The Grist - August 2023

August 7, 2023

Summer Fête Preservation Fundraiser Sells Out!

Saturday, August 19, 5:30 pm

Thank you to all who have purchased tickets to our Summer Fête and donated to the Preservation Fund that supports the Mill. It promises to be a fabulous evening. Even if you won't be joining us on August 19, we hope you will join us in honoring Kathy and Ted Fernberger, who have been an integral part of the Phillips’ Mill community for many years. Both have served on the Board, Kathy as Board President for three years. She also helped to establish the Preservation Fund, which supports the ongoing maintenance of our historic structure.

“The importance of the Preservation Fund is that it ensures our care of the historic building and the legacy of the Pennsylvania Impressionists who founded the Phillips’ Mill Community Association within its walls.”

― Kathy Fernbergere

Become a Patron

There are many ways to support the preservation of the Mill. Patrons of Phillips’ Mill receive special recognition throughout the year. Patron-level contributions to the Preservation Fund are as follows:

The Royal Crown $5000
Heir to the Throne $2500
Keeper of the Castle $1000
Steward of the Manor $500

If you can’t attend the Summer Fête, please consider making a donation to the Preservation Fund. Donations of all levels are appreciated.



Now Accepting Submissions

The 94th Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill is accepting submissions through August 27 via online registration on Smarter Entry. The Art Committee welcomes submissions from all artists within a 25-mile radius of the Mill: from the highly established to the emerging beginner, from the widely shown to the underrepresented.

Members Receive 50% Off Submissions

Members submitting entries receive a 50% discount ($17.50 instead of the $35 general entry fee). An email was sent to members with the necessary code. If you did not receive it and you’re a member, or if you choose to become a member before submitting to take advantage of the discount, email to request the discount code before beginning the Smarter Entry registration process.

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Be a Part of Our History. Support the Art Show

There are many ways to support the Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill, today and in the future.

Join our team of passionate volunteers
Give a gift at the Patron “Leaf” Level
Support a Named Award

Donate to Art Show


NEW! Concierge Day
August 15, 11 am to 3 pm

Need help using Smarter Entry to submit your work online? We will have Art Committee members at the Mill to assist you. Be sure to have photos of your work ready to upload. If you have a laptop, bring it with you. If not, we will use ours to help as many people as possible.

September 23 – October 29, 2023
Online and at the Mill

Through Sunday, August 27, 2023
Online via Smarter Entry‍

All submissions must be dropped off at the Mill for in-person jurying.
Friday, September 8, Noon - 6 pm
Saturday, September 9, 10 am - 4 pm

Friday, September 15, 3 - 6 pm
Saturday, September 16, 12 to 4 pm
Those celebrating Rosh Hashanah can pick up their work a day early:
Thursday, September 14, 2 to 6 pm
All others, please pick up on the regular pick-up days when we are fully staffed. Thank you.


Friday, September 22, 5 pm

Artist Spotlight

Our Honored Artist: Pamela Miller

Traditions run deep at Phillips’ Mill, and two of the most beloved are the Honored Artist and Signature Image for the Mill’s historic Juried Art Exhibition. In an unprecedented, exciting and happy coincidence, independent voting for the two honors this year resulted in the selection of artist Pamela Miller as the recipient of both.

ArtTalk with Martha Wirkijowski

Wednesday, August 23, 7 pm

What if Edward Hopper was a Goth who read manga?

Martha Wirkijowski paints nightscapes that Hopper might have painted if he’d had those references. She often depicts buildings at night from the perspective of an observant outsider.

Her subjects are often street scenes, usually in Lambertville, NJ, and including the town’s famous Halloween extravaganza. Her nightscapes often have a Gorey-esque quality about them. Her other subjects, from cats to landscapes, are equally evocative.

We’ll talk with Martha about her thoroughly modern aesthetic, how she pulls off those neon colors in her nightscapes and how much manga she does or doesn’t read.

Printmaking Workshop

We were delighted to host Dean Thomas’ Color Reduction Printmaking Workshop at the Mill on Saturday, June 24. During the sold-out event, Dean demonstrated various printmaking techniques and participants got the chance to design their own prints.

We thank Dean for his time and inspiration. He is a painter and printmaker specializing in hand-painted drypoint engravings, color woodcuts and oil paintings.


Emerging Playwright Competition

Submissions Closed!
We have reached our maximum number of submissions allowed. Every year, as this competition becomes more popular, we receive the first 50 plays at an increased pace. Playwrights: Please make a note and be sure to submit your works as early as possible in 2024. We accept submissions as they come in.

The winning plays/playwrights will be announced the week of October 9, 2023.

Meet Our Jurors

We are pleased to share that Dr. Glenn Steinberg will be joining Dr. Wilbert Turner and Judith Hallberg as jurors for this year’s Emerging Playwright Competition.

Judith Hallberg has enjoyed many roles in a long and varied career. She studied costume design and construction with Kurt Wilhelm at Actors Theatre of Louisville and designed for Stage One and Walden Theatre in Kentucky. She was administrative director for the University of Vermont’s Department of Theatre and the Champlain Shakespeare Festival. She’s written film treatments from novels, edited theatrical scripts and, having moved to film and video production, served as a judge for the New York Festival of Short Film and Video for six years, viewing over 5,000 narrative films.

Glenn A. Steinberg has published essays in Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England, The Chaucer Review, Chung-Wai Literary Monthly, English Literary Renaissance, the Modern Language Association’s Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and the Shorter Poems, Refiguring Chaucer in the Renaissance, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Modern Philology, and Forum Italicum. Steinberg regularly teaches courses at the College of New Jersey in the history of the English language, classical studies, and medieval and Renaissance literature.

Dr. Wilbert Turner is an Associate Professor of English at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In addition to his teaching duties, he is the publication advisor for The Gleaner, the university’s literary journal. His specializations include African American literature, adaptation studies, film studies and narrative theory. He is also a playwright, whose one-acts have won playwriting competitions in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia.

Call for Submissions

Calling all young playwrights: Phillips’ Mill Drama has announced the second annual Play with Words Challenge for students in grades 7-12 living within 25 miles of New Hope.

Submission period starts September 11th, 2023

See your play read on stage. Start writing and get ready to submit!

“Voices: A History of the VIA of Doylestown” played to sellout crowds for four performances from July 18 - 21, 2023. The historic docudrama was written by Joy Nash and directed by Griffin Horn.

Host John McDonnell and the poets who participated in the June Poetry Salon.  The audience was mesmerized by their work.

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”

― Noël Coward

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus