Pennsbury Arts Foundation has completed another successful year of “Linking the Arts to Learning.” They have awarded eight grants this year to programs that brought the arts into the classrooms. Since 2001, PAF has enhanced student’s participation in the visual and performing arts with 151 grants totaling over $71,000! Community members continued to contribute funds, 100% of which goes to Pennsbury students.
A show and sale of contemporary and historic tiles will be held at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works on Saturday, May 17th, 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday, May 18th, 10:00am to 4:00pm, rain or shine.
With over 30 exhibitors, the festival features handcrafted decorative tiles and mosaics by tile artisans and rare historic tiles offered by antique tile dealers.
Self-guided tours of the Tile Works are included with admission. Staff ceramists will be demonstrating production techniques, including pressing, glazing and mosaic cutting.
Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) is inviting the art community to share inspired works of art in an exciting exhibition scheduled at their Visitor’s Center, 2877 Creamery Road, Solebury, on May 17th and May 18th, in conjunction with the popular sponsored species counting challenge, “Birdathon.” In the words of John Mertz, well-loved artist and also the first president of BCAS, “The exhibition’s theme, ‘Messages in Nature,’ will inspire fellow artists to transform what we observe in nature, whether it is autumn foliage reflected in the waters of a stream or pond, the naked skeleton of a sycamore in winter, a sentinel heron on the margin of a stream, spring wildflowers, or any of a myriad of possibilities.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.