The Grist - September 2021

September 9, 2021

The Art Show Returns to the Mill

We are excited to be returning to the Mill for the 92nd Juried Art Show, and honored to be able to share the works and dreams of so many talented artists, justas we have done for the past 91years. We hope to see you there!

Phillips' Mill Art Show 2021
September 10, 2021

Accepted Works Announced Online!

September 24, 2021

Award Winners Announced
Opening Reception for Patrons and Benefactors

The next few weeks are some of the most highly anticipated of the year! Not to mention the busiest for our Art Show Committee members. They have been working tirelessly to present the show as both an in-person exhibition and an online gallery.

In addition to announcing this year's accepted works later this week, we will be interviewing a number of artists and possibly visiting with them in their studios to bring their stories as well as their art to life!

Please note, we are disappointed to share that Moe Brooker is unexpectedly unable to jury this year's show due to personal circumstances. We look forward to having another opportunity to work with him in the future.

Be sure to check here for updates and a list of accepted works after September 10!


Plein Air Painting at the Mill
A Natural Activity for Parents to Share with Kids

Plein Air Painting - Amanda Penecale

Over the summer, artist Amanda Penecale led a plein air workshop for teens that evolved into something a little unexpected and quite wonderful.

When the teens’ parents asked if they could paint as well, she thought, “Why not?” By the time the workshop wrapped up, she was wondering, “When can we do this again?"

"Plein air painting isa perfect activity to share with your parents, but it’s also a lovely way to experience the outdoors in a very personal, interpretative way," says Amanda. She points out that painting landscapes while standing in front of one is a much different experience than painting the same scene after it's been captured in a photograph. “The painting grows in a different way. It’s a more true experience.”

More Plein Air, Please?

"We are working on plans to expand our plein air programs to include more age groups, venues and seasons throughout the year," notes Laura Womack, Chair of the Art Committee. If you're interested in attending, please let us know by emailing us at

David Rago - Rago Auctions

Building an Art Collection with David Rago

The art market is notoriously uncertain. We hear of riches made by modest collectors with an eye, extraordinary frauds, and market manipulation. And then we’re told to “Buy what you like!” Sure, but prices are all over the place. How do you know what you should pay, whether you’re buying a John Smith or a Rembrandt van Rijn? (It happens!) How do you navigate trends in art?

You probably should buy what you like, but we’ll see if we can get some more tips from David Rago, of Rago Arts in Lambertville.



Phillips' Mill Emerging Playwright Competition

4th Annual Emerging Playwright Competition

Winners will be notified the week of October 1, 2021.

Reading of Winning Plays
November 20, 2021, 7 p.m.

We look forward to bringing this wonderful event back to the stage!  We're also excited to announce there will be a wine reception following the readings for sponsors, actors, playwrights, jurors and audience. We are also planning a moderated talk back/Q&A between the audience and the playwrights.

Sponsors will be announced in the program, as well as in the Grist and on our website.

In the event that new COVID restrictions are in place at the time of the reading, we will make appropriate modifications to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Matching Fund Challenge

An anonymous donor has offered to match the first $1,000 we raise during our 2021 EPC fundraising campaign. Can you help us meet the challenge?
Your gift, of any size, will help us keep theater alive at the Mill.


Jurors Announced for the 2021 Emerging Playwright Competition

Meet the Jurors for the 2021 Emerging Playwright Competition

We are grateful to the following individuals for donating their time to jury the 4th Annual Emerging Playwright Competition: Judy Hallberg, Kimberly Kalaja, Phd, and Wilbert Turner, PhD. Read more about these talented individuals by clicking on the link below.

Playwright on Stage - EPC Phillips' Mill

A Playwright’s Path to Success

If you asked 10 playwrights to describe the path to success, you are likely to get 10 different but equally eloquent responses. Playwright, associate professor and one of this year’s Phillips’ Mill Emerging Playwright Competition jurors Wilbert Turner, PhD, tells aspiring writers to get as much of their work in front of as many people as they can. He describes winning his first national competition, the Dubuque Fine Arts Players’ One-Act Playwriting Competition, as a turning point in his own career.  

"Bowman's Hill Bridge" - Nora Odendahl

This month’s featured photograph, "Bowman's Hill Bridge,” is by Nora Odendahl, whose photographs explore the colors, patterns, moods and meaning of nature and architecture.

“What I value most about photography is its power to make us see the world in a different way--with heightened attention to the details and the vistas, the hues and the geometries, and the significance of all that surrounds us,” she notes on her website.

Nora began showing her work in the Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition in 1995. A member of the PMPE Committee since 2019, her subject matter is occasionally architecture but more often the natural world. In 2021, she chose the theme of “Leaf and Flower” for her submission to the PMPE Committee show.

Phillips’ Mill Photographers Recognized

We are also delighted to announce that several Phillips' Mill photography members have had their work accepted at the Pennsylvania Center for Photography's "Transformations" exhibit. These members include Dutch Bagley, Maria Dreyer, Marty Golin, Suzan Gottshall, Peter Hewitt, Sharlene Holliday, Phil Rothenberg, John Stritzinger, Samuel Vovsi and Barbara Warren.

The gallery will display an in-person show of prints at the New Hope Arts Center through September. Congratulations to all whose work is being exhibited!

Also, congratulations to Phil Rothenberg, whose work can be seen in Analog Forever's juried exhibition, "I Used to Travel!"

Although the exhibition itself is online, all of the photos were made with actual film. For those of us who have gone digital—remember the days of developing your own film, burning and dodging under the enlarger, and then seeing the printed images magically come to life in the developer tray? See more at

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus