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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

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.

February 7, 2021

Painting the Mill with Steve Zazenski

Through the years Phillips’ Mill has been a popular subject for local painters.  It has been represented at different angles, seasons and mediums. Artists submit their image of the Mill to be selected as the promotional image for the annual Juried Art Exhibition. This image represents the show for that year and can really help an artist get their name out.  

Steve Zazenski’s work “Winter Sun, Phillips’ Mill” was selected as the promotional image for the 2015 show.  Steve has been a longtime participant in the show, and his submissions have won several awards. Why does an artist decide to submit a work for the Promotional Image? Has being selected made an impact on his career? Join us while we discuss these questions with Steve. 

Also joining the discussion will be JoAnn Goodwin and Mary Flamer, members of the Phillips’ Mill Art Committee. They will explain a bit about the selection process. 

The discussion will be led by Laura Womack, a former journalist in public radio who currently chairs the Phillips’ Mill Art Show.

January 24, 2021

Collaborative Art with Kelly Sullivan

We think of painting as a solitary undertaking. The artist needs to concentrate and draw on her inner self. So what is collaborative art? How do you make one piece of art with several people? Fine artist Kelly Sullivan believes that the experience of artmaking should be shared. And she’s busy with all sorts of projects to make sure that happens. She will discuss her large-scale FingerSmears® projects,  an online community painting project, as well as her plans to redevelop the Strand Theatre in Lambertville into an art space.

Kelly Sullivan is a fine artist who has been accepted and won awards at the Phillips’ Mill Art Show for years.  She is also a pioneer in the field of collaborative art for more than 25 years. She loves that her efforts have sparked artistic expression and creative fuel in hundreds of thousands of lives.

January 10, 2021

A Dialogue with Emerging Playwrights

Two of the winners from the 3rd Annual Emerging Playwright Competition, Nick DeSimone and Kimberly Kalaja, joined us for a lively discussion on their work and inspirations.

Nick DeSimone is an award-winning writer, actor and filmmaker who made his debut at an international theatre festival in South Korea performing his play, "I Love You." Nick is a member of The Actors Studio/PDW and Urban Artists Collective.

Kimberly Bohman-Kalaja is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, author and Fulbright scholar. Her short film, The Lesson, was awarded "Best Screenplay" at the Top Shorts Film Festival in September 2020. She has served on the faculty of leading universities, including Princeton University, NYU, and California State University.

December 13, 2020

Meet the Teachers

Teachers are important members of the community but in the age of COVID their jobs have become even more essential and more difficult. On the next ArtTalk we will introduce you to two local art teachers, John Rodgers and Amanda Penecale. John is a long time contributor to the Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Exhibition while Amanda submitted her work for the first time this year. We will discuss their background, how they decided to go into teaching and how they pursue their art career outside the classroom.

November 22, 2020

Discussion with Robert Beck

Robert Beck is known for painting in “visual essays,” in which he addresses a subject through multiple images. His subjects vary, but the common thread in all of his images is viewpoint: the depiction of his encounter. Through Beck’s deft observation and description, the viewer discovers what it is like to be there. Concentrating on occupations and environments, Robert Beck’s paintings are an important chronicle of our time.

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