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 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.



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


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

“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.

“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.


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


“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.

Carol Baca – “Was. Time. Is.” : September 1 – October 2, 2016


Our newest exhibit presents Ms. Baca’s award-winning sculptures, drawings, paintings and mixed-media works, created by Ms. Baca with the “wish to ignite the viewer’s imagination.”  Of her paintings, she states “[each] painting has a life of its own.  When [it] becomes difficult I must play with it until the gate to a resolution opens.  The joy of applying paint to a surface is play…. It is thrilling and very serious work….It is my passion and my constant companion.”

Talented and productive in multiple media, she has won awards and juried into numerous area galleries and shows, including local arts centers and the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia’s 3rd Street Gallery, Harrisburg’s “Art of the State” show and the Audubon’s Center in Mill Grove.  Her sculpture appears in “500 Figures in Clay” published by Lark Books in 2004.

The artist’s reception will be held on Friday September 9 from 4 to 7 pm. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and all are welcome!


Alicia Ruley-Nock – “Illusions” : August 1 to 29, 2016

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An exhibition of works of fiber and textile art by Swarthmore artist Alicia Ruley-Nock is on display at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore through August 29, 2016. The public is invited to the artist’s reception on Friday August 5 from 6 to 8 pm.  The reception and the exhibit are both free and open to the public.

The exhibit is entitled “Illusions” and presents Ms. Ruley-Nock’s award-winning fiber/textile art.  Ms. Ruley-Nock is a self-taught artist and a native of Swarthmore, who describes her creative process as a key to balance in her life, and a reminder, as she pieces shapes, colors and textures together, that “all things come together for the good.”  She is inspired by the elements of nature, and what she describes as its limitless possibilities.

Ms. Ruley-Nock’s work has been exhibited as far away as Denver, as well as in local museums and at the Perleman Center Art Gallery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Examples of her work can be found on her website,

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