New June-July Art Exhibit! SFoA Presents “There & Back Again,” a Swarthmore Friends of the Arts Board Members Exhibit.

Exciting news! After months of pandemic hibernation…with Borough Hall opening back up, Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is now able to exhibit local artists’ work again!

The first 2021 show will be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall starting the week of June 14. Our first exhibition – There and Back Again – will be a collection of artworks by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts board members: Martha Perkins, Michele Southworth, Skip Gosnell, Lora Lavin, Megan Lee, and Alicia Ruley-Nock. The various works include acrylics, oils, and mixed media, with varying textures, colors, and designs.

Lora Lavin is a well known local Swarthmore artist and Secretary of SFoA, her works include landscape, still life, and figure in both oils and acrylics. She loves to work on location outdoors and always prefer to work directly from the subject…not an easy hurdle to overcome during the past year.

Michele Southworth is a family therapist and educator by day, a mixed media artist at other times, and Exhibitions Chair of SFoA. Although the pandemic brought her creative process to a standstill for a full year, she has recently returned to her studio to finish up prior unfinished work, and to see what new work may emerge into and from our changed world.

Martha Perkins is a 20+ year resident of Swarthmore, owner of Gallery on Park and President of SFoA. Her work is  known for its whimsy and joyous botanical themes.

Skip Gosnell is a an artist, visual designer living in Swarthmore, and Publicity Chair of SFoA. Life during covid was and still is an adventure, working on projects and commisions via email and zoom, exploring techniques to create new crashing waves on ever increasing canvas sizes…and making it work in a small studio space. Back again with a new appreciation for the vitality of life outside the studio.

Megan Lee is a local mother/maker who strives to enhance the metamorphic nature of painting and Social Media updater of SFoA. She uses an interdisciplinary technique to create  and showcase her work. Primarily a painter, she also finds quiet passion in embroidery and bookmaking. 

Alicia Ruley-Nock, also a Swarthmore native, works in fiber and textiles , who describes her creative process as a key to balance in her life, and a reminder, as she pieces shapes, colors and textures together.d. She is inspired by the elements of nature, and what she describes as its limitless possibilities.

The public is invited to the outdoor artists’ reception as part of the Swarthmore Town Center’s “Nights in The Ville” events, on Thursday, June 17, from 6 to 8 pm. As always, the exhibit and reception are free, child friendly, with complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres to be enjoyed by all. 

The exhibit will be on display from June 15 through July 30, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.

Exhibit hours are Monday-Tuesday, 9:30am to 6pm, Wednesday-Thursday, 9:30am to 7pm, Friday, 9:30am to 5pm, Saturday, 10am to 1pm

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact PR Chair Skip Gosnell, skipgosnellart@gmail.com.

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upcoming shows during the pandemic restrictions

Happy Wednesday fellow friends of the arts! We are working on schedules for upcoming shows including the group show. We’ve been in contact with Borough Hall and there is still no word on when the building will be opening to the public. They are following the advice of the Borough Council and Borough Council is following the advice of Gov. Wolf. As it stands now, we are in a wait and see. We are also working on setting up virtual shows of local artists during this phase of the pandemic restrictions. Stay safe. Stay creative. Stay tuned.

New March Art Exhibit! SFoA Presents “Shifting Gears,” a Photo-Narrative Project by Robert Heasley, Neal Wecker, and Photographer Deborah Halpern

The Shifting Gears: Finding Intimacy in Men’s Friendships, is a photo/narrative project created by Robert Heasley, Neal Wecker, and photographer Debbie Halpern, displays and gives voice to male friendships that transcend many barriers. This exhibit portrays close and intimate relationships between male friends. It is about making visible what is possible. The photos will be on display from March 1 through March 30 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Opening reception Friday March 6:  With talk about men’s lives and relationships – 5:00-7:00 – talk at 6:00.

Opening reception: Friday, March 6th from 5-7pm
Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue

The idea emerged from how Neal and Robert felt about their own friendship. As they shared their idea with others, they heard: “I know a man with a friendship like that,” and their range grew, from teen to senior and from coast to coast. “While talking with these men, we were struck by how valued their friendships were, by them, but also by others in their lives – their spouses, parents, children, and others who know them well.”

“While we hope that the friendships depicted here will help you reflect on the social and personal nature of such relationships,” says Mr. Heasley, “we also hope that this exhibit will provide an aesthetic experience – both in the photos themselves and in the beauty of seeing men who so clearly enjoy each other’s company.” 

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact PR Chair Skip Gosnell, chilichaz13@gmail.com.

New Art Exhibit in February! SFoA Presents “Preserving the Legacy” Quilt Exhibit

A must see exhibition of original quilt art by various local artists, curated by Alicia Ruley-Nock, will be on display from February 1 through February 29 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Opening reception: Friday, February 7th from 6-8pm
Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue

The following artists will be displaying their creative quilting works of art at this exhibit: Betty Leacraft, Polly Beck, Christina Johnson, Susan Levering, Toni Kersey, Cassandra Gunkel, Rose Miller, Maxine Burkholder, Nancy Rose, Alison Masterpasqua, Maria Mooney, Debbie Ruley, Elizabeth Mead, Carol Fanconi, Linda Harrington, Sandy Davidson, Lauren Young, Mary Alice Walsh, and Alicia Ruley-Nock.

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact PR Chair Skip Gosnell, chilichaz13@gmail.com.

New Art Exhibit in January! SFoA Presents Paintings by Cynthia Murray.

An exhibition of original art by Cynthia Murray will be on display from January 3 through January 29 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Cynthia began her creative pursuits during childhood when she and her five siblings would create summer craft projects under their mother’s direction. Eventually conquering skills more complex than gluing greeting cards to scrap pieces of wood, she began to understand how art could be an effective way to communicate ideas that often felt too complex for words, a way to tell her story. Combining that appreciation for art with a love for mathematics and science led her to study landscape architecture at Rutgers University and the University of Illinois.​

Designing a wide variety of landscapes throughout the United States as well as international locations often left Cynthia frustrated when construction documents were turned over to teams of contractors. Wanting to be a more active participant during when dreams imagined become a physical reality, her frustration led to a search for outlets with the opportunity to develop an idea and follow through to a finished product, crafted by her own hands.

Painting has become a way for Cynthia to interpret the world, not necessarily how she sees it, but how she feels it. “I find the challenge and the goal is to capture the emotional essence of any subject with a unique style that is hopefully both captivating and thought provoking.”

Her award winning paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and art centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact PR Chair Skip Gosnell, chilichaz13@gmail.com.

New Art Exhibit Coming November 17! SFoA Presents Art by Waverley Ray.

An exhibition of original art by Waverley Ray will be on display from November 17 through December 30 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Ascent, the name of Ms. Ray’s show, is about “the ascent of the artist as we learn to create what we love; realizing the process of making the art is the essential oil that keeps our souls fed. The outcome is always an unknown and, while we hope people find our images exciting and interesting, it is not as important as the authenticity of our offerings.”

Her family settled in Swarthmore, at the wooded end of Elm, in 1977. With degrees in Social Work, Clinical Care and Counseling, she has enjoyed living in Philadelphia, PA, Boston, MA, Boulder, CO, Cape May, NJ, and Carlsbad, CA. Ms Ray creates in multiple mediums. As a Graphic Designer she designed video game characters and packaging graphics. Having retired from Social Work Ms Ray pursues creative endeavors full time. Currently she is writing books in the Sci-Fi, Horror and Cozy Mystery genres. Her photographic images she creates are what she hopes will be commercially viable art.

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact Exhibit Chair Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com.

Last Call coming soon to submit your wonderful photos! Sign up today, share your vision with us.

Happy Wednesday local creative minds! The deadline for submitting your wonderful photos is getting close, let’s show off your talent – sign up today! You may submit 1 or 2 images, spread the word. Thanks! You’re friends as Swarthmore Friends of the Arts.

https://swarthmorearts.org/…/first-call-for-entries-celebr…/

First Call for Entries – Celebrate Local Photographers Group Exhibition

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Photographers 18 years of age or older, who reside in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District (including Swarthmore College students), are invited to participate in the Annual Swarthmore Artists Exhibition to be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall the month of October.  Completed entry forms are due by Sunday, Sept 22. The delivery date for work to be exhibited is Sunday, September 29, from 6-7 PM.

One or two pieces of original photography, which have not previously been exhibited at Borough Hall, may be submitted.  Reproductions of original artwork will not be accepted.  Work intended for hanging must be framed or matted and wired for hanging.  Work that is not designed to hang on a wall will be included in the exhibit only if it can be safely displayed within the available exhibit space.

A contribution of $5 (cash or check made out to Swarthmore Friends of the Arts) per piece is requested toward exhibition costs including the artists’ reception.  Please bring fee with you when you deliver your artwork for the show.  Questions about the suitability of a particular work for the exhibit, or to arrange for delivery of artwork at a time other than specified above, should be directed to Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com.

The entry form is available at www.swarthmorearts.org. Please submit via the website form as we are going paperless for the environment.

Please contact Martha Perkins, 484-574-3158, martha.perkins@gmail.com with any questions.  For requests made by voice or e-mail, leave your email address and/or phone number.

The Artists’ Reception will be Friday, October 4, from 6 to 8 PM and is free and open to the public.  Sales of any works exhibited in the show will be arranged by Friends of the Arts, which receives a commission of 10% on the sale of any artwork resulting from the exhibit.

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is the volunteer organization responsible for the rotating art exhibits at the Borough Hall in Swarthmore.  Their mission is to encourage the free expression of all forms of art by local artists and to arrange for the exhibition of the work of artists for the enrichment and enlightenment of the community.