July’s Art Exhibit Presents Mixed-media Art by Mary Pax

July’s Art Exhibit “Be Where You Are”, brought to you by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, presents the mixed media artwork by local artist Mary Pax.

The exhibition of original artwork by Mrs. Pax will be on display from July 1 through July 29 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Mrs. Pax is a mixed media artist drawing inspiration from people and places around her. Most of her work involves drawing and painting in reverse on clear acrylic panels with Sharpie markers, acrylic, and spray paint. Certain works include collage elements or sparkle of glitter. “Some of my work has a narrative quality, but also welcomes the viewer’s interpretation”. She has exhibited in various venues in and around Philadelphia, and is a contributor to the Souls Shot Project.

Additional information about the artist:

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. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts or to submit a request for your own show, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for exhibition schedules and images of amazing local artwork.

Plein Air Painting in the Park event

The Board of Friends of Little Crum Creek Park is hosting the second summer Plein Air Artists Painting in the Park event, Sunday, June 5th, at 1 p.m. (rain date is June 12th, 1 p.m.) This is a fundraiser for Friends of Little Crum Creek Park and an opportunity for you to have your artwork on display at the Swarthmore Borough Hall for September’s exhibit. This event is in partnership with Swarthmore Friends of the Arts.

There will be light refreshments and a tour of the park if anyone wants to see the boundaries. The park is 5-acre with lots of trees and streams (Little Crum Creek and a tributary) and is open from dawn to dusk. There are picnic tables and grills available for use anytime. Parking is free along Cresson Lane. We’ll meet at the Cresson Lane entrance to the park, which is at the intersection of Cresson Lane and Columbia Blvd in Swarthmore (there is a gazebo as a landmark). Feel free to invite other artists who may be interested in joining the event in the park and share this event with any painting groups you’re a member. It will be helpful to know how many will be attending our Meet and Greet on June 5th for refreshment planning so please email Susan Kelly at susankelly339@gmail.com

Finished paintings should be dropped off at Borough Hall on Thursday, September 1st (drop-off time will be emailed to all participants). Each piece must be wired for hanging. The Swarthmore Friends of the Arts entry fee will be paid by Friends of Little Crum Creek Park. Artists receive 50% of each piece sold and Friends of Little Crum Creek Park receives 40%.

The exhibit reception is Friday, September 9th, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts and is free and open to the public so invite your friends and family. It is a fantastic opportunity to show your work, meet other artists, and make new friends and patrons. 

If you have any questions, please contact us. And, if you can’t make it on June 5th, please come at your convenience.

June’s Art Exhibit Presents Mixed-media Collages by Linnie Greenberg

June’s Art Exhibit “Down the Yellow Brick Road: Magic, Mayhem, and Fantasy”, brought to you by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, presents the bold, colorful, magical collage artwork by local artist Linnie Greenberg.

The exhibition of original mixed media collages by Mrs. Greenberg will be on display from June 2 through June 30 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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.”

Additional information about the artist:

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. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts or to submit a request for your own show, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for exhibition schedules and images of amazing local artwork.

April’s Art Exhibit Presents Artwork by Dorothy Lee

April’s Art Exhibit “Perennial Tapestries”, brought to you by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, presents the serene, colorful, elegant artwork of local artist Dorothy Lee.

An exhibition of original alcohol ink paintings by Mrs. Lee will be on display from April 1 through April 30 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday, April 1, from 6 to 8 pm. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The reception will have complimentary beverages and hors-d’oeuvres.

The exhibit presents abstract alcohol ink paintings by Mrs. Lee, her art captures the fluidity of the medium, with energy and color. “My work reflects the wonder of how the inks blend and move when touched by an air source – either a hairdryer or air compressor (no brushwork involved). My objective is to convey to the viewer the beauty of color and form.”

Mrs. Lee’s artistic philosophy stemmed from an early age, while attending kindergarten she opened her first box of Crayola 64 crayons and was awed by the variety of colors. “Life got in the way of that innocent awe until recently. I discovered alcohol ink painting during the Pandemic lockdown of 2020, learning this method of painting from generous alcohol ink artists. This medium has become my Crayola Box of 64 and now I get to share it.” 

Prior exhibitions include Celebrate Swarthmore Artists and Makers Market. 

Mrs. Lee is a retired Special Education teacher, mother of two sons, and grandmother to six grandchildren. Presently, she is the designer for the homes she and her husband renovate. 

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.

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts or to submit a request for your own show, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for exhibition schedules and images of amazing local artwork.

March’s Art Exhibit presents artwork by Skip Gosnell, Reception Friday, March 4th, 6-8pm

March’s Art Exhibit “Seeking the Next Wave”, presents the artwork of Skip Gosnell, opening March 2nd.

An exhibition of original acrylic paintings and mixed media by local artist Skip Gosnell will be on display from March 2 through March 28 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday March 4th, from 6 to 8 pm.  Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Complimentary beverages and hors-d’oeuvres to enjoy! 

The exhibit presents paintings by Mr. Gosnell, the subject matter primarily in seascapes and other abstract designs using acrylics and india inks (among other media) on canvas. His work captures the energy of ocean waves and fluid motion of the sea along with experimental graphic design inspired abstracts. “Waves continuously roll up the shoreline yet are never the same. Mixing media, experimenting with how paint types blend and separate, and varying varnishes with epoxy resin often lead to rich unexpected results”. Mr. Gosnell creates layered works with an illusion of depth, pops of color, and contrasting shapes.

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 experimentation, Plein air painting, and artist workshops. Follow his art on Instagram and check out his online art gallery at skipgosnellart.com

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.

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts or to submit a request for your own show, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for exhibition schedules and images of amazing artwork.

New Exhibit coming on February 4th!

Student Art from Swarthmore Friends Nursery School

An exhibition of mixed media art by these budding student artists will be on display from February 4 through February 28 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The opening reception is free and open to the public this Friday, February 4th from 5:30-7:30pm

The art at Swarthmore Friends Nursery School is process-based with a focus on fine motor development. The goal is for the children to discover different ways to create art.  It just takes a little bit of guidance and off they go. Kim Scott, artist and art teacher, glowingly states, “More often than not, they will create something in a way that I never would have thought to do. Everything in the exhibit has been cut, drawn, painted, glued, and colored by the children”.

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.

Artist/Teacher Bio-Statements:

Kim Scott has been teaching art to preschool and kindergarten students for 16 years or they have been teaching her. When she is not in the art room, she can be found digging in the dirt or doodling and painting in some corner of her house. 

Meliss Hoy has a background in sculpture and art therapy. When she is not at SFNS, she is volunteering with Art Goes to School or SRA, dancing in her kitchen with her family, running, or sewing into the wee hours of the night.

Happy Monday Friends!

the January exhibit has such a variety of outstanding mixed media art from Mixed Media 10 artists, and should not be missed. The show will be up through the end of January so there is still time to see and appreciate the artwork. When it town, stop by Borough Hall /Library and check out the work of so many talented local artists.

New Exhibit coming in January 2022

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.

Artist Bio-Statements:

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.”

New Exhibit coming in December

Artist’s Bios:

d. c. page (david) has spent the majority of his working career as a cabinetmaker, custom furniture craftsman, and sculptor.  he has long maintained an interest in writing, has written for rodale press, is the author of several screenplays and two young adult novels.  he has a degree in english from the university of virginia, an mfa in furniture design and woodworking from the rhode island school of design, and eschews capital letters.  he is a forty-year resident of swarthmore.  

Paul F. Page has long nurtured an interest in and love for photography.  He began his photographic career in earnest after retiring from a successful career as an internal medicine physician in Franklin County, Virginia.  He has photographed countless subjects across the country and in many countries around the world. He holds a degree in Chemistry from Hampden Sydney College and an MD from Michigan State University School of Medicine. He lives in Salem, Virginia. 

Artist’s Statement:

A photograph is a particular view of one moment in time, a thin slice of something bigger, often much bigger.  Conveying hints of the larger story within that moment is the mark of a worthwhile image.  Paul, the photographer, has traveled widely capturing those singular instances of beauty and relevance.  But in the photographic freeze exactly what that bigness consists of usually remains unclear or, more accurately, remains open to individual interpretation and imagination.

In this exhibit we present images that suggest many possible stories, and for each image, we offer a particular perspective, presented by David, the author.  Many verses are straightforward, some wander as far afield as the images themselves.  In a very real sense, the photographic images are the titles of the verses.  

Our project has been a creative collaboration between two brothers, an exploration of light, image, and possibilities filtered through a photographic lens and a keyboard. Meaning often hides much deeper than mere observation, and the questions the images pose, the answers the verses provide, are but one facet of what we see as a more complex tale. 

Exhibitions:

  • Evergreen Gallery, Kirkland, Washington, Solo Exhibition
  • Jefferson Center Gallery, Juried Show, First-place Photography, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Jekyll Island Arts Association at Goodyear Cottage Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Jekyll Island, Georgia
  • League of Roanoke Artists, WVTF Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Roanoke, Virginia