Distinguished Artist Series

Please join us in-person at Prallsville Mills as Dean Thomas presents Multicolor Woodblock Printing and Technique

Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Award-winning Bucks County artist, Dean Thomas will demonstrate multicolor woodblock printing at Artsbridge’s Distinguished Artists Series this month. For the first time since Covid began, the meeting will be held in-person. The open-forum discussion and demonstration of the woodblock printing process will include: initial drawing, block preparation, palette selection, carving tools and techniques, and final printing.

Dean graduated from Glassboro State College in 1983 and launched right into his decades-long career as a professional artist. Initially working as a printmaker in New Jersey, he produced over 100 hand-engraved plates for monotype and colored prints–using watercolor to hand color each print. His small editions of Southern New Jersey landscapes and village scenes were widely exhibited in New Jersey and Philadelphia–where he was an exhibiting member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club.

In 1994 he moved to Boulder, Colorado where the vast landscape inspired him to paint exclusively in watercolor. After a year, he returned to the New Hope area for its rich heritage in the visual arts. For the last twenty years, he has been working in Bucks County and exhibiting throughout the region. In this period, Thomas transitioned from watercolor to oils. An avid backpacker, fly fisherman and kayaker, Dean’s strong and deeply rooted connection to the natural world drives him to paint. “It is my sincere desire that my love for the outdoors, seen through my paintings, will have a profound affect on others–keeping them connected to the natural world as well.”

This event is free and open to the public. We request that attendees be vaccinated and wear a mask while inside the mill.

Dean Thomas working in his studio

Upcoming Distinguished Artists Programs

Enjoy the summer and watch for an August E-News with details of the Outdoor Art Sale and more

  • November 18: Jane Adriance
  • December 16: Winter Solstice party

For more information about the series, email Thalscheid@gmail.com

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Robert Beck Art Exhibition

Robert is a past member of Artsbridge who lives in Solebury and paints locally. Be sure to see “It’s Personal: The Art of Robert Beck” through January 2, 2022 at the Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Open Thursday through Sunday. See website for more information at www.michenerartmuseum.org

92nd Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill

Many of our members have art exhibited in this prestigious exhibition at Phillips’ Mill, 2619 River Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania. It is open from 1-5:00 p.m. daily until October 31. It is also online at www.phillipsmill.org/art/juried-art-show

Website Directory

As an Artsbridge member, you have the opportunity to be listed on our website, but we need your information to keep the list up to date. Email the following information to Frank Silva at contactfranksilva@gmail.com with the subject “Artsbridge Member Sites”

  1. Your name
  2. A one sentence description about you and your art
  3. An image of your artwork (around 500kb)
  4. Your artist’s website URL
  5. Your Instagram name/link
  6. Your Facebook name/link

You must be a member of Artsbridge to qualify for this listing.

River Rats Plein Air Update

Bob Barish and other members go out painting, when weather is acceptable, in and around the River towns in NJ and PA. You are on your own to go to the same location and set up at a safe distance from others. Please wear a mask if you go to socialize with other artists and keep a 6-foot distance. Contact Bob at Bobbarish@me.com to be added to the email list.

Photo by Sue Ann Rainey

Artsbridge Facebook

Please continue to produce creative art and post it on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ARTSBRIDGE for all to enjoy!

Peter Hunt Memorial Art Fund

Our dear friend Peter Hunt passed away in March. At the request of Peter’s family, we have established the Peter Hunt Memorial Art Fund. This fund will be used specifically for future Plein Air painting events or other similar events in his memory. To donate, you may send a check to:

Artsbridge PHMF
P.O. Box 354
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Please write the check to Artsbridge and in the memo line write PHMF. Thank you.

Thank you to all our donors as of 12-29-20: Tom & Joanne Chesar, Robb & Debby Sussna, Kay King, Tom & Linda Whitcraft, John Ennis & Jo-Ann Osnoe, Artsbridge, Gary Fournier, Cindy Ruenes, Marla Richie, Robert Beck & Doreen Wright, Dolores & Dolores Herr, Robert Barish, Edward Greninger

Online Art Gallery & Museum Hopping

James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pa: www.michenermuseum.org

Artists’ Gallery, Lambertville, NJ: https://www.lambertvillearts.com

Inspire Art Gallery and Studio, Dunellen, NJ: https://www.inspireartgalleryandstudio.com/

Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach CA.: https://www.laslagunaartgallery.com

Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ: www.hunterdonartmuseum.org

The 2nd Floor Art Gallery, Revere, Pa.: https://the2ndfloorartgallery.com/

The Upstairs Gallery: https://www.theupstairsgallery.com/

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA: www.high.org

Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA: www.telfair.org

Philadelphia Museum of Art, www.https://philamuseum.org/

2021 Artsbridge Board of Directors

President, Gary Fournier
Vice President, Laura Nicholson
Secretary, Doe Phillips
Treasurer, Gary Fournier
Newsletter, Sue Ann Rainey, email: artsbridgemembers@gmail.com