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Display of nontraditional works opens at Phoenix


Phoenix Art Supplies and Framing brings a different kind of art show to the community, “The Phoenix Show: INNER VISIONS,” held March 7 to 21, at The Conservatory, 4059 Skyron Dr., Doylestown.

Show creator and curator Margaret Mattheson described why she created this show: “I’ve found a lack of outlets in our art community for more nontraditional artwork.

“This has always made me wonder what artwork might be out there, the type of artwork that artists make for themselves, simply because they want to experiment, or to track a vision that can only be articulated visually, or tell a story. I’ve always found these the most moving and exciting works, whatever the style.”

All profits from the exhibition will be donated to “Hand-in-Hand,” a program of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, which brings together professional visual artists and more than 750 children in crisis each year for meaningful arts engagement, without charge.

By partnering with local homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities and social service agencies, CFEVA provides a well-rounded, flexible arts curriculum that empowers youth to positively express themselves through art.

The juried exhibit draws on artists in Bucks County, as well as all adjacent counties. Over 250 artists submitted 444 pieces for jurying, and 113 were selected to exhibit.

The jurors included Al Gury, artist, educator and author, the chair of the painting department at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Syd Carpenter, sculptor and professor of studio art at Swarthmore College, and Jill Kearney, writer, film executive, founder and executive director of ArtYard in Frenchtown, N.J.

Prizes totaling $6,000 for Best in Show and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, will be awarded to the artists at a Preview Reception. Additionally, Phoenix Art Supplies & Framing will select a winner for a $1,000 gift certificate award.

The public is invited to attend the opening night, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 7, to meet the artists, enjoy the interactive lobby and refreshments.

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