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March 18, 2014

Woodmere Art Museum In Chestnut Hill Debuts Jessie Drew-Bear: Stories and Dreams, This Saturday, March 22

Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill presents numberous works by Philadelphia artist Jessie Drew-Bear this spring. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

This weekend, the lovely Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill unveils its latest exhibit, Jessie Drew-Bear: Stories and Dreams.

This show celebrates the work of incredibly distinctive and prominent Philadelphia artist, Jessie Drew-Bear, who was nearly 60 years old before she discovered her talent.

In 1938, the London native and Philly resident received a paint set as a gift, and her creativity developed from there. She went on to establish herself as an important member of the Philly art scene until her passing in 1962.

Drew-Bear’s colorful paintings touch on a diverse range of subjects, from cityscapes to fairytales. Her work has been displayed at PAFA and the Philadelphia Art Alliance, along with other prestigious venues.

Stories and Dreams is the largest body of the artist’s work ever exhibited, and will be on view Saturday, March 22 through Sunday, July 13.

An open house is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, and on Saturday, May 17 at 3 p.m., assistant curator Rachel McCay will give a walking tour of the gallery.

The exhibit is free with museum admission, which costs $10 for adults and $7 for seniors. But remember, all visitors get in for free on Sundays.

Jessie Drew-Bear: Stories and Dreams at Woodmere Art Museum
When: Exhibition, March 22-July 13; Open House, Saturday, April 26, 2-4 p.m.; Gallery talk, Saturday, May 17, 3 p.m.
Where: 9201 Germantown Avenue
Cost: Free with museum admission,$10 for adults, $7 for seniors, free for students, children and museum members
More info: www.woodmereartmuseum.org

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