Jurors Selected for the 83rd Annual Phillips' Mill Art Exhibition

Jurors Selected for the 83rd Annual Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition

JULY 10, 2012
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New Hope, PA … The 83rd Annual Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition Committee has announced the distinguished group of art experts who have been selected to jury this year’s show. Each Art Committee member involved in the Jury selection is well versed in the art world themselves and after reviewing each of the potential candidate’s credentials, they unanimously select the jury. The team of selected jurors will have the difficult task of choosing the art to be exhibited in this prestigious annual show and also deciding upon the various cash awards to be presented. In 2011, approximately $10,000.00 was awarded at the discretion of the jurors. Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition is the first and most continuous art event exhibiting the works of Delaware Valley Artists. This show which accepts only artists living within a 25 mile radius of Phillips’ Mill is an excellent way to view as well as purchase the works of this areas best artists. The jurors this year will include:

Jurors for Painting and Graphics:

Artist Herbert Appelson was born in New York City, studied at Brooklyn College, received his M.F.A at the University of Wisconsin and an Ed.D. from Columbia University. He is currently lives in Cherry Hill, NJ and is a Professor of Art at Rowan University.

Appelson specializes in printmaking and the relief technique. The graphic pieces which he calls “hand threaded embossments” are dimensional compositions in form, line and texture. They are prints which activate the flat surface of paper and possess true sculptural qualities. Working primarily with geometric design, his graphics are embossed or folded into three-dimensional shapes. The dimensional facets of these shapes are further increased by the use of an overlay of different kinds of threads. This embossment process represents a dual experiment expressing the beauty of the matrix as well as creating a sculptural composition in form, line and texture.

Appelson’s prints have been featured in many shows including the A.A.A. and Macy Galleries in New York, The Art Alliance and Woodmere Museum in PA, and the Trenton State Museum and Contemporary Classics Gallery in New Jersey. In addition, his works are represented in a number of public and private collections including the Noyes Museum, Kansas State, Auburn, Columbia and Wisconsin Universities.

Laszlo Bagi was raised in Hungary shortly before WW II. He later escaped to Austria and eventually came to the United States where he made his home in the Delaware Valley working as an art director for Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He currently makes his home in Oreland PA. In his earlier years Laszlo’s chosen medium was pen and ink combined with watercolor. This eventually led to an interest in printmaking, first etching, then wood cuts and finally multicolored serigraphs which he has explored for the last 25 years. He has studied at the Academy of Art in Budapest, Philadelphia College of Art and the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. His great love of nature takes him to the coastal dunes, wooded trails and mountain ranges for much of his subject matter. Historic Philadelphia and its environs are also of interest. Laszlo returns frequently to his homeland of Hungary where he finds inspiration in both the land and its people which he considers his most personal work.
“My serigraphs are a combination of visual memories, color impressions, personal emotion and experience put on paper with the hope of evoking a response within the viewer. The art is planned and drawn: each print is hand printed by me – one color, one sheet at a time. Each print is unique the result of a slow, careful process.”

Laszlo is a member of local and regional art organizations including American Color Print Society, Philadelphia Water Color Society and Philadelphia/Tri-State Artist Equity Association. He has exhibited and received numerous awards over the last 35 years. They include The Print Prize, The Pennel Memorial Prize for Graphics, The Grumbaucher Award and the Benton Spruance Award. His work is part of many collections including Philadelphia Free Library, AAI Corporation, AC Transit, Temple University, Historic Landmarks for Living, Philadelphia Airport and numerous individuals and businesses in the Greater Delaware Valley.

Todd Stone has been exhibiting his paintings internationally for over thirty years. He is a recipient of many painting awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, State Museum of Pennsylvania Painting Award, Abbey Fund Fellowship from the National Academy of the Arts and grants from the Puffin Foundation and Kittredge Fund. Stone’s work has been place in numerous collections including the James Michener Art Museum, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Williams College Art Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, Napa Valley Opera House, Readers Digest Inc. and Time Warner Inc.

Todd’s focus for the last decade has been painting the ever-changing downtown skyline of Manhattan with his “Witness” and “Downtown Rising” Series. He has been painting on the 48th Floor of 7 World Trade Center as a guest of the Silverstein Properties since 2009. The painter is the President of the Gallows Run Watershed Association and the Publisher of Upper Bucks Futures. He is the founder of Art for Conservation, an annual benefit for open space conservation in Upper Bucks County. He maintains studios in Lower Manhattan and Kintnersville, PA.

Jurors for Sculpture

Mark Sfirri is a woodworker who incorporates lathe turned forms in his furniture and sculpture. His specialty within turning is multi-axis turning which has allowed him to create forms that are more sculptural than ones that would be expected from this process.

Sfirri studied furniture design under Tage Frid at Rhode Island School of Design where he received his BFA and MFA. Sfirri is a professor and coordinator of the Fine Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown PA since 1981. He was honored by the Renwick Alliance which is a support group for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution to receive a “Distinguished Educator Award” for 2010. He was only the second recipient of this award in the wood medium. In 2012, Sfirri was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Collectors of Wood Art. He has juried or curated eighteen exhibitions including most recently, the 2011 Philadelphia Craft Show. Mark’s work can be seen in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Renwick Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Art and Design in NYC, Carnegie Museum of Art, Minneapolis Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft &Design in Charlotte, NC. He has lectured and demonstrated in over 100 workshops and symposia throughout the US, France, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. Sfirri has published ten articles on design, technique and history for a variety of woodworking related publications. Sfirri currently resides in the New Hope, PA area.

Sculptor Wendy Wilkinson-Gordon has been making sculptures of multiple elements for many years. Her sculpture consists of repeated, organic forms that are covered by a thin skin to reveal the underlying structure. They can hang or lean on the wall or be free standing. Her sculptures seem to be forms from nature such as seed pods or cocoons or are reminiscent of ancient utensils. Although they are similar in size, color and form, each element is subtly unique and when presented together form a cohesive whole.
“I believe that my work communicates on several different levels. I am making a statement on nature and the structures it sometimes utilizes to become stronger and thus survive.”

Wendy attended Syracuse University and first became interested in three-dimentional form while spending a semester studying in Florence, Italy with a sculptor doing plasilene figurative forms. She received her BFA in sculpture from Syracuse and went on to apprentice at Johnson Atelier Institute of Sculpture, specializing in metal finishing, welding and patina and later was appointed Assistant to the Director of Production at Johnson Atelier. Wendy has exhibited her work in many galleries and exhibitions though out Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and New York. She has also won awards from Artsbridge, Lambertville, NJ. Today Wendy is co-owner of Harry H. Gordon Studios in Lambertville, NJ.

Artist Registration/Entry forms for the 83rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition are now available. Artists should go on line to www.phillipsmill.org and download a form or call the Mill at 215-862-0582 leaving their name, address and phone number and a form will be mailed to you.

Artists wishing to enter may bring their work with a Registration Form to Phillips’ Mill on Friday, September 7 from 2PM to 7PM or Saturday, September 8 from 11AM to 4PM. Jury day will be on Sunday, September 9.

The 83rd Annual Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition will open on Saturday, September 22 and run through Saturday, October 27. Hours are 1PM to 5PM Daily. Phillips’ Mill is located at 2619 River Road about 1.5 miles north of New Hope. For further information call 215-862-0582 or visit our website at www.phillipsmill.org.