February’s Art Exhibit Presents Artwork by Kathy Agostinelli

February’s Art Exhibit “Changing Gears”, brought to you by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, presents the whimsical artwork by artist Kathy Agostinelli.

An exhibition of original oil paintings by Ms. Agostinelli will be on display from February 3rd through February 28th at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday, February 3rd, from 5-7pm. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Kathy Agostinelli holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a degree in Graphic Design from Delaware County Community College. She has provided graphics for the production of “Tommy,” and the scenery for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” “My paintings explore both the fun side of kitsch as well as more serious and introspective themes, such as spirituality.” Kathy teaches classes at the Paper Mill House in Newtown Square on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon. All are welcome. For information about the classes please contact her at kathyagostinelli22@gmail.com.

Follow on Instagram: @kathleenagostinelliartist

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 inspiring artwork by our local artists.

January’s Art Exhibit Presents Artwork by Monique Sarkessian

January’s Art Exhibit “Love’s Abundance”, brought to you by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, presents the thought-provoking artwork by artist Monique Sarkessian.

An exhibition of original oil and encaustic wax paintings by Ms. Sarkessian will be on display from January 4th through January 31st at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Saturday, January 7th, from 2-4pm. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Monique Sarkessian is a Philadelphia artist who creates vibrant oil and encaustic wax paintings, and salvaged and ceramic sculptures that bring healing joy found in the revelation of the presence and love of God in and around us. Monique enjoys using a variety of expressive art mediums to bring the viewer into the divine mysteries explored in her world. She loves creating, it’s what she has loved doing since age 4 when she decided to be a painter. She seeks to touch collectors’ hearts with the joy and love of God through her artwork with vivid color and joyful depictions that keep the viewer’s attention to look and look again. Her work transforms homes shifting the atmosphere by bringing in the joy of the Lord and the colors of heaven. Monique has been painting, exhibiting, and selling her work professionally for nearly 40 years. She has exhibited widely and had works honored with awards at numerous exhibitions and competitions across the US including two museums, several universities, and recently in Paris, France. She has also painted and exhibited in Italy. 

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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 inspiring artwork by our local artists.

December’s Art Exhibit Presents Artwork by Michele Southworth and Nancy Barch

December’s Art Exhibit “When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Appears”, brought to you by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, presents the artwork of local artists Michele Southworth and Nancy Barch.

An exhibition of original mixed media by Ms. Southworth and Ms. Barch will be on display from December 1st through January 1st at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Saturday, December 3rd, from 2 to 4 pm. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

In 2011, Michele Southworth was a ceramicist who had come to a turning point and needed to work in a new medium to refocus and refresh her creative eye. Nancy Barch was a mixed media painter, much admired for her striking and innovative abstract work, who offered classes and workshops in the Delaware Valley area.  Since their first encounter in a 12-week mixed media painting class at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, their artistic relationship and friendship has developed and grown.  Ms. Southworth observes that “Nancy’s teaching, for me, hits the sweet spot of offering techniques, resources, inspiration, and feedback while giving her students complete freedom and support to develop their own creative voice and direction.” They now spend one Sunday a month together painting and eating pizza, and are pleased to present a joint show of their work.
 
Ms. Barchwhose art studio is located in Clifton Heights, began her career as a freelance illustrator in Philadelphia. She left the commercial art field to enter the fine art arena, initially focusing on watercolor, and then transitioning to mixed media to create her paintings. She has garnered numerous awards for her work, and maintains an active teaching schedule, which allows her to share her knowledge and passion for art with others.
 
Ms. Southworth’s day job is as a family therapist and therapist trainer/educator at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, where she derives great satisfaction and fulfillment from work that deeply engages the verbal and cerebral side of herself.  After listening and talking all day, it is freeing and very valuable to have opportunities for expression that do not involve words or thinking.
 
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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.

November’s Art Exhibit Presents Artwork by Elizabeth Breakell

November’s Art Exhibit “Sunlit Impressions”, brought to you by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, presents the artwork of local artist Elizabeth Breakell.

An exhibition of original oil paintings by Ms. Breakall will be on display from November 2nd through November 27th at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday, November 4th, from 5 to 7 pm. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

A lifelong student of painting, Pennsylvania native Elizabeth Breakell works primarily in oils.  With a background in scientific and technical illustration, Elizabeth has softened the edges of her subjects and infused them with light. Studying with regional and national artists such as Christine Lafuente, Donna Cusano, Frances Galante and others over the last fifteen years has rounded out Elizabeth’s training.  Her Plein-air landscapes capture the essence of a day whether a cornfield, a coastline, or a brightly blooming treeline. Stories unfold through her interior scenes, sunlight filtering through the sheers, blocks of light on the floor the viewer is transported through her images.

For more information on the artist:  www.ebreakell.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 unique local artwork.

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.

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.