The Grist - April 2021

April 1, 2021


Not Your Run of the Mill Opening

The relationships we build through the arts are among our most meaningful, and a true source of inspiration. In that spirit, we announce the online opening of the first-ever, “not your run of the mill,” Phillips’ Mill Photo Committee Show. This show is a brilliant display of the fine art of photography, as well as a celebration of our community.

Samuel Vovsi, Awakening

Phillips’ Mill 2021 Photo Committee Show

The talented photographic artists who volunteer their time every year to produce the prestigious annual Phillips’ Mill Photo Exhibition, our juried photo show, were offered the chance to share their personal imagery for the show. “Each artist was given the freedom to present a body of work that represents their vision, which gives us all an unusual opportunity to appreciate the breadth of their creative works,” says Spencer Saunders, founder of Phillips’ Mill Photo. The results are just as inspiring as you would think.

Youth Programs


This year, 22 high schools participated — a new high-water mark. More than 150 works are on digital display, with more than $2500 in prizes awarded. 

As an online show, we were able to attract a larger audience than ever. In fact, we noted more than 1,400 unique visitors from across the US and the world! This is almost three times the number of visitors who typically attend our in-person shows. The feedback has been incredibly positive, with many exclaiming, “These are high school kids?”

We thank the many artists and their teachers, as well as our juror, sponsors and volunteers who made this wonderful show possible.


Sunday, April 1, 2021, 5-6 p.m.

Just about anyone with a smartphone camera can take a decent photo, but what makes an image fine art? 

Join host Laura Womack as she speaks with Spencer Saunders, founder of the prestigious Phillips’ Mill Photo Exhibition, and Donna Lovely, about the art of photography. They will share work from the current members’ exhibit along with their unique perspectives.

Registration required by 4pm, April 11 to receive a link.

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 5-6 p.m.

Phillips’ Mill was officially founded 92 years ago by a group of artist friends who became the renowned New Hope School of Impressionist painters. Meet two esteemed painters who became friends at the Mill and have gone on to win many of our awards. They will share their long fascination with painting Bucks County and the Delaware Valley.

Registration required by 4pm, April 25 to receive a link.

Visual Arts

Live from the Mill!
It’s the Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show

September 25—October 31, 2021

We are excited to announce that the 92nd Art Show will be a combined online exhibit and live event. Registration for the show will be online via Smart Entry from Aug 1—Sept 3.

We will update our website as new informationbecomes available.

Look for an announcement of the winning Signature Image on our social media pages and in the next issue of The Grist.

Artists should continue to visit our website for an updated Prospectus and other information.



Emerging Playwright Competition

We are looking for actors of ALL AGES to read the six short plays that won the 2021 Phillips’ Mill Emerging Playwright Competition.

READING: June 12, 2021
REHEARSALS: June 1-10, 2021

For more information, email
Please write “EPC Casting” in the subject line.

Member News

The Youth Art Exhibition Committee would like to thank the following people who have made this show possible through their generosity.

Pat & Bruce Hamilton, Linda B. Leffingwell & Jon Paton, Kathy Schroeher & Jim Clare, Susan & Peter Brussock, Ted & Kathleen Fernberger, Richard (Alex) Latella, Patrick & Mary Fowles, Reny & William Willoughby, Sally & Richard Henriques, William J. Novak, Wendy McGarry, Donna & Michael Lacey, Steven & Ricki Fisher, Valerie & Rod Eastburn, Helen Tai & John McDevitt, Stoney Hill Foundation, Phoenix Art Supplies & Framing, Lynn & Michael Stoner, Dennis R. Riley, David Shenkle, Suzanne P. Finklang, Charlotte L. Morrison, Judith Gillis, Candace Wallace, John DeVincentis, Gale D. Sparrow, Joe & Leslie Crilley, Carol & Bernard Plesser, Eugene Underwood, Laura Womack & Richard Williams

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus