The 91st Show was our 1st Online Juried Art Exhibition!
Saturday September 26th, 2020, the Phillips’ Mill Art Show online gallery went live.
In many ways, it feels like we have reinvented our show. We have overhauled our website, juried online and launched a social media campaign. We’ve made videos and worked with artists who’ve made videos. It’s been terrific fun and hard work!
One thing that hasn’t changed is the quality of the artwork that makes up the Phillips’ Mill Art Show. On site or online, it is a beautiful show with a range of accomplished works — from red barns to portraits to abstracts.
Congratulations to all the artists and the jurors!
Introducing the Honored Artist for the 91st Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show
Each year we choose to honor an artist who has been a loyal participant in the Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition over many years.
Louis Russomanno amply fulfills that description. Russomanno knew he wanted to be an artist when he left the U.S. Navy in December, 1969. He had no formal training but he’d been studying anatomy books that he bought in every port he visited during his three years of service. Nine months after his discharge, Russomanno — a self taught artist — was in the Phillps’ Mill Show. A year later he won his first Patron’s Award. Since then he’s been a regular contributor to our show. A master of painting cloth, Russomanno has an ability to portray the texture and folds of fabric that is reminiscent of the Dutch Masters. This year he’s showing a painting of a man wearing a white shirt that demonstrates this extraordinary natural talent. Russomanno was featured in Phillips’ Mills Art Exhibit’s special 75th Anniversary catalog. His works are in the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton City Museum and in private collections throughout the United States and Canada.
To learn more about Louis Russomanno, read “10 Questions with Louis Russomanno.”
Painting & Graphics
• Mark Bockrath is a representational landscape and figure painter living and working in West Chester, PA. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1981 with an M.S. degree in Art Conservation. Mark works as a paintings conservator in private practice in West Chester. He has taught classes on painting materials and figure painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. His work is in numerous corporate, private and public collections including the State Department, Oberlin College and The McGraw-Hill Companies. He is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia.
In addition to landscapes of his native Pennsylvania, Mark has painted landscapes of Maine for nearly thirty years. He mostly works in oil or pastel, but also charcoal and silverpoint for portraits and figures. He is interested in work that has a unified visual and emotional impact, and in the surface of the painting apart from its subject or composition. The emotion determines the technique; the painting then takes on a life of its own in the process. www.markbockrath.com
• Elsa Mora is an artist and curator. A recipient of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists, she was born and raised in Cuba and moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 2001 where she lived until 2014. Mora currently resides in upstate New York with her husband, William Horberg, and their two children.
Mora’s art has been exhibited worldwide in art galleries and museums. She taught at the Vocational School of Arts in Camagüey, Cuba, and has been a visiting artist at the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco State University, the Art Institute of Boston, the MoMA Design Store, and the National Gallery of Art, among others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; the Long Beach Museum of Art, California; and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. Mora has collaborated as an illustrator with such organizations as the Museum of Modern Art, Chronicle Books, The New York Review of Books, Penguin Random House, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and teNeues, among others.
• Celia Reisman’s paintings of residential landscapes combine abstract structures within a rich, complex world of invented color and shape. Relying on drawings made from direct observation and memory, she develops large scale paintings in the studio that modify and compose light and space but still honor the initial site that inspired her. Concerned with balance, proportion, and an order imposed onto the subject, Reisman’s work reflects an altered view of the world around us.
She is represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia where she has shown her work for over twenty years. The Paul Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco and Big Town Gallery in Rochester, Vermont have showcased her in solo and group exhibitions and her work has been seen in other galleries throughout the United States.
Her work was selected for the American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition where she received a Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Award. In 2000, she had a Fifteen Year Survey Exhibition at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA. Her paintings toured in two traveling exhibitions curated by Alan Gussow entitled, “Artist as Native” and “Rediscovering the Landscape.” Her other awards include residencies at Borgo Finnochietto Artist Residency, Buonconvento, Italy, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos New Mexico, the Rochefort-en-Terre Residency in France, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Ms. Reisman was a Visiting Critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Mount Gretna School of Art. Previously, she taught at Swarthmore College, Dartmouth College and other institutions. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University and went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Yale University. www.celiareisman.com
• Diane Marimow is currently a Philadelphia sculptor, as well as, an educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
After graduating from Elmira College, she received a graduate degree in art from Tyler School of Art. Diane taught art to children and young adults in public and independent schools on the East Coast for more than 30 years.
Diane has exhibited her ceramic sculptures and wall pieces in galleries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Arizona. In 2016, her sculpture was selected and displayed for three months in the International Terminal of the Philadelphia Airport.
Her sculptures reside in private collections throughout the U.S. including one that was purchased by the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. Diane.Marimow.com
• Gary Weisman studied sculpture and drawing at Washington University in St. Louis, The Art Institute of Chicago, and received a BA from Columbia College. Further study included 10 years of apprentice studies with sculptors Jack Kearney (Chicago), Leslie Posey (Florida, alum of PAFA class of 1921), and Evangelos Frudakis.
He has had numerous solo shows including:
Berry Hill Galleries, New York; Arcadia Contemporary, New York; Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto; Yoram Gil, Los Angeles; Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia; Sirona Fine Art, Miami; Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia. Additionally, he has exhibited his work in Australia, Singapore, Beijing, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Spain, and the Netherlands.
Weisman is collected and commissioned both publicly and privately, in the U.S., Canada, China and the Middle East, as well as being honored at the White House for his work at the American Embassies in Bandar Seri Begawan and North Vietnam. Some of these commissions/collections include the Art Museum at University of Kentucky; Midway Airport, Chicago; City of Duluth; Union League of Chicago; Cole Collection Wadenoyen, Netherlands; Arnot Art Museum; Burroughs Pharmaceutical; Carr Corporation, D.C.; Cigna, Philadelphia; Cantonet, Dubai, UAE; Steuben Glass, NY; and the City of Philadelphia.
Gary co-teaches Open Studio figure modeling and is a student critic in the Certificate/ BFA program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.