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.

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.

July’s Art Exhibit Presents Mixed-media Art by Mary Pax

July’s Art Exhibit “Be Where You Are”, brought to you by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, presents the mixed media artwork by local artist Mary Pax.

The exhibition of original artwork by Mrs. Pax will be on display from July 1 through July 29 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Mrs. Pax is a mixed media artist drawing inspiration from people and places around her. Most of her work involves drawing and painting in reverse on clear acrylic panels with Sharpie markers, acrylic, and spray paint. Certain works include collage elements or sparkle of glitter. “Some of my work has a narrative quality, but also welcomes the viewer’s interpretation”. She has exhibited in various venues in and around Philadelphia, and is a contributor to the Souls Shot Project.

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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.

June’s Art Exhibit Presents Mixed-media Collages by Linnie Greenberg

June’s Art Exhibit “Down the Yellow Brick Road: Magic, Mayhem, and Fantasy”, brought to you by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, presents the bold, colorful, magical collage artwork by local artist Linnie Greenberg.

The exhibition of original mixed media collages by Mrs. Greenberg will be on display from June 2 through June 30 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Linnie’s work is often called whimsical. She gives free local art workshops.  She says, “Viewing and creating art while exploring different processes brings me joy.”

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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.

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.

March’s Art Exhibit presents artwork by Skip Gosnell, Reception Friday, March 4th, 6-8pm

March’s Art Exhibit “Seeking the Next Wave”, presents the artwork of Skip Gosnell, opening March 2nd.

An exhibition of original acrylic paintings and mixed media by local artist Skip Gosnell will be on display from March 2 through March 28 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Friday March 4th, from 6 to 8 pm.  Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Complimentary beverages and hors-d’oeuvres to enjoy! 

The exhibit presents paintings by Mr. Gosnell, the subject matter primarily in seascapes and other abstract designs using acrylics and india inks (among other media) on canvas. His work captures the energy of ocean waves and fluid motion of the sea along with experimental graphic design inspired abstracts. “Waves continuously roll up the shoreline yet are never the same. Mixing media, experimenting with how paint types blend and separate, and varying varnishes with epoxy resin often lead to rich unexpected results”. Mr. Gosnell creates layered works with an illusion of depth, pops of color, and contrasting shapes.

Mr. Gosnell sold his first painting at his high school art show, then continued his art education at the University of Delaware with a BS in Visual Communications. With a background in graphic design and photography, he continues developing his painting style through experimentation, Plein air painting, and artist workshops. Follow his art on Instagram and check out his online art gallery at skipgosnellart.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 amazing artwork.

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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