21st Celebrate Swarthmore Photographers Exhibit

21st Celebrate Swarthmore Photographers Exhibit

The October 2017 Celebrate Swarthmore Photographers Exhibit is fast approaching. The show will be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall for the month of October. The public is invited to the artists’ reception on Friday October 6 from 6 to 8 pm, which is free, child friendly, and open to the public. There will be wine and cheese along with live music by Jessica Graae.

An exhibition of original photography by area photographers from Swarthmore, Rutledge, Wallingford, Nether Providence, and Rose Valley will be on display from October 4 through October 31, 2017, at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Hall’s hours of operation.

Exhibitors include:  Charles D Messina, Kathy Agostinelli, Andrea Knox, Jonathan Hodgson, Kim Scott, Wendelin Ray, Ditte Lovatt, Eileen Morrissey, Dorothy Lee, Ginny Davis, Stephen Platt, Al Richardson, Gabi Weisfeld, Christopher Schmucki, Andy Shelter, Michelle Fairley, Emily Richardson, Victoria Miller, Dina Cianci, Tony Collins, & Tony Kou.

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.

Rose Marie Cunniffe – “Enchanted Places” : April 3rd – May 4th, 2015

An exhibition of acrylic paintings by area artist Rose Marie Cunniffe will be on display at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, from April 3 to May 4, 2015. The public is invited to the artist’s reception on Friday April 10 from 6 to 8 pm.  The reception and the exhibit are both free and open to the public.


The exhibit is entitled “Enchanted Places” and presents the paintings of Ms. Cunniffe, who has been called “a secret Delaware County treasure.”  A largely self-taught artist whose nature-based abstractions are built slowly, layer by layer. Ms. Cunniffe lives in Holmes and was born, raised and educated in Philadelphia.  She says, “I paint until a shape or color strikes a chord, and then the work begins. Eventually the painting tells a story and the canvas itself has a history.” Personal memories also play a role in her work. “In the process I strive for grace, a restrained sense of humor and the lyrical feeling that satisfies my sensibilities.”

Despite Ms. Cunniffe saying that she came to art later in life than most, her work has been included in more than 200 solo, group and juried exhibitions, including venues as varied as the Philadelphia Art Alliance; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington; Widener University; West Chester University; Penn State University, Malvern and Media campuses; Art of the State, Harrisburg; U.S. Artists American Fine Art Show (with Dolan/Maxwell Gallery); Philadelphia Sketch Club; Main Line Art Center, Haverford; and  the Wallingford Community Arts Center, where she is a member of the Exhibition Committee and has been active in curating and installing shows for more than 30 years. Her most distant exhibition was in Ireland, where she received two fellowships to live and paint at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo.

Ms. Cunniffe’s work has also been selected for many individual and corporate collections, including QVC, The Scullin Group, Philadelphia Arts and Business Council, the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA, Astra-Zeneca and The Ballinglen Archive.

 The artist hopes that her work inspires people to find meaning in her paintings and hopes to encourage “thinking and feeling and looking, and especially finding.”  Examples of her work can be found on her website, rmcunniffe.com.