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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!


Save the Dates for THESE ArtTalks

December 12th – Frank Hyder
January 23rd – Bill Jersey
February 13th – Focus on the Phillips' Mill Youth Art Exhibition
February 27th
– Pending
March 13th
– Janine Dunn Wade
March 27th
– Joe Gyursek
April 10th
– Focus on the Phillips' Mill Photo Exhibition
April 24th
– Paul Gratz - Stories from a Gallery Owner

ArtTalk is exploring buying some audio equipment to facilitate our field trips and studio tours that we're planning. We're also looking at  belated anniversary party in the spring.

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A Collection of Past Conversations

November 28, 2021

Thanksgiving Special: Focus on Families

William Lathrop and his wife Annie famously hosted Sunday afternoon tea parties for his colleagues and students. Annie was a gifted cook and a gracious hostess. She took a genuine interest in the students' well-being and would house, feed, and encourage them in a warmly maternal fashion.

The Lathrop's home and the Mill became the intellectual and spiritual center of the art colony. He encouraged other artists and their families to move to the area, as he and Annie did in 1899. The New Hope art community has been comprised of artistic families ever since.

We want to honor the families that have helped to make our regional art community and the Phillips’ Mill Community Association the home for artists that it is today.

We hope you enjoy this special peek into the amazing couples that are part of the community today.

November 21, 2021

The Ethereal Works of David Stier

The drawings and paintings of David Stier have been described as introspective, atmospheric, moody and ethereal, like viewing memories and dreams, nuanced and enigmatic. What is it about David’s work that makes it so intriguing? The color? The shapes? The brushstrokes? Viewing his works, one observes that often he uses earth tones, focusing on form, space, light and shade. His color palette is often subdued, which leads to peaceful observation that brings you in with his intuition and emotional exploration. His subjects range from still life forms to interiors, human figures, and landscapes. He cites William Lathrop as a key influence in his work, and one can see the similarities. But how does one look to the work of one artist for inspiration and then make it unique?

When painting, David likes to go to different places and spend a lot of time there at various times of the day doing drawings. In his own words, “I work not only from what I see in the visual world but from my imagination; the two inform each other; that is, your ability to see and process the outer world informs your ability to interpret and completely reinterpret the world through your imagination.”

Click Here to view the slides that were presented during the conversation with David Stier and take a closer look at his works.

View even more of David's work at

November 7, 2021

Sit Down with the Jurors from EPC

Live theater is back! The readings of the winning works from the 4th Annual Emerging Playwright Competition will be held at the Mill on November 20th. During this event you will have an opportunity to meet the playwrights. But what about the people behind the production, specifically the jurors? Join us when Judith Hallberg, Kimberly Kalaja and Wilbert Turner will sit down with Laura Womack to have a conversation about writing for theatre, playwriting competitions and what they have learned through the years.

October 24, 2021

Viewer's Choice

We asked you, the viewer, which artists in the 92nd Juried Art Show you would like to hear more from and you responded! Here are the three artists selected from your suggestions: Luiz Vilela, Rita Siemienski Smith and Jan Lipes — three very different artists with unique styles and histories with the exhibition. We will discuss their works, inspiration and what the Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show means to them.

October 10, 2021

Meet the Patrons' Award Winners

The Patrons’ Awards are the highest honor awarded to the artists in the Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Exhibition. There are three awards given each year: painting; drawing, pastel or printmaking; and sculpture. This year all three winners are women. Mary Ann Bowman’s work, “Beach Grill Ocean City II” won the Patrons’ Award for Painting. Leslie Schlegel’s drawing “Stuck in the Past” won the Patrons’ Award for Drawing, Pastel or Printmaking. The Patrons’ Award for Sculpture was awarded to Tricia Zimic for “Diligence/Kintsugi.” Join us when we meet these women, discuss their works and look into their inspiration.

September 26, 2021

Behind the Scenes of the 92nd Juried Art Show

The Phillips' Mill Juried Art Show is back at the Mill! After a year online we return to the Mill. Join us as we take a sneak peek of the preparations, learn more about the show and hear from our award winners.

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