Each year found one or two more of
’s lovely paintings added to our collection. He made me promise I would never pay more to frame one of his pieces than I’d paid for the art. Something of a challenge considering the cost of framing and the fact that he always insisted on charging a “friends and neighbors” price he seemed to make up on the spot depending on how well he knew you or whether or not you were a starving student. Seymour
As I return home each day from these sometimes gritty
Philadelphia streets, I am met by the steady gaze of ’s self portrait. I am grateful for its artistry as well as its reminder not to judge a book by its cover – but instead, to take some time to read more deeply into one another's story and find something within to treasure. Seymour
"Every year when I exhibited at the annual Rittenhouse Art exhibition, a lovely petite lady would arrive at my booth and painstakingly look through each and every one of my paintings. After a very long time during which not a word passed between us, she would look at me and smile broadly with approval. I later learned that she was Violette deMazia, the longtime curator of the Barnes Foundation."
Seymour Rotman, a
North Philadelphia native, fought in the Korean War as a young man. Upon his return home, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in recognition of his artistic talent. As a student at PAFA, he won a series of traveling fellowships that allowed him to refine his artistic skills in Mexico and Europe. His talent has been recognized and honored throughout his career by colleagues, mentors and teachers.
For an history of what I call Art in the Park, click here http://www.rittenhousesquarefineartshow.org/history.html