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Pennswood Art Gallery Features Exhibit by James Bongartz, Opening Sunday, January 19, 2020

Alley Tryp, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 30

On Sunday, January 19, an exhibition opens in the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA, featuring paintings by local artist and educator James Bongartz. An Artist Talk will take place in Penn Hall at 2:00 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception in the gallery from 3:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Early in his career Bongartz painted realistic Spanish landscapes. Eventually his subject became the city of Philadelphia. The man-made and natural light of dusk and evening intrigued him. Inspired by his photos of Philadelphia streets, he painted acrylic impressions of the images — loosely interpreted in boldly enhanced color.

Recently experimenting with the process of pouring acrylics, he has been creating vividly colored abstract paintings, again referencing his city photographs, this time computer-manipulated — enlarged and cropped.

A native of Pittsburgh, Bongartz earned a B.S. 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 also teaches painting classes and youth summer classes. A resident of Morrisville, Bongartz is an active member of ART+10, a Princeton-based artist collaborative and a member of ArtsBridge, Stockton, NJ.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years including such well-known names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Pat Martin, and William Hogan is a non-profit, fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village. For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.

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Pennswood Village is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, PA, Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.

Pennswood Art Gallery Features Exhibition by Deborah Eater

The Pennswood Art Gallery will feature an exhibition by award-winning collagist Deborah Eater. The exhibition opens on Sunday, November 17, 2019 with an illustrated talk in Penn Hall from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The Pennswood Art Gallery is located in Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, in Newtown, PA. The events, as well as the exhibition, are free and open to the public.

What appear to be tiny brush strokes enlivening her abstract images are actually tiny bits of paper collected from magazines and catalogs, carefully de-acidified to last a lifetime. Eater draws inspiration from ordinary things. She says, “The most compelling line of all to me is the curve of a road winding out if sight, hinting at things to come.”  Subtle manipulation of her original inspiring objects lead to the arcs, spirals and curving lines that she returns to time and again in her work.

A former psychologist and teacher, Eater studied drawing and painting at Fleisher Art Memorial.  She lives in suburban Philadelphia and teaches collage and mixed media in Langhorne, PA.

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Pennswood Art Gallery to Host Opening Reception for Keith Sharp on Sunday, July 21, 2019

“iPad” archival pigment print by Keith Sharp

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, an exhibit of Keith Sharp’s digital fine art photographs opens at the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road in Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Penn Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Sharp combines creativity with playfulness in making digital images which he labels surrealistic. If you look carefully at his pieces you realize his work tricks the eye into accepting an image that could not be. The next question you ask yourself is, “How does he create a photo of a natural scene that is not natural at all?” His work is mysterious, poetic and draws you into a fantasy image your mind accepts as reality.

Sharp, a graduate of the University of the Arts, has exhibited widely in such diverse venues as the Woodmere Art Museum; the US Botanical Gardens, Washington, DC; Rolin Rice Gallery, NY, NY; and the Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT: and is  in collections ranging from the Free Library of Philadelphia; the Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; to the University of Texas, Tyler, TX.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 36 years including such famous names a Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Bruce Garrity, William B.Hogan, and Peter Treiber, is a non-profit contemporary fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Route 413.  For information about the reception and artist’s presentation call 215-960-9110.

Hospice Care by Pennswood Village CNA Donna Ramos Received Spirit of Hospice and Palliative Care Award

Donna Ramos (center) holds the Spirit of Hospice and Palliative Care Award as she poses with her nominator, Arlene Pesta (left) and Executive Director of Hospice Care by Pennswood Charles Whitlock (right).

Donna Ramos (center) holds the Spirit of Hospice and Palliative Care Award as she poses with her nominator, Arlene Pesta (left) and Executive Director of Hospice Care by Pennswood Charles Whitlock (right).

May 15, 2019, Newtown, PA: Each year at its annual conference in Harrisburg, PA, the Pennsylvania Hospice and Palliative Care Network (PHPCN) bestows the Spirit of Hospice and Palliative Care Award to a “hospice or home health aide who has demonstrated outstanding performance, sensitivity, respect and continuous excellence of service in hospice and palliative care.” The 2019 recipient of this award is Donna Ramos, a Hospice Care by Pennswood Village CNA who is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Hospice Care by Pennswood Village’s Clinical Director Arlene Pesta, RN, BC, CDP, nominated Donna for this award. “Donna Ramos is the testimony of the word compassion. She freely gives love and understanding to those hurting and in need,” Arlene said.

Although Donna has been with Hospice Care by Pennswood Village for just over a year, she quickly became a standout employee. “Donna has a quiet and gentle approach and makes all patients under her care feel content and loved. Donna has a keen eye for pointing out changes and also has excellent safety awareness…Donna makes the patients and families feel at ease and helps with comforting their emotional needs as well as the patient’s physical needs,” Arlene added.

Pennswood Village and Hospice Care by Pennswood Village is proud to have its caring and compassionate staff members recognized for the work they do on a daily basis.

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Hospice Care by Pennswood Village, guided by Quaker principles and traditions, honors those we are privileged to serve by providing person-centered care during the end stages of life.

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people age 65 and older. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood Village is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.

Pennswood Art Gallery to Host Opening Reception for Lara Cantu-Hertzler, Sunday, May 19, 2019

Dancer in Red Shoes

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, an exhibit of Lara Cantu-Hertzler’s paintings will open at the Pennswood Art Gallery with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Penn Hall. The Pennswood Art Gallery is located in the Community Building of Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA.

Cantu-Hertzler uses a melange of mediums such as oil, encaustic, pastel, alcohol ink, among others bringing to her work a unique relationship between the female figure and her surroundings. Sometimes we see a narrative social scene; at others, Cantu-Hertzler gives us an exploded architectural, whole house vision incorporating one young lone female figure. We get a hint of the flavor of life in a Philadelphia neighborhood. At other times she incorporates more abstraction to open a philosophic dialogue with the viewer.

A young painter, Cantu-Hertzler is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts who lives and paints in Philadelphia. Her work often shows the exploration, decay, and loneliness of life on the fringes of a big, old city. As she says, “There seems to be an emotional relationship between these spaces and the figure….I’ve been drifting back and forth between representation and abstraction….I never paint what I see, my ultimate goal is to paint from within.”

Cantu-Hertzler has exhibited widely and has won numerous awards from the Philadelphia sketch club and the Philadelphia National Arts Program, as well as a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years  – including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Bruce Garrity, William B. Hogan and Peter B. Treiber – is a non-profit, contemporary fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Route 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School. For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.

Pennswood Art Gallery to Host Opening Reception for Linda Celestian on Sunday, March 24

“Affluent” by Linda Celestian, Silk and wool fiber sculpture, 6’ x 7’ x 4’

On Sunday, March 24, an exhibit of Linda Celestian’s paintings and sculptures will open at the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 in Penn Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Celestian brings a unique vision to the use of her mediums – acrylic paint, silk, wool and wire. By combining large swaths of diaphanous silk and/or wool fabric and wire she creates floating, evocative sculptures that embody the piece’s title in an abstractive interpretation with the intent of bringing the power and beauty of nature inside. Likewise her acrylic paintings created with pours, drips, and smears capture an informed spontaneity opening the viewer to new insights into the work’s subject matter. As she says, “Nature is my muse. I work with paint in its fluid form ….(letting) my paint run and puddle. I manipulate my materials to imitate natural occurrences such as the sky, ice, decay, water, and patterns created by wind and rain.”

Growing up in upstate New York and spending summers on her family’s boat on the Great Lakes helped develop Celestian’s keen kinship with nature and use of natural markings in her work. Celestian, who has exhibited widely, received a BFA from Moore College of Art, completed a year of graduate studies in fine art and has received numerous grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years  – including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Bruce Garrity, William B. Hogan and Peter B. Treiber – is a non-profit, contemporary fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Route 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School. For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.

Pennswood Village Welcomes New Director of Development, Susan Vanscovich

Susan Vanscovich

January 23, 2019. Newtown, PA – Pennswood Village, a Bucks County continuing care retirement community, welcomes its new Director of Development, Susan Vanscovich. Pennswood is honored to have Susan, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with an impressive 27 years of experience in development join the senior management team to lead its stewardship and fundraising efforts.

As the Development Director, Susan will coordinate, support, plan and implement fundraising activities and programs for Pennswood Village’s philanthropic initiatives. Residents, staff, families and friends have contributed generously over the years to Pennswood’s Fellowship Fund, a fund that assists residents with financial support when their assets become depleted through no fault of their own, the Employee Scholarship Fund, capital campaigns, and many other efforts. Susan’s role will be to engage and steward the residents and local community to support the vision and strategic goals of Pennswood Village.

Susan comes to Pennswood from the WCU Foundation and West Chester University where she enjoyed a long and successful career spanning a combined 21 years.  During Susan’s tenure, WCU celebrated three successful capital campaigns and posted its most successful fundraising results while she served in a variety of capacities including Chief Advancement Officer, Chief Operating Officer and for one year, the Interim CEO.  Susan is currently working toward a Doctorate in Public Administration/Nonprofit Management from West Chester University; holds a M. Ed. from Temple University, and a B.A. in Communications from Penn State University.  She is a Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has served on the boards of several cultural and service organizations in Chester County where she lives, including the Brandywine Ballet Company, March of Dimes (SE PA) Women of Achievement Committee Member.

Susan resides in West Chester, PA, with her husband Paul and their three children Lucas, Zachary and Victoria.

Pennswood Art Gallery to Host Opening Reception for Matthew Colaizzo on Sunday, January 27, 2019

Michael Colaizzo, Rubble Piles from I95 On-ramp Construction at Richmond Street, Phila., PA, woodblock print, 38* x 38*

***Please Note: This event was originally scheduled on Sunday, January 20 and has been postponed to Sunday, January 27 due to the weather forecast.***

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, an exhibit of Matthew Colaizzo’s wood block prints will open at the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist  from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Penn Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Colaizzo works in the ancient medium of wood block printing interpreting present day bits and pieces of our everyday urban and wild landscapes in a spare and stark manner reminiscent of the great Japanese print maker, Hokusai. By so doing he lets us see the universality of a rubble heap, a building site of an on-ramp to I95, or a steep walled quarry, or a vast modern building excavation, or perhaps a scene that could be a picture from a current Mars roving space craft.

By incorporating elements such as the edges and knots in the pine wood planks he uses (purchased from his local Home Depot) he encourages our imagination to expand one of his landscape’s sky to incorporate cosmic elements – the old with the new – or in other instances micro to macro or vice versa. As Colaizzo says his “images… investigate our human mark on the planet.” He states further that he blurs the line between the natural and unnatural, and that he hopes to encourage the viewer to examine our place on earth.

Colaizzo, a member of the Tyler School of Arts faculty and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, has an extensive exhibiting background reaching from Rome, Italy, to New York, New York. His work has been reviewed in such prestigious publications as The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and Title Magazine.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Bruce Garrity, William B. Hogan and Peter B. Treiber is a non-profit, contemporary fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Rt. 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School. For information call 215-968-9110.

Pennswood Art Gallery Hosts Opening Reception for Lesa Chittenden Lim Exhibit Sunday, November 18, 2018

“Foggy Morning” by Lesa Chittenden Lim, pastel and watercolor, 25” x 31”

On Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 an exhibit of the paintings of Lesa Chittenden Lim will open at the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 in Penn Hall.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Lim, a graduate of and teacher at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, says her paintings are inspired by an emotional response to nature – to trees in particular.   Although she often works on site, she says, “Rather than recording an exact external reality, I express the inner sensations caused by my visual perceptions; calmness, serenity, movement, awe, desolation to name a few.” Her paintings are quiet  – a few trees, a moon, a setting suggesting an Asian simplicity, a subtle spareness with titles like “Dancing in the Light,” or “First Love”, or “New Beginnings”  – all expressed in pastel or watercolor and pastel.

Lim, who divides her time between  Philadelphia and northern Michigan, came to painting after she left managing a $500 million division of a Fortune 100 company to carry out her original vision of life as an artist.

Her work has earned her awards such as Art of Sleeping Bear Dunes Dennos Museum, an artist’s residency at Sleeping Bear National Park, a place in Woodmere Museum permanent collection and at the Ross School, University of Michigan among many others.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently John Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Tremain Smith, William Hogan and Peter Treiber is a non-profit, contemporary fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Route 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School. For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.

Pennswood Village to Host Candidate Forum for the 142nd PA State Assembly District on November 1

Frank Farry

Lauren Lareau

Pennswood Village will host a Candidate Forum for the 142nd PA State Assembly District on Thursday, November 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community’s Penn Hall. Former Langhorne mayor emeritus Chris Blaydon will moderate and ask each candidate the same questions, solicited from Pennswood Village residents in advance — and written questions from the audience. Lauren Lareau (D) will go first (previously decided by a coin toss) followed by Frank Farry (R). Candidate profiles and positions are available at Vote411.org.

 

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