The Grist - May 2023

May 5, 2023

Pennsylvania Impressionists to be Exhibited at Phillips’ Mill

Freeman’s Auction House will preview the esteemed collection of Sydney F. Martin on May 22-24, before their June sale.

In this issue of the Grist, you will learn more about this rare opportunity to view these privately held works at the home of the Pennsylvania Impressionists.

Edward Redfield “Spring Veil”


Annual Spring Musical Comedy

May 17 – 20, 7:30 pm • At the Mill

“The Phillips’ Mill Players are at it again—singin’ and dancin’ to tunes you all know and love. You won't want to miss it,” says Phillips' Mill Drama Committee co-chair Betty Benton, referring to one of the Mill's most joyful traditions.

Every spring, the Drama Committee at Phillips’ Mill produces a comedic musical. The audience, seated cabaret style, becomes a part of the collaboration.

This year’s show, “Now That’s Funny!,” will entertain you for 90 minutes of skits, songs, jokes, rats (yes, rats) and dancing. You’ll laugh so hard, you’ll want to bring tissues! “I’m really hoping the audience finds this at least half as funny as we do in rehearsals,” adds Kevin Nalty, one of the featured performers.

Tickets are now on sale. And don’t forget, mogul supporters can choose their seats, on a first-come, first-served basis. Click on the link below to become a mogul!

ArtTalk with Helena van Emmerik-Finn

Wednesday, May 17, 7 pm

This month’s guest, Helena van Emmerik-Finn, has focused on pastels as her main medium for more than 40 years, with oil as a second. She paints light and color and lets them reveal the landscape or scene in her works.

We’ll talk with Helena about her process and why the technical aspects of her art are so important to creating the engaging images in her work. We’ll also explore pastels as a medium, what makes them uniquely challenging and rewarding.


Freeman’s Highlights Exhibition

Monday-Wednesday, May 22-24
At the Mill

Freeman's Auction House, in collaboration with Phillips’ Mill and the New Hope Colony Foundation for the Arts, is presenting a special exhibition in advance of its upcoming spring sales of American works, which will feature an impressive number of Pennsylvania Impressionists.

This is an incredible opportunity not only for collectors but for all art enthusiasts to see these spectacular works of art. The exhibition brings a selection of works by some of Phillips’ Mill’s founding members back home to the Mill.

Read more about this remarkable single-owner collection of American paintings at Freeman's here.

Monday, May 22, 12 to 5 pm
Tuesday, May 23, 11 am to 5 pm
Wednesday, May 24, 10 am to 12 pm


Painting: Daniel Garber, “On the Delaware River”

Color Reduction Printmaking Workshop

Color Reduction Printmaking Workshop

Saturday, June 24
1 to 4 pm

Join us for an afternoon of hands-on instruction with award-winning Bucks County artist Dean Thomas. This workshop offers an overview of various printmaking techniques and a demonstration of color reduction printmaking. All participants will get a chance to design and cut their own print block, and produce prints. All materials will be supplied.

Fee: $60 PMCA members; $65 non-members


Voices: A History of the VIA of Doylestown

Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23
At the Mill

Phillips’ Mill is proud to present “Voices: A History of the VIA of Doylestown” in partnership with the Village Improvement Association (VIA).

This historical drama, written by Joy Nash, is a celebration of Doylestown Hospital and the women of the VIA who founded it 100 years ago. Doylestown Hospital is the only hospital in the United States founded and still governed by a secular women’s organization.

Online reservations coming soon! Mark your calendar.

Summer Fête at Phillips’ Mill

Saturday, August 19

Don’t miss the Mill’s annual Preservation Fundraiser, honoring Kathy and Ted Fernberger. Enjoy cocktails, dinner and British merriment, including jolly singing by the Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society! This is one of our biggest events of the year, with proceeds benefiting the preservation of our beloved historic mill.

This event is for members and their guests.

94th Annual Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill

September 23 - October 29

The Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show, which began in the spring of 1929, is a highly anticipated fall tradition! There’s nothing like seeing beautiful art in person and in the wonderful setting of our historic, 18th-century building.  

We’ll be announcing important dates for this year's show over the next few months. Be sure to follow along on social media!

Artist Spotlight
"The Phillips' Mill Party Cat"
Pam Miller "Party Cat"

Pamela Miller Paints a Story of a Fun-Loving Party Cat

Meet the artist behind this year’s Signature Image

It’s been about 10 years since Bucks County landscape painter and portraitist Pamela M. Miller first became acquainted with a certain fun-loving feline who loved to hang out at the Phillips’ Mill during opening receptions and other special events. The cat, affectionately known as “The Party Cat of Phillips’ Mill,” captured the artist’s heart and imagination. Pam tells the story of the cat in the painting that was selected as the Signature Image for the 94th Annual Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill.

“I now realize how much I like telling stories with my work,” says Pam. She especially likes to use her art to tell stories about the people and places she has seen in Bucks County, where she has lived for 52 years.


6th Annual Emerging Playwright Competition

Submissions Open June 26, 2023

Calling all aspiring playwrights: Here’s your opportunity to see one of your short plays staged for a live audience. It’s one of the best ways we know to fine-tune a work.

Now in its sixth year, the Phillips’ Mill Emerging Playwright Competition encourages writers from within a 100-mile radius of the Mill to submit a short play to our jurors. Every year, six plays are selected to be read on stage, with talkbacks with the audience following the readings.

Member News

A Picture-Perfect Event

The annual Spring Fling at the Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition was held on Friday, April 14, for Mill members and their guests. Great attendance, wonderful weather and superb photographs made for another delightful evening at the Mill.

We Remember Dr. James Stinnett

Jim Stinnett recently passed away at his home in Yardley, Penn., surrounded by family and friends. He was the husband of Carol Stinnett, Art Committee member and former Phillips’ Mill Art Show Chairperson. Jim and Carol were Lathrop Circle members and have, for many years, given an art show award for abstract painting.

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”

― Vincent van Gogh

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus