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Our popular ArtTalk series features online conversations with artists, curators, playwrights and more.

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.

Dennis Riley, Laura Womack, Jean Mihich, and Jen McHugh
(Photo credit: Sue Ann Rainey)

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

ArtTalk Moves Forward

We asked for your opinions, and you responded. From our survey responses, we learned that you really enjoy our current content and guests – so we will continue to focus on local artists. The big take-away is that people are increasing their in-person activities and have less time for virtual events. In response, we have decided to adjust our offerings to better serve your needs in the emerging late pandemic environment as follows:

– We will now have one online show a month.
Starting in May, 2022, ArtTalk will move from Sunday to the 4th Wednesday of each month.

– We are exploring the option of more in-person events to be held at the Mill.
The first event is being held in June and will be a small group gathering to focus on watercolor.
Check the website and the Grist for details!

UPCOMING

Save the Dates for THESE ArtTalks

July 27th – (re)Framing the Bucks County Art Canon
August 24th – Alexander Shanks
September 28th – Luiz Vilela - Honored Artist for the 93rd Juried Art Exhibition

We at ArtTalk hope to continue to grow and provide our viewers with interesting content. That includes more on-site interviews, studio tours and in person conversations. This growth requires the purchase of audio and recording equipment. Your financial support of ArtTalk can help make this possible. Click on the button below to make a contribution. We appreciate your continued support!

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A Collection of Past Conversations

January 23, 2022

Documenting Our World with Bill Jersey

Bill Jersey has been creating for over eight decades. At 11 he was drawing to escape the restrictions of a fundamentalist home. He became a documentary filmmaker to have what he considered a more financially secure and yet still creative career. Jersey’s work in film and on canvas both are his way of exploring the world. He’s a keen observer in both media, looking for the telling moment or perspective.

Jersey’s paintings explore the rural landscape and architecture of the Delaware River Valley. He’s known for a vibrant palette but as a documentarian he often worked in black and white. In film he worked in a two dimensional medium but he says in painting you’re working toward three dimensions. We’ll talk about how his creative philosophy as a documentarian applies to painting, including how photography influences his artwork — and its limitations.

Bill Jersey has won two Emmy’s, three Peabodys and was twice nominated for Oscars. In over 100 films he’s explored race relations in the U.S., religious fundamentalism, criminal justice, evolution. He’s profiled luminaries such as Maya Angelou, Justice Earl Warren, Designer Ray Eames and Mozart. Jersey owns his own production company, Quest Productions. He earned a Masters Degree in Cinema from the University of Southern California. He’s represented by Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ.

Bill Jersey is the juror of the 2022 Youth Art Exhibition, which is now live until February 27, 2022.

Click Here to view the slideshow from the presentation.

December 12, 2021

Adventures with Frank Hyder

A conversation with Frank Hyder could go anywhere. He loves to talk about the cultural influences of art colonies like ours in Bucks County, or the state of art education in the academies. During this ArtTalk, we will ask him about his participation in the sprawling art fair overtaking Miami during Art Basel. His broad contemporary experience and deep knowledge of art history inflect his stories of the international art scene. Frank is always as entertaining as he is informative, and he clearly cares deeply about art and the people who make it. Whenever we chat with Frank, we know it will be fascinating, enlightening and thought-provoking — and we never know where the conversation will go!

Frank is a local artist who has transcended boundaries. We know him as a sculpture juror of the 92nd Phillips’ Mill Art Show. He has shown at the Michener Museum here in Bucks County with his Janis Project — a wandering global public art phenomenon of outsized inflatable heads that carry a humorous message of equality and goodwill. He had a gallery in Philadelphia for many years and maintains strong connections to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He’s had over 100 solo art exhibitions spanning most continents, although he says he’s particularly popular in Latin America.

Click Here to view the slides from the presentation.

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 http://davidstier.com.

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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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus