New Art Exhibit Coming in April! SFoA presents artwork by Melissa Husted-Sherman & Polly Dressler Bech.

A shared exhibition of original paintings by local artists Melissa Husted-Sherman and Polly Dressler Bech will be on display from April 3rd through April 29th, 2019, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday April 5th, from 6:30pm to 8pm. Both the exhibit and the opening are free, kid friendly and open to the public.

Ms. Bech has been creating most of her life, in one form or another – paintings, clothing, collage, computer graphic art, and most recently quilting. “Something about the whole process of constructing a quilted art piece just worked for me, so I kept working at making them.”

Most of Ms. Bech’s current pieces have started with solar printing her own fabric. She collects leaves in her yard or while on walks through town to be used for printing materials. “These prints capture the essence of nature for me, because this is my natural world, being surrounded by trees.” A love of, and respect for, the natural world has been a theme in Ms. Bech’s life and throughout her work. “I also love playing with color schemes, light and dark, mixing this traditional art form of quilting with newer surface design techniques – it’s a heartfelt connection to the past that I feel when working with my hands, creating with cloth, needle, and thread.”

Ms. Husted-Sherman, after working in crisis counseling, left the field intending to pursue a degree in landscape architecture. A landscape design course reignited her love of drawing and painting, leading to another change in direction – using painting to capture her experience of the landscape into color and line.  Since then, she has had multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout the region.

Ms. Husted-Sherman’s work has moved away from pure representation of the landscape to a more abstract expression of ideas involving the impact of the passage of time and the impermanence of beauty. “My initial objective is to capture the beauty of an individual moment. I am not attempting to make a copy of a scene, but to capture the essence of an experience.  I might be moved to paint by light and shadow, plants in the landscape, or by the countless colors in a piece of fruit. Whatever my source of inspiration, ultimately, the painting becomes as much about the process of painting itself as about the initial visual spark.”

Inspiration for Ms. Husted-Sherman’s work comes from such diverse sources as Renaissance painting, decaying buildings, maps, architectural diagrams, erosion, and evolving landscapes.  She lives and works in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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 March! SFoA presents artwork by Lora Lavin, opening February 28th through March 31st

 

 

An exhibition of original paintings by local artist Lora Lavin will be on display from February 28th through March 31st, 2019, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday March 1st, from 5 to 7 pm. Both the exhibit and the opening are free, kid friendly and open to the public.

The exhibit presents artwork by Ms. Lavin, the subjects include landscape, still life, and figure in both oils and acrylics. “I began painting in 1964 as a hobby. It is now a serious avocation. For me the process is as important as the product. I love to work on location outdoors and always prefer to work directly from the subject.” 

Ms. Lavin’s work is represented in several collections locally, nationally and abroad and has been selected for exhibition in numerous juried shows.  Awards include the prestigious Rochelle Boonshaft Portrait Prize awarded in the Woodmere Art Museum’s 1992 Annual Juried Exhibition and a prize for self-portraiture from an exhibit at Widener University organized by Tri State Artists Equity. One of her paintings was featured on the cover of the 2013 edition of Philadelphia Poets. 

Since moving to the Philadelphia area 37 years ago Ms. Lavin has been very active with the Community Arts Center in Wallingford; serving on the Board of Directors for six years and participating in weekly workshops for over 30 years.  “The workshops were an opportunity to work with and share ideas with other artists”.  She was also the founding President of Swarthmore Friends of the Arts.

All proceeds from the sale of her work are donated to charity.   

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.

January’s Art Exhibit presents artwork by Kathy Agostinelli, opening January 3rd through the 30th

An exhibition of original paintings and mixed media by local artist Kathy Agostinelli will be on display from January 3rd through January 30th 2019 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday January 4th, from 6 to 8 pm. Both the exhibit and the opening are free, kid friendly and open to the public.

The exhibit presents artwork by Ms. Agostinelli, primarily oil on canvas. When she is working on smaller pieces or doing a rough preliminary pochade will also include gouache. “I was exploring spirituality and found myself painting a lot of birds as well as other animals. I’ve recently turned to trees, as I see them as portraits. I also like the landscape. I will never be able to settle for one genre, because I love them all.”

Kathy Agostinelli holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has also attended classes at Fleisher Art Memorial, Rosemont College and has an Associates in Graphic Design from Delaware County Community College. Kathy exhibits locally in Delaware County Pennsylvania and has worked as a faux finisher and muralist.

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.

“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.

July’s Artist Reception Alert – come meet artist Brit Ray tonight, Friday July 6, 6-8pm!

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.

Artist Reception Alert – come meet artist Marie Samohod!

IMG_6141June’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 this 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 exciting work.

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.