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.

New Art Exhibit Coming in July! SFoA presents artwork by Georgianna Grentzenberg.

“Multiple Art Personalities”

An exhibition of original paintings and mixed media by local artist Georgianna Grentzenberg will be on display from July 3rd through July 29th, 2019, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday, July 5th, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Both the exhibit and the opening are free, kid-friendly and open to the public.

Ms. Grentzenberg has been appreciating and creating art since adolescence, exploring collage and assemblage techniques alongside formal drawing and painting lessons. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and worked as as an archaeological illustrator for Philadelphia museums.

The detail in Ms. Grentzenberg’s art pulls the viewer into a created world, at times surreal, whimsical, and finally colorful. Her latest works have returned to mixed media, combining found materials and working in abstract designs.

Her upcoming exhibition combines both styles, “I find joy and challenge in contrasting ways of thinking about creativity, materials, and process. Each piece I create becomes a meditation, a conversation with myself about lines, color variations, and internal coherence in both styles. I’m interested to see where these divergent explorations will take me.”

To follow Ms. Grentzenberg, go to “G. Grentzenberg, Artist” on Facebook.

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.

Swarthmore First Friday Event! Come Meet the Local Area Artists at Our Group Show Reception June 7, 6-8PM

celebrateLocalArtists@0,5xThe June 2019 Celebrate Swarthmore Area Artists is opening this week! The show will be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall for the month of June. The public is invited to the artists’ reception on Friday June 7, from 6 to 8 pm. The event is free, child friendly, and there will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

An exhibition of original art by area artists from Swarthmore, Rutledge, Wallingford, Nether Providence, and Rose Valley will be on display from June 6 through June 30, 2019, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.  The exhibit is open to the public during the Hall’s hours of operation.

Exhibitors include:  Elizabeth Breakell, Bonnie Ann Burnett, Sydney Evans, Bob Frick, Skip Gosnell, Cathy Kambic, Kevin Koethe, Marie Koethe, Carolyn Langdon, Lora Lavin, Maria Mooney, Eileen Morrissey, Elizabeth O’donnell, Martha Perkins, Pete Prown, Brit Ray, Christopher Ray,  Wendelin Ray, Frank Reynolds, Kim Scott, Caroline Stockman

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, 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.

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.