Jean Childs Buzgo “Phillips Mill Summer” 18” x 24” oil on linen
Dear Phillips Mill Community,
Art is often considered a luxury. But as we cope with this pandemic, we’ve turned to the arts to find relief in beauty, to make sense of the world, to share this experience and ease its pains. Art is essential to community.
We want to assure you that there will be an Art Show this year. We’re planning it with the intent and hope that it will again be held in the Mill. However, the Art Committee will hold the show online if plans gang awry. (Apologies to Robert Burns.)
The Phillips Mill 91st Juried Art Show will go on.
The Phillips’ Mill Community Association is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of the arts and the preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Bucks County area.
The Association is active in the following areas (click on the applicable icon for details):
The Phillips’ Mill juried art exhibition, long-recognized as the most prestigious art show in the Delaware Valley, holds its exhibit each year in the fall. First held in 1929, the show attracts the best work of hundreds of artists living within a 25-mile radius of the Mill. Over a thousand people visit the show each year. All art is for sale–oils, watercolors, mixed media, pastels, and drawings as well as sculpture. The Art Exhibition Committee invests a great deal of time and energy to ensure the continued success of this historic exhibition.
Each year, the Drama Committee invites the public to enjoy their wildly popular productions, which include original musical comedies and cabarets featuring the music of well known song-writers. Seating is cabaret style and guests are invited to bring their own snacks and libations. The shows are produced by the Drama Committee, a group of enthusiastic thespians, singers and dancers who are having as good a time as the audience.
Each spring, the enthusiastic members of the Photographic Exhibition Committee hold the annual Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition, fondly known as PMPE. It is the premier annual juried photography show in Bucks County, with many hundreds of visitors each year. PMPE is unusual because it has no annual theme, resulting in a wide variety of images, including digitally altered photographs. It receives both framed and digital submissions from artists across the country.
The Forum is an annual event at the Mill at which topical issues are presented by experts for discussion and debate. Recent subjects have included the need to honor civil discourse, protecting local waterways, the impact of social media and the impact of emotions on physical health. The public is invited to participate in this always interesting event.
Children & Youth Activities
Children’s theater occurred at the Mill for many years, years ago. Recently, some very talented Mill members have revived that tradition by staging productions of both well-known and original musicals. In addition, the Mill hosts a Youth Art Exhibition in January for high school students whose schools elect to the participate in the show.
The official registration and financial information of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association (PMCA) may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. The Internal Revenue Service has determined that the PMCA is an organization described in §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore contributions to it are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.