New Art Exhibit Coming in April! SFoA presents artwork by Melissa Husted-Sherman & Polly Dressler Bech.

A shared exhibition of original paintings by local artists Melissa Husted-Sherman and Polly Dressler Bech will be on display from April 3rd through April 29th, 2019, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday April 5th, from 6:30pm to 8pm. Both the exhibit and the opening are free, kid friendly and open to the public.

Ms. Bech has been creating most of her life, in one form or another – paintings, clothing, collage, computer graphic art, and most recently quilting. “Something about the whole process of constructing a quilted art piece just worked for me, so I kept working at making them.”

Most of Ms. Bech’s current pieces have started with solar printing her own fabric. She collects leaves in her yard or while on walks through town to be used for printing materials. “These prints capture the essence of nature for me, because this is my natural world, being surrounded by trees.” A love of, and respect for, the natural world has been a theme in Ms. Bech’s life and throughout her work. “I also love playing with color schemes, light and dark, mixing this traditional art form of quilting with newer surface design techniques – it’s a heartfelt connection to the past that I feel when working with my hands, creating with cloth, needle, and thread.”

Ms. Husted-Sherman, after working in crisis counseling, left the field intending to pursue a degree in landscape architecture. A landscape design course reignited her love of drawing and painting, leading to another change in direction – using painting to capture her experience of the landscape into color and line.  Since then, she has had multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout the region.

Ms. Husted-Sherman’s work has moved away from pure representation of the landscape to a more abstract expression of ideas involving the impact of the passage of time and the impermanence of beauty. “My initial objective is to capture the beauty of an individual moment. I am not attempting to make a copy of a scene, but to capture the essence of an experience.  I might be moved to paint by light and shadow, plants in the landscape, or by the countless colors in a piece of fruit. Whatever my source of inspiration, ultimately, the painting becomes as much about the process of painting itself as about the initial visual spark.”

Inspiration for Ms. Husted-Sherman’s work comes from such diverse sources as Renaissance painting, decaying buildings, maps, architectural diagrams, erosion, and evolving landscapes.  She lives and works in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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.

New Art Exhibit Coming in March! SFoA presents artwork by Lora Lavin, opening February 28th through March 31st

 

 

An exhibition of original paintings by local artist Lora Lavin will be on display from February 28th through March 31st, 2019, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday March 1st, from 5 to 7 pm. Both the exhibit and the opening are free, kid friendly and open to the public.

The exhibit presents artwork by Ms. Lavin, the subjects include landscape, still life, and figure in both oils and acrylics. “I began painting in 1964 as a hobby. It is now a serious avocation. For me the process is as important as the product. I love to work on location outdoors and always prefer to work directly from the subject.” 

Ms. Lavin’s work is represented in several collections locally, nationally and abroad and has been selected for exhibition in numerous juried shows.  Awards include the prestigious Rochelle Boonshaft Portrait Prize awarded in the Woodmere Art Museum’s 1992 Annual Juried Exhibition and a prize for self-portraiture from an exhibit at Widener University organized by Tri State Artists Equity. One of her paintings was featured on the cover of the 2013 edition of Philadelphia Poets. 

Since moving to the Philadelphia area 37 years ago Ms. Lavin has been very active with the Community Arts Center in Wallingford; serving on the Board of Directors for six years and participating in weekly workshops for over 30 years.  “The workshops were an opportunity to work with and share ideas with other artists”.  She was also the founding President of Swarthmore Friends of the Arts.

All proceeds from the sale of her work are donated to charity.   

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.

Kathy Agostinelli Art Exhibit has been extended through February!

An exhibition of original paintings and mixed media by local artist Kathy Agostinelli will be on display through February 25th 2019 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. If you haven’t come out to see her paintings, you’ll have a few more weeks to come in out of the cold!

The exhibit presents artwork by Ms. Agostinelli, primarily oil on canvas. When she is working on smaller pieces or doing a rough preliminary pochade will also include gouache. “I was exploring spirituality and found myself painting a lot of birds as well as other animals. I’ve recently turned to trees, as I see them as portraits. I also like the landscape. I will never be able to settle for one genre, because I love them all.”

Kathy Agostinelli holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has also attended classes at Fleisher Art Memorial, Rosemont College and has an Associates in Graphic Design from Delaware County Community College. Kathy exhibits locally in Delaware County Pennsylvania and has worked as a faux finisher and muralist.

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.

January’s Art Exhibit presents artwork by Kathy Agostinelli, opening January 3rd through the 30th

An exhibition of original paintings and mixed media by local artist Kathy Agostinelli will be on display from January 3rd through January 30th 2019 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday January 4th, from 6 to 8 pm. Both the exhibit and the opening are free, kid friendly and open to the public.

The exhibit presents artwork by Ms. Agostinelli, primarily oil on canvas. When she is working on smaller pieces or doing a rough preliminary pochade will also include gouache. “I was exploring spirituality and found myself painting a lot of birds as well as other animals. I’ve recently turned to trees, as I see them as portraits. I also like the landscape. I will never be able to settle for one genre, because I love them all.”

Kathy Agostinelli holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has also attended classes at Fleisher Art Memorial, Rosemont College and has an Associates in Graphic Design from Delaware County Community College. Kathy exhibits locally in Delaware County Pennsylvania and has worked as a faux finisher and muralist.

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.

December’s Art Exhibit presents artwork by Skip Gosnell, opening November 27th through December.

December’s Art Exhibit “Something for Everyone”, presents the artwork of Skip Gosnell, opening November 27th through December.

An exhibition of original acrylic paintings and mixed media by local artist Skip Gosnell will be on display from November 27 through December 2018 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday November 30th, from 6 to 8 pm.  Both the exhibit and the opening are free, kid friendly and open to the public.

The exhibit presents paintings and drawings by Mr. Gosnell, the subject matter primarily in landscape and abstract using acrylics on canvas. His work captures the contrast of bright and shadow, using a visual language of shape, form and color with a degree of freedom from real world visual references. “I love experimenting with colors and brush strokes that express an emotion or mood of a particular scene or object; quite often the end result is unexpected, filled with interesting forms and textures”. Using varying tools along with traditional brushes, including tongue depressors, plastic wrap, chop sticks, to name a few, Mr. Gosnell creates layered works with an illusion of depth, pops of color, and contrasting shapes. “I finally got it through my head to just let go and enjoy the creative process.”

Mr. Gosnell sold his first painting at his high school art show, then continued his art education at the University of Delaware with a BS in Visual Communications. With a background in graphic design and photography, he continues developing his painting style through experimenting with multiple techniques and attending artist workshops.

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.

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.

November’s Art Exhibit presents the artwork by Pete Prown, opening November 6th through November 24th.

November’s Art Exhibit presents the artwork of Pete Prown, opening November 6th through November 24th.

An exhibition of original paintings by local artist Pete Prown will be on display from November 6 through November 24, 2018 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday November 9,  from 6 to 8 pm. Both the exhibit and the opening are free and open to the public.

The exhibit presents paintings by Mr. Prown, the subject matter primarily landscapes, botanicals and, increasingly, portraits of animals. “I grew up in New England surrounded by farms, pastures, flowers, and wooded landscapes, and this is often reflected in my paintings. Everything seems to refer back to that idea, along with my 20-years of work in the professional-gardening sphere. My ongoing work is about challenging myself to try new subjects in that vein, as well as still lifes. This is rewarding and keeps me moving forward.”

Pete Prown has led a 30-year career in journalism, working in two dissimilar fields – the music business and Philadelphia gardening world. He’s a writer, magazine and web editor, and landscape photographer. Pete is also an author with several books to his credit.

He’s exhibited his work in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and continues to paint and study avidly. Local exhibits have included:  Wallingford Community Art Center, Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge, Juried Painting Show Media Arts Council, Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, Helen Kate Furness Library charity auction in Rose Valley, Rose Valley 75th Anniversary Exhibition.

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.

2018 Group Photography Exhibition Reception October 5th!

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October Group Photo Exhibition Photographers Reception

The October 2018 Celebrate Swarthmore Photographers Exhibit is fast approaching. The show will be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall for the month of October. The public is invited to the artists’ reception on Friday October 5 from 6 to 8 pm, which is free, child friendly, and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

An exhibition of original photography by area photographers from Swarthmore, Rutledge, Wallingford, Nether Providence, and Rose Valley will be on display from October 3 through October 29, 2018, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Hall’s hours of operation.

Exhibit hours are M-Th 9am – 8pm, Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 3pm, Sun 1 – 5pm.

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, the community group responsible for the rotating art exhibits at Swarthmore Borough Hall. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts visit www.swarthmorearts.org.