Gorgeous abstractions from Elizabeth Osborne and other shows you’ll want to see in Philly galleries this month

A decade ago, the Philadelphia painter Elizabeth Osborne, long known for her landscapes, still lifes, and figures in moody interior scenes, seemed poised to commit herself to abstraction. Her radiant colors, a hallmark of her work, were now frequently arranged in vertical and horizontal bands. She soon circled back to her signature style and themes, but with a new freedom of spirit. Her paint application was less tightly controlled — even drippy in places. Osborne’s current show, “A Painter’s Place” at Locks Gallery, continues her experiments in abstraction. Most of her new paintings depict landscapes in Maine, Mexico, Nova Scotia, and on Prince Edward Island, now reduced to their most elemental shapes. In Cove Tea Hill (2018-19), those horizontal bands of color form the landscape. In Storm Warning (2018), they’re a seascape (which might be a nod to Martin Johnson Heade’s famously ominous 1861-62 painting, Approaching Storm: Beach Near Newport). Doorway Mexico (2019) and Hillside Autumn (2018) are the only works here depicting the human-built world, and even then their architectural details are relegated to the background. Garden Tea Hill (3) (2019) is an explosion of orange-, ...

Adam Savage’s definitive guide to every kind of glue

The following is an excerpt from Adam Savage’s new book, “Every Tool’s a Hammer.” Read or listen to it below. Everyone has glues that they prefer, and I’m no exception. Over the years I’ve learned about and incorporated many glues into my arsenal of adhesive solutions, and I’m excited to share them with you. Just please take into account that my knowledge of these glues and their functional properties is just that—functional. They are the conclusions of an experimental generalist. I am not a chemist, nor a physicist, nor a material scientist. And there are exceptions to every single rule I outline below. You may meet someone who tells you there’s a better solution to every use case I outline. Go ahead and take their advice seriously and try it out for yourself. You may justifiably disagree with some of the glues for which I have great affection. That’s fine! It simply betrays, in the best way, the limitless land of possibilities when it comes to the developed ingenuity of humans to modify their world. This is the biggest category—glues that, when exposed to air, dry out to create a bond. These can be water-based, like PVA glues (Elmer’s, basic white glues...