Chester County Briefly: March 16

William Hieb, CEO of DNB Financial, presents the Chester County Art Association with a $10,000 check last December.

Chester County Art Association/DNB First

DNB First has a passion for supporting art education in the community, and the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program gives businesses an opportunity to redirect their tax dollars to support local nonprofit initiatives in their communities.

The Chester County Art Association’s EITC-approved outreach program at Exton Square Studio Gallery is funded by donors like DNB First. The association offers free art classes four days a week to allow all ages — preschool, teens, special needs students, plus adults and seniors — to participate in drawing, watercolor, acrylic, and more.

Another one of the association’s outreach programs will be featured this month at its Exton satellite location, where it will host an art exhibit of veterans’ work done through a weekly free art class held at Coatesville V.A. The exhibition will be on display from March 18-April 19, and the opening reception will be held on Friday, March 24 from 3-5 PM.

Mildred Joyner

Mildred Joyner

The Philadelphia Business Journal recently honored Mildred Joyner, a board member of DNB Financial, with one of its 2017 Outstanding Directors Awards. Joyner was nominated because she “has contributed her deep knowledge and expertise in the areas of social work, education, and diversity to expand and strengthen the company’s community engagement.”

When Joyner was asked what accomplishment she is most proud of from her board service, she said, “Really helping people understand diversity was critically important. Women have a lot of needs in banking, and we’ve run a lot of seminars as it relates to wealth management and understanding security.”

Andrew Wyeth Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service has established issue dates and locations for nine different stamps or stamp sets and a postal card that are all expected between April and October. Though all of the items were announced previously, issue dates for most had not been revealed.

Artist Andrew Wyeth, a one-time member of the USPS Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, is being commemorated during his centenary year with a set of 12 forever stamps issued in a single pane. The stamps will be issued July 12 in Chadds Ford, home of the artist’s studio at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Chester County Historical Society

On March 24 and 25, hundreds of schoolchildren from Delaware and Chester counties will compete in the Chester County Historical Society’s 28th National History Day, the theme of which is “Taking a Stand in History.” The students in grades 6-12 will present their research projects within the very walls where American values have been debated over the years.

The serpentine stone side of the CCHS building, the structure affectionately called “Hort Hall,” has hosted many public meetings, from political and anti-slavery conventions to an 1863 speech by Frederick Douglass to recruit African-American men for the United States Colored Troops. Most notably, in June 1852, it housed the first women’s rights convention in Pennsylvania, where participants took a public stand for gender equality, supporting fair and equal access to the vote, education, and jobs.

A coffee table by David Rozek.

Philadelphia Furniture Show

The annual Philadelphia Furniture Show returns to the 23rd Street Armory this spring with an array of artisans, including two from Chester County. The Furniture Show will be open Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2.

The longest-running exhibition of its kind in the U.S., the Furniture Show will exhibit the work of 50 exceptional woodworkers, weavers, potters, photographers, and others, including:

  • Paul Huberty of Shaker Fine Furniture in West Chester. He “builds furniture that showcases the inherent beauty of wood while crossing the threshold from furniture-maker to artist.”
  • David Rozek of Pandemic Design Studio in Chesterbrook. His stunning tables and drawers and other furniture and lighting pieces compose a visual language that “appears to be actively evolving” in “erosion and accretion by natural forces.”

“Today’s artisans and makers are creating tomorrow’s heirlooms,” said Stefa Normantas, managing partner of Green Tree Events, owner of the Philadelphia Furniture Show. “This prestigious show features the best American, hand-made furniture and furnishings that Philadelphia has ever seen.”

CubeSmart LogoCubeSmart

Malvern-based CubeSmart, a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust focused on self-storage facilities, has promoted Jonathan Perry to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer.

“Since joining CubeSmart in 2008, Jonathan has been instrumental in the execution of our external growth strategy, leading more than $3.5 billion in real estate transactions that have substantially improved the quality and composition of our real estate portfolio,” said Christopher Marr, President and CEO.

“This promotion is in recognition of Jonathan’s continued leadership of our investment and third-party management teams, and his broad contributions to the company’s executive leadership team.”

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