Lambertville Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Shad Festival

The Lambertville Chamber of Commerce will host its 33rd Shad Festival on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th from 12:30am until 5:30pm both days (rain or shine). Admission is free. Each year, the festival highlights this region’s arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, the shad!

This Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized, award-winning event. It features 80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters, showcasing everything from jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more!

The food court will include a large diversity of food ranging from taco salads to fried calamari. Family fun will consist of face painting, sand art and other children’s activities. Kids will enjoy the rides that have returned.  Also, don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations at Lewis Island, where the Delaware River Basin Commission will teach spectators about testing water quality.

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Chapman Gallery presents Spring Group Show

Chapman Gallery presents a Spring Group Show featuring a great mix of landscape and still life paintings in oil, pastel, and watercolor. The show begins on Saturday, April 5th with an opening reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

It’s time to say goodbye to winter and take in a breath of spring, including lush landscapes and freshly cut floral still lifes. 

The show will feature the work of over 20 artists including Ray Overpeck, Susan Ketcham, Dean Thomas, Betty Minnucci, John Mertz. Jim Lukens, Don Kaiser Jas Szygiel, Jo-ann Osnoe and more. Check out their website for more information about the show, as well as participating artists and biographies.

Chapman Gallery is located at 46 E. State Street, Doylestown. Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am until 5:00pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am until 7:00pm; and Sundays from noon until 5:00pm. For more information call 215-348-2011 or visit www.thechapmangallery.com.

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Student artwork blooms

On March 5th, select New Hope-Solebury art students visited the Philadelphia International Flower Show to see their art work displayed in the Delaware Valley College exhibit. This year’s theme of the Flower Show was “Articulture” and the intent was for exhibitors to combine the artwork with the world of horticulture. Through a partnership with Delaware Valley College, and New Hope-Solebury schools, all 1,400 students in grade K-12 were posed the question “What is nature?” 

The intention was to encourage connections between children and our natural world, while educating people about the effects and consequences of “Nature Deficit Disorder.” Coordinated by Lower Elementary School principal Ken Silver, art teachers Mark Mannion, Joann Neufeld and Karen Rosenburg had their students create works of art that addressed the questions “What is nature?” and “How do you interact with nature?” Students created work in pastel, paint, collage, photography and ceramics. Once all the artworks were completed, 10 pieces were chosen from each NH-S school building and displayed at a special event at Delaware Valley College. These pieces were then incorporated into the display that Delaware Valley College entered into the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Delaware Valley College even won a “Special Achievement Award for a unique feature or design element” thanks to the artwork of the students. The exhibit also won the Bulkley Medal of the Garden Club of America.

“It was fantastic to see our student’s work displayed so prominently in the design and we enjoyed all the other wonderful displays at the art show as well,” commented Karen Rosenburg. 

PHOTO CAP: Kathryn Yandle in front of her self-portrait.

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Artists of Yardley holding Third Annual Juried Show

The Artists of Yardley Third Annual Juried Show opens on Friday, April 4th with 81 outstanding works representing artists from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. An eclectic mix of paintings, drawings, photographs and collage, along with small sculptures, will be on display through April 27th.

Juror David Shevlino, a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, chose “work in which the artist not only communicates his or her personal vision, but can do it articulately by knowing their craft.” 

An opening reception will be held April 4th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Artists of Yardley Art Center, 949 Mirror Lake Road, Yardley.

Check their website for further details and gallery times at www.artistsofyardley.org.

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Phillips’ Mill Community Association Youth Art Show featured Central Bucks High School students

 

The Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Show was held last month in New Hope, with participation from nine high schools submitting 79 pieces of artwork. The works included oil, acrylic, watercolor, collage, mixed media, graphite, etching and sculpture.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Central Bucks East student Alexandra Wirkijowski won first place in Sculpture for her “Dusk” stoneware.

2. Central Bucks West student Xavier Lorie won a Phoenix Award for “Paris Street at Night” acrylic.

3. Central Bucks West student Laura Kirsch with her “Stargazer” acrylic.

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AOY Art Center enters its fifth year on Patterson Farm

Artists of Yardley opened its Art Center in February of 2010 and has been sharing their creativity with the community through workshops, classes, camps, exhibits and events.

There is something for everyone at AOY, from beginner art classes to renowned artists giving a one or two-day workshop.

There are seven shows and two events planned for 2014; starting with the Photo and Fine Craft Show opening on February 7th. The second annual Juried Show will open on March 4th and the AOY Member Show on May 9th.

For nine fun-packed weeks of summer, AOY conducts art camps for kids from ages 6 to 16. Registration starts in February at www.artistsofyardley.org. They will have a Camp Student Show on September 5th, their Second Annual Artoberfest Event will take place on Saturday, October 4th, Open Studio Tour on the 26th, Hand Crafted Gift Show on November 22nd and 23rd, and the Small Works Show opening on December 5th to round out the year.

For more information visit www.artistsofyardley.org.

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Artists in Residence of Bucks County


Artists in Residence of Bucks County (AIR), a non-profit organization, exposes children to the arts by bringing professional visual, performing and literary artists to regional schools for hands-on workshops because exposure to the arts improves a child’s ability to think, express themselves and succeed academically.

The halls of New Hope-Solebury Lower and Upper Elementary Schools have been beautified by many mosaic and painted murals that were created by students who have worked with AIR artists Terri Herring, Katia McGurik, Jennifer Cole and Colleen Attara. Students have choreographed their own dances with local dancer, Melissa Roxey.

This school year, the third graders at NHSUES have made their own ceramic bowls with local artist, Terri Herring. They participated in an “Empty Bowl Breakfast” to highlight awareness of hunger in our community in conjunction with Thanksgiving.

Students joined their parents for a breakfast of cereal and milk, eaten from their handmade bowls. Families were asked to donate a food item to be delivered to the local food bank, so that the bowls of others in our community could be filled.

Most AIR programs are funded by the school’s parent-teacher organization, school funding, or grants. It is also part of AIR’s mission to donate workshops to our community’s most underserved populations. Last year AIR donated programs to schools in Bristol, Ben Salem and Trenton.

Residencies are available in clay, dance and movement, drawing and painting, fiber arts, literary arts, mixed media, murals and music. Residencies can be tailored to fit into any curriculum, scheduling requirement and budget. Visit AIR’s website for more information on their programs, www.bucksair.org.

AIR welcomes proposals from local artists, as well as donations and volunteers. AIR is looking to expand our board of directors and welcomes inquiries from local residents who are passionate about the arts. AIR will be holding a fundraising luncheon at a local restaurant in early May.

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New Hope Art League

Founded in 1974, the New Hope Art League is celebrating their 40th year as a welcoming Bucks County area group of artists. The NHAL membership has grown from two-dozen to over 150 members. It continues to attract professional, as well as emerging, or hobbyist artists. Being an artist is not required to be a member. Their goals are to provide art education to their members and guests and to gain greater exposure of their art to a broader audience by exhibiting, networking and supporting each other in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

They have knowledgeable, experienced and inspiring speakers and demonstrations and   host an annual juried art show and a members’ show and a yearly picnic and holiday gathering.

The New Hope Art League reaches out to the community in support and projects. They raised money and food for the Bucks County Housing Group’s Food Pantry at their events.

NHAL members will be in the “Show Some HeART Exhibition” at the Bucks County Community College Lower Bucks Campus, 1304 Veterans Highway, Bristol, February 3rd – March 21st. All art will be priced at $125, with $25 going to the BCCC scholarship fund for the benefit of the Lower Bucks campus.

They have an annual members’ show, and they are especially proud that this is the fifth annual juried art exhibition to be held May 15th – 27th at Rolling Green Farm, Route 202 (by Aquetong Road), New Hope.

So join this dedicated group of creative people and share the joy of art. Come to a meeting, the last Tuesday of most months at the St. Martin of Tours School, 1 Riverstone Circle (next to Staples off Route 179/W. Bridge Street), New Hope. The meetings are free and open to the public. Bring a friend. Check their website for meeting and exhibition details.

To become a member send a check for $30, made payable to the New Hope Art League and all your contact information, including your full name, address, phone number, email, website (if you have one) and indicate your art interests. Send to the New Hope Art League, P.O. Box 751, New Hope, PA 18938. Membership is good for one calendar year, January – December.

For more information visit NewHopeArtLeague.com or email nhalpa@gmail.com.

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New Hope Arts

New Hope Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and support of contemporary arts and artists and to enriching the lives of residents and visitors through education, and the presentation of Visual, Performing and Literary Arts events.

The calendar for 2014 includes five featured visual art exhibitions including Continuum – An Exhibition of Master & Emerging Artists, Sculpture Annual Juried Exhibition, showcasing national and regional artists, and Works in Wood, a juried exhibition perpetuating the fine woodworking tradition of the region.

NHArts also showcases theatre, dance and the performing arts. Priority is given to not-for-profit organizations and individuals sponsoring professional programs.

For more information and a calendar of events, visit www.newhopearts.org, or call 215-862-9606. NHA is located at 2 Stockton Avenue, New Hope.

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Newtown Arts Company

Newtown Arts Company has announced its 31st season of live shows at the historic Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State Street, Newtown, with subscription sales now underway. The lineup for 2014 includes: “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare in February; “The Taffetas: A Musical Journey Through the Fabulous Fifties!” by Rick Lewis in April; “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson in June; “Fiddler on the Roof” by Joseph Stein, Jerry Block, Sheldon Harnick in August; “Maid to Order” by Tom Taggart in October; and “Scrooge! The Musical” by Leslie Bricusse.

In addition to the live show season, Newtown Arts Company will produce a children’s show in late February and Stars of Tomorrow summer theater program in late July.

Newtown Arts Company again has been recognized as one of the top 10 theatre companies in the Delaware Valley on the PhillyHotList. Since 1983, Newtown Arts Company has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarship grants to area high school graduates.

Call 215-860-7058 or e-mail tickets@newtownartscompany.com for information.

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