The Grist - October 2023

October 6, 2023

A Beautiful Time to Visit the Mill

There is no better time to visit Phillips’ Mill than the fall. The Annual Juried Art Show is on view daily through October 29, with many opportunities to meet with the exhibiting artists. Art collectors and art lovers come from near and far to New Hope, the birthplace of Pennsylvania Impressionism, to see the show. Many will make a day of it. The artwork on display can only be matched by the beauty of the season in Bucks County. We hope you join us this year!


The 94th Annual Juried Art Show Opens!

On Display through October 29
Daily, 1 to 5 pm
Adults: $6 | Students: $2 | Members: Free

The prestigious and historic Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill, now in its 94th year, features a diverse collection of fine art created by more than 350 artists across the region. Join us in celebrating every one of these talented individuals and their incredible artworks. And in congratulating the 20 artists who were awarded a total of $12,000 in prizes by the show’s jurors.

This year’s Patrons’ Award for Painting was presented to Robert Seufert for “Dark Shadows.” Ron Balerno received the Patrons’ Award for Drawing, Pastel or Printmaking for “Otter,” and Shawn Campbell was awarded the Patrons’ Award for Sculpture for “Perch.”

Photos from 94th Juried Art Show Awards Presentation

Meet the Artists

Artists will be on hand to mix and mingle with guests throughout the run of the show. Be sure to check the Mill’s website for the “Meet the Artists” schedule to find out when artists will be in-house to discuss their work. Please check the Phillips’ Mill website regularly for updates on new artist meet and greets.


Jury Day at the Mill
A Lovely Tradition

An esteemed panel of jurors, which changes from year to year, curates the Art Show at Phillips’ Mill, selecting works from hundreds of submissions. This gives the show a different look each year.

This year’s show was curated by jurors Syd Carpenter, Al Gury, Jill Rupinski, Lauren Sandler, and TK Smith. They came together on one long and wonderful day this September to experience and evaluate a sea of incredible artwork. How could they narrow down the more than 600 submissions to about 90 to 100 framed works, and then go back to choose 20 awards?

“They have a process in place. It was very organized,” explains Jill Rupinski. “As soon as I walked in the Mill that day, I saw so much diverse and gorgeous work. There was sculpture in the center of the room, and the outer walls filled and stacked with art. It was great.”

Emerging Playwright Competition at the Phillips' Mill in New Hope Pa.

Winning Plays Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the 6th Annual Juried Emerging Playwright Competition:

“Broken Vessel” by Domenick Scudera

“Hebrew Holy Man” by Peter Langman

“France Is Bacon” by Julie Zaffarano

“We Were Happy” by Jennifer O’Grady

“Clips” by Adam Richter

“An Honest Lesson in Self-Defense” by Patricia Lynn

Honorable Mention: “Trite and True” by Jane Lee

Reading of the winning plays from the Emerging Playwright Competition at the Phillips' Mill in New Hope Pa.

Reading of the Winning Plays

Saturday, November 18, 2023, 7 pm
on the historic Mill stage

All are invited to attend. Please sign up on our website. There is no admission fee, but a donation of any kind is appreciated.

Salon at Phillips' Mill

An Afternoon of Dramatic Monologues at the Mill

Sunday, November 19, 3 pm

Join us at our November Salon to hear talented actors deliver dramatic monologues in an intimate setting. The afternoon will feature appearances by local actors, as well as anyone in the community who wants to present a monologue. Local theater luminaries will be in attendance, including actor/coach Joey Perillo.

Registration is free, but donations at the door are gladly accepted. If you want to deliver a monologue, please click the button below or contact John McDonnell at  

Phillips' Mill Play With Words Student Playwriting Challenge - Call for Submissions

Calling Student Writers:
We Want to Hear from You!

Phillips’ Mill Drama is excited to announce the second annual juried “Play with Words” playwriting challenge for students. All aspiring student playwrights, who attend school within a 25-mile radius of the Mill, are encouraged to submit your work.

It is a great opportunity to have your work reviewed and possibly read on the stage of the historic Phillips’ Mill. Winners will receive a cash prize of $100.

The winning short plays will be read on March 3, 2024. All are invited to attend.

Visual Arts
River Arts Collective - ARTOber 2023 - Frenchtown and Lambertville NJ

Celebrate the Arts of the Delaware River Valley

Phillips’ Mill is proud to be among the more than 40 organizations, museums, galleries and makers to participate in ARTOber 2023. Presented by the River Arts Collective (RAC), ARTOber 2023 is a month-long celebration promoting the arts and culture of the Delaware River Valley through a series of exhibitions, events and activities.

ArtTalk - Conversations with Artists at Phillips' Mill - New Hope, Pa.
Armando Sosa - Master Weaver

ArtTalk with Master Weaver Armando Sosa

Wednesday, October 18, 7 pm
Zoom Webinar

Armando Sosa weaves traditional motifs in his own combinations and colors to express his dreams, his memories and his aspirations. The resulting works show the overlapping cultural influences that have inspired his art.

Born in rural Salcaja, in the Guatemalan Highlands, Armando is the son of a weaver. As a young boy, he was tasked with guarding newly dyed threads drying on the grass from getting trampled by cows! Among  his considerable accolades, Armando was recognized by the NJ State Council on the Arts as Master Artist in 2000.

Summer Fete Event at the Phillips' Mill

More Than $50K Raised at Summer Fête Event

The Phillips’ Mill Preservation Committee held a Summer Fête on August 19 to raise money for the Preservation Fund and honor Kathy and Ted Fernberger for their work over the years. It was a delightful evening of games, laughter and great food in a beautiful outdoor setting.

We are absolutely delighted that so many of you contributed to the Phillips’ Mill Preservation Fund this year. Your generosity will help ensure that our historic building continues to serve as an important center for the arts. We are pleased to announce that the evening netted a profit of over $50,000.

Thank you to everyone who made the evening such a success.

Kathy and Ted Fernberger
Jane and Tony Ford-Hutchinson
Patrick and Mary Fowles

HEIR TO THE THRONE: $2500 - $4999
Sally and Dick Henriques
Sam and Happy Shipley

KEEPER OF THE CASTLE: $1000 - $2499
Robert Beck and Doreen Wright
Susan and Peter Brussock
Emily Fernberger and Marc Schmidt-Casdorff
Gary Gilmore and Carol Church
Jacqui and David Griffith
Pat and Bruce Hamilton
David Hewitt
Louise and Brian McLeod
Joao and Connie Neves
Jon and Linda Paton
Gary Sparrow
Amy Tait
Laura Womack and Dick Williams
Mark Worth

Valerie and Rod Eastburn
Terri and Jon Epstein
Alice Ford-Hutchinson and David Dembeck
Robert Goodwin and Joseph Demchur
Elizabeth Griffin
Sue Johnson and Jim Flynn
David Lewis
Sharon Martin and Thomas Richey
Cleta and Ernest Szoke
Bill and Reny Willoughby
Robert Woodruff and Linda Penrod

Ellen and George Anthonisen
Mark Baran and Gertraud Humphreys
Elio Bracco and Keith David
Mary and Herb Flamer
Judith Gillis
Larry Keller
Donna and Michael Lacey
Carole and David Martin
Maria and Barry Middleberg
Stephanie O’Connor
Diana and Jim Resek
Renny Reynolds
Benita Ryan
Virginia Sigety
Gale Sparrow
Bob and Lynn Stoner
Candace Wallace and Joseph Gallagher
Joseph Wingert and Ann Meredith
Linda Zarnett

Our apologies if we have inadvertently left anyone off the list of donors. If that is the case, please let us know at

Member News
2nd Annual Holiday Soirée at Phillips' Mill - New Hope Pa.

2nd Annual Holiday Soirée

Friday, December 1, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Save the date for the 2023 Holiday Soirée, presented by Phillips’ Mill Drama. We hope you join us for this new and festive tradition in the making. Read more in the November Grist.

Patricia Allingham Carlson

Remembering Patricia Allingham Carlson

We were saddened by the news of the recent passing of painter Patricia (Pat) Marion Allingham Carlson, whose work, “Lights at Night,” was selected to be the Signature Image for the 93rd Annual Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show in 2022. Pat was an accomplished and award-winning artist, with her mixed media watercolors selling all over the world and being used for book covers, television and theater sets.

“Lights at Night” by Patricia Allingham Carlson
“Lights at Night” by Patricia Allingham Carlson

New Membership Dues Structure

For the first time since our current dues structure was introduced in 2006, the Mill has announced a modest increase. Our programs have grown significantly, in size and scope. To learn more, please read a letter that was recently sent to all of our members.  And thank you for your continued participation and support. We look forward to seeing you at the next Mill event!

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

― Pablo Picasso

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus