January Jazz – Art for a New Year – Mixed Media Surprises!
An exhibition of mixed media art by the MMX (Mixed Media 10) group of exceptional women artists will be on display from January 5 to January 30 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit will include works from Sue Apter, Priscilla Bohlen, Ann Breinig, Virginia Conover, Barbara Dirnbach, Linnie Greenberg, Maxine Rosen, Candace Stoudt, and Sharon Ostrow.
MMX is a group of ten art makers with diverse backgrounds including a school administrator,
family therapist, social worker, accountant, teacher, translator and graphic designer. The members create art using an eclectic mix of media including, but not limited to encaustic, acrylic, pastel, collage, fabric, clay and alcohol inks.
The group promotes mixed media as a fine art form and educates the public about the joys of creating art in all forms. MMX has given art-related workshops for diverse populations including military veterans with PTSD at the Veteran’s Administration, recovering addicts, library patrons, children and those with dementia.
Individual members have won many awards and honors including Professional Artist status at
Main Line Art Center. Some are current or past board members of Tri-State Artists Equity,
Delaware Valley Art League, and Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists. MMX is also
affiliated with ARTsisters and Philadelphia Collageworks.
MMX has exhibited at Art of the State in Harrisburg, Harcum College, Neumann University,
Ludington Library, St. Asaph’s Gallery, Galer Estate Winery, Malvern Library, Wesley Enhanced
Living, Granite Farms Estates, Merion Art & Repro, and Beth Or Gallery in Maple Glen.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibit hours are M-Th 9am – 8pm, Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 3pm, Sun 1 – 5pm.
Sue Apter: Sue says “The creation of art has been a form of self-expression and joy for me since childhood and has begun to take a more focal point in my life since my retirement from a fulfilling career in social work.”
Priscilla Bohlen: Priscilla Bohlen is a visual artist who paints scenes from nature on canvas using acrylic paint.
Ann Breinig: Ann calls herself a “maker” of all manner of things since her childhood. She’s explored and mastered different art processes and currently specializes in encaustic paintings.
Virginia Conover: Virginia states, “I am a mixed media artist, inspired by city streets, the beauty of nature and poetry. I use paint, paper, and different mark-making tools to create my paintings.
Barbara Dirnbach: Barbara explores her inner world and expresses her ideas by choosing subjects and images that are personal and meaningful to her to tell a story through composition, design, and color.
Linnie Greenberg: Linnie’s work is often called whimsical. She gives free local art workshops. She says, “Viewing and creating art while exploring different processes brings me joy.
Maxine Rosen: Maxine has tried many processes. Her favorite is creating beautiful vases, bowls, and wall décor from fired/glazed clay. She is also an accomplished collage artist.
Candace Stoudt: Candace gets inspiration from “nature’s beautiful colors, architecture, and landscapes that surround us.” She captures images with her camera lens and calls them “life snaps.”
Sharon Ostrow: Sharon has worked in a variety of mediums including pastel, acrylic, batik, tie-dye, mosaics, and most recently mixed media and assemblage. She says, “I get inspiration by observing the relationships between colors, materials, photographs, architecture, and the natural world.”