Artist’s literal rise from ashes to be showcased

Nearly a year ago, the historic Frank Furness House on North Union Street in Kennett Square caught fire, and although no lives were lost, damage to the 1884 building was severe.

Included in the devastating loss was the total destruction of the studio belonging to T. Mark Cole, a lifelong Chester County artist and instructor at the Chester County Art Association (CCAA) in West Chester, said a CCAA press release.

During the past year, Cole has taken steps to rebound from the emotional toll of the blaze as well as the physical loss of supplies, including a lifetime of sketchbooks and more than two dozen pieces of art.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, CCAA will celebrate Cole’s courageous return from the ashes with a two-day exhibition, “Phoenix Rising:  The Rebirth & Renewal of Artist T. Mark Cole.” The exhibit at the art center will open to the public late afternoon on Wednesday, and a reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, which marks the anniversary of the fire.  The public is invited to attend, the release said.

The show will display images of the famous Furness House before and after the fire, along with pieces of art that were literally pulled from the ashes.  Work that was thought to be lost, but eventually recovered, will also be on display, along with the debut of several new pieces by Cole's abstract nom de plume, Favi Dubo.

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