The Grist - January 2022

January 20, 2022

Youth Art Exhibition: Coming Soon to Brighten Our Days

What could be more joyful this time of year than a collection of art created by some of our area’s most talented high school students? And this year’s Youth Art Exhibition will be available online, for all to enjoy. Watch for a link to the show next week on the Phillips’ Mill website and social media pages.


A record number of 23 high schools will be represented at this year’s Youth Art Exhibition, opening online at the end of the month.

Since the program launched in 2014, art educators from around the region have partnered with Phillips’ Mill to give young artists the chance to have their work recognized in a prestigious show. Selected artwork will be displayed online through Phillips’ Mill, and the aspiring artists will be awarded for their achievements

“I have participated in the Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition for many years. I am always impressed with the professionalism of the show and the high quality of artwork that is submitted,” says Alison Levin, of Central Bucks High School West. “It is amazing for high school students to be part of such a prestigious show and to see and meet students from other districts who are technically and conceptually incredibly strong. It is an honor to participate each year, and I thank the Mill for their dedication to our students.”

This year's show is co-chaired by Kathy Schroeher and Susan Brussock. 

ArtTalk: Documenting Our World with Bill Jersey

Sunday, January 23, 5 p.m.

ArtTalk returns this Sunday with Oscar-nominated filmmaker and award-winning landscape painter Bill Jersey, who has been creating for more than eight decades. Bill Jersey will be our juror for the 2022 Youth Art Exhibition coming soon. During the show, we will find out how a documentary filmmaker who often worked in black and white is now known for his colorful landscape paintings. And why so many people in Phoenixville, Pa., go to see the classic science-fiction film “The Blob” starring Steve McQueen year after year. Hint: it has little to do with Steve McQueen. But the film does have a connection to Bill Jersey!

Bill, who began to draw at the age of 11, became a documentary filmmaker believing it was a way to work in the arts while also being financially secure. In addition to being nominated twice for Oscars, his work as a filmmaker has earned him two Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards. In more than 100 films, he has explored such topics as race relations, religious fundamentalism, criminal justice and evolution.

"Road to Mt. Mansfield"

Today, as a painter, Bill is known for his vibrant palette and paintings that reflect the rural landscape and architecture of the Delaware River Valley.

We look forward to talking with Bill about the way in which he applies his creative philosophy as a documentarian to his painting, including how photography has influenced his artwork.


April 2-22, 2022
Opening Reception: April 2, 4 p.m.
Artist submission period: February 1—28

Phillips’ Mill is excited to announce that the 2022 exhibition will be on display in the gallery at the Mill. The prestigious exhibition follows a celebrated tradition of showcasing fine art photography from the local region and beyond. It will be juried by esteemed photographer and filmmaker Bob Krist, whose assignments have taken him across the globe, shooting for such publications as National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian and Islands.

"Withstanding" bu Dutch Bagley

Call for Art

The submission period for the exhibition begins February 1. The Phillips’ Mill Photo Committee encourages submissions in any photographic medium, from historic to digital, that best represents your creative expression. The exhibition will be both on-site in the repurposed historic stone grist mill designed for presentation and online.

Artist Spotlight

Exploring the World with Bob Krist:
Storyteller, Photographer and Filmmaker

Award-winning photographer Bob Krist loves to tell a good story, and one of his favorites is about the time he met Bob Gilka, Director of Photography at National Geographic. Back then, Bob was an aspiring photojournalist and would-be world wanderer, who could only dream of securing an assignment from the prestigious travel magazine. But he had also just been named “Photojournalist of the Year” by a New Jersey newspaper, and that gave him the courage to approach Gilka about a job.

“Magritte Twins” by Bob Krist

That initial meeting did not go so well. Bilka tore apart Bob’s  work and suggested that he find “more interesting things to stand in front of.” Determined not to squander the opportunity, Krist suggested that he was the right  photographer to shoot a feature for the magazine called “The New Jersey Nobody Knows.” 

Visual Arts

In Memory

This month, we are mourning the loss of Moe Brooker, the celebrated contemporary painter, mixed-media abstract artist, educator and mentor. His colorful, abstract work was a celebration of the richness and vibrancy of African American culture. We hold that spirit dear and will look to it for comfort as we absorb this loss.

We at Phillips’ Mill Community Association send our sincere condolences to his family.

Laura Womack, Chair
Phillips' Mill Community Association

Final Call for Submissions

Entries are now being accepted until January 30, 2022, via Smarter Entry.

Calling all innovative, creative people! And we know that is many of you! Beyond the Frame is a unique art show being presented in an entirely digital format—using video and animation to present a collection of an artist’s work. We invite all artists to submit a short (about 30 seconds) video or animation of their work. Juror Kelly Sullivan, the award-winning Lambertville artist, will be jurying the show between January 31 and February 6. Winners will be announced February 7, 2022. Posts of accepted entries will be featured on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and



Thank You to Our Supporters

We are grateful to all who support the programming and mission of Phillips’ Mill. From our dedicated volunteers to the generous donors listed below, you all play an important role in elevating artistic expression in Bucks County and maintaining and preserving our beloved grist mill.

Please join us in thanking our 2021 supporters. Thanks to you, the arts continue to thrive in our community.


Susan and Peter Brussock
Kathy and Ted Fernberger
Linda and Jon Paton

Gary Sparrow
Tonamora Foundation
Laura Womack and Richard Williams


Barbara and Jay Belding
Valerie and Rod Eastburn
Fred Beans Charitable Fund

Pat and Bruce Hamilton
Robert Hanley
Sally and Richard Henriques
Linda and Bob Woodruff


Suzanne Crilley
Suzanne Finklang
Mary and Patrick Fowles
Nancy Morrill
The Pearl Family Foundation

Gale Sparrow
Anne (Ansi) Stephano
Lynn and Robert Stoner
Cleta and Ernie Szoke
Reni and Bill Willoughby


Celia and David Anderson
Carol Church and Gary Gilmore
Mary K. Darrah
John DeVincentis and Dennis Mankin
Laure Duval
Terri and Jon Epstein
Bob Evans
Rachel Finkle
Debbie and Clint Gardner
Michele and Henry Gasiorowski

Judy Gillis
Jo and Woody Kiel
Donna Marshall
Barbara Matybell
McCaffrey's Markets
John McDevitt and Helen Tai
Longia and William Miller
Lynne and Ted Monica
Charlotte Morrison
Candace Wallace and Joe Gallagher


Betty Benton
Albert Campoli
Connie Cook and Doug Baldwin
Rene Crystal
Mary Flamer
Edwin Hild
Katy Kane
Larry Keller
Deborah Lang
Stana and Richard Lennox
Marsha Mazzei
Wendy McGarry

Jean and Patrick Mihich
Pam and Dave Miller
Carol and Buz Plesser
Jane Ramsey
Rita and John Roley
Pamela and John Sergey
Ann and David Shenkle
Judith Sutton
Gene Underwood and Terry McNealy
Lisa Vargo
Virginia Anthes Veltre
Janine and Tim Wade

In Memory

*An anonymous donor has made a gift of $500 in memory of Jim Westcott.

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus