Kisses for our fave mayor-of-the-arts

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That's Mayor Michael Nutter (in the red tie) along with local artists whose work is in the exhibition Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art at the Woodmere Art Museum. Left to right in the front: Louis Sloan, Paul Keene, Nutter, Edward Loper, James Camp, Barbara Bullock and Curlee Holton (holding the book). In the back (left to right): (woman: unidentified visitor), Richard Watson, James Atkins, Sterling Shaw, Berrisford Boothe, Charles Burwell, Ulysses Marshall, Don Camp, and Ed Hughes.
That’s Mayor Michael Nutter (in the red tie) along with local artists whose work is in the exhibition Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art at the Woodmere Art Museum. Left to right in the front: Louis Sloan, Paul Keene, Nutter, Edward Loper, James Camp, Barbara Bullock and Curlee Holton (holding the book). In the back (left to right): (woman: unidentified visitor), Richard Watson, James Atkins, Sterling Shaw, Berrisford Boothe, Charles Burwell, Ulysses Marshall, Don Camp, and Ed Hughes.

We’re forever blowing kisses at our fave mayor, Michael Nutter, friend of the arts. Plus we can’t resist this great picture. It includes him, and it has that documentary feel of marking an important event.

The picture, which includes a who’s who of Philadelphia African American artists, was taken at last week’s opening at the Woodmere Art Museum of Missing Masters: The Lewis Tanner Moore Collection of African American Art. The exhibit will be on display through February 22.

Here’s some background on the exhibit, from Woodmere:

Lewis Tanner Moore, a descendant of 19th century artist Henry Ossawa Tanner began his art collection some three decades ago, with paintings handed down to him from his father, a prominent Philadelphia attorney. From the outset, Mr. Moore concentrated on 20th century art and on developing personal connections with the artists he was collecting. With a devotee’s zeal, he pursued not just the well-known names but also the unheralded masters whose works and achievements had slipped into obscurity.

Woodmere Art Museum’s exhibition is composed of more than one hundred paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Artists whose works are on display include Henry Ossawa Tanner, Allan Freelon, Dox Thrash, Selma Burke, Charles White, Romare Bearden, Moe Brooker, Barbara Bullock, and Charles Burwell.

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