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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

July 25, 2021

Shawn Campbell - Personal Connections in Sculpture

A young woman wearing a blouse made of leaves, a man of bark with branches for horns, a woman with a bird’s nest on her head… Shawn Campbell’s ceramic figures — human, animal, or both — have eyes that are present but not quite here. They are contemplative, sometimes lost, often sweet.

Shawn investigates the human frailties and the stories that connect us. The poetic power of her expressive figures evoke an emotional reaction in the viewer. Shawn’s sculptures speak with humor in their direct face-to-face presence. They are often ethereal, with an innocence that inspires the viewer to also create by supplying a backstory for the characters. In her sculptures and totems, we experience a mysterious vision of the world, a vision that includes a love of the eclectic. Shawn Campbell’s ceramic works suggest a vital interconnection between the human and non-human realms.  

And now during these challenging times Shawn has sculpted in clay 100 faces in 100 days, a tour de force of character invention. Watch the ArtTalk and find out why Shawn Campbell has taken on this ambitious endeavor, adding to her prolific legacy of 3D sculpture creations and totems.

July 11, 2021

Photographing Your Art with Jane Ramsey and Donna Lovely

There’s no escaping the online submission process for artists. The Phillips’ Mill Art Show is one of the last in the country to jury in person and even we had to go online during the pandemic. We’re continuing with online jurying this year while the future spread of covid remains uncertain. In any case we’ll continue the online show beyond the pandemic and for that we need photographs – good ones! We want to help you take the best possible photos of your artwork for our show and for your archives. So we’ve invited artist Jane Ramsey and photographer Donna Lovely to give us all some tips on how to make your artwork look its best to jurors and collectors online.

Click here to view the slides from the presentation.

June 27, 2021

Observing the Unobserved with Csilla Sadloch

Csilla Sadloch, known for her large-scale graphite drawings of plant matter, shares her meticulous and extraordinarily realistic artworks. The subject matter is inspired by her walks in woods, where the details of nature capture her sharply-focused gaze. She calls it “hyper examination.” The result is a realism taken to such an extreme that it becomes an abstraction.

June 13, 2021

The Artist's Inspiration: Francisco Silva

Whether it’s people in a Queens, New York, food line during the pandemic or landscapes of the Appalachian Trail, Artist Francisco Silva paints the scenes he finds around him. Silva was born in Lima, Peru, and raised in the Peruvian community of Kearney, New Jersey. Now living in Frenchtown, Silva won the Phillips’ Mill Signature Image competition, painting the 18th-century National Historic Landmark with the warm colors of his Peruvian roots and the calming spirit that he’s experienced in nature.

Silva joins ArtTalk to discuss how his work reflects current events expressed through scenes of the daily struggles of ordinary people.  He’ll also tell us how he uses his palette of colors to express and evoke emotion.

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.

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