A Photographic View of Phillips’ Mill
Sunday, April 11th, 5-6 p.m.
Photography has come a long way in just 200 years. The camera developed from a plain box that took blurry photos to the high-tech mini computers found in today’s smartphones. With the ability to take a picture literally at our fingertips what makes an image fine art, rather than just Instagram worthy?
The line between fine art and a regular photo has been blurred. So what makes photography art? How is the photographer an artist? Spencer Saunders started the Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition in 1992 to make a stand for photography as a fine art. Through the years the exhibit has grown and is now the premier annual juried photography exhibition in Bucks County.
Join us on April 11th when our host Laura Womack will talk with Spencer Saunders and Donna Lovely, members of the 2021 Phillips’ Mill Photography Committee. They will share the exhibit and share their perspective of photography as an artform.
Registration required. Please RSVP by Sunday, April 11th by 4pm to receive your link to the discussion.
Spencer is a gifted photographer using the medium with precision to achieve a visual language with clarity. Spencer was fortunate to receive a scholarship to the newly formed (and short lived) Pennsylvania Governor’s School For the Arts, with thirty other young aspiring photographers. In the evenings these impressionable minds were taught to become leaders in bringing the arts to rural parts of the state. He continued his photography exploration at George School and then Hampshire College, with a Bachelor of Arts double major in Photography and Architecture.
Donna Lovely is a fine art and freelance photographer with the eye of a painter. She captures images with a personal and memorable twist.
Donna fell in love with photography at her alma mater, Tufts University, and furthered her photography education at Richmond College in London, S.U.N.Y. Purchase and Crealde School of Art, Winter Park, Florida. Her award-winning photographs are widely published and exhibited in both the United States and Europe, and her work is in numerous collections, including the prestigious permanent collections of the Orlando Museum of Art and Tampa Museum of Art. She has been part of over 120 group and juried exhibitions and 38 one-woman shows.
LAURA WOMACK – Moderator
Laura hosted her own syndicated show in Virginia before joining WAMU in Washington, D.C., where she also contributed to NPR. Laura became involved in the arts while living in Singapore, where she worked as a docent and developed an interest in textiles. Today, Laura is a weaver and chair of the Phillips’ Mill Art Show committee.
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Congratulations to the 2020 winners of the Phillips’ Mill Emerging Playwrights Competition:
Nick DeSimone, New York, N.Y. for Close Your Eyes
Adam Richter, West Reading, Pa. for Eye Contact
Jeff Stolzer, New York, N.Y. for The New Abnormal
J.B. Heaps, New York, N.Y. for Go Gently Into the Night
Far From Providence – Jim Moss, Branchburg, N.J. for Far from Providence
Kimberly Kalaja, New York, N.Y. for Acts Without Words
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.