The Grist - June 2022

June 1, 2022

Art Committee Announces the 2022 Honored Artist and Prospectus

In this issue of The Grist, we are proud to announce that Luiz Vilela has been named the Honored Artist for the 93rd Juried Art Show at Phillips' Mill, and delighted to report that the prospectus for the show is now online! The Art Committee has also launched two new series: Art Focus and plein air sessions at the Mill.

It's an excitingt time and, as always, we are sharing the highlights with you here. Just weeks after two successful photography shows, the Phillips’ Mill Players triumphantly returned to the stage for three delightfully fun, sold-out performances of this year’s Spring Musical Comedy Cabaret, “Marriage: What’s Love Got to Do with It.” Next up for the Drama Committee? An original play by Rick Goodwin will be performed on the Mill stage in July.

Juried Art Show

93rd Juried Art Show at Phillips' Mill

SEPT 24 - OCT 30, 2022


The Phillips’ Mill Art Committee continues its 93-year tradition of producing the region’s most prestigious art exhibition. Over the years, we’ve adjusted and refined the show, always keeping in mind its special character.

We are excited to announce that the prospectus is now available online. We invite artists to read it carefully as some information is new this year. It is important to note that registration must be completed online prior to dropping submissions off for in-person jurying at the Mill. Please make a note of the scheduled Receiving Days as well.

“We are especially excited to be able to reinstate in-person jurying this year, a rarity in our times. We believe jurors are best able to appreciate artwork in person, where they can see color, texture and brushstrokes more clearly,” says Mary Flamer, Chair of the Art Show Committee.

Please be sure to check our Facebook and Instagram pages to learn more about the show and its jurors. We will be featuring this year’s jurors in the July issue of The Grist. 

Luiz Vilela Named 2022 Honored Artist

Luiz Vilela

Phillips' Mill is proud to announce the selection of Luiz Vilela as the Honored Artist for this year's Juried Art Show.

Each year the Art Committee honors a living artist who has an established history with the Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition over many years. Luiz Vilela has been accepted in the show more times over the past 20 years than he can remember. Yet, every time, he is just as humbled. “Phillips’ Mill is a great organization, and the judges are always very good. Just being accepted is such an honor,” he says. “When I heard I was named the 2022 Honored Artist, I couldn’t believe it, to be recognized among so many talented artists. I went to the moon, I was so flattered.”

Vilela works primarily in oil but is proficient in watercolor, charcoal, pastel and pencil on paper. His work includes landscapes and river scenes painted in the places he loves and that mean something to him. He is renowned for his interior scenes of iconic area landmarks, such as the Boathouse Bar in Lambertville. But he is also drawn to popular locations on Cape Cod, in the English countryside and in his native country of Brazil for inspiration. 

Your Support Keeps the Arts Alive!

We are deeply grateful for the continued support of our benefactors and patrons over the years, and hope you’ll join them. Please consider supporting the 93rd Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show at one of our new giving levels. We welcome and are grateful for contributions of any size.

All contributions are used to support the Art Show, which benefits the Phillips’ Mill Community Association. 

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Visual Arts

Art Focus: For the Love of Watercolors

Sunday, June 26, 3 to 5 p.m.
2619 River Road, New Hope, PA 

Art Focus - Watercolor Artists - Jane Ramsey, Beth Schoenleber and Aida Birritteri

Artists and art lovers alike will enjoy this fascinating discussion and watercolor demonstration at the Mill, featuring a panel presentation by three watercolor painters: Jane Ramsey, Beth Schoenleber and Aida Birritteri

In addition, there will be breakaway small group discussions and artist demonstrations, focusing on process, techniques, tips and materials. We invite you to bring a watercolor in process or a finished work to share and/or seek input from panelists. 

Art Committee member Dennis Riley will be donating three $75 gift certificates as raffle prizes in honor of his deceased mother, Kathleen Davey Riley, who was an amateur watercolorist.

The event is free for Phillips’ Mill Community Association members; $10 fee for non-members.

During the event, the downstairs doors will be open and masks will be available to create a safer environment for attendees. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Riley at 415.497.8530.

Plein Air Panting at the Phillips' Mill

Plein Air Sessions with Amanda Penecale

June 29, July 20 and August 10, 2022
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Artists have been coming together since 1929 to create and share their artwork on the beautiful grounds of Phillips’ Mill. This summer, you are invited to join art teacher and award-winning painter Amanda Penecale for one, two, or all three plein air sessions. All ages are welcome. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Phillips' Mill ArtTalks
A Look Back at the Work of Katharine Renninger
Katharine Renninger "Main and Orange Streets Nantuckey"

A Look Back at the Work of Katharine Steele Renninger

Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m.
Virtual Presentation

In this ArtTalk, curator Liz Sheehan and daughter Sally Henriques take a look back at the work of realist Katharine Steele Renninger, whose work has been compared to important American Modernists such as Charles Sheeler, Charles Demuth and Edward Hopper. Renninger was highly decorated, winning prizes at the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Woodmere Art Museum. In 1975, she was named Distinguished Pennsylvania Artist. She was also instrumental in founding the Michener Art Museum.

Premiere Showcase
Bleeding in Black & White - By Rick Goodwin

“Bleeding in Black & White”

July 14, 15 & 16, 8 p.m. | July 17, 2 p.m.

Phillips’ Mill is proud to present “Bleeding in Black & White,” an original play written, produced and directed by Rick Goodwin. The time is the spring of 1999. A piece of a failed satellite has crashed through the roof of the Kayle home in rural Pennsylvania. As a result of this freak accident, Michael Kayle — an HIV-positive hemophiliac who lives with his mother, sister and grandmother — meets someone who may be his salvation. But only if Michael can reckon with a past tragedy that has plagued him for more than 15 years. 

What’s Not to Love about the Phillips’ Mill Players?

How fabulous it was to see the Phillips’ Mill Players back on the stage on May 19-21, performing “What’s Love Got to Do with It” to a full house each night. With the ghost light finally turned off after three years, actors filled the stage with great acting, song, live music and dancing. Comedic plays from eight local playwrights were the bones of the show.  View the photo gallery.

Phillips’ Mill Players - Marriage - Curtain Call

Please join us in thanking our generous moguls:

Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio & Dr. Lamberto Bentivoglio, Bob Woodruff & Lauren Penrod, Kevin Nalty, Happy & Sam Shipley, Sonia Aviles and Dr. David Forrest, Maria & Barry Middleberg, David Hewitt, Patricia & Marc Dorio, Rod & Valerie Eastburn, Fran & Stephen Young, Cecily Laidman, Kathy & Ted Fernberger, Pat & Bruce Hamilton, Betty Benton, Melissa and Robert McKillip.

Calling Young Writers! Submit Your Work to Our New Playwriting Challenge – The Phillips’ Mill Drama Committee is excited to announce that a playwriting challenge is in the works for young writers. “Play with Words” invites aspiring writers to submit their work for review and the chance for it to be performed on the stage at Phillips’ Mill. Watch for details on the Phillips’ Mill website, our social media channels and in future issues of The Grist.

Emerging Playwright Competition

Phillips' Mill Emerging Playwright Competition 2022

Submissions Open July 1, 2022

The submission period for the 5th Annual Emerging Playwright Competition opens on July 1, 2022. This juried competition seeks to encourage the development of original theatrical work. Every year, it attracts many talented playwrights from a 100-mile radius of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association. Live readings of the winning plays and a Q&A with the playwrights will take place on stage at the Mill in November.

Look for more information in the July issue of The Grist.

Member News

Celebrating Our Volunteers:
The ArtTalk Team

Phillips' Mill ArtTalk Volunteers
Jean Mihich, Jen McHugh, Laura Womack, and Dennis Riley

Over the last year and a half, Phillips’ Mill’s popular ArtTalk series has produced over 35 conversations with artists, educators, collectors and others engaged in the arts. It’s incredible what the small team of volunteers has been able to achieve in such a short time. Join us behind the scenes with the team that set out to keep people engaged with the arts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — and beyond.

Members: We Want to Hear from You!
Survey Coming Soon

The Phillips’ Mill Membership Committee invites you to share your opinions in our upcoming members’ survey. Please keep a watchful eye out for the survey, arriving soon to your email inbox. 

We crafted the survey to gather your ideas, suggestions and preferences about how we can offer the kind of special events that are tailored to our members’ interests, and to provide additional benefits to membership.

The anonymous survey should take you less than five minutes to complete. It’s a convenient way to offer your ideas and suggestions to our committee.

BONUS: Every 5th person to submit a survey (up to 10 respondents) will receive a complimentary membership to the Mill, worth $50.*

We look forward to reading your comments and suggestions.

Thank you,
The Phillips’ Mill Membership Committee

*Mill members may not use the bonus for their own renewal, but they may give it to a friend for a new membership.

Spencer Sauders - 2022 Phillips' Mill Photographic Exhibition

Many thanks to all who turned out to see one or both of the amazing photography exhibits at the Mill in April. We topped off our month-long celebration of the fine art of photography with a closing reception for the members of our Photo Committee. If you missed the juried show, you can see some of the award-winning work here. Find the complete booklet here.

Photo of the Month
Philip Rothenberg "Support Group"

“People should fall in love with their eyes closed.”

― Andy Warhol

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