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.

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.

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“Sunken”

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.