Learn about the lives and inspirations of our local artists
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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