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Our popular ArtTalk series features online conversations with artists, curators, playwrights and more. Join us live, two Sundays every month, from 5 to 6 p.m.

ArtTalk is hosted by Laura Womack, chair of Phillips' Mill Art.

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.

Production Team: Jen McHugh, executive producer; and Dennis Riley and Jean Mihich, content producers.

You can view past shows on the Phillips' Mill YouTube channel, or scroll down to find them right here!


A Collection of Past Conversations

May 2, 2021

A Curator's Conversation

If you happened to wander into Phillips’ Mill in the spring of 1929 you would have witnessed the first organized exhibit of member artists. You would have seen works by William L. Lathrop, Daniel Garber, John Folinsbee, George W. Sotter – just to name a few. The Phillips’ Mill was the heart of the artistic community in New Hope and these artists started the arts community on the Delaware river. The works of these talented artists reside in museums and private collections across the country. The artists became the renowned New Hope School of American Impressionists.

Join us as Laura Turner Igoe takes us back to the beginning of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association as we explore works in the collection of the Michener Art Museum.

April 11, 2021

A Photographic View of Phillips’ Mill

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? 

Watch as host Laura Womack spoke with Spencer Saunders, founder of Phillips’ Mill Photo, and Donna Lovely, a member of the 2021 Phillips’ Mill Photography Committee. They shared the works from the 2021 Phillips’ Mill Photo Exhibit, as well as their perspective of photography as an art form.

March 21, 2021

Exploring the Youth Art Exhibition

Kathy Schroeher, Andrew Wilderson and Schuyler Cauley, who organized the 2021 Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Show, discussed why youth art is so important, and what it meant to keep the show going during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Joining them was an artist who started in the youth show and was later selected to be in the prestigious Juried Art Show this past year. 

Host Laura Womack, a former journalist in public radio and current chair of the Phillips’ Mill Art Show, led the discussion.

March 9, 2021

Studio Tour with Pat Martin

In abstract art, the artist is freed from faithful representations of the material world. But then what are the signposts for the artist — and the viewer — in how to experience the work? Pat Martin's journey in art began when she was a child in California, where she attended art school, and has flourished in the five decades she's lived in the New Hope/Lambertville area. During this discussion, Pat shared the insights she's gained in her long career.

February 21, 2021

Poetic Realism with John Schmidtberger

John Schmidtberger has described his work as "poetic realism." He paints from direct observation without the use of photographs and with little or no retouching. 

John first entered the Mill Show in 1988, when he took home an honorable mention. His work has been included many times since, winning the prestigious Patrons’ Award for Painting in both 2019 and 2020.

During this show, John discussed his paintings, inspirations and involvement with Phillips' Mill and explored the artist/gallerist intersection.

February 7, 2021

Painting the Mill with Steve Zazenski

Through the years Phillips’ Mill has been a popular subject for local painters.  It has been represented at different angles, seasons and mediums. Artists submit their image of the Mill to be selected as the promotional image for the annual Juried Art Exhibition. This image represents the show for that year and can really help an artist get their name out.  

Steve Zazenski’s work “Winter Sun, Phillips’ Mill” was selected as the promotional image for the 2015 show.  Steve has been a longtime participant in the show, and his submissions have won several awards. Why does an artist decide to submit a work for the Promotional Image? Has being selected made an impact on his career? Join us while we discuss these questions with Steve. 

Also joining the discussion will be JoAnn Goodwin and Mary Flamer, members of the Phillips’ Mill Art Committee. They will explain a bit about the selection process. 

The discussion will be led by Laura Womack, a former journalist in public radio who currently chairs the Phillips’ Mill Art Show.

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