Marie Colette

Marie Colette

Where some of us merely deal in the past, Philidelphia-based Marie Colette <i>lives</i> in it. Her specialty is tempera painting, a technique usually associated with the walls of Renaissance churches and Baroque mansions. Colette, a French émigré, carries on the tradition with interior projects around the region. You’ll also find painted furniture for sale in her narrow little shop on Germantown Avenue (take care not to miss the fading hand-painted sign). If you’re lucky enough to be in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood on a Monday, call Colette ahead of time and you can grab a slot in her weekly studio class.

  • Beautiful! I'm in love with this design! "Translation: "I have a liking for lobsters. They are peaceful, serious creatures. They know the secrets of the sea, they don’t bark..." Supposedly the French poet, Gérard de Nerval... Beautiful! I'm in love with this design! "Translation: "I have a liking for lobsters. They are peaceful, serious creatures. They know the secrets of the sea, they don’t bark..." Supposedly the French poet, Gérard de Nerval, would walk his pet lobster with a ribbon. This was his reasoning for adopting a lobster as opposed to a dog!"

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