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March 1, 2012 By:
Some Window Dressing
Nan Latona does windows.
Lots and lots of windows.
See for yourself: "Window Wonderland" is a wondrous work of art, an exhibit of decorated windows crafted and created by Latona and a litany of area artists, many of them whom call the Kaiserman JCC home -- or at least their workplace.
Including Latona: The development director at Kaiserman, she developed what was destined to be a trash heap into a treasure trove of a show. "We replaced the windows of our house in Wynnewood -- all probably originals and our house is 90 years old -- and I was looking at them on my front porch and thought, 'They don't make them like that anymore.' "
Open and shut case of repurposing: Why not make them into something that reflects a worthy cause?
Latona, who works in mixed media, mixed business with pleasure: She contacted a number of artistic friends and others interested in serving the Kaiserman cause.
What she came up with was a paean to panes: A Kaiserman display of windows decorated with different insights and inventiveness, with all pieces to be auctioned online and proceeds targeted to Kaiserman programs.
"I was surprised how much talent there was under one roof," she says of her Kaiserman colleagues. "What incredible interpretations!"
Indeed, the themes open a window into the artists' solar panels, including, among the 20 or so crafted, "Tree of Life," by Gretchen Hulse, the "Whimsically Simple" of Beth Segal, as well as the "Vintage Rose" of Amy Kurland.
It is all vintage rising to the occasion, contends the development director of churning trash into cherished works of art.
Bids start at $50, including Latona's own "Missing Elliott Smith."
And for those who miss the opportunity to bid on a window -- the auction is now taking place at: www.phillyjcc.com/windows -- the pieces will be displayed at the Kaiserman for two weeks, starting March 4.
In raising a glass to success, Latona contends this may not be the last auction of its kind she'll come up with. But, no, she adds quickly, she is not replacing her bathroom any time soon.
But if only she could see the exhibit from her desk. Alas, laments Latona, "I don't have a window in my office."