The Grist - July 2021

July 6, 2021

New Classes and Time-Honored Traditions

Just days after Broadway announced its reopening, skies all across America lit up in a display of Fourth of July fireworks unlike any other. Live concerts were telecast from coast to coast. The message was clear. It was time to celebrate. And the arts were leading the way.

At the Mill, we are celebrating the return of in-person arts events by introducing new workshops and classes, and preparing for the September opening of the 92nd Juried Art Show. We are excited to offer artists, young and old, the chance to explore new talents and resume favorite activities.



The Phillips' Mill Juried Art Show has maintained its reputation as one of the region’s pre-eminent art shows because of the consistently high quality of the work selected by esteemed jurors. “It’s important that people like myself, artists who already have experience, encourage other artists and help them gain experience and exposure,” says Frank Hyder, one of this year’s five jurors.

The 2021 Prospectus is Now Online

We invite artists to register their submissions to our 92nd Phillips’ Mill Art Show via Smarter Entry. As always, the show will feature honored artists and awards. Online, we will again feature artist interviews and videos, news and views of our rich history, and promotion of the show and its artists with a sustained social media campaign.

We look forward to your submissions! Click Here to download a PDF of the prospectus.


Whether submitting your artwork for review or displaying it online, it's important to take and upload the best possible images.

In our current blog, you’ll find helpful tips and tricks for taking beautiful photographs of your artwork for display online.

92nd Juried Art Show Prospectus Link


August 9—13, 2021, 9 a.m. to Noon
(Ages 10 to 13)

"Kids are natural storytellers and want to be heard," says Fran Young, our fearless leader of the Summer Theater Workshop for Kids. Those interested in theater also understand that it is through improvisation and storytelling that characters come to life and that great monologues will carry a show. With that in mind, we brought together two creative processes—writing and performance—to develop a unique workshop that gives kids ages 10 to 13 the chance to express themselves in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment. "This program focuses on monologues and allows kids to create and perform while also maintaining appropriate social distancing," she adds.



Friday, August 13, 2021, 7 p.m.

We invite all family members and friends to a live performance by the children who took the Monologue Writing and Performance Workshop. Show them your support and enjoy an evening out with friends. The performance will take place on the stage at the Phillips’ Mill, 2619 River Road, New Hope, PA.

Mask wearing and social distancing required.

For more information, or to register, email Fran Young at


The Prospectus for the 2021 Phillips’ Mill Emerging Playwright Competition has just been posted on the Mill’s website. Spread the word! And look for more details in the August Grist.



The art committee is excited to announce two new workshops! We look forward to creating art together again at the Mill and welcome your suggestions for future classes and workshops.


July 27, Aug 3 and 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Ages 14 to 18)

Young artists will get outdoors to explore and capture the light, color and beauty of nature.

This series of three individual workshops (take one or all three!) will be led by the very joyful Amanda Penecale, a local painter and art teacher known for her colorful landscapes. She will discuss how to generate strong compositional ideas and use sketches to drive your work, as well as offer tips and tricks to set up your travel kit.

Even if you already know how to draw and paint outside, this workshop offers the opportunity to meet other young artists in a friendly outdoor environment.

COMING SOON! Figure Drawing at the Mill

Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
(Dates to be announced)

This non-instructional, monitored workshop was designed to allow artists to work at their own pace in the dry medium of their choice. Live poses from 1 minute to 20 minutes in length.

Artists will bring their own paper pads, pencils, pastels, charcoal, and other materials.

Open to all artists, art students and people wishing to learn the art of figure drawing. Non-artists will not be allowed during sessions. No photography allowed.

For further information contact: 514-3039 



Sunday, July 11, 5 to 6 p.m.

Artists today need high-quality photographs for their submissions and personal archives. As a service to artists, we invited artist Jane Ramsey and photographer Donna Lovely to share their best tips for photographing art.


Sunday, July 25, 5 to 6 p.m.

Shawn Campbell’s ceramic figures reveal the human frailties and the stories that connect us. The poetic power of her expressive figures evokes an emotional reaction in the viewer. Her sculptures speak with humor. They are often ethereal, with an innocence that inspires the viewer to imagine a backstory for each character.

During these challenging times, Shawn sculpted in clay 100 faces in 100 days, a tour de force of character invention. Join us for ArtTalk and find out why Shawn Campbell has taken on this ambitious endeavor, adding to her prolific legacy of 3D sculpture creations and totems.


Artist Spotlight on Amanda Penecale

This month’s featured artist is Amanda Penecale, who will be leading a plein air workshop for teens starting later this month. Her paintings often feature beautiful natural settings, captured and interpreted in bright, bold colors, in places that have special meaning to her.

“My work is often about place—where I have found beauty and want to share it,” she says. “I may be on a walk with my dog (and ‘art assistant’) Lyra, or just wandering around when I stumble upon a scene or a field, or just a flower or garlic bulb. I am always seeking beauty, and I want to capture and share it.”

Read More About Amanda

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus