“The View” Art Exhibition by Joan Sobel coming in September.

Credits:  Paintings by Joan Sobel

An exhibition of original artwork by local artist Joan Sobel will be on display from September 5 through September 29, 2018 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday September 7, from 5 to 7 pm.  Both the exhibit and the opening are free and open to the public.

Mrs. Sobel began painting as an empty nester, taking lessons at local community art centers, along with countless hours of exploration. “The work I produce is inspired by a love of nature and outdoor spaces. I find myself drawn to the colors I see when looking out the window. A painting evolves as color meets paper or canvas, free to change with each brush stroke. I begin without a real plan, the composition and colors on the palette guide me. No painting is complete until I feel its sense of balance and harmony,” 

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. 

For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or or contact Skip Gosnell, Publicity Chair at 484-343-2728, chilichaz13@gmail.com.

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“In Search Of…” Photography Exhibition by Rick Prieur coming in August.

Credits:  “Fraidy Cat” & “Tutu’s and Choo Choo’s” by Rick Prieur

An exhibition of original photography by local photographer Rick Prieur will be on display from August 2 through August 30, 2018 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday August 3, from 6 to 8 pm.  Both the exhibit and the opening are free and open to the public.

​”​I studied photography at Antonelli School of Photography in the late 60’s and worked in film with varying degrees of success. It wasn’t until about 15 years ago that I switched to shooting exclusively in digital. Since then I have covered a variety of subject matter from event photography to landscape, theater, symphony, ballet, portrait and fine art.​”​

Mr. Prieur’s work has been published in local newspaper and magazines. Delco News Network, County Lines and Hunt Magazine. He is also the official photographer for the Delaware County Symphony.

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit http://www.swarthmorearts.org or or contact Skip Gosnell, Publicity Chair at 484-343-2728, chilichaz13@gmail.com.

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.

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

View From The Cabin
“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.

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.

March Art Exhibit “Mixing It Up” from The Community Arts Center Mixed Media Studio – March 1-27, 2018

The Community Arts Center Mixed Media Studio presents new work in this show “Mixing It Up”.  The Mixed Media Studio is a group of local artists who meet on Tuesday nights at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, to be inspired by each other, to create art in a collegial atmosphere, and occasionally to indulge together in some wine, chocolate or pizza from Gaetano’s.  Members of the group exhibiting in this show are Nancy Barch, Wendy Cotton, Gail Herring, Patricia Kerr, Michele Southworth, Molly Wing-Berman, and Kurt Winkelman. 

The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday March 2 from 6-8 pm, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.  

Mixed media lends itself to a wide variety of materials, styles and subject matter, and the group takes enjoyment and inspiration from the diversity of work generated by its artists. The artists themselves come to mixed media from a variety of other art disciplines, including ceramics, watercolor and acrylic painting, pastel drawing, graphic design, and even botanical illustration. Nancy Barch, who teaches workshops locally and exhibits throughout the Philadelphia area, describes the pleasures of the medium in this way: “Mixed media is very exciting for any artist, as the plans you make constantly go awry.  That means there is always a Plan B rattling around in your head. It makes for a very creative process.” 

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

 

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts.  For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or www.facebook.com/Swarthmore-Friends-of-The-Arts-448756008550524, or contact Skip Gosnell, Publicity Chair at 484-343-2728,  chilichaz13@gmail.com

Reception for Artist Rochelle Myers Sunday, February 4, 2-4pm

“Illusions of Reality” – An exhibition of original acrylic paintings by local artist Rochelle Myers will be on display from February 1 through February 26, 2018 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Sunday February 4,  from 2 to 4 pm.  Both the exhibit and the opening are free and open to the public. Ms. Myers will also be at Borough Hall for the upcoming First Friday event, February 2 from 6 to 8pm.

The exhibit presents paintings by Ms. Myers, the subject matter primarily in abstract realism using acrylics on canvas. With compositions inspired by reflective light, her work captures the contrast of bright light and dark shadows to describe form and atmosphere. “My artistic philosophy is to use color in layers that express my impression of a particular place; always using geometric shapes, planes and textures, hoping to communicate an energetic impact to the viewer.”

Ms. Myers, a retired teacher with a BA from Temple, Masters from University of the Arts and graduate credits from Tyler School of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of Art, continues developing her aesthetic learning by attending classes and workshops.

Ms. Myers’ work has been exhibited previously at the Delaware Art League, Main Line Art, Community Center, Wayne Art Center, The Mill, Penn Radnor, Muse Gallery, and Old City Art Center. She has won numerous awards and prizes at juried shows.

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts.

New Art Exhibit “Journeys in Color”, presents the captivating artwork of Ms. Leslie Gerhart, a Media Artist, November 14 through December.

***NOTE:  Reception Date has Changed to Friday December 1st, 6-8pm.***

Photos of Paintings attached: “Journeys in Color #1”, “Journeys in Color #2”, “Journeys in Color #3” by Leslie Gerhart

 

An exhibition of painting by Media-area artist Leslie Gerhart will be on display from November 14 through December 31, 2017 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.  The public is invited to the artist’s reception on Friday December 1st, from 6 to 8 pm.  The event is free and open to the public, an opportunity to meet the artist that should not be missed.

The exhibit, entitled “Journeys in Color” presents the artwork of Ms. Gerhart, a Media, PA artist that first began painting the flowers from her garden in water colors with an illustration style. As Ms. Gerhart gravitated to a botanical illustration style she became a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Ms. Gerhart describes her art as being inspired by colors and textures of nature with its “constant overwhelming beauty”. Her current passion is towards the abstract with color and texture dynamics, enjoying playing with how far it is possible to push an abstraction while exploring various mediums and techniques. “While I continue to try different things, lately oil pastels have become my main medium.”

Ms. Gerhart is a member of the Abstract Paint Group at CAC and has exhibited her work at CAC. She has also exhibited at Penn State/Great Valley and Media Arts Council to name a few.

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.