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.

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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.

Mark your calendars – Artist reception for Susanne Fell Adams on Friday September 8, from 6pm-8pm

We hope you have enjoyed the current photography exhibit “Are We There Yet?” from our friends at http://www.afewsteps.org. Mark your calendar for the upcoming artist reception for Susanne Fell Adams on Friday September 8, from 6pm-8pm at Borough Hall. Her photography will be on display for the month of September, welcoming our soon to be Fall season!

Tonight Only! Meet the Artist Tracy Bouvette and enjoy his “Reality & Fantasy” Exhibit

Local Artist Tracy Bouvette of Sustainable Practices/Habitant Studios will be available at the Swarthmore Friends of the Arts “Reality & Fantasy” exhibit opening reception at Swarthmore Borough Hall Tonight 6-8pm. Tracy’s fine art will be hanging in the gallery through August 1st, but tonight you’ll be able to meet and chat with him.
Walk on over, see you there.

Location: Swarthmore Borough Hall

Date:  7/14/17 tonight
time: 6-8pm

21st Annual Group Exhibition : May 10 – June 26.

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An exhibition of original art work by area artists from Swarthmore, Rutledge and Wallingford will be on display from May 10 through June 26, 2017 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.   The public is invited to the artists’ reception on Friday May 12 from 6 to 8 pm, which is free and open to the public. Live music will be presented at the reception by singer-songwriter Elijah Tucker, raised in Swarthmore.

The exhibit is the 21st annual exhibit of Swarthmore area artists presented by the Swarthmore Friends of the Arts in the Swarthmore Borough Hall venue.  The show reflects a wide variety of perspectives, media and subject matter presented by a diverse local group of artists, which includes both amateurs and professionals.  Exhibitors include Sydney M. Evans, Brit Ray, Wayne Brown, Jeanne Lovern, Rinal Parikh, Sally Paynter, Bobbie Davis, Kim Scott, Michele Southworth, Carolyn Stockman, Gayle Ann Herring, Clair Oaks, Lora Lavin, Molly Wing-Berman, Jessica Riggleman, Joan Sobel, Tracy Bouvette, Bonnie Ann Burnett, Elizabeth M. Doherty, Diane Cianci, Samina Iqbal, Susanne Fell Adams, Fran Sullivan House, Joseph Tomasso, Eileen S. Morrissey, David Coffin, Conrad Bender and Martha Perkins.

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“The Other Side of Me” By Linda Schroeder: April 6 – May 1, 2017.

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“Maps”

An exhibition of original acrylic and mixed media paintings by Media artist Linda Schroeder will be on display from April 6 through May 1, 2017 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.  The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday April 7 from 5 to 7 pm.  Both the exhibit and the opening are free and open to the public.

The exhibit, entitled “The Other Side of Me,” presents paintings by Ms. Schroeder, who started out as a watercolor painter, and over the years has evolved a mixed media and acrylic genre that ranges from graphic to abstract.  She learned the basics of watercolor painting from area artist Katherine Robinson in earlier years, and then had to put her creative pursuits to the side in order to tend to family life and career pursuits.  After a number of years, she returned to study art at the Wallingford Community Arts Center with Nancy Barch, a local mixed media painter who herself started out as a watercolorist, and whose evolution as a mixed media painter has been an inspiration to Ms. Schroeder. She believes that her work reflects the exuberance of finally having made the time to create again.

Ms. Schroeder’s work has been exhibited previously at Swarthmore Borough Hall, as well as locally in other area venues including Daylesford Abbey, the Community Arts Center, the CAC Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Philadelphia Water Color Society Member Show at Widener University.

 

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“Memories of the Porch”

“Reflections: Pastels of my Travels” by George T. Wilson : March 1-31, 2017.

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“Sanibel Light”

An exhibition of original pastel paintings by local architect and artist George Wilson will be on display from March 1 through 31, 2017 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.  The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday March 3 from 5 to 7 pm, which is scheduled as part of Swarthmore’s First Friday.  The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibit, entitled “Reflections: Pastels of my Travels,” presents the work of Mr. Wilson, a Swarthmore resident for more than 20 years, who is the Managing Principal of MEYER Architects in Ardmore, and was the architect for the Swarthmore Borough Hall renovation in 1996.  He is a founding member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, as well as being on their current Planning Board.

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“Moon Over Pond”

Mr. Wilson has been sketching and painting since the age of 8, and still draws every day in his role as Principal of a 60-person Architectural/Design firm.  He describes himself as intrigued by the rich and penetrating colors of the pastel medium, which he has studied with Cape May County pastel artist Stan Sperlak over a number of years.  He describes his work as reflecting the important places in his life, and has been particularly inspired by the South Jersey capes and wetlands.  Mr. Wilson had a prior exhibit of his sketches at Swarthmore Borough Hall in 2010.

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“Sailboats”

“Sacred Space” by Monique Sarkessian : February 1-28, 2017.

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“A Philadelphia artist who creates vibrant oil and encaustic wax paintings that express the joy found in finding the divine in everyday life.”

An exhibition of works by Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian  created with oils, encaustic wax and icons is on display at  Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, from February 1st through the 28th.

Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In continuing studies she has studied 18th Century European furniture painting, art education, and traditional icon painting with a Russian master iconographer. She has also taken workshops with internationally recognized painters Stanley Bielen, Dale O. Roberts, Jeff Schaller, Jon Redmond and Moe Brooker.

Since 1984, Monique’s work has been shown and honored with awards at numerous exhibitions across the country including 2 museums. Her most recent exhibition was a solo exhibition at Villanova University Art Gallery, which was widely acclaimed.

Monique describes her work as having,  “An expressive nature shown via vibrant color, bold brush stroke, and expressive lines which seek to recreate the emotion I feel as I am inspired by my subjects. My goal is to have my artwork radiate the joy of life. Like Henri Matisse whose works eventually became pure color, pure shape and pure light.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this dynamic artist at her opening reception  on Friday February the 3rd from 5-7pm and to view her colorful and expressive work which will be on display through the month of February. The opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.