Learn about the lives and inspirations of our local artists
Rick Goodwin recalls the exact moment he decided to write his first full-length play. The retired magazine publisher from Bucks County, Pa., was sitting in a hotel room in Evanston, Illinois, a small town just north of Chicago and home to Goodwin’s alma mater, Northwestern University. It was seven years ago. He was 59 years old. The play that had been floating around in his head was still there, in his head. “I said to myself, ‘You better get started,’” he relays.
Luiz Vilela works primary in oil, but is proficient in watercolor, charcoal, pastel and pencil on paper. Many of his paintings include landscapes and river scenes of Bucks County, Pa. He is also drawn to popular locations on Cape Cod, the English countryside, and his native country of Brazil for inspiration.
Award-winning photographer Bob Krist loves to tell a good story, and one of his favorites is about the time he met Bob Gilka, Director of Photography at National Geographic. Back then, Bob was an aspiring photojournalist and would-be world wanderer, who could only dream of securing an assignment from the prestigious travel magazine. But he had also just been named “Photojournalist of the Year” by a New Jersey newspaper, and that gave him the courage to approach Gilka about a job.
Just in time for the holidays, we are spotlighting Robert Papp, whose mesmerizing oil painting, “The Christmas Tree Farmer,” was featured in this year’s Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show. The Bucks County fine artist had been getting his Christmas tree from the same nursery for many years, and was always struck by the owner’s sense of pride.
When Frank Arcuri began painting “Capriccio,” it had been nearly 25 years since he had submitted any artwork to the Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show. In that time, the fine artist who is currently represented by the Patricia Hutton Galleries in Doylestown, Pa., has earned much acclaim for his masterful still life paintings.
Contemporary painter and sculptor Léni Paquet-Morante looks to the landscape for inspiration and finds beauty and intrigue in its intricate structures as well as its sweeping vistas. More and more, she is drawn to the water, particularly shallow water—creeks, puddles, wetlands—mesmerized by its layers and movement.
Amanda’s paintings often feature beautiful natural settings, captured and interpreted in bright, bold colors, in places that have special meaning to her, like the fields surrounding her family’s farm in Ottsville, Pa. And, of course, the Phillips Mill itself, a setting she has drawn and painted often.
The Phillips' Mill Community Association supports programming in the visual and performing arts, and hosts social and educational events. It is the broadest-ranging venue for artistic expression in Bucks County.
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