July’s Artist Reception Alert – come meet artist Brit Ray tonight, Friday July 6, 6-8pm!

An exhibition of original artwork by local artist Brit Ray will be on display from July 3 through July 30, 2018 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday July 6, from 6 to 8 pm. Both the exhibit and the opening are free and open to the public.

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July’s Upcoming Exhibit “My Cognosphere”, presents the artwork of Brit Ray, opening July 3rd through July 30th.

My_Cognosphere2_by_Brit_Ray(8x10)An exhibition of original artwork by local artist Brit Ray will be on display from July 3 through July 30, 2018 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday July 6, from 6 to 8 pm.  Both the exhibit and the opening are free and open to the public.

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

About the Artist

“I was born at a very early age,” quipped W.C. Field. To which I reply, “And so was my cognosphere.” —Cognosphere being a word I coined for that place in the mind where our own peculiar abstractions accrue. (What’s in your cognosphere?)

Do you ever wonder why just seeing things isn’t enough? Why do some of us feel the impulse to translate a face, a scene, or a concept into pencil marks, paint, clay, or photos? I was thirteen years old and doing a pastel drawing of the Hudson River Drive when I first asked myself that question. I look at that picture now and remember at which stroke the question intruded itself.

As if in pursuit of an answer, I have saved samples of my art from every stage of my life. When I look at fifth-grade sketches of my classmates, I remember just what those friends were like. My application portfolio for New York’s Music & Art High School is filled with pictures (each bearing the required label “done from life and without supervision”) that recall my family and friends and the spaces we inhabited. At Dickinson College and Columbia University, while majoring in English and studying Philosophy, I illustrated, edited, and wrote for student publications. Later, as an editor, I continued to engage in both the visual and performing arts. During my 25-year career as a copy and speech writer at the University of Pennsylvania, I additionally took photos for publications, wrote and produced a musical, and created and illustrated cryptic crosswords. 

In recent years, I have taken classes at the Community Art Center with Matiko Mamaladze (oils), Olga Nielsen (sculpture and pastels), Sally Paynter (acrylics), and Dan Shipley (oils), while exhibiting at CAC and Swarthmore Borough Hall. When I paint in oil or acrylic, my references are from life, my own photographs, or great photos I find in the NY Times. If I am doing something purely imaginative, I like the more immediate mediums of pencil, watercolor, pastel, or ink. I have done two portraits from life in clay.

My cognosphere teems with images and concepts from the thousands of books and essays I’ve read, all the movies and TV shows I’ve seen, all the radio programs I’ve heard, all the songs I’ve sung, and all the paintings I’ve been awed by. All these abstractions are the output of other minds, acting on each other, going back and back. And yet (like each one of us) I retain the childhood ability to experience my own world in my own way. My favorite “abstraction haunts” are New York’s MOMA and the Neue Galerie. The period I’m most drawn to in art is late 19th and early 20th Century American and European representational painting, drawing, and sculpture. I consider illustration to be a “Fine Art.”

As much as I like doing art, I love seeing the work of others, including that of my husband, Chris, and daughters, Waverley, Wendelin and Vanessa. I am grateful to the artist/volunteers of Swarthmore Friends of the Arts for giving local artists such a fine place to roll out our cognospheres.

About Us

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is 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,  or contact Skip Gosnell, Publicity Chair at 484-343-2728,  chilichaz13@gmail.com.

Artist Reception Alert – come meet artist Marie Samohod!

IMG_6141June’s artist exhibit, “The Language of Color and Line”, features acrylic and watercolor paintings by Marie Davis Samohod. Her show will run June 6th through the 30th. The artist’s reception will be held this Friday, June 8th, from 5 to 7 pm at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Come meet the artist and view her colorful exciting work.

Next Month’s Art Exhibit “The Language of Color and Line”, presents the artwork of Marie Davis Samohod, opening June 6th through June 30th.

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“View From The Cabin” by Marie Davis Samohod

Next month’s artist exhibit, “The Language of Color and Line”, features acrylic and watercolor paintings by Marie Davis Samohod. Her show will run June 6th through the 30th. The artist’s reception will be held on Friday, June 8th, from 5 to 7 pm at Swarthmore Borough Hall.  The event is free and open to the public. Come meet the artist and view her colorful work.

Marie Davis Samohod is a local Springfield artist that paints colorful, expressive acrylic paintings and watercolors.  Her work incorporates vibrant colors, expressive lines, and layers of texture. Her recent paintings draw inspiration from nature, life events, memories and places. They express themes of both joy, and solitude. “As I paint I make both cognitive and instinctual choices that reveal what is there and what is hidden and I also allow freedom with my materials to help create inner pictures and not necessarily a realistic portrayal.”

Marie has exhibited her paintings in juried group shows at Cerulean Art Gallery, Wayne Art Center, Community Art Center, Main Line Art Center, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, The Plastic Club, Woodmere Museum , the Fellowship shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Connelly Center,  Philadelphia Water Color Society, Chester County Art Association and Delaware County Community College Art Gallery. She has also had solo shows at The Art Institute of Philadelphia, The Darlington Art Center, Neumann University, the former Z Gallery, and two Main Line First Friday Shows.

Marie has won awards in juried shows at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, The Plastic Club, Delaware County Community College, Chester County Art Association, and from the Fellowship of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work is included in corporate, college and numerous private collections.

Marie Davis Samohod is also a graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she studied painting, and Neumann University where she studied education. Marie taught children for 24 years and has been painting for over 40 years. She continues to attend workshops to improve her craft and is a member of many art clubs and associations. Marie paints from her studio in Springfield and also plein air sites. She has had several Open Studio Events.

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

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is 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,  or contact Skip Gosnell, Publicity Chair at 484-343-2728,  chilichaz13@gmail.com.

Celebrate Swarthmore Artists Exhibit Opening Reception this Friday!

The May 2018 Celebrate Swarthmore Artists Exhibit opens this week!. The show will be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall for the month of May.

The public is invited to the artists’ reception on (First) Friday May 4 from 6 to 8 pm, which is free, child friendly, and open to the public.

There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

See you there!

 

Come Meet the Swarthmore Artists at the First Friday Reception May 4

The May 2018 Celebrate Swarthmore Artists is opening next week!. The show will be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall for the month of May. The public is invited to the artists’ reception on Friday May 4 from 6 to 8 pm, which is free, child friendly, and open to the public. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

An exhibition of original art by area artists from Swarthmore, Rutledge, Wallingford, Nether Providence, and Rose Valley will be on display from May 2 through June 3, 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.

Exhibitors include: Martha Jacobson​, ​Eileen Morrissey​, ​Lora Lavin​, ​Sydney Evans​, ​Maria Mooney​, ​Carolyn Langdon, David Coffin​, ​Victoria R Miller​, ​Frank Percy​, ​Susanne Adams​, ​Amy Sisson​, ​Wayne Brown​, ​Caroline Stockman​, Marie Koethe​, ​Kevin Koethe​, ​Jayne Ollin, ​Frank Reynolds​, ​Molly Wing-Berman​, ​Bonnie Ann Burnett​, ​Kim Scott​, ​Martha Perkins​, ​Rinal Parikh​, ​Michele Southworth​, ​Clair Oaks

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.

LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES! Celebrate Swarthmore Artists Annual Exhibition

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Last call alert for artist entries! Let’s get your creative expression on display.

The 2018 Celebrate Swarthmore Artists Exhibit is fast approaching, which means it’s time to get your art framed and ready to share with the community.

Please fill out the form below to enter your work and be sure to click the “submit” button when finished. Payment can be received at the time you drop off your work when using the on-line form. Deadline to submit is Monday, April 23rd and all who are 18 or over and reside in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District are invited to participate. Let’s spread the word and get ready to enjoy what is sure to be another wonderful exhibition of local artistic talent!

Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue – May 2 through June 3, 2018

Deadline to submit form:  Monday,  April 23, 2018.

Delivery of artwork: Monday April 30th, from 6-7pm, Swarthmore Borough Hall or by arrangement by contacting the Exhibition Committee Chair: Martha Perkins: martha.perkins@gmail.com or 484-574-3158

Artists reception: Friday May 4th, from 6-8pm.

Pick-up: Monday,  June 4th, 6-7pm or by arrangement with the Exhibition Chair.

Who can exhibit: Artists, 18 or older, residing in the Wallingford-Swarthmore school district including Swarthmore College Students.

What can be submitted: One or two original works in any medium except photography. No reproductions or work that has been previously displayed in Borough Hall accepted.

Preparation of work: Paintings and other work to be displayed on a wall must be framed where appropriate and wired for hanging. If you wish to exhibit sculpture, or exceptionally large or heavy work, please call the Exhibition Chair. Small items such as jewelry and ceramics will be displayed in glass cases.

Entry fee: A contribution of $5 per piece is requested toward exhibition costs, including the reception. Send payment by check payable to Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, c/o Martha Perkins 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081 by Monday, April 23rd.

Sales: All sales should go through SFoA to assure smooth transfer of payment to the artist and art to the buyer. Please do not deal directly with the buyer; the SFoA contact person is Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com or 484-574-3158. A commission of 10% on any sales will be retained by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts.

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New Art Exhibit “Art of Nature”, presents the captivating artwork of Rinal Parikh, March 29th through April 22nd.

Rinal Parikh’s art reflects the heritage and vibrant culture of her native India.

Rinal is Bio-Chemist by profession and Artist by Passion. She draws on a childhood fascination with color and composition, portraying spontaneity and energy with saturated color in various media. “I believe in always improving myself, learning from every stage in life and from nature. I love incorporating several mediums into my art, and especially love Indian folk art.-Madhubani from Madhubani district, Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh, Warli from Maharashtra.”

The public is invited to the artist’s reception on Friday, April 6th, from 6 to 8 pm at Swarthmore Borough Hall.  The event is free and open to the public, an opportunity to meet the artist that should not be missed.

Another chance to meet the artist – Rinal will also be discussing her art at her artist talk Wednesday, April 11th at 10am at Swarthmore Borough Hall. 

Her subjects are influenced by life in India, and she studies the many different styles of Indian painting that vary from state to state: “Although they are from the same country,” she says, “they are very different from each other- I find it intriguing.” Rinal’s work has appeared in India in group exhibitions and on magazine covers. In the United States, she made her debut with a solo exhibit at The Creative Living Room in Swarthmore in 2009, and since than her work has been featured in many juried exhibits at venues like Demuth Art Museum, Rittenhouse Square Art Festival, Swarthmore Borough Hall, The Plastic club, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Wallingford Community Arts Center, Mainline Art Center, Chester County Art Association, Art Association of Harrisburg to name the few. Rinal has won several awards for her work including Loos award for Works on Paper at The Philadelphia Sketch Club and 1st place award for watercolor at Art Association of Harrisburg to name the few. She does Artist talks for adults on Indian folk art and her modern take on them. Rinal’s work has been published in Magazine like Philadelphia Stories, 201, 2018 and fall issue of Rathalla Review, 2016. She teaches children’s and adult watercolor classes in Swarthmore. Rinal’s artwork are mainly found in Private collection in USA, Canada, Uruguay and India.

Rinal serves as a Treasurer for Swarthmore Friends of Arts, Board member at Wallingford Community Arts Center, Associate at Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artist (MCGOPA). Rinal is juried Professional Artist Member of Mainline Art Center. She is also co-chair for Dimensions in Art program at Swarthmore-Rutledge school in Swarthmore. Rinal holds artist memberships at Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Da vinci Art Alliance, Media Art Council, Chester County Art Association.

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

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is 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,  or contact Skip Gosnell, Publicity Chair at 484-343-2728,  chilichaz13@gmail.com.