Historical Society, Pfizer, Inc., and The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.Cynthia Back earned a BFA at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a post-graduate certificate at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, England. http://cynthiaback.com
Nancy Barch was born in Philadelphia, PA and currently lives in Delaware County, PA
The smell of wet sidewalks after a summer rain, roofing tar, playing under the water of a fireplug, walking to the library and the movies, playing hopscotch and red rover in the street, these are all memories of growing up in the city.
I was born and raised in a rowhome, you may know it as a townhouse depending upon your age, there were forty to a street, twenty on each side. I would wake up in the morning to see William Penn atop City Hall from my bedroom window everyday. I dressed and walked to public school with my friends. It was a comforting routine. Good citizenship was mandatory and everyone knew everyone else on your street, so you always behaved (until you got out of sight.)
Then, as you got older, you ‘hung out’ at the hoagie shop, went to dances and out for pizza. You many even walk to the drug store for a milkshake with friends after school. Yep, that was home to me then and, to my mind, it still is.
Helena was born in Doylestown, Pa., lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives back in Doylestown, Pa.
To me, home is where my husband, Bob, and I are. We have different tastes in food, music and TV shows, but always have our coffee together first thing in the morning. When we travel, we take our favorite mugs and ground coffee with us, to make it feel like home.
About Helena: Helena is a professional artist, who works in pastel and oils and exhibits in the Philadelphia area. She attended the Philadelphia College of Art.