“Sacred Space” by Monique Sarkessian : February 1-28, 2017.


“A Philadelphia artist who creates vibrant oil and encaustic wax paintings that express the joy found in finding the divine in everyday life.”

An exhibition of works by Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian  created with oils, encaustic wax and icons is on display at  Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, from February 1st through the 28th.

Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In continuing studies she has studied 18th Century European furniture painting, art education, and traditional icon painting with a Russian master iconographer. She has also taken workshops with internationally recognized painters Stanley Bielen, Dale O. Roberts, Jeff Schaller, Jon Redmond and Moe Brooker.

Since 1984, Monique’s work has been shown and honored with awards at numerous exhibitions across the country including 2 museums. Her most recent exhibition was a solo exhibition at Villanova University Art Gallery, which was widely acclaimed.

Monique describes her work as having,  “An expressive nature shown via vibrant color, bold brush stroke, and expressive lines which seek to recreate the emotion I feel as I am inspired by my subjects. My goal is to have my artwork radiate the joy of life. Like Henri Matisse whose works eventually became pure color, pure shape and pure light.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this dynamic artist at her opening reception  on Friday February the 3rd from 5-7pm and to view her colorful and expressive work which will be on display through the month of February. The opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

“A Painterly Perspective” by Cynthia Murray.

“Flowers In Jar”

An exhibition of works in oil and oil pastel by area painter and jewelry and landscape designer Cynthia Murray is on display at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, from November 9, 2016 to January 2, 2017.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit, entitled “A Painterly Perspective,” presents local artist Cynthia Murray’s works in oils and in oil pastels.  Ms. Murray, a Springfield resident who is a trained landscape architect in addition to being a painter and a jewelry designer, describes herself as beginning her creative pursuits early when, in childhood, she and her five siblings would do summer art projects under their mother’s direction.  She says that “As I conquered skills more complex than gluing greeting cards to scrap pieces of wood, I understood how art could be an effective way to communicate ideas that often felt too complex for words, a way to tell my story.”

Combining her appreciation for art with her interest in mathematics and science led her to the study of landscape architecture at Rutgers University and the University of Illinois, and from there to an international career in landscape design that brought her to locations throughout the US and abroad.  Her work in this field, culminating when her completed construction documents were turned over to the contractors, led her to the desire to be a more active participant “during that part of the design process where dreams imagined become a physical reality.” She was led to find creative outlets that would give her the opportunity to develop an artistic idea through to a finished product she could craft with her own hands.  “Oil painting, oil pastels and jewelry design allow me to explore different areas of interest. Each project, whether landscape design, painting or jewelry design, is a way for me to interpret the world around me, not necessarily how I see it, but how I feel it… to capture the emotional essence of any subject [in a manner]…that is hopefully both captivating and thought provoking.”

Ms. Murray’s work has been exhibited widely in local art venues, including Jenkins Arboretum in Devon, Beauty Gallery in Newtown Square, Patrone in Lansdowne, AK Interiors in Lancaster, Sweet Mabel Folk Art and Craft in Narberth, and area Arts Centers including our own Community Arts Center in Wallingford.

Examples of her work can be found on her website, http://cjmurraydesign.wixsite.com/cynthiamurraydesign



Carol Baca – “Was. Time. Is.” : September 1 – October 2, 2016


Our newest exhibit presents Ms. Baca’s award-winning sculptures, drawings, paintings and mixed-media works, created by Ms. Baca with the “wish to ignite the viewer’s imagination.”  Of her paintings, she states “[each] painting has a life of its own.  When [it] becomes difficult I must play with it until the gate to a resolution opens.  The joy of applying paint to a surface is play…. It is thrilling and very serious work….It is my passion and my constant companion.”

Talented and productive in multiple media, she has won awards and juried into numerous area galleries and shows, including local arts centers and the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia’s 3rd Street Gallery, Harrisburg’s “Art of the State” show and the Audubon’s Center in Mill Grove.  Her sculpture appears in “500 Figures in Clay” published by Lark Books in 2004.

The artist’s reception will be held on Friday September 9 from 4 to 7 pm. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and all are welcome!


Alicia Ruley-Nock – “Illusions” : August 1 to 29, 2016

Alicia Knock quilt

An exhibition of works of fiber and textile art by Swarthmore artist Alicia Ruley-Nock is on display at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore through August 29, 2016. The public is invited to the artist’s reception on Friday August 5 from 6 to 8 pm.  The reception and the exhibit are both free and open to the public.

The exhibit is entitled “Illusions” and presents Ms. Ruley-Nock’s award-winning fiber/textile art.  Ms. Ruley-Nock is a self-taught artist and a native of Swarthmore, who describes her creative process as a key to balance in her life, and a reminder, as she pieces shapes, colors and textures together, that “all things come together for the good.”  She is inspired by the elements of nature, and what she describes as its limitless possibilities.

Ms. Ruley-Nock’s work has been exhibited as far away as Denver, as well as in local museums and at the Perleman Center Art Gallery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Examples of her work can be found on her website, www.mysewdivine.com

Alicia nock quilt

Wendelin Ray – “City and Seascapes”: June 30 to July 25, 2016.


Our newest exhibition presents the recent photographic work of Wendelin Ray.  Born in Vancouver and raised in an artistic household in Swarthmore, Ms. Ray now lives in Media.  She studied sculpture, drawing, painting and photography at a variety of institutions, including Syracuse University, University of the Arts, Moore College of Art, and the Community Arts Center of Wallingford.  She continues to have a variety of talents and artistic pursuits; these include an enduring passion for photography, which she first learned in the darkroom, though she is now working digitally.

As a photographer, she reports that she gravitates towards cityscapes and seascapes, both in vivid color and in black and white, and that these have been the overall themes of her photography exhibitions.  Examples of her work can be found on her website, wendelinhr-photo.blogspot.com.


The exhibit will run from from June 30 to July 25, 2016 with an artist’s reception on Friday July 8 from 5 to 8 pm, all are welcome.  The reception and the exhibit are both free and open to the public.

20th Annual Group Exhibition


An exhibition of original art work by area artists will be on display at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The artists opening reception will take place Friday, May 20th from 6-8pm.  This is our 20th annual  exhibit, so come on out and celebrate with us! Bring friends and family – all are welcome.

This dynamic show reflects a wide variety of perspectives, media and subject matter presented by a diverse local group of artists, which includes both amateurs and professionals.

“Barn at Hedgerow”, by Lora Lavin

This years exhibitors are: Tracy Bouvette, Joan Sobel, Sean Roach, Sydney Evans, Jessica Riggleman, Susan Lawson, Lora Lavin, Siv Spurgeon, Wayne Brown, Martha Perkins, Maria Mooney, Bobbie Davis, Paula Lachman, Michele Southworth, Rinal Parikh, Kim Scott, Barbara Hibben, Susanne Fell Adams, Polly Dressler Bech, David Coffin, Dorothy Moffatt, Clair Oaks, Sally Paynter and Claire Thurman.

For your enjoyment, light refreshments and wine will be served while listening to Swarthmore musician, Greg Davis on guitar. See YOU there!

“Untitled”, by Paula Lachman

Calling All Artists!

The 2016 Celebrate Swarthmore Artists Exhibit is fast approaching, which means it’s time to get your art framed and ready to share with the community.

If you would like all the details on how, when and where to submit, please click on the “forms” link at the top of the page or click here to read and print out the entry form for this years exhibit.

Deadline to submit is Monday, May 9th, 2016.

Martha Perkins – “Hope Springs Eternal”: March 31- May 8, 2016.


An exhibition of a variety of artworks by Swarthmore artist, Martha Perkins will be on display from March 31 through May 8, 2016 at Swarthmore Borough Hall.


The exhibit, entitled “Hope Springs Eternal” presents acrylic and mixed media paintings by Martha Perkins, as well as selected items of her hand-hammered jewelry. The show is a gathering of pieces inspired by the spring season of renewal and new growth, and a reminder of the ever-present possibility of hope.

She maintains a home studio in Swarthmore where she paints, creates leather-work and jewelry, and has established a specialty as a pet portraitist, working by commission.  Her work has been exhibited locally in area venues, and she currently has an exhibit of pet portraits on display at Unity Animal Hospital in Wallingford, PA.

Mr Peabody complete

Examples of her work can be seen at her websites: marthaperkinsart.com and petportraitsbymartha.com. You are also welcome to like her Pet Portraits by Martha Facebook Page or at Martha Perkins Art.

The public is invited to the artist’s wine and cheese opening reception on Friday April 1 from 6 to 8 pm, at 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore Borough Hall.  The  reception  will feature live acoustic guitar by local musician, Dean Maola and is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!