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Our popular ArtTalk series features online conversations with artists, curators, playwrights and more. Join us the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. It is, however, best to check the website for scheduling information as dates sometimes change due to artists’ availability

ArtTalk is hosted by Laura Womack, President of the Phillips' Mill Community Association. 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 Board President of Phillips’ Mill.
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!

*Please check the website for dates and times, particularly if the Wednesday falls before a holiday.

Save the Date for these Upcoming ArtTalks

April 24 - Dot Bunn
May 15 - TBD
June 19 - Miriam Carpenter
July 17 - Al Gury
September 18 - Honored Artist from the Phillips' Mill Juried Art Show
October 16 - Freda Williams

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A Collection of Past Conversations

March 28, 2024

Thom Goertel

Join us as we chat with award-winning photographer and multimedia producer Thom Goertel, who is the juror for the 2024 Phillips' Mill Photographic Exhibition.

Working on projects for corporations, institutions, NGOs and publications, Thom has shot in locations ranging from the White House in D.C. to dung huts in Uganda. His work has been published in National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among others, and has been shown in galleries across the U.S., and is part of several private collections.

Beyond photography, Thom worked as a 3-D animator, motion graphics artist and art director.

Thom’s recent photo work includes documentary humanitarian projects in Kenya, Uganda and central Mexico, as well as his daily exploration and exploitation of the camera in his pocket.

March 20, 2024

Sean Mount

Our guest, Sean Mount, is a self-taught oil and watercolor painter, and a naturalist who has been foraging for mushrooms, in particular, all his life. Ornithology is of specific interest to him, too. Known for his paintings of foggy winter woods and sun-dappled creeks, his work builds on the rich legacy of New Hope School Impressionism with honesty and innovative unsentimentally.

Sean received a 2019 fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. After a career as a decorative painter and muralist, he spent a decade in New York City working in film and television as a scenic artist. There, he won three Art Director’s Guild Awards for his work on "Mr Robot" and "The Night Of."

February 21, 2024

Lisa Naples

ArtTalk goes back to the clay studio with the ever-engaging Lisa Naples. Lisa is a modern-day Beatrix Potter sculptor with an edge. Her creations are often animals that draw you in with their charm. Imagine rabbits and owls and crows in human situations dealing with human questions. A bird looks at himself in the bathroom mirror. It’s titled, “Is That All I Am?” Two rabbits with birds on their backs touch noses getting to know each other. It’s called “Spirito Santo.” Her animals have a complex interior life.

Lisa has studied widely, transitioning from a “potter” to a sculptor and storyteller, and to a conduit for ideas that come to her from an unseen realm. She says, “At this point, clay and I are dear, old friends. My experience in the studio is a conversation; a collaboration with something unseen but felt and understood.”

January 17, 2024

David Leopold

ArtTalk resumes on January 17 with a fascinating conversation with David Leopold, creative director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and author of “The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age,” which was published to coincide with a major retrospective that Leopold curated for the New York Historical Society. The book won universal acclaim. The Washington Post called it an “instant classic,” and Amazon selected it for its “Top Books of 2015.”

Leopold became interested in the artwork of Hirschfeld when, more than 30 years ago, he was researching Ben Solowey’s series of charcoal drawings of Broadway performers, opera singers and dancers called “Theatre Portraits.” Leopold discovered that Solowey’s drawings frequently ran side by side with Al Hirschfeld’s legendary theatre work. He reached out to the artist for more information and soon became his archivist, visiting Hirschfeld at least once a week in his studio for 13 years.

Today he co-hosts the popular Hirschfeld Century Podcast, nominated as “Best New York City Podcast” by the 2020 Apple Awards.

November 15, 2023

Kirby Fredendall

Kirby Fredendall paints mood as generated by her experience of the landscape. Her paintings are a visual record of her experience in nature. They are not about how the landscape looks as much as about how the landscape can make one feel. 

Kirby is highly conscious of the section of landscape she chooses, pulling apart elements of the landscape and selectively reconfiguring them. The viewer is gently led away from a directly observed image to one where a balance is struck between the known and the felt. The surface is organized into separate areas where one can then experience the landscape as a vista across a body of water, as the transparency of light and objects seen beneath the water, and the combinations of light and color that play together among all of these views. The viewer can be drawn deep into the visual space or skate along the surface.

One observer said of Kirby’s work, ”It’s almost as if the artist was able to capture that elusive space between the physical landscape and the mental manifestations of being there; she packages up that tenuous space and serves it to us on canvas." Deborah Kostianovsky From InLiquid.

Kirby Fredendall is an award-winning artist who has exhibited widely in the region, including at Phillips’ Mill community Association. She earned a BA from Duke University. She attended Boston University’s British Art & Architecture Program in London (1987), and Duke University’s Renaissance Art & History Program in Florence (1986).

October 18, 2023

Armando Sosa

A person reaches for an apple in a tree. Underneath is a dog. A bird with it’s wings outstretched displays each feather. These can be challenging subjects for any artist who engages with detail. But for a weaver bound by the unrelenting grid of a woven cloth, they are daunting and greedy of time. Master weaver Armando Sosa is committed to surmounting these challenges. So much so that he himself built a complex loom that he researched from his native Guatemala as well as Europe and China.

Now he weaves traditional motifs in his own combinations and colors to express his dreams, his memories, and his aspirations.  The resulting works show the overlapping cultural influences that have inspired his art.

Artist Bio: Armando Sosa was born in rural Salcaja, in the Guatemalan Highlands. The son of a weaver, his job as a young boy he was guarding newly dyed threads drying on the grass of the riverbank from being trampled by cows!  At the age of eight he spun and dyed yarn. At fifteen, he wove shawls and garments on a simple 4-harness loom. At sixteen, he moved to Guatemala City where he first worked with a compound-harness loom. From 1970 until 1980, he exhibited his work in Latin America and the United States. In 1993 Armando moved to the Princeton area where he began to weave again, building a total of 4 large complex looms from memory. Various awards he has received include the title “Artist of Exceptional Ability” from the United States Government. In Jan. 2016, Sosa was named the first Folk Art Master of the State of New Jersey by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

September 20, 2023

Pamela M. Miller

Pamela M. Miller is known for her landscapes with hay rolls, which she wants to capture before they disappear from the Bucks County scene forever. She says her work is dedicated to the simple pleasure of viewing a field, to the work of a farmer’s imprint on the land, and to the long-playing motion picture of the seasons. Her homage is composed in pastel of intense color and the changing light of day.

Pam is this year’s Honored Artist as well as Signature Image artist for the 94th Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill. She’s exhibited at Phillips’ Mill Community Association’s annual juried art show many times and received numerous awards. She was part of Phillips’ Mill’s 75th Retrospective Invitational show in 2005 and is included in the book of the exhibition. A local fixture, Pam has exhibited widely including at the Philadelphia Sketch club, Coryell Gallery, and others. She earned her teacher’s certification at Northland College in Wisconsin and taught in public schools for many years. She now gives private classes.

August 23, 2023

Martha Wirkijowski

What if Edward Hopper was a Goth who read manga? Martha Wirkijowski paints nightscapes that Hopper might have painted if he’d had those references. She often depicts buildings at night, from the perspective of an observant outsider. There’s an expectancy to her paintings, an awareness. And like Hopper, Martha has a keen sense of color. But her color goes to eleven. It’s neon. Her website says she paints luminous nightscapes. That’s true, if mild. They glow with phosphorescent green, hot pink, burnt orange and magic hour blue. There’s color in her shadows, color in her whites.

Martha’s subjects are often street scenes, usually Lambertville, NJ. Lambertville’s famous Halloween extravaganza appears in Martha’s oeuvre frequently and fondly. Even when her subject isn’t that spooky holiday her nightscapes have a Gorey-esque quality, with weblike interlacing of tree branches and animated shadows. She has other subjects too, landscapes and cats.

We’ll talk with Martha about her thoroughly modern aesthetic, how she pulls off those neon colors in her nightscapes and about how much manga she does or doesn’t read.

Martha Wirkijowski graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustrations. She’s the creator of two graphic novels, Unlucky Sacred Heart Suburb Book One and Sacred Heart Suburb Book One, She’s exhibited broadly, including at Phillip’s Mill Juried Art Show, in Philadelphia Galleries, Brooklyn, and more.

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