The Grist - September 2023

September 7, 2023

The Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Show Turns 94

The 94th Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill, the region's most prestigious art show, will soon be on display at the historic Phillips’ Mill. Serious art collectors from across the region and beyond anticipate this show as an important opportunity to expand their collections. Art lovers everywhere enjoy the breadth of work in the show and the artistic spirit of our community.

“Did the artists who initiated the New Hope School of Art realize that their legacy would last for nearly a century? I certainly think so,” says Mary Flamer, co-chair of the 94th Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill. “I invite you to be a part of this long tradition.”



Monday, September 11

September 23 - October 29
Daily, 1 - 5 pm
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“Opening Night” by Joe Gyurscak


Friday, September 22, 5 pm

The opening reception of the Juried Art Show is one of the most highly anticipated evenings of the year. All submitting artists, as well as leaf-level patrons of the show, are invited to attend this invitation-only event. It’s not too late to contribute and be a part of this exciting evening. Award winners will be announced!


Submissions Open September 11!

Call for Entries

Calling aspiring playwrights: We know you have a lot to say, and we want to hear you say it! That’s Valerie Eastburn’s message to student writers. As the chair of the Phillips’ Mill Drama Committee, she is excited to announce the second annual juried Play with Words playwriting contest for students.

“I encourage any young aspiring playwright, who attends school within a 25-mile radius of the Mill, to take the challenge and submit a short play,” says Valerie. “This is an opportunity to help direct a play you wrote, and see it read on the stage of the historic Phillips’ Mill. A commentary about your work will also be read by one of our judges, and winners will receive a cash prize of $100.” The winning short plays will be read on March 3, 2024. All are invited to attend.

Click here to watch last year’s winners and their plays.

Artist Interviews

Meet Matilda Bray

Published poet, occasional playwright, children’s literacy advocate and high school student

With the submission period about to open for the 2nd Annual Phillips’ Mill Play with Words Student Playwriting Challenge, we checked in with one of our inaugural winners. Matilda Bray, a poet and senior at The Solebury School, submitted one of her first plays to the competition last year, and encourages other young aspiring writers to do the same.

“It can be scary to put your work out there,” she acknowledges. “But it can also be really rewarding.” Matilda would certainly know. She has achieved enormous success as a writer, publishing two books of poetry and winning numerous competitions. She is also an active advocate for children’s literacy and donated proceeds from her first book of poetry, “Under the Moon as My Sun,” to the Children’s Literacy Initiative.

ArtTalk with Pam Miller

Wednesday, September 20, 7 pm
Zoom Webinar

Please join us for a conversation with this year’s Honored Artist, Pamela M. Miller, who is known for her landscapes with hay rolls, which she wants to capture before they disappear from the Bucks County scene forever.

Pamela says her work is dedicated to the simple pleasure of viewing a field, to the work of a farmer’s imprint on the land, and to the long-playing motion picture of the seasons. Her homage is composed in pastel of intense color and the changing light of day.

Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 3, 7 pm

All members are encouraged to attend the Phillips’ Mill Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 3, at 7 pm, following a wine and cheese social. We’ll be discussing activities, voting on new directors and learning about actions of the Board. You will also get a chance to view the 94th Annual Juried Art Show.

Summer Fête at Phillips’ Mill
Hip, Hip, Hurrah!

It was a glorious evening along the banks of the Primrose Creek—and actually in the creek itself, as the 2023 Mill Preservation Committee entertained guests with a brilliantly British affair.

Funds raised before and during the event will benefit the preservation of our historic 1756 mill. Kathy Fernberger, co-founder of the Mill’s Preservation Fund, was honored along with her husband Ted, for their continued generosity.

We thank Jane Ford-Hutchinson (seen here, left, with Preservation treasurer Diana Resek), this year’s preservation committee chair, whose efforts and leadership ensured a very successful event. We also thank all of our volunteers and donors.

Preserving a historic structure such as the Mill requires attention all year round. Your donations of any size are always welcome.

Jolly singing by members of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Bucks County delighted the crowd during the dessert course.

The Mill Bridge Gets a Makeover

Aluminum anti-slip treads were installed on the Mill bridge and back steps after several people reported that they were slippery, especially when the bridge was wet. The treads are designed to be a permanent solution to slip and fall hazards with a raised-button surface providing traction in environmental conditions including rain, sleet, snow, dirt, ice, or fallen leaves.  

Thank you to Patrick and Mary Fowles for pressure washing the bridge and steps, and to Susan & Peter Brussock and Bob Woodruff for installing the treads. Preservation funds were used to purchase the treads.

Volunteers Needed

Buildings and Grounds

We need help maintaining the grounds at Phillips' Mill. No heavy lifting or expert knowledge is necessary.

As a volunteer for the Phillips’ Mill Community Association, you will work alongside artists, arts patrons, community leaders and other volunteers committed to preserving a piece of Bucks County history while also moving an organization forward. You'll make new friends, play an integral role in our organization and enjoy the personal rewards of volunteering.

“I have been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I have never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

― Georgia O’Keeffe

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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus