New Art Exhibit at Borough Hall! SFoA Presents “Emily Richardson Retrospective: Four Decades of Photographs.”

Four Decades of Photographs

Emily Richardson (1927 – 2020) always had an eye for color, texture, composition, and beauty. After many years visiting art museums and studying paintings in books, she began creating her own art with photography in the late 1970’s. Soon her passion for the picture took flight. Early subjects included Ridley Creek State Park, her hometown of Lancaster, fields of flowers in Texas, and scenes by the sea in Rockport, Massachusetts.

After she moved to Swarthmore in 1990, Emily was frequently seen on campus and in the borough with her camera. She captured images of the architecture and horticulture of the Swarthmore College campus including the rose and holly gardens, and the brilliant arrangements of tulips and other flowers planted in the borough. Emily did her own framing and created note cards so that many people could enjoy her images. She sold her cards and framed photographs at The Studio in Swarthmore, which was located on Park Ave for many years. Visitors to the annual group photography shows at Borough Hall could always count on seeing Emily’s photographs. In addition, Swarthmore Friends of the Arts supported two previous solo exhibits of her work. 

The exhibit will be on display from August 18 through September 20 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.

Exhibit hours are Monday-Tuesday, 9:30am to 6pm, Wednesday-Thursday, 9:30am to 7pm, Friday, 9:30am to 5pm, Saturday, 10am to 1pm

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, skipgosnellart@gmail.com.

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New June-July Art Exhibit! SFoA Presents “There & Back Again,” a Swarthmore Friends of the Arts Board Members Exhibit.

Exciting news! After months of pandemic hibernation…with Borough Hall opening back up, Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is now able to exhibit local artists’ work again!

The first 2021 show will be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall starting the week of June 14. Our first exhibition – There and Back Again – will be a collection of artworks by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts board members: Martha Perkins, Michele Southworth, Skip Gosnell, Lora Lavin, Megan Lee, and Alicia Ruley-Nock. The various works include acrylics, oils, and mixed media, with varying textures, colors, and designs.

Lora Lavin is a well known local Swarthmore artist and Secretary of SFoA, her works include landscape, still life, and figure in both oils and acrylics. She loves to work on location outdoors and always prefer to work directly from the subject…not an easy hurdle to overcome during the past year.

Michele Southworth is a family therapist and educator by day, a mixed media artist at other times, and Exhibitions Chair of SFoA. Although the pandemic brought her creative process to a standstill for a full year, she has recently returned to her studio to finish up prior unfinished work, and to see what new work may emerge into and from our changed world.

Martha Perkins is a 20+ year resident of Swarthmore, owner of Gallery on Park and President of SFoA. Her work is  known for its whimsy and joyous botanical themes.

Skip Gosnell is a an artist, visual designer living in Swarthmore, and Publicity Chair of SFoA. Life during covid was and still is an adventure, working on projects and commisions via email and zoom, exploring techniques to create new crashing waves on ever increasing canvas sizes…and making it work in a small studio space. Back again with a new appreciation for the vitality of life outside the studio.

Megan Lee is a local mother/maker who strives to enhance the metamorphic nature of painting and Social Media updater of SFoA. She uses an interdisciplinary technique to create  and showcase her work. Primarily a painter, she also finds quiet passion in embroidery and bookmaking. 

Alicia Ruley-Nock, also a Swarthmore native, works in fiber and textiles , who describes her creative process as a key to balance in her life, and a reminder, as she pieces shapes, colors and textures together.d. She is inspired by the elements of nature, and what she describes as its limitless possibilities.

The public is invited to the outdoor artists’ reception as part of the Swarthmore Town Center’s “Nights in The Ville” events, on Thursday, June 17, from 6 to 8 pm. As always, the exhibit and reception are free, child friendly, with complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres to be enjoyed by all. 

The exhibit will be on display from June 15 through July 30, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.

Exhibit hours are Monday-Tuesday, 9:30am to 6pm, Wednesday-Thursday, 9:30am to 7pm, Friday, 9:30am to 5pm, Saturday, 10am to 1pm

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, skipgosnellart@gmail.com.

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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 in January! SFoA Presents Paintings by Cynthia Murray.

An exhibition of original art by Cynthia Murray will be on display from January 3 through January 29 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Cynthia began her creative pursuits during childhood when she and her five siblings would create summer craft projects under their mother’s direction. Eventually conquering skills more complex than gluing greeting cards to scrap pieces of wood, she began to understand how art could be an effective way to communicate ideas that often felt too complex for words, a way to tell her story. Combining that appreciation for art with a love for mathematics and science led her to study landscape architecture at Rutgers University and the University of Illinois.​

Designing a wide variety of landscapes throughout the United States as well as international locations often left Cynthia frustrated when construction documents were turned over to teams of contractors. Wanting to be a more active participant during when dreams imagined become a physical reality, her frustration led to a search for outlets with the opportunity to develop an idea and follow through to a finished product, crafted by her own hands.

Painting has become a way for Cynthia to interpret the world, not necessarily how she sees it, but how she feels it. “I find the challenge and the goal is to capture the emotional essence of any subject with a unique style that is hopefully both captivating and thought provoking.”

Her award winning paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and art centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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 November 17! SFoA Presents Art by Waverley Ray.

An exhibition of original art by Waverley Ray will be on display from November 17 through December 30 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Ascent, the name of Ms. Ray’s show, is about “the ascent of the artist as we learn to create what we love; realizing the process of making the art is the essential oil that keeps our souls fed. The outcome is always an unknown and, while we hope people find our images exciting and interesting, it is not as important as the authenticity of our offerings.”

Her family settled in Swarthmore, at the wooded end of Elm, in 1977. With degrees in Social Work, Clinical Care and Counseling, she has enjoyed living in Philadelphia, PA, Boston, MA, Boulder, CO, Cape May, NJ, and Carlsbad, CA. Ms Ray creates in multiple mediums. As a Graphic Designer she designed video game characters and packaging graphics. Having retired from Social Work Ms Ray pursues creative endeavors full time. Currently she is writing books in the Sci-Fi, Horror and Cozy Mystery genres. Her photographic images she creates are what she hopes will be commercially viable art.

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 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.

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.