Ocean City Arts Center Pays Tribute to Wanamaker's Department Store in June
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
The area's finest artists will share their memories of Philadelphia's most famous department store "John Wanamaker's" at the Ocean City Arts Center throughout June. The themed-show "I Remember Wanamaker's" has attracted more than twenty local artists who have painted their interpretations of the famous Philadelphia attraction. The paintings include watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastels.
A "Meet the Artists" reception, free and open to the public, will be held Friday, June 8, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
Wanamaker's flagship store was located at Thirteenth and Market Streets in Center City, Philadelphia. Designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham and opened in 1911, the John Wanamaker Department Store had a monumental granite exerior and a sumptuous marble interior. It contained more than one million square feet of selling area over ten floors of retail space. The center of the store featured a Grand Court that soared six stories in the air. In the center of the Grand Court stood a 2,500-pound bronze eagle that had been on display at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition. The beautiful organ in the Grand Court was also purchased at the Exposition. It is still regarded as the world's largest pipe organ and one of the finest symphonic instruments ever built. Another important imagery of Wanamaker's is the Crystal Tea Room covering twenty-two thousand square feet on the store's eighth floor. Once the largest dining room in Philadelphia, the Crystal Tea Room is still remembered for its sandwiches and rum raisin ice cream. A must-see each Christmas was the Christmas Light Show featuring a magnificent Dancing Waters Display. And for children, the Rocket Express monorail that ran around the ceiling of the eighth floor toy department was a holiday treat.
The Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, New Jersey, is proud to pay tribute to this institution whose reach left a mark on the lives of so many people in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey area. Given the unique imagery from the department store, the "I Remember Wanamaker's" show will be one of the Arts Center's most interesting exhibits. For more information, go to www.oceancityartscenter.org or call (609) 399-7628.