First Friday Event Alert – Photographers’ reception this Friday, October 7, 6-8pm! 

The annual Celebrate Local Photography Exhibit, now open at Borough Hall, features a variety of local professional and buddy photographers. The opening reception is this Friday, October 7th, 6-8 pm as part of Swarthmore’s First Friday Art Events.

The opening reception is free and open to the public. Come meet the artists while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

The exhibit will be on display from October 4th through the end of October at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. Most of the photographs will be for sale, available for purchase through Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. The holidays are right around the corner!

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.

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is the volunteer organization responsible for the rotating art exhibits at the Borough Hall in Swarthmore. Their mission is to encourage the free expression of all forms of art by local artists and to arrange for the exhibition of the work of artists for the enrichment and enlightenment of the community. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, the upcoming exhibit schedule or to submit a request for your own show, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com.

Event Alert – Little Crum Creek Park Plein Air Landscape Artist’s Reception coming in September! 

“Summer Rhapsody in the Park” by Sarah McKelvey

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts September’s Art Exhibit at Borough Hall – Inspirations in Little Crum Creek Park – is co-sponsored by Friends of Little Crum Creek Park. Featuring a variety of local Plein Air (painting outdoor) landscape artists’ original works of the Park, the Opening Reception is Friday, September 2nd, 5-7 pm as part of Swarthmore’s First Friday Art Events.

The opening reception is free and open to the public. Come meet the artists while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

The exhibit will be on display from September 1st through the end of September at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. Most of the artwork will be for sale, available for purchase through Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. A portion of the proceeds will help support the Friends of Little Crum Creek Park organization for maintaining the Park. For information about this wonderful group click here: https://friendsoflittlecrumcreekpark.org/

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.

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is the volunteer organization responsible for the rotating art exhibits at the Borough Hall in Swarthmore. Their mission is to encourage the free expression of all forms of art by local artists and to arrange for the exhibition of the work of artists for the enrichment and enlightenment of the community. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, the upcoming exhibit schedule or to submit a request for your own show, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com.

August’s Art Exhibit Presents Artwork by Megan Lee Wenger

August’s Art Exhibit “Of the Quarry”, brought to you by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, presents the powerful, layered, and textured artwork of local artist Megan Lee Wenger.

An exhibition of original mixed media paintings by Ms. Wenger will be on display from August 2nd through August 31st at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday, August 5th, 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.

I’m very interested in finding my paintings along the way: in the process and the layers I can discover more about the things I choose to reveal or cover up; the things we remember and the things we forget; the things we find precious, beautiful, worthwhile, hard. In my work, I use trash, found objects and debris, gold leaf and pressed flowers; things that have been discarded, and things that have been delicately preserved. I think both are valuable and substantive.

For more images, follow Megan on Instagram @mleevlee to see her latest creations.

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 unique local artwork.

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.

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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.