Event Alert – Annual Group Art Show Reception coming May 6! 

May’s Art Exhibit Opening Reception is Friday, May 6, 6-8 pm as part of Swarthmore’s First Friday Art Events. This is the annual group art exhibition featuring several local artists with a variety of artwork styles and mediums. So on your stroll through town, stop by Borough Hall and meet the artists and enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. 

The opening reception is free and open to the public.

There is still time to participate:  Artists 18 years of age or older, who reside in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District (including Swarthmore College students), are invited to participate in the Annual Swarthmore Artists Group Exhibition. The show will be on display from May 5 through the end of May at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. Entry forms are due by Friday, April 29, click here for details:  https://swarthmorearts.org/entry-form-2022-group-artist-exhibition/  

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.

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 June-July Art Exhibit! SFoA Presents “There & Back Again,” a Swarthmore Friends of the Arts Board Members Exhibit.

Exciting news! After months of pandemic hibernation…with Borough Hall opening back up, Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is now able to exhibit local artists’ work again!

The first 2021 show will be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall starting the week of June 14. Our first exhibition – There and Back Again – will be a collection of artworks by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts board members: Martha Perkins, Michele Southworth, Skip Gosnell, Lora Lavin, Megan Lee, and Alicia Ruley-Nock. The various works include acrylics, oils, and mixed media, with varying textures, colors, and designs.

Lora Lavin is a well known local Swarthmore artist and Secretary of SFoA, her works include landscape, still life, and figure in both oils and acrylics. She loves to work on location outdoors and always prefer to work directly from the subject…not an easy hurdle to overcome during the past year.

Michele Southworth is a family therapist and educator by day, a mixed media artist at other times, and Exhibitions Chair of SFoA. Although the pandemic brought her creative process to a standstill for a full year, she has recently returned to her studio to finish up prior unfinished work, and to see what new work may emerge into and from our changed world.

Martha Perkins is a 20+ year resident of Swarthmore, owner of Gallery on Park and President of SFoA. Her work is  known for its whimsy and joyous botanical themes.

Skip Gosnell is a an artist, visual designer living in Swarthmore, and Publicity Chair of SFoA. Life during covid was and still is an adventure, working on projects and commisions via email and zoom, exploring techniques to create new crashing waves on ever increasing canvas sizes…and making it work in a small studio space. Back again with a new appreciation for the vitality of life outside the studio.

Megan Lee is a local mother/maker who strives to enhance the metamorphic nature of painting and Social Media updater of SFoA. She uses an interdisciplinary technique to create  and showcase her work. Primarily a painter, she also finds quiet passion in embroidery and bookmaking. 

Alicia Ruley-Nock, also a Swarthmore native, works in fiber and textiles , who describes her creative process as a key to balance in her life, and a reminder, as she pieces shapes, colors and textures together.d. She is inspired by the elements of nature, and what she describes as its limitless possibilities.

The public is invited to the outdoor artists’ reception as part of the Swarthmore Town Center’s “Nights in The Ville” events, on Thursday, June 17, from 6 to 8 pm. As always, the exhibit and reception are free, child friendly, with complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres to be enjoyed by all. 

The exhibit will be on display from June 15 through July 30, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.

Exhibit hours are Monday-Tuesday, 9:30am to 6pm, Wednesday-Thursday, 9:30am to 7pm, Friday, 9:30am to 5pm, Saturday, 10am to 1pm

The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, visit www.swarthmorearts.org or contact PR Chair Skip Gosnell, skipgosnellart@gmail.com.

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New March Art Exhibit! SFoA Presents “Shifting Gears,” a Photo-Narrative Project by Robert Heasley, Neal Wecker, and Photographer Deborah Halpern

The Shifting Gears: Finding Intimacy in Men’s Friendships, is a photo/narrative project created by Robert Heasley, Neal Wecker, and photographer Debbie Halpern, displays and gives voice to male friendships that transcend many barriers. This exhibit portrays close and intimate relationships between male friends. It is about making visible what is possible. The photos will be on display from March 1 through March 30 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Opening reception Friday March 6:  With talk about men’s lives and relationships – 5:00-7:00 – talk at 6:00.

Opening reception: Friday, March 6th from 5-7pm
Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue

The idea emerged from how Neal and Robert felt about their own friendship. As they shared their idea with others, they heard: “I know a man with a friendship like that,” and their range grew, from teen to senior and from coast to coast. “While talking with these men, we were struck by how valued their friendships were, by them, but also by others in their lives – their spouses, parents, children, and others who know them well.”

“While we hope that the friendships depicted here will help you reflect on the social and personal nature of such relationships,” says Mr. Heasley, “we also hope that this exhibit will provide an aesthetic experience – both in the photos themselves and in the beauty of seeing men who so clearly enjoy each other’s company.” 

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 contact PR Chair Skip Gosnell, chilichaz13@gmail.com.

New Art Exhibit in February! SFoA Presents “Preserving the Legacy” Quilt Exhibit

A must see exhibition of original quilt art by various local artists, curated by Alicia Ruley-Nock, will be on display from February 1 through February 29 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Opening reception: Friday, February 7th from 6-8pm
Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue

The following artists will be displaying their creative quilting works of art at this exhibit: Betty Leacraft, Polly Beck, Christina Johnson, Susan Levering, Toni Kersey, Cassandra Gunkel, Rose Miller, Maxine Burkholder, Nancy Rose, Alison Masterpasqua, Maria Mooney, Debbie Ruley, Elizabeth Mead, Carol Fanconi, Linda Harrington, Sandy Davidson, Lauren Young, Mary Alice Walsh, and Alicia Ruley-Nock.

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 contact PR Chair Skip Gosnell, chilichaz13@gmail.com.

New Art Exhibit Coming in September! SFoA Presents Paintings by Deena Ball.

An exhibition of original watercolor and mixed media paintings by local artist Deena Ball will be on display from September 5 through September 30 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday September 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Both the exhibit and the opening are free and open to the public. 

The exhibit presents paintings by Ms. Ball the subject matter primarily in landscape and abstract. Deena’s love of nature, science and art comes together when she paints outside. She is a student of nature who is constantly amazed at the natural world. She paints to help others see, respect, and conserve the beauty in our natural world. “Art is all around us, and we are all artists when we open our eyes to the beauty in our surroundings.”

Through her own work with experimental watercolors she presents the viewer with the beauty and fragility of our natural landscape – testing new materials and techniques, incorporating textural elements such as gesso, and different types of paper. “I encourage students to engage in outside-the-box thinking and reimagine how their materials might be used to create art. Students depart my classes and workshops with not just a pretty object in hand, but a greater appreciation of the visual subtleties in their environment and confidence in themselves as creative individuals.”

Ms. Ball belongs to a variety of creative organizations such as the Philadelphia WaterColor Society, with teachings and workshops held in nearby locations such as Community Arts Center in Wallingford, and the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford.

Additional information about the artist is available on her website www.deenaball.com, which includes a complete listing of organizations, teachings, workshops, and awards among others.

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 contact Exhibit Chair Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com.

New Art Exhibit Coming in August! SFoA Presents Photography by Jay Ressler.

“Country Roads: An Uncommon Take”

An exhibition of original photographs by artist Jay Ressler will be on display from August 1st through September 1st, 2019, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday, August 2nd, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Both the exhibit and the opening are free, kid-friendly and open to the public.

The artist is a native of Berks County. He graduated from Albright College with a degree in psychology and afterward relocated to Pittsburgh, working as a coal miner and later as a foundry machinist. He was very active in the arts, participating as a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and serving as a board member for the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.

Mr. Ressler has exhibited throughout the area including, among others, the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the Art Association of Harrisburg and the Lancaster County Art Association.

As a digital photographer, Mr. Ressler creates intriguing composite photographic images. This exhibition offers a set of contemplative rural photographs, evoking a sense of somber reflection into our countryside history. The artist says: “I explore boundaries — the boundaries between consciousness and the unconscious; between reality and imagination; between humanity and nature; and between certainty and skepticism. The result often conjures up a note of mystery or magic.”

For more information on Jay Ressler and his work, follow this link: JayRessler.com

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 contact Exhibit Chair Martha Perkins, martha.perkins@gmail.com.