The Grist - February 2024

February 2, 2024

Youth Art Exhibition Inspires Awe

If you are looking for something to feel great about, the 2024 Youth Art Exhibition will not disappoint. This annual showcase of artwork from local high schools is now on display. You can see the show at the Mill from 12 to 4 pm, weekends only, through February 18.

Winners announced in this issue of The Grist. Photos from the Youth Art Show awards reception courtesy of Wendy McGarry.

Visual Arts

Call For Art
Mill Members Art Show & Sale

February 15 – March 7 (until 5 pm)

Join us as we celebrate the visual arts creativity of our membership at our new art show and sale!

March 16-17 & March 23-24, 2024 • 12 to 4 pm

All Mill members are invited to submit their work. All work must be for sale. Work previously exhibited in any Phillips’ Mill show will NOT be accepted. (This includes previously submitted portfolio work.)

All registration will be done online via Smarter Entry to facilitate administration. If you need help using Smarter Entry, email us at and we will do our best to assist you.

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Be a Part of It!

Join the Member Art Show Committee

Have fun, get involved and enjoy putting on an art show! Email Shawn Campbell, Chair, at


A New Era for Phillips’ Mill Photo

Maria Dreyer loves the creative side of photography. “This is where I feel that I can get totally lost in the process,” she says. Yet she is also a “stickler for detail” and brings both qualities to her new role as Chair of Phillips’ Mill Photo. She is only the second person in this role. “I jumped right in with the help and support of a lot of really great people.”

After 30 years, Phillips’ Mill Photo founder Spencer Saunders stepped down to pursue his many interests. Maria is incredibly grateful to Spencer for establishing such a well-run committee and prestigious juried photography show.

“It means a lot to have your work accepted in the Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition,” she continues. “We receive 1,500 to 2,000 entries a year, and only about 135 images are accepted.”

Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition

March 31 – April 19, 2024

Calling all fine art photographers! Phillips’ Mill invites artists to submit works for its upcoming 31st juried Photographic Exhibition to be held at the historic mill from March 31 through April 19. This year’s exhibition will be judged by Thom Goertel, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer and multimedia producer.

Thom Goertel

A Mill Photo Committee Show
April 21-28, 2024

Sun, Wed & Thurs, 1 to 5 pm • Fri & Sat, 1 to 8 pm

Now in its fourth year, the “Not Your Run of the Mill” Photo Committee Show will be showcasing our members’ works right after the juried show. We look forward to continuing the tradition of celebrating the fine art of photography throughout the month of April.

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Youth Art


Join us in congratulating the award winners and all artists who contributed to the 2024 Youth Art Exhibition.

The show kicked off with two celebrations at the Mill, a Preview Party for Show Supporters on Friday night, and the Awards Ceremony for students, their teachers, friends and family on Saturday.


“Dislocation” by Zoya Gupta
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

“The humanity of the piece is astounding,” says Mel Leipzig, juror for the show. “The painting is extremely well constructed with terrific composition, color and subtlety of tones.”


First Place
Annabelle Schu, “Blowing Bubbles”
Council Rock High School South

Second Place
Sarah Sheriff, “Girlhood”
Council Rock High School South

Third Place
Arshia Chakrabarti, “Arshia Devouring Her Lunch”
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

Honorable Mention
Maryam Darwish, "Sunflowers of Hope"
The Pennington School

Coral Ramos-Saturria, "Social Issues Remix"
Pennsbury High School

Morgan Kern, "Refraction"
Pennsbury High School


First Place
Anagha Kannurpatti, “Illumination”
Council Rock High School North

Second Place
Lily Rasnake, “Distractions”
Central Bucks High School West

Third Place
Alex Elias, “Self Portrait”
New Hope-Solebury High School

Honorable Mention
Ananya Kaushik, "Wasted Effort"
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

Tyler Nelson, "Self-Portrait, 2023"
Princeton Day School

Drew Smith, "Self Portrait"
Central Bucks High School South

Samantha Jablonsky, "Palmistry"
Council Rock High School North


First Place
Jack Weber, “Splitting River”
Notre Dame High School

Second Place
Paul Li, “Confessional”
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

Third Place
Jaina Troup, “Portrait”
Neshaminy High School

Honorable Mention
Jasmine Bell, "Into the Woods"
Ewing High School

Bella Loza, "Untitled"
Upper Dublin High School

Bianca Matos, "Bench"
George School


First Place
Meghan Smith, “Grey November”
Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Second Place
Mary-Katherine Hackenberg, “Sanjana”
George School

Third Place
Becket Washburn, “Sunroom”
The Pennington School

Honorable Mention
Julianna Carney, "Around Town"
Central Bucks High School East

Tiyasha Sarkar, "Abandoned House"
Solebury School


First Place
Summer Layre, “Self-Portrait”
Central Bucks High School East

Second Place
Sam Di Nino, “Alien Blues”
Stuart Country Day School

Third Place
Anne Catherine de Ghellink d’Elseghem, “Never Trust Your Own Eyes”
George School

Art Show

Save the Date

September 21 – October 27, 2024
At the Mill and Online

The Art Committee is busy planning the 95th Annual Juried Art Show at Phillips' Mill. “Everyone brings their passions, skills, creativity and good humor to organize the many aspects of putting on this art exhibition,” says Chair Dennis Riley, who welcomes new members to this committe.  If you are interested in art and want to learn more, contact Dennis at

The Committee will soon start the process of selecting the Signature Image to be used on posters, ads, postcards, social media and the website. It’s a great opportunity for an artist to build their visibility among collectors. In the past, many of our signature images have sold. Click on the link below to read about last year’s winning image and artist.

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Watch for the Call for Submissions on the Phillips’ Mill website and on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Special Events

ArtTalk with Lisa Naples

Wednesday, February 21, 7 pm
Zoom Webinar

ArtTalk goes back to the clay studio with the ever-engaging Lisa Naples. Lisa is a modern-day Beatrix Potter sculptor with an edge. Her creations are often animals that draw you in with their charm. Imagine rabbits and owls and crows in human situations dealing with human questions. A bird looks at himself in the bathroom mirror. It’s titled, “Is That All I Am?” Two rabbits with birds on their backs touch noses getting to know each other. It’s called “Spirito Santo.” Her animals have a complex interior life.

Bon Appétit! A One-Woman Show with Linda Kenyon

March 23, 5 pm
At the Mill

Actress Linda Kenyon transforms herself into Julia Child as she reveals fascinating details about the iconic cook’s life and rise to fame, as well as her close connection to the local area.

Following the performance, enjoy a glass of French wine and a selection of cheeses while you chat with other guests and view an array of Mill members’ artwork, which will be on display during the Mill’s first Members Art Show & Sale.


Calling all actors, singers and dancers!

Phillips’ Mill Drama is in the early stages of planning this spring’s Musical Comedy Cabaret. It’s not too late to get involved. We’re looking for volunteers to join our talented group of actors, singers and dancers. We also need behind-the-scenes help with design and stage management. No experience necessary. All that is required is the desire to have fun and build our community.

Email Fran Young at or Valerie Eastburn at to sign up or learn more about our production.

Play with Words: Reading of Plays

Sunday, March 3, 3 pm
At the Mill

Submissions for the 2024 Play with Words Student Playwriting Challenge have closed. Winners will be announced on the Phillips’ Mill website on or about February 15. We wish all the playwrights the best of luck.

Join us as we celebrate young playwriting talent by attending the reading of the winning plays on the historic stage at Phillips’ Mill. Cash prizes will be awarded. All submissions will be recognized. We hope to see you there!

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Member News
Lynne Kerr with her painting “October’s Cantankerous Mood”

Phillips’ Mill Photo Member Recognized

Phillips’ Mill Photo Committee members have been active in showcasing their work and preparing for the 2024 Photographic Exhibition. Across the Delaware, the annual juried exhibition at Gallery 14 in Hopewell, NJ, includes works by current and former committee members who have also exhibited at Phillips’ Mill. One of them, Lynne Kerr, who handles portfolio reviews for our Phillips’ Mill Exhibition and who received a Patron’s Award at the 2023 PMPE, received an Honorable Mention award in the Gallery 14 exhibit, which will be on view until February 4th.

“Seductive Wind” by Sharlene Holliday


Find more of Sharlene Holliday’s work on our website. Phillips’ Mill supports local artists in many ways, including featuring galleries of work by our member artists and photographers on the Phillips’ Mill website. Browsing through these pages provides a quick retreat from your day and captures the tremendous breadth of talent of our members. Enjoy!

“Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

― Pablo Piccaso

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus