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Perky Cohen is a Philadelphia born sculptor and woodcarver. She is a protégé of woodcaver/sculptor, Erna Stenzler. She also studied with Leon Sitarchik, Joseph Greenberg, Stephie Greenbaum, Jacques Fraber, Steven Homsher, and John Meehan.

Perky’s primary interest is in the human figure and emotions. Most of her works portray feelings of love, compassion, or sorrow. She is also fascinated by the abstraction of the female form. Perky works in a variety of media including wood, clay, plaster and papier-mâché. Her sculptures reveal the influence of her vast travels to countries including Europe, China, Thailand, Egypt and Kenya.

Along with sculpting, Perky has taught reading and study skills at Manor Junior College, and tutored reading privately to children and adults. She founded and served as coordinator/trainer for Philadelphia Council of the International Reading Association’s Volunteer Literacy Program for ESL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). For six years, she was also a Docent at Woodmere Art Museum.

Her sculptures have been accepted in both juried and invitational exhibitions including the Washington Square Art Museum in Washington, D.C., Woodmere Art Museum, William Penn Charter School, Abington Art Center, Donnekers Gallery, Tyme Gallery, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, ArtForms Gallery Manayunk, ACX, MCGOPA, Fine Arts People Gallery, New Hope Arts Center, Jam Gallery in Malvern and the Noyes Museum in New Jersey. Perky collaborated with her son, Warren, in baking and constructing a two-figure life sized bread sculpture in Manayunk. There were several feature articles in newspapers as well as local and national television airings. She had a two person exhibition at Martins Run in Media, PA. She also gives lectures on her artwork in schools and for adult groups.

She actively participates in several galleries and art organizations. Perky was President of ACX (Artists Cultural Exchange) 1998 – 2003. Now, she is the chairperson for exhibitions. She is also a member of MCGOPA (Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists), where she served as publicity chairperson for seven years. She was one of the founding members of ArtForms Gallery in Manayunk. Here she was the co-director of sales and co-chair of recruiting and training volunteers for the gallery. Presently, Perky is the director of the Rydal Park Art Gallery.

Her works appear in many private collections both in America and England.


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