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Current Exhibit . . .

Artist: James C. Bongartz

March to March, A Year in Color

Exhibition of Paintings:  3/21/21 – 5/9/21

Though currently closed to outside visitors, Pennswood Art Gallery presents an exhibition of lively fluorescent acrylic paintings by James Bongartz titled March to March, A Year in Color —  March 21, 2021 thru May 9, 2021.

Pennswood residents may visit the gallery in person and also view the Artist’s Talk video on TV 970 & the Touchtown Community App.

The public is invited to enjoy the show virtually by viewing Bongartz’s illustrated Artist’s Talk video:  CLICK HERE. 

To view the virtual gallery with images and sizes, CLICK HERE  

During this year of Covid-19, Jim has been hard at work. Once again we will accompany him as he makes his way through cities,  taking snap shots of places and people. He captures all that activity and then, back in his studio, turns it into intensely bright acrylic paintings. His brush work adds to the expression of the activity and feelings of immediacy. As Jim said in a recent email: “All of these works reflect the continuation of my painting journey, referencing my photography while exploring the use of fluorescent paint.”

He further states, ““Viewing these paintings “completely” can only be done in person since fluorescence cannot be fully reproduced using photography or videography. While photographs of fluorescent paint colors will indicate a heightened sense of color, they will not fully capture the true vibrancy created by the wavelengths discharged from the lit fluorescent pigment…….Replacing traditional color palettes, the use of’ these rogue fluorescent pigments allows for further expansion and reinterpretation of a sense of time and place. This color palette can offer a unique role for the viewer, a heightened visual sensation………””

A native of Pittsburgh, Bongartz earned a  Science Degree in Art Education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. After moving to the Philadelphia area in 1989, he began a twenty two year career as a full time art teacher for a private, special education, K-12 school in Fort Washington, PA. While teaching, he kept a working studio in pursuit of his painting career.

Bongartz  is the Director of Education for Artists of Yardley, (AOY) coordinating adult and youth classes and workshops. He teaches painting classes there and youth summer classes. Several Pennswood residents have studied with Jim, and report that he loves color. One student describes it as, “neon color”.  

We know that Pennswood residents will enjoy this artist’s work.

To contact the artist:

Website:, Phone: 215-740-2777 

The Bongartz exhibition continues Pennswood Art Gallery’s participation in the years-long celebration of the Pennswood Village 40th Anniversary. 

The Pennswood Art Gallery,  a non-profit, fine arts gallery has exhibited such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Danial Garber, John Redmond, Earl B. Lewis,  William B. Hogan, Harold Ross, and Brooke Lanier. 

Purchases are handled by the Pennswood Art Gallery. For information contact Dorothy Hann, Treasurer at (215) 968-6768, or   

Checks may be made out to PVRA and sent to: Dorothy Hann, Treasurer, 1382 Newtown Langhorne Rd., D206, Newtown, PA 18940, or pay by PayPal to  We cannot accept credit cards. For in state purchases add 6% sales tax. 

For general information about Pennswood Art Gallery exhibitions call 215-968-9110.