The Grist - March 2022

March 1, 2022

March News & Spring Happenings

We're excited to share that the prestigious Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition is returning to the Mill inApril and that our annual spring musical is in rehearsal for aMay performance.The timing could not be better. While there is no escaping the realities of the day, participating in the arts helps us to understand and interpret the world around us, and provides us with a creative outlet. It also brings us together as a community. Please join us and share in our collective energy and spirit.


April 2 - 22, 2022

Opening Reception: April 2, 4 to 6 pm

The prestigious Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition, juried by National Geographic and Smithsonian photographer Bob Krist, will be on display at the Mill starting April 2, 2022. It is an honor for the Mill to host this event and share the fine art of photography with our community.

With submissions from incredibly talented photographers around the world, combined with the history of Phillips’ Mill, the show is highly acclaimed. It’s also just a joy to see!

Show Hours:
Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 1 to 5 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays: 1 to 8 p.m.

Save the Date

Not Your Run of the Mill Photo Show
April 24—30, 2022

Every year, our photo committee creates more than a little magic behind the scenes of our prestigious juried photo exhibitions. These Phillips’ Mill Photo members are all talented photographers as well as dedicated volunteers. 

Our second photo exhibition of the year, the “Not Your Run of the Mill Photo Show” is a wonderful collection of work by our members. It is our honor to showcase their work, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Photography as Art, Photographer as Artist

Established in 1992 by Spencer Saunders, the Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition has had “Photography as Art, Photographer as Artist” as its continuing theme. The show has grown into the premier annual juried photography exhibition in Bucks County.Spencer Saunder, who hasbeen involved with the Mill since he was achild, discusses the program here.

Support Phillips’ Mill Photo

We could not continue to produce and present these beautiful shows without the support of our volunteers and community. We welcome your participation on our committee and thank you in advance for your donations of any size. 

Learn more about Phillips’ Mill Photo here or send us an email at with any questions or interest in our program.


May 19, 20 and 21, 7:30 p.m.

Doors open: 6:30 p.m.

The Phillips’ Mill Players Return!

The Phillips’ Mill Players are now in rehearsal for their spring 2022 musical, “Marriage: What’s Love Got to Do with It.” And the energy is contagious!

The show is a musical comedy, presented cabaret-style, that includes eight one-act plays and a lot of song and dance. “There are 20 actors in the show, plus a band of six musicians,” says Valerie  Eastburn, chair of the Phillips’ Mill Drama Committee. “This is a fun show that is sure to brighten your spirits. A special thanks to Betty Benton, who is the choreographer, and Fran Young, who is directing the production.”

BYOB and snacks.

Be a Mogul!

When making your reservation, please note that there is a special Mogul option. For an additional fully tax-deductible donation of $100, you become a Mogul. This means that you and your party will have your choice of the best seats in the house and a shout out by name at each performance. Thank you for supporting the drama program at the Mill by making a Mogul donation here.

Visual Arts

Saturday, September 24 - Sunday, October 30

Signature Image Competition

The 93rd Annual Juried Phillips' Mill Art Exhibition Committee invites you to submit an artistic representation of our historic Mill for consideration as our signature image for this year's show. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your talent and gain a wider awareness of your work.

The deadline for signature image submissions is March 29th, 2022.

The image chosen will be used on posters, ads, invitations, postcards, social media, banners and on the Phillips' Mill website, in short, on all of our marketing, publicity and advertising materials. The winning artist will receive a $400 honorarium, and the artwork will be featured for sale at the show. This is a dynamic opportunity for high visibility of your work, your style and your name within our community of collectors.

Janine Dunn Wade - PMCA ArtTalk


Sunday, March 13 - 5:00 p.m.

Janine Dunn Wade is known for her beautiful and joyful floral still lifes. Join us on March 13 as she invites us into her studio to delve deeply into her process. Janine has exhibited widely at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie and the Woodmere Art Museum, among others, and has been a regular participant in the Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show since 1995, winning several awards.

Joe Gyurcsak - PMCA ArtTalk


Sunday, March 27 - 5:00 p.m.

During this special edition of ArtTalk, nationally renowned plein air instructor Joe Gyurcsak takes us to the Utrecht Paint Factory in Brooklyn, NY, to see how paint is formulated and mixed. He’ll share how the best brushes are made and talk about the exacting process of the Japanesehandmade brush tradition. Joe has exhibited and taught throughout the United States. The author of numerous articles and a brand manager for Blick/Utrecht, Joe has taught plein air and other workshops at major art institutions, tested new paint formulations, and even invented his own color.


Artist Spotlight

Lambertville Artist Kelly Sullivan

Kelly Sullivan

Shares for plans and vision for Strand Arts

“Before I had a family, my studio was always in my home. Now that the kids are grown and on their own, I dream of having that work space in my home again,” says Lambertville artist Kelly Sullivan, whose dream is about to come true.

Kelly is currently renovating the old Strand Theatre at 12 Coryell Street in Lambertville into an innovative, multi-use center for the arts, complete with studio, performance and living spaces. Scheduled to open in 2023, she envisions the future Strand Arts as a welcoming venue whose mission is to inspire “bold and collaborative artistic experiences.”

Reimagining a historic theatre into a community art house is, in many ways, a culmination of Kelly’s life work and passions. The fine art painter and collaborative arts pioneer has been bringing people together through art for the past 25 years.


The Reviews are In!

The 2022 Youth Art Exhibition was a tremendous success, with the most schools and submissions ever. Last month in the Grist, we interviewed the “Best of Show” winner, Annika Crawford, in case you missed it.

Here are just some of things people had to say about the show. 

“Phillips' Mill 2022 Youth Art Exhibition Just finished viewing this exhibition. Impressive. The art world is alive and well. And when any of these are for sale, please contact me. Well done.”  
“This student art exhibit is extremely moving. So much talent and truth.”
“Wow. I just looked at the Youth Art Exhibition and it is really impressive. Congrats.”
“These young people are so much more aware of a diverse America that maybe there is hope for the future of the country.”

Many thanks to the students, art teachers, and participating schools, as well as those who supported the show with their generous donations.

Photo of the Month
“Things Not As They Appear” by Suzan Schwartz L Gottshall

Phillips’ Mill Photo member Suzan Schwartz L Gottshall is a fine art photographer and artist with a keen interest in what happens behind the scenes. Whether capturing a moment in time or creating compositions from several images, she invites her viewers to use their imagination and create their own story from how an image speaks to them. 

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Suzan is a self-taught artist who has lived in Bucks County for more than 30 years. In addition to photography, she is a fine art painter whose work has been exhibited in shows across the region, including at the Phillips’ Mill Community Association, the Pennsylvania Center for Photography, and the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County.

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus