The Grist - August 2021

August 2, 2021

Time to Unwind, Reflect and Create Some Magic at the Mill

For many, August is the perfect time to get lost in a good book on the beach or wander around a cool museum on a hot day. At Phillips’ Mill, it’s also the time to get busy preparing for two of our most highly anticipated juried events: the Art Show, now in its 92nd year, and the fast-rising Emerging Playwright Competition.

We hope you are enjoying all the summer season has to offer. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Registration Now Open
August 1 - September 3, 2021

All registration will be done online via Smarter Entry.

As always, the show will feature honored artists and awards. We will be adding more feature artist interviews and videos to our website, as well as news and views of our rich history.


Accepted Works Posted Online
Friday, September 10

Accepted Works Drop-Off at Mill
Sunday, September 12 & Monday, September 13
10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Opening Night Benefactors and Patrons Preview & Reception
September 24 (pandemic permitting)

Show Dates
September 25 — October 31

Pickup of Art after Show Closes
Monday, November 1
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.

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George R. Anthonisen


George R. Anthonisen

We are pleased to announce that internationally renowned sculptor George R. Anthonisen has been selected as the Honored Artist for the 92nd Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show. Known for his figurative bronze sculptures, his works can be found in permanent collections around the world, including the U.S. Capitol, the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“Art helps us understand ourselves and our fellow humans.”
          —George R. Anthonisen


Plein Air Workshop for Teens Ages 14 to 18

Tuesdays, August 3 and 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Amanda Penecale brings her joy and enthusiasm for all things nature to this plein air workshop for teens. An accomplished and award-winning painter and local art instructor, Amanda began her career several years ago at the Michener Art Museum, where she taught plein air at the Mill.

She is excited to re-create that experience for other young artists, guiding them to explore the light, color and beauty of nature that is so abundant at the scenic Phillips' Mill.

This workshop offers young artists at all levels the opportunity to meet and create with others in a friendly outdoor environment.
$75 Per Session


Figure Drawing at the Mill

Dates to be announced

This is a non-instructional, monitored weekly workshop with live nude models who will pose from one to 20 minutes. Artists are encouraged to work at their own pace in the dry medium of their choice. Must bring your own paper pads, pencils, pastels, charcoal, etc.

Phillips' Mill member cost: $15 / Non-member cost: $18

Sessions are open to artists, art students and others serious about learning the art of figure drawing. Non-artists will not be allowed during sessions. No photography allowed.


4th Annual Emerging Playwright Competition

Now Accepting Submissions

The Phillips’ Mill Emerging Playwright Competition is an annual juried competition that attracts talented playwrights from around the region and culminates with a reading of the winning short plays on the stage of the historic mill (or virtually or both). It's part of a tradition that dates back 100 years when plays were first staged at the former 18th-century grist mill on River Road in New Hope.

Today, Phillips’ Mill presents a variety of entertainment, including cabarets, short plays and poetry readings, but also supports the aspirations of emerging writers, actors, musicians and other artists.

The Emerging Playwright Competition has swiftly gained prominence. Because only the first 50 submissions received during the acceptance period (July 8 – September 9, 2021) will be considered, we recommend interested writers make a note of the deadline. Last year, we reached the maximum before the cut-off date.

Up to six plays will be selected and read at a special event on November 20th (see below). Winners, who must live within a 100-mile radius of the Mill, will be notified during the week of October 1, 2021.


2021 Emerging Playwright Competition
Reading of Winning Plays

November 20, 2021, 7 p.m.

We look forward to bringing this wonderful event back to the stage! In the event that new COVID restrictions are in place at the time of the reading, we will make appropriate modifications to ensure the health and safety of our community.  

Jurors Announced for the 2021 Emerging Playwright Competition


Jurors Announced for the 2021 Emerging Playwright Competition

We are fortunate to have secured a distinguished panel of jurors for the 4th Annual Emerging Playwright Competition: Judy Hallberg, Kimberly Kalaja and Wilbert Turner. These talented individuals have graciously donated their time to elevate the arts in our community and beyond.  

Look for more information in next month’s Grist.

Photo of the Month - The Stories I Could Tell
The Stories I Could Tell

This month’s featured photograph is by Philip “Dutch” Bagley, a regular contributor to the Phillips’ Mill Photo Exhibition, who has been living in Elkins Park for the last 20 years.

Dutch enjoys entering photographic competitions locally as well as throughout the United States. After having work accepted in the Phillips' Mill Photo Exhibition for the last 6 years, which included one Patron Award, he volunteered to be part of several committees, including social communications, drop-off and judging days, movie making and, in his words, “wherever else a body was needed.”

“My photographic style is to push all boundaries and explore all possibilities while seeing with the mind's eye."
               —Philip “Dutch” Bagley


Channeling Your Creativity with Sue Ann Rainey

Sunday, August 8, 2021, 5 to 6 p.m.

Sue Ann Rainey is an artist, a photographer, a cookbook author and a designer of baby clothing. How does she channel her creative energy to pursue so many art forms?

Join us this Sunday, August 8, as Sue Ann describes her creative process and shares her insights.


Photo: Carla Klouda 2009

A Visit with the 2021 Phillips' Mill Honored Artist

Sunday, August 22, 2021, 5 to 6 p.m.

The Phillips' Mill Art Committee is proud to name George Anthonisen our 2021 Honored Artist. His work will be featured in our 92nd Juried Art Show, as it has many times in the past.

We’re also proud to have him as our guest on ArtTalk. His work mixes the traditional with the modern in both its aesthetic and its subject matter. George Anthonisen approaches his subject with a refined eye and the tenderness of a humanist. Any conversation with him is a pleasure. We’re happy to be able to share this opportunity with the Phillips’ Mill Community.


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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus