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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 23, 2021

Writing for the Theater

How do you write dialog? How do you lure the elusive muse? How hard is it to give your words over to actors or a director who may have a different interpretation? Theatre maven and raconteur John Augustine served as a juror for Phillips’ Mill’s Third Annual Emerging Playwright Competition. He shares insights from his career with host Laura Womack. Three of the winning playwrights join them -- Adam Richter, Jim Moss and Jeff Stolzer. Tune in to hear their techniques, frustrations and more of the inner world of playwriting from these award winning writers. They’re a lively group!

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.

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