21st Annual Group Exhibition : May 10 – June 26.

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An exhibition of original art work by area artists from Swarthmore, Rutledge and Wallingford will be on display from May 10 through June 26, 2017 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.   The public is invited to the artists’ reception on Friday May 12 from 6 to 8 pm, which is free and open to the public. Live music will be presented at the reception by singer-songwriter Elijah Tucker, raised in Swarthmore.

The exhibit is the 21st annual exhibit of Swarthmore area artists presented by the Swarthmore Friends of the Arts in the Swarthmore Borough Hall venue.  The 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.  Exhibitors include Sydney M. Evans, Brit Ray, Wayne Brown, Jeanne Lovern, Rinal Parikh, Sally Paynter, Bobbie Davis, Kim Scott, Michele Southworth, Carolyn Stockman, Gayle Ann Herring, Clair Oaks, Lora Lavin, Molly Wing-Berman, Jessica Riggleman, Joan Sobel, Tracy Bouvette, Bonnie Ann Burnett, Elizabeth M. Doherty, Diane Cianci, Samina Iqbal, Susanne Fell Adams, Fran Sullivan House, Joseph Tomasso, Eileen S. Morrissey, David Coffin, Conrad Bender and Martha Perkins.



“The Other Side of Me” By Linda Schroeder: April 6 – May 1, 2017.


An exhibition of original acrylic and mixed media paintings by Media artist Linda Schroeder will be on display from April 6 through May 1, 2017 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.  The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday April 7 from 5 to 7 pm.  Both the exhibit and the opening are free and open to the public.

The exhibit, entitled “The Other Side of Me,” presents paintings by Ms. Schroeder, who started out as a watercolor painter, and over the years has evolved a mixed media and acrylic genre that ranges from graphic to abstract.  She learned the basics of watercolor painting from area artist Katherine Robinson in earlier years, and then had to put her creative pursuits to the side in order to tend to family life and career pursuits.  After a number of years, she returned to study art at the Wallingford Community Arts Center with Nancy Barch, a local mixed media painter who herself started out as a watercolorist, and whose evolution as a mixed media painter has been an inspiration to Ms. Schroeder. She believes that her work reflects the exuberance of finally having made the time to create again.

Ms. Schroeder’s work has been exhibited previously at Swarthmore Borough Hall, as well as locally in other area venues including Daylesford Abbey, the Community Arts Center, the CAC Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Philadelphia Water Color Society Member Show at Widener University.


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“Memories of the Porch”

“Reflections: Pastels of my Travels” by George T. Wilson : March 1-31, 2017.

“Sanibel Light”

An exhibition of original pastel paintings by local architect and artist George Wilson will be on display from March 1 through 31, 2017 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.  The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday March 3 from 5 to 7 pm, which is scheduled as part of Swarthmore’s First Friday.  The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibit, entitled “Reflections: Pastels of my Travels,” presents the work of Mr. Wilson, a Swarthmore resident for more than 20 years, who is the Managing Principal of MEYER Architects in Ardmore, and was the architect for the Swarthmore Borough Hall renovation in 1996.  He is a founding member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, as well as being on their current Planning Board.

“Moon Over Pond”

Mr. Wilson has been sketching and painting since the age of 8, and still draws every day in his role as Principal of a 60-person Architectural/Design firm.  He describes himself as intrigued by the rich and penetrating colors of the pastel medium, which he has studied with Cape May County pastel artist Stan Sperlak over a number of years.  He describes his work as reflecting the important places in his life, and has been particularly inspired by the South Jersey capes and wetlands.  Mr. Wilson had a prior exhibit of his sketches at Swarthmore Borough Hall in 2010.


Calling All Artists!


The 2017 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. If you prefer, there will still be paper entry forms in the brochure rack at Borough Hall. Payment can be received at the time you drop off your work when using the on-line form. Deadline to submit is Monday, May 1st 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 10 through June 26, 2017

Deadline to submit form:  Monday,  May 1, 2017.

Delivery of artwork: Monday May 8th, from 5-7pm, 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 12th, from 6-8pm.

Pick-up: Tuesday,  June 27th, 5-7pm 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. Cash or Check payable to “Swarthmore Friends of the Arts”.

Sales: A commission of 10% on any sales will be retained by Friends of the Arts. Please do not deal directly with the buyer. The contact for all sales is Rinal Parikh at rinal.parikh@gmail.com or 610-717-2882.


“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

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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

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