Rydal Park Resident Shares Love of Art

JENKINTOWN, Pa. (November 1, 2017) — October was established as National Arts and Humanities Month to celebrate and generate awareness for this important part of American culture. At Presby’s Inspired Life, an organization serving people 62 and better in the greater Philadelphia area, the arts play a significant role in the lives of its residents.

For instance, if you walk into the office of Russ Mast, the executive director at Rydal Park, you’ll notice that it is adorned with beautiful pieces of artwork. The display changes out each month. Russ believes in an open-door policy and says the rotating art work is always a conversation-starter. His office displays art curated by Perky Cohen, a six-year resident at Rydal Park in Jenkintown. She’s an accomplished sculptor and wood-carver who maintains a studio in Manayunk and has her creations on display in her home at the community. The works are contemporary depictions of the human body, carved in several types of wood.

art-by-perky-cohenShe says she can look at a piece of wood and knows “what will fit in it” or will draw something and then carve it out of the piece of wood. The works range in size from small coffee table adornments to larger floor pieces, standing 3 feet high.

Cohen took art classes years ago for elementary education art when she was a teacher. Later, she took classes to learn more about sculpting. While she has created sculptures, she’s discovered that her true passion is working with wood.

Her love of art is evident through conversation and, certainly, by seeing the pieces she creates. Cohen’s commitment to the arts is shared with all of the residents at Rydal Park and the greater community through frequent displays at local art shows.

Would you like to consider highlighting Perky Cohen during National Arts and Humanities Month in October? I’d be happy to arrange an interview and an opportunity for you to see her artwork. You can contact me by phone at 717.421.4546 or by email at santhony@varsitybranding.com.