The Grist - June 2023

June 9, 2023

Summer at the Mill

The summer months are some of the busiest at the Mill. By June, artists from across the region are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the prospectus for the Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill. They won’t have to wait long. This month, both the prospectus for the 94th Annual Juried Art Show and the 2023 Emerging Playwright Competition will go live on the Phillips’ Mill website.Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.


“Voices: A History of the VIA of Doylestown”
Celebrates Women Yesterday and Today


Phillips’ Mill is proud to present “Voices: A History of the VIA of Doylestown,” a historical drama that celebrates the pioneering women who founded Doylestown Hospital 100 years ago.

Premiering at the Mill
July 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 pm and July 23 at 3 pm

The voices of the determined women of the Village Improvement Association (VIA) of Doylestown can be heard loud and clear in this inspiring story of resilience and resourcefulness. The show, written by Joy Nash and directed by Griffin Horn, is being produced in partnership with the VIA.

Salon at Phillips’ Mill:
Poetry Reading

Tuesday, June 20, 7 pm

This is an informal poetry reading of both published and unpublished works. Each poet will be given a time limit of 3 to 5 minutes. Spots for poets are full, but all are welcome to attend and hear works by some of our very talented community members.

Calling All Aspiring Playwrights!

Submissions for the 2023 Emerging Playwright Competition open on June 26. Be sure to check our website for details and prospectus.

Now That WAS Funny!

“The cast thanks our dear and enthusiastic audiences who attended the musical comedy cabaret performances of ‘Now That’s Funny!’ The creative unity between the actors and the audience was palpable; the more they laughed, the more we acted up,” says Valerie Eastburn, chair of the Drama Committee.


94th Annual Juried Art Show
September 23 – October 29

Prospectus goes live June 15, 2023.
Be sure to visit our website starting June 15 for details.

Become a Patron of the Art Show

Thank you to all who support this historic juried art show. You enable us to continue the legacy of William Lathrop, founder of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association along with his friends Daniel Garber, Fern Coppedge, John Folinsbee, Mary Elizabeth Price, Edward Redfield and the many other New Hope School artists who became the core of Pennsylvania Impressionism. They were devoted to exhibiting the art of their time, just as we are committed to showing the art of ours.

Find out how you can become a patron of this prestigious art show and gain access to special events, including the opening reception of the show.

Become a Supporter

Visual Arts
“Full Moon Fox” dry point engraving by Dean Thomas

Color Reduction Printmaking Workshop

Saturday, June 24, 1 to 4 pm
At the Mill

Join us for an afternoon of hands-on instruction with award-winning Bucks County artist Dean Thomas. Following an overview of various printmaking techniques and a demonstration of Color Reduction Printmaking by Dean, participants will design and cut their own print block and produce prints. All materials will be supplied.

Event is SOLD OUT! - Join the Waitlist

Works of Founding Artists Displayed at Mill

For three magical days in May, the Mill welcomed home some of its beloved founding artists. Works by William Lathrop, Fern Coppedge, Morgan Colt, John Folinsbee, Edward Redfield and others of the New Hope School surrounded crowds of art lovers who came to view them from May 22-24.

We are grateful to Freeman’s of Philadelphia for bringing highlights of their June 4 auctions to the Mill to share with the Bucks County community.


Summer Fête at Phillips’ Mill

Kathy and Ted Fernberger

Saturday, August 19
5:30 pm

The PMCA Preservation Fund Committee is hosting the Summer Fête at Phillips’ Mill to honor longtime Mill supporters Kathy and Ted Fernberger and to help raise funds for the preservation of our historic 18th-century building.

It promises to be a spectacular evening, with specialty cocktails and assorted canapés, a superb sit-down dinner by Catering by Design, fine wines, and beer. The event will also feature a Rubber Ducky Regatta and jolly singing by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Bucks County.

ArtTalk with Leon Rainbow

Wednesday, June 21, 7 pm

Leon Rainbow combines graffiti with street art and other artistic forms to create innovative, thought-provoking projects. He also teaches art and curates many exhibitions. Please join us for a conversation with the acclaimed Trenton-based artist and learn how this form of artwork has transformed his work and his life.

This episode of ArtTalk is guest produced by Chee Bravo.

Learn More & Register

Artist Spotlight

Joy Nash Gives Voice to the Women of the VIA

Joy Nash had been writing successful romantic novels for a mass market publisher for many years when she learned about the Village Improvement Association (VIA) and its steadfast founders who established Doylestown Hospital in 1923.

During the pandemic, Joy discovered incredible artifacts at the Doylestown headquarters of the VIA, including detailed notes of the civic group’s meetings. Reading the historical records, she could “almost hear the voices” of the determined women who fought for accessible healthcare in their community. She decided to turn their notes into a play. “I have been a novelist for years, but now I guess you can call me a playwright too,” she says.

“Playwriting gets into your blood and you can’t stop it. At least not until the producers or the public tells you to.”

― T.S. Eliot

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus