PMPE Newsletter - Issue 7

March 1, 2021

Phillips Mill Photography Newsletter

Nora Odendahl and Spencer Saunders, Editors

 Photo Credit: Alina Marin-Bliach 

Committee and 2021 Exhibition Update: Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Photo Show

Member News and Notes

Meet our Members: Donna Lovely

Essays by Members:
Thomas DeLorenzo on his favorite body of work
John Stritzinger on a pandemic-era project
Dutch Bagley on “Fall of the Adirondacks”

Committee and 2021 Exhibition Update 

Not Your Run of the Mill Photo Show! 

Because this year’s pandemic-related restrictions precluded the usual in-person Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition, we are instead hosting a virtual exhibition on our organization’s website. The non-juried show will start on Saturday, April 3rd, and remain available for the following twelve months. Exhibitors will be active committee members and some invited alumni artists. 

The contents of the show will be bodies of work from each contributor, for a maximum of eight images per artist. All photos will be for sale, either as prints only or as matted prints, and the Mill will retain 35% of the proceeds from each sale. 

Publicity will include advertising on the PMPE Facebook and Instagram accounts, with one image per day posted on the Instagram site, thanks to the ongoing efforts of Sharlene Holliday. The Mill’s marketing team will help with publicity efforts for the show. 

We all owe much gratitude to Samuel Vovsi, John Stritzinger, and Dutch Bagley for their work collecting, organizing, formatting, presenting, and setting to music this exhibition of members’ photography. In total, twenty-nine artists submitted 213 images. 

Member News and Notes

– Philip “Dutch” Bagley had a photo selected for inclusion in the 2020 Photo Review Competition Web Gallery. Read More →

– Marty Golin also had an image chosen for the 2020 Photo Review Competition Web Gallery. Read More→

– Peter Hewitt has set up a booth at The Mercantile in Doylestown, an exciting new space for showing, selling, and seeing the work of local artists. Read More →

– Sharlene Holliday had an image accepted for the 2019 Up Arts Incubator “All Things Bright and Beautiful” exhibit, originally an-person show and currently online. Read More →

At the Pennsylvania Center for Photography’s “Transformations 2020” exhibit, she won third place in the “Transformative” category. Read More →

Sharlene’s work will be seen in the January 2021 issue, No. 143, of Black & White Magazine, where it is included in the Abstract/Pattern category of the magazine’s Smartphone 2020 Competition. Read More →

One of Sharlene’s photos appears in the Photo Review 2020 Competition Web Gallery. Read More →

– Valerie Pfaff won an award in the 2020 Photo Review Competition for her image entitled “Playroom.”  Read More →

– Sue Ann Rainey had three photos from her series, "Kaleidoscopic Images," included in the New Hope Arts Center "It's Been a Year" online exhibit, March 6th through 31st at

Sue also sent along a nostalgic photo from pre-pandemic days: 
“This panoramic photo from March 15, 2015 was taken at the end of a long jury day. The selected photos are on the stage in the background. This photo includes Margie Milne, Barbara Warren, Dafydd Jones, Claudia Davis (who leaned over while the camera was panning by her, so she is distorted), Rodney Miller, Randy Bye and Sue Ann Rainey. This was the core group for several years with Dafydd and Claudia as co-chairs for several years, then Claudia and Sue Ann as co-chairs for two years until 2018. After that, we took off a year due to burn out, then it picked back up in 2020, but was halted by the Covid-19 shut down the week after jury Day on March 13, 2020.” 

– John Rosenmiller submitted seven photos to the members’ exhibition under the overall banner of "New York During Quarantine." They were culled from many shots he took while photographing the empty streets of New York in March and April 2020, when quarantine and covid fears brought the city to a standstill. 

Some of these photos have already appeared on various social media sites, including Spike Lee's Instagram account, @officialspikelee, and @quentin.quarantino, an Instagram account related to quarantines with 500,000 viewers. In addition, CNN ran John’s shot of Spike Lee on an empty Park Avenue before Lee’s interview with Anderson Cooper last spring. 

The photos are part of a short documentary in progress called "City of Covid: New York During Quarantine." This work is scheduled to be released this spring and submitted to documentary film festivals as well as shown at photographers’ "meet and greet" talks at various locations. 

– John Stritzinger reports that a print from a recent series he has done, incorporating old family photos with his own images, has been accepted into the Southeast Center for Photography show "Memory," open at their gallery in Greenville, SC, from March 5-27. An image of the print can be downloaded here

John also had a photo included in the 2020 Photo Review Competition Web Gallery.  Read More →

– Samuel Vovsi had a photo selected for inclusion in the 2020 Photo Review Competition Web Gallery.  Read More →

A self-portrait by Samuel is in the Up Arts Incubator “Alone Together” exhibit.  Read More →

"No One Knows What Lies Ahead" was accepted for the exhibition "Shades of Black and White" at the Southeast Center for Photography and is hanging there till 2/27.  Read More →

One of Samuel’s photos, “Awakening,” has been selected for an award in Black & White Magazine’s 2021 contest and will appear in the June issue this year. (See below.) 

And last, Samuel’s image shown below, “Twisted,” appeared in the book Our Magnificent Planet, by LensWork, which contains 300 photos from 300 photographers around the world. 

Meet our Members

Donna Lovely is a fine art and freelance photographer with an eye of a painter. She captures images with a personal and memorable twist.

Having grown up outside of NYC, Donna enjoyed various careers that included starting her own catering business; running corporate food services for Pepsico World Headquarters in Purchase, NY and Brown-Forman Headquarters inLouisville, KY; and working as Capital Campaign Manager for the Orlando Museum of Art. Then she followed her dream of a career in photography. 

Donna fell in love with photography at her alma mater,Tufts University, and furthered her photography education at Richmond College in London, S.U.N.Y. Purchase, and the Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, Florida. Her award-winning photographs are widely published and exhibited in both theUnited States and Europe, and her work is in numerous collections, including the permanent collections of theOrlando Museum of Art and the Tampa Museum ofArt. She has been part of over 120 group and juried exhibitions and 38 one-woman shows.

One of the many things that drew Donna to photography was the opportunity to create artful photographs of so many different subjects, especially while doing her favorite things, traveling and exploring. A love of animals is also evident when you look at her portfolio, especially images of horses and birds.

Donna also creates portraits, ad work, photography for website, golf course and country club photography and other commissions.

Her images have been accepted in the PMPE numerous times; she also won an award in 2015 and had a photo on20th anniversary show’s poster. She is helping with marketing the PMPE and PhillipsMill Photo Committee Show.

Donna has been quite involved in the DelawareValley art community since she moved to BucksCounty in 2007, as an active member, past president and board member of the New Hope Art League; as a member of ACCBC, New Hope Arts, Artsbridge, and Conservatory Artist Guild; and as a presenter to several arts groups throughout the area. —D.L.

Follow Donna at the links below:

Essays by Members

Thomas DeLorenzo explains the background behind the works that he submitted to the 2021Phillips Mill Photo Exhibition.

My body-of-work submission, entitled“Album Jackets,” represents my favorite projects over the last decade. Some are special because of the personal relationships, some because the circumstances of our shoot were unique, some because the shoots were so simple that they were laughable. But not a single one was taken lightly by me or my clients; together we were as serious as a heart attack in every instance.

Working with other respected artists, having been entrusted to encapsulate their outward personification, and interpreting my own vision all rolled into one single image have given me great opportunity, great personal freedom of expression, and great pleasure to be able to live my professional life within my personal life.

When you think about it, living your passion all day, every day, day in and day out over decades separates us from the masses.How many can say they have lived their whole life as an artist? 

Rounding up to seventy this June brings me to four decades of being that self-employed artist. I have had professional highs and lows, successes and failures, happiness and pain. In retrospect I have seen my work published globally and I have earned international recognition of my imagery within the advertising community.

Did it start that way forty years ago? Not a chance.It was a struggle to find myself, to carve out a respectable reputation. And when I finally arrived, what did I do? Bask in that light and get lazy? Again, not a chance. I shifted gears and took a 180-degree turn into new territory and built a second respectable reputation, this time as a lifestyle shooter.

It was then I discovered where I truly belonged. If I were to describe my work, I’d say, “I’ve made a career out of taking pictures of people standing around with their hands in their pockets.” And it’s 100% true. 

I am the best version of myself and I am forever grateful.

To pick one image that tells my whole story is impossible. A picture of myself would be superfluous, as I am in each and every one of my photographs from day one as a teenager with my first camera. But to let one image speak for me, I would pick this one, as it truly represents not only my forty years, but the twenty years prior in discovery and education in this craft.It also represents my skill set, my passion, and a moment in time with the most influential person I have ever met, my son, Maro DēLo.

John Stritzinger shares examples of a personal project on which he worked last year, during the early months of the pandemic, in which he combined images with haiku poems. These two haiku-image pairs are from last April.

Wave at iPhone screen
Mom says FaceTime is magic
I miss hugging her
Blue Angels fly-by, blink, gone
New Spring rituals

Philip “Dutch” Bagley offers memories and photos from a deeply meaningful workshop.

Fall of the Adirondacks

Experience the world
Let the rain fall…it heals you
Live humble and kind

I was inspired to write the above haiku at the end of my first “Retreat” with the Adirondack Photography Institute (ADKPI) in the fall of 2019, which was led by Mark Bowie, in Inlet NY. These retreats are not presented in the teacher/student format but are designed to encourage the participant to engage and absorb himself/herself in the process of creating art.

Each day of this six-day retreat is spent photographing at a location in whatever weather conditions exist at the time, which were mostly light rain or cloudy with occasional bursts of warm sunlight. Then three periods each day--at sunrise, sunset, and starlit night--were spent capturing the light and color of our planet Earth. We gathered together every day, after processing the day’s images, to view them, write about their emotional impact when we captured them, and then speak to the group about our creative interpretation of them. I was awakened.

The images you see in the portfolio linked below came from somewhere inside of me that I did not know existed. Up until the first retreat, I was only creating/printing images in black and white, which formed my thinking process since my long-ago days of photographing with film and making prints in my own darkroom. It has been a transformation. 

Here is the Adirondacks portfolio, also on view atGallery 14 in Hopewell, NJ:

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