News and Current Happenings

I'm the subject of an article in the September/October 2021 issue of the Society Hill Reporter, the newsletter of the Society Hill Civic Association in Philadelphia. Entitled "He Got Out of Dodge," it provides a brief biography along with vivid images of a number of my paintings. See the "Nifty Neighbors" column, a two-page spread on pp. 14-15.

 

My co-authored book with Therese Dolan, Salut! France Meets Philadelphia, presents the French presence in Phildelphia's history, culture and art. We've made it a thorough exploration of the French contributions to the city from the colonial period to the present. Roughly half the chapters deal with the political, social, and cultural history of the subject, the other half with Philadelphia's enormous holdings in French and French-inspired art. The book was published by Temple University Press in November, 2020.

 

Salut! was presented in a virtual book launch co-sponsored by the Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia on December 9, 2020. In January, 2021, it was the subject of a radio interview and a book discussion group. In February and March, we had (virtual) outings at another half dozen clubs and organizations in the Philadelphia area. 

 

In April, 2021, Salut! received the Art and Architecture Award for a new publication from the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. 

 

The Athenaeum will again partner with the Alliance Francaise in a gala evening honoring Salut! The event will take place at the Athenaeum on November 11, 2021.

 

To learn why Therese Dolan and I collaborated on this book, see the Temple University Press blog: https://templepress.wordpress.com/2020/12/09/the-making-of-salut/.

 

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My memoir, Postcards from Delphi, was published in May, 2020. You may contact me via email if you'd like to purchase a copy

 

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I had two articles published in the on-line Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. One is about the Fairmount Water Works in Fairmount Park, the other, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Read them at philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/fairmount-water-works; and philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/benjamin-franklin-parkway/.

 

 

Art Exhibits:

 

Two of my paintings are exhibited in the Fall Salon Members Show sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County. The show runs from September 11 to October 1, 2021, at Freeman Hall, 181 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA.

 

I had two paintings in the virtual exhibition "R.E.D." (Reexamine, Explore, Discover) sponsored by the Bucks Arts Organization, from June 4 through July 18, 2021. www.bucksarts.org/RED.

 

Thirty Days of Inspiration" was presented by the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County in April, 2021. My poem, "Passions," was paired with my painting of the same name. Both were featured on the Council's Facebook and Instagram pages on April 5: www.facebook.com/bucksarts/.

 

Spring Salon Exhibition, New Hope Arts Center, April 3-May 9, 2021. I had a painting in this juried show, which was both online and open for gallery visits with reservation. 2 Stockton Avenue, New Hope, Pa.

 

"For the Love of Art," online exhibition sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County, June and July, 2020: www.bucksarts.org., two paintings.  My paintings were featured on the Council's Facebook page on November 8, 2020.   

 

Throughout September, 2019, I was part of a group exhibition of the Abstract Artists of Bucks County at the A-Space Art Gallery, 37 W. Bridge Street, New Hope, Pa. I have shown with the other seven artists in the group--we're six painters, a sculptor, and a photographer--each year for the past decade. Our shows have been usually but not always someplace in Bucks County, Pa.    

 

One of my paintings, "Kachina," is currently posted on the website of the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County: www.bucksarts.org/fallsalon/. The exhibition, which displays two of my paintings, is open from September 11 to October 1, 2021, at the Council's headquarters: Freeman Hall, 181 Court Street, in Doylestown, Pa.   

                                              

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City in a Park: A History of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park

    System, co-author with James McClelland, Temple University Press, 

    2016

         

Reviews:

 

"Nowhere are [Philadelphia's] advantages more clear than in a new book by . . . James McClelland and Lynn Miller. The book, 'City in a Park,' shows how William Penn's vision for a 'greene countrie towne' evolved, not as he imagined it but as a metropolis." Bridget Wingert, "Happy to Be Here," ​Bucks County Herald​, November 12, 2015, p. A11.

 

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"Richly illustrated and lyrically composed, this remarkably detailed and extensively researched beautiful book explores the nature, 200-year history and extensive reach of Philadelphia's municipal park system." Richard de Wyngaert, "On Our Shelf," ​Society Hill Reporter,​November/December 2015, p. 17 

 

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"​City in a Park  ​ . . . is more than just a coffee-table book--it's a guide to the hidden treasures of one of the largest landscaped urban parks in the world. . . . It's the perfect gift for history buffs--or keep it for yourself and experience the park in a whole new way." ​Philly Style Magazine​, December 2015, p. 142

 

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"Encyclopedic in its reach and thoughtful in its composition, ​City in a Park ​unfolds the history of Phildelphia's expansive, sometimes surprising municipal park against the backdrop of recent and ongoing grand renewals." Haywood Brewster, ​Philadelphia Free Press, December 2, 2015, p. 1

 

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"A new book . . . landed on our desk recently with a resounding thud. ​City in a Park ​is a thick and terrific compendium of everything that's in our city's biggest green space and how it came to be." Sandy Hingston, "10 Things You Never Knew About the Fairmount Park Mansions," www.phillymag.com/news/2015/12/02/Fairmount-park-mansions.

 

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"Here are 11 things . . . about the nation's first zoo, courtesy of (again) James McClelland and Lynn Miller's new book, ​City in a Park , www​.phillymag.com/news/2015/12/22/phiadelphia-zoo-facts.  

 

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"McClelland and Miller's text is crystal clear and comprehensive, covering the story of America's largest urban park, from its origin at the founding of Philadelphia in 1682 to the expansive green jewel it has become today. . . . The authors deftly knit these stories together in 18 chapters that go beyond telling how Philadelphia became enveloped in a park by explaining how the evolution of the American city came to be expressed in Fairmount's naturalist landscapes, historic structures and public art. If you have a shelf of books about Philadelphia, City in a Park needs to be on it." Kevin Patrick, Pennsylvania Heritage, Spring 2016, p. 39.

 

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"Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system is one of the largest urban spaces in the U.S. covering almost 11,000 acres and straddling the Schuylkill River. In both size and intent, it stands in contrast to its better-known counterparts in New York City.

 

"Yet until James McClelland and Lynn Miller wrote a new book, City in a Park . . . , there has been no comprehensive accounting of its creation, maintenance (or not), and its future. The authors tell the tale in an engaging fashion, though each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of the system and can easily be read in isolation from the larger narrative.

 

McClelland and Miller's book will serve as the perfect guide to the vast expanse of greenery and offers an alternative prescription for public parks than those traditionally hailed 19th century classics." Jake Blumgart, Planning Magazine, May 1, 2016.

 

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"Focusing on the history of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, the authors . . . chronicle, with stunning photographs accompanying the narrative, the continuing efforts to create what founder William Penn sought, a 'greene countrie town.'" Len Lear, Chestnut Hill Local, June 13, 2016.

 

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"Fairmount Park . . . (makes for) quite a story, and it's all here, accompanied by 150 really great photos. . . .This should be on every coffee table in Philly." Frank Wilson, "Books Worth a Look," Philadelphia Inquirer, December 15, 2016, pp. C1-2.

 

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"This is a chatty and lavishly illustrated volume that will enhance anyone's coffee table. In chapters that combine a historic overview with focused accounts of such topics as recreational activities, transportation, historic houses, and public art, the authors offer helpful information about Philadelphia's incomparable park system." Elizabeth Milroy, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, CXLI, 1 (January 2017), pp. 101-2.

 

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"The authors have produced a detailed history of the 200-year-old [park] system, along with 150-plus color photos. . . . If our largest city is to remain one of the nation's premier communities, they write, green space must keep step with the growth in population, and that will require planning and funding. Residents of Philadelphia and the southeast area of the state as well as urban planners should find this book of value." Al Holliday, Pennsylvania Magazine, Vol. 41, No. 4 (July/August 2018), p. 49.

 

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​Crossing the Line

 

Interview, "Lynn Miller: A Renaissance Man from Kansas Writes a

Philadelphia Story," Wild River Review, December 2010

www.wildriverreview.com/INTERVIEW/Fiction/Lynn-Miller/Crossing-the-Line/Marylou-Kelly-Streznewski

 

Reviews:

 

Go to www.Amazon.com/Crossing-the-Line-novel-Lynn-Miller         

for reader reviews

 

Go to www.sanfranciscobookreview.com for a five-star review of

Crossing the Line

 

 

​Art Exhibitions

 

Go to www.philly.com for a review by Victoria Donohoe,                      

"Bucks painters at Muse," Philadelphia Inquirer (August 12, 2011)  

 

Paintings in Artsbridge Member Exhibitions, Stockton, NJ, 2004-2015

 

Two paintings, Show Some HeART Exhibit, Lower Bucks County

Community College Art Gallery, Bristol, PA, January-March, 2014; 

February-March, 2015

 

"Art Days," Abstract Artists of Bucks County at Doylestown Book Shop,

Doylestown, PA. June 5-8, 2014; June 4-7, 2015

 

One painting, New Hope Art League Juried Show, New Hope, PA; 

May 14-25, 2015

 

Abstract Artists of Bucks County, group exhibition, The Conservatory,

Doylestown, PA; October 4-25, 2015

 

Two paintings, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester, NH;

2016

 

One painting, 153rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings,

the Philadelphia Sketch Club, April 8-30, 2016

 

Abstract Artists of Bucks County, group exhibition, Centre for the Arts,

Bristol, PA; September 22-October 13, 2016

 

Abstract Artists of Bucks County, group exhibition, Centre for the Arts,

Bristol, PA; September 24-October 5, 2017

 

Abstract Artists of Bucks County, group exhibiton, The Conservatory,          Doylestown, PA; October 5-21, 2018

 

Abstract Artists of Bucks County, group exhibition, A-Space Gallery,

New Hope, PA; September 1-29, 2019

 

Two paintings, "For the Love of Art," online exhibition sponsored by the      Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County: www.bucksarts.org. June-          July 2020

 

My painting, "A Little Night Music," was included in a juried show                sponsored by the New Hope Arts Center, April, 2021. 2 Stockton                Avenue, New Hope, PA.

 

My poem, "Passions," was paired with my painting of the same name in an

on-line exhibition by the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County, 

"Thirty Days of Inspiration," April, 2021.