The Grist - January 2024

January 12, 2024

Phillips' Mill Turns 95!

Our 95th official year of bringing the arts to our community is shaping up to be a banner year at Phillips’ Mill! We’re introducing a members’ arts and crafts show. As the “Birthplace of Pennsylvania Impressionism,” we’re excited to add to our rich history of programs. Plus, throughout the year, we’ll be celebrating that history with special events. We look forward to you joining us!

We are kicking off this milestone year by congratulating two Mill members who have stepped into new leadership roles: Maria Dreyer as chair of the Photography Committee and Dennis Riley as chair of the Annual Juried Art Show. They both bring an incredible amount of experience and enthusiasm to their roles, and are deeply committed to our continued growth and success.

We are also getting ready to launch a digital member directory. We will be moving our current printed directory to a password-protected section of the Phillips’ Mill website later this month. Stay tuned for details on how to log in to use this new resource. We will be sending a separate email with instructions.

Youth Art

January 28 – February 18
On display weekends at the Mill & online.

The Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition, now in its 11th year, showcases the dynamic artwork of our local high school students. The exhibition will be on display at the historic Mill on weekends from January 28 to February 18, as well as online.

"Portrait of Girl Drawing" by Annika Crawford

The show features paintings, works on paper, photography, digital art and three-dimensional works created by students from more than 20 participating schools. It provides young artists with a taste of what it’s like to be a professional artist. Many have gone on to enjoy various successes after participating in the show, including 2022 Best of Show winner Annika Crawford, whose painting “Portrait of Girl Drawing” was accepted and sold at last year’s Juried Art Show.

Esteemed artist Mel Leipzig will serve as the show’s awards juror this year.

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We Thank Our Early Supporters of the Youth Art Exhibition

Pamela Blake and Steven Cohen
Carol Church and Gary Wilmore
Terri and Jonathan Epstein
Robert Goodwin and Joseph Demchur
Sally and Richard Henriques
Deborah Lang
Jon and Linda Paton
Carol and Bernard Plesser
Dennis Riley
Gale Sparrow
Patricia Whitman

Visual Arts

2024 Mill Members Art Show & Sale

A New Mill ExhibitionTwo Weekends
March 16-17 & March 23-24

This new show is open to all Phillips’ Mill members. Eligible artwork includes fine arts or crafts including painting, drawing, mixed media, collage, printmaking, digital art, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and woodworking.

Submissions accepted February 15 – March 7 via Smarter Entry.

Not a member? Join now so you can be part of the show!

‍Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this inaugural Mill Members Art Show & Sale by waiting until the last minute. Space in our beloved, historic Mill is limited.

We are looking for volunteers to help present this show. Please join us. Contact Shawn Campbell at to join our team. It will be exciting and fun!

Art Committee Open House

“95 Reasons to Become an Art Committee Volunteer”

Saturday, January 20 • 10 to 11:30 am

The number one reason is FUN! The Art Committee at Phillips’ Mill is a group of interesting people who collaborate to stage the Annual Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill. Everyone brings their passions, skills, creativity and good humor to organize the many aspects of putting on an art exhibition. Dennis Riley, this year’s new art show chair, is hosting a fun and friendly orientation for people interested in becoming an Art Committee volunteer.

The Annual Juried Art Show is one of the oldest running art exhibitions in America. What propels it forward is the dedication of many longtime committee members joined by a constant influx of energy from new volunteers. Many lifelong friendships have been made over the years, and people new to the area have found an instant home and new community of friends through their volunteer work on the Art Committee.

During the open house, Dennis will provide an overview of how the show is organized and talk briefly about the many projects and jobs committee members handle to produce the show. You don’t need to be an artist to get involved. There are jobs for everyone!

ArtTalk with David Leopold

Wednesday, January 17, 7 pm
Zoom Webinar

Join us in January for a fascinating conversation with David Leopold, creative director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and author of “The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age,” which was published to coincide with a major retrospective that Leopold curated for the New York Historical Society.

Leopold has organized exhibitions for institutions around the country, including the Library of Congress, the Field Museum in Chicago, the James A. Michener Art Museum, and the New York Public Library.


ArtTalk with Lisa Naples

Wednesday, February 21, 7 pm


March 31 - April 19, 2024

The Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition is widely regarded as the premier juried photography exhibition in Bucks County. Artists are invited to submit their work from February 1-29, 2024. Submissions accepted via Smarter Entry.

This year’s exhibition will be judged by Thom Goertel, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer and multimedia producer, whose photography and media creations have taken him around the world and to all 50 states. Thom has shot in locations ranging from the White House in D.C. to dung huts in Uganda. His work has been published in National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among others, and has been shown in galleries across the U.S., and is part of several private collections.

Photography credit:
Thom Goertel

April 21 - 28, 2024

The Not Your Run of the Mill Photo Show features the work of the dedicated Mill Photo volunteers who organize the juried photo exhibition. This show will be on display from April 21-28, 2024. To join the Mill Photo Committee, contact Maria Dreyer at

Member News

We Welcome New Members

Join us in welcoming new Phillips’ Mill members:
Jose A. Chacon and Michael F. Wycheck
Kim Rainey and Scott Nichols
Ashara Shapiro

We’d also like to acknowledge our inaugural members of a new membership level, the Marshall Circle, which pays tribute to Dr. George Marshall, who owned the Mill in the early 20th century. We thank the following individuals for their incredible support:

Valerie and Rod Eastburn
Kathy and Ted Fernberger
David E. Hewitt
Kathy Schroeher and Jim Clare

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Remembering Janet Hunt

The Phillips’ Mill Community Association lost a past Board member and elected Honorary Member with the passing of Janet Marsh Hunt in December at the age of 95. Janet made significant contributions to the Mill over many years, beginning in the 1960s when she worked on set design for Mill plays. Most significant was her work on the Art Committee. Janet not only submitted her own work but also vigorously encouraged other artists to become involved. In 1978 she began designing the Fall Art Show and continued this task for more than 30 years. She raised funds for and established the practice of giving artists juried monetary awards.

“Life is art. Art is life.”

― Ai Weiwei

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