FIRST Friday (tonight) – Meet Artist Rinal Parikh

FIRST FRIDAY (tonight) EVENT ALERT – Meet artist Rinal Parikh and see her latest exhibit “Art of Nature” at Borough Hall tonight from 6-8pm. The event is free, kid friendly, and a nice way to start the weekend while viewing wonderful art.


Swarthmore FNS Student Exhibition Reception This Friday, January 5th!

artAn exhibition of artwork by students at the Swarthmore Friends Nursery School will be on display from January 4 to 29 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday January 5 from 6-8 pm.  The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

“In all of the classes at Swarthmore Friends Nursery School we work on process versus product. It is more about learning the terms, tools, and artistic impression than what the finished product looks like. Sometimes the children take a project beyond what we could have planned. In the end, the children are so creative, the product is always a work of art. It is also intriguing to see the developmental progress from class to class. The children learn a variety of methods for creating art. The methods chosen are not only fun but also help to build fine and gross motor skills. The pieces in the show relate to their knowledge of primary and secondary colors.” Kim Scott, Art Teacher, SFNS.

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pmFriday 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.

Tonight is framed photo drop-off night

Good Morning Swarthmore, Rutledge, Wallingford, Nether Providence, and Rose Valley! Reminder for the participating photographers- tonight is framed photo (ready-to-hang) drop-off night.
Delivery of artwork: Tuesday October 3rd, 6-8pm
Location: Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave.
Or alternately by arrangement, contact the Exhibition Committee Chair: Martha Perkins: or 484-574-3158
Artists reception: Friday October 6th, from 6-8pm.
See you tonight!

20th Annual Group Exhibition


An exhibition of original art work by area artists will be on display at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The artists opening reception will take place Friday, May 20th from 6-8pm.  This is our 20th annual  exhibit, so come on out and celebrate with us! Bring friends and family – all are welcome.

This dynamic 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.

“Barn at Hedgerow”, by Lora Lavin

This years exhibitors are: Tracy Bouvette, Joan Sobel, Sean Roach, Sydney Evans, Jessica Riggleman, Susan Lawson, Lora Lavin, Siv Spurgeon, Wayne Brown, Martha Perkins, Maria Mooney, Bobbie Davis, Paula Lachman, Michele Southworth, Rinal Parikh, Kim Scott, Barbara Hibben, Susanne Fell Adams, Polly Dressler Bech, David Coffin, Dorothy Moffatt, Clair Oaks, Sally Paynter and Claire Thurman.

For your enjoyment, light refreshments and wine will be served while listening to Swarthmore musician, Greg Davis on guitar. See YOU there!

“Untitled”, by Paula Lachman

Calling All Artists!

The 2016 Celebrate Swarthmore Artists Exhibit is fast approaching, which means it’s time to get your art framed and ready to share with the community.

If you would like all the details on how, when and where to submit, please click on the “forms” link at the top of the page or click here to read and print out the entry form for this years exhibit.

Deadline to submit is Monday, May 9th, 2016.

Martha Perkins – “Hope Springs Eternal”: March 31- May 8, 2016.


An exhibition of a variety of artworks by Swarthmore artist, Martha Perkins will be on display from March 31 through May 8, 2016 at Swarthmore Borough Hall.


The exhibit, entitled “Hope Springs Eternal” presents acrylic and mixed media paintings by Martha Perkins, as well as selected items of her hand-hammered jewelry. The show is a gathering of pieces inspired by the spring season of renewal and new growth, and a reminder of the ever-present possibility of hope.

She maintains a home studio in Swarthmore where she paints, creates leather-work and jewelry, and has established a specialty as a pet portraitist, working by commission.  Her work has been exhibited locally in area venues, and she currently has an exhibit of pet portraits on display at Unity Animal Hospital in Wallingford, PA.

Mr Peabody complete

Examples of her work can be seen at her websites: and You are also welcome to like her Pet Portraits by Martha Facebook Page or at Martha Perkins Art.

The public is invited to the artist’s wine and cheese opening reception on Friday April 1 from 6 to 8 pm, at 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore Borough Hall.  The  reception  will feature live acoustic guitar by local musician, Dean Maola and is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Kevin Koethe – “My Heart Talks in Colors”: March 3-28, 2016.

An exhibition of original abstract acrylic paintings by local artist Kevin Koethe will be on display from March 3 through 28, 2016 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.

The exhibit, entitled “My Heart Talks in Colors,” presents the paintings of Mr. Koethe, a Swarthmore resident who has been painting since he was a teenager.  Inspired by everyday objects as well as by his dreams, his paintings are described as “a kaleidoscope of shifting colors and configurations that evolve as he explores color and form.”   Mr. Koethe has exhibited his paintings locally in several venues including the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, The Crum Creek Art Barn in Media, and Bryn Mawr Rehab Center.

“The Farm” by Kevin Koethe


The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday March 4 from 5:30 to 8 pm, which is scheduled as part of Swarthmore’s First Friday.  The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!




“Works from Ireland – A Group Exhibition” – February 4 – 29, 2016

Wei, Untitled_Landscape 3, oil on paper
“Untitled/Landscape 3”, oil painting on paper by Tess Wei

An exhibition of paintings by Tess Wei, Steve Sekula and Emma Kates-Shaw, all students of painter/professor Randall Exon at Swarthmore College, will be on display from February 4-29, 2016 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.

The exhibit, entitled “Works from Ireland – A Group Exhibition,” presents selected works painted by the three artists while they were together in Ballycastle, County Mayo. Ireland during the summer of 2015.  Their work as a group has previously been exhibited at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation located in Ballycastle.

This group of works, while varying in medium and style, share the commonality that they were formed in response to the countryside surrounding the coastal village of Ballycastle in northwest Ireland, and its light, colors and atmosphere.  The exhibit provides an opportunity to appreciate the diversity of artistic response that can  occur in the contemplation of the same landscape.

Emma Kates-Shaw, a senior Studio/Art and Sociology/Anthropology double major at the College, uses painting and weaving to convey a sense of joy, wonder and appreciation for the everyday.

Steve Sekula, also a senior, originally from Bucks County, and double majoring in Computer Science and Studio Art, paints in layers of oil and acrylic on colored canvas.  His objective for these paintings is to convey a sense of the atmosphere and space in the Irish landscape.

Tess Wei is a junior from Philadelphia, majoring in Studio Art and double minoring in Anthropology and Art History, who paints with oils, applied with a palette knife to paper.

Please join us at the artists’ reception which is free and open to the public on Friday, February 5, from 6 to 8 pm.

Kates-Shaw, Untitled, bw
“Westport” b/w by Emma Kates-Shaw.

Denise Allen – “My Son Matters!” : January 3 – February 1, 2015.

Denise Allen 2

Ms. Allen describes herself as a documentary portrait photographer “talking back to a world that often dictates how one should think, feel and exist.”  She describes herself as using her projects as a way to investigate obstacles she has experienced while raising an African American young man and teaching African American children, and expresses the belief that we are living through an epidemic affecting young African American men in which “our bright future stars are being killed physically, mentally and spiritually”.

She describes her exhibit as paying homage to the relationship between African American mothers and their sons, while shining a living light on the young men whose very existence may be stigmatized.  “Not only does this exhibit document the concerns and the struggles African American mothers go through to raise their sons, but it also gives these engaged mothers a platform to re-envision their sons’ images.”  She believes that art is a universal language that creates an intimate place for discovery and self-reflection, and can deliver the artist’s message in a way that promotes growth.

Her work will be on display from January 3 through February 1, 2016 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.  The public is invited to the artist’s reception on Martin Luther King Day, January 18 from 4 to 7 pm.  Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

Denise Allen