The North-City Congress serves its more than 300 members in three ways. 1. It offers a wealth of activities – from dance and exercise to card games, knitting and excursions; 2. it gives counseling on assistance programs from government agencies and on members’ personal concerns; and 3. it offers the same counseling to seniors who cannot leave their homes.

The Congress is holding a gala on June 8, 2017, to raise money to support its programs, including funds to buy needed tables and several televisions stolen in a recent burglary. City officials and other community leaders are being invited. The Congress would like perhaps 4 or 5 local artists to contribute paintings to be sold in a silent auction.

The Sketch Club could help. I’ve been working with the Congress and will contribute one or two paintings. If you want to contribute a painting or want any more information, please contact me.

Thank you in advance.

Bill Kosman –

Photo Circle Meeting Canceled

Photographers please note:

Due to the impending snow, this month’s Photo Circle Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, February 9th, is canceled. We hope you’ll join us next month. Until then, stay warm!

Steve Iwanczuk
Photo Circle Monitor and
Member of Philadelphia Sketch Club Board of Directors

The Philadelphia Sketch Club’s 154th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings


Get the 154th Small Oils Prospectus 2017

Enter online HERE

April 14 through May 6

Entry Deadline: Sunday March 19, 2017 at midnight

The Philadelphia Sketch Club’s upcoming 154th Annual Small Oils Exhibition represents an opportunity for today’s artists to connect with many of the great artists of the past. They can have your work exhibited at this prestigious exhibition just as Eakins, Anshutz and N. C. Wyeth have. The 154th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings presented by the Philadelphia Sketch Club represents one of the longest running and most prestigious juried exhibitions in the country. This year’s show runs from April 14 through May 6 with a reception on April 23 from 2 to 4 PM. The exhibition will feature over 150 works by prominent and emerging artists.  The exhibition awards are not just certificates and cash, but also the R. Tait McKenzie Small Oils Medal. Dr. McKenzie was an artist who created Olympic medals but he was also a physician who developed many of the modern theories of physical therapy. He designed a medal specifically for this exhibition. In addition to the best three in show awards, there will also be special awards for the best landscape, still life, portrait and abstract.  Traditionally, the exhibition also features a work by each of the three jurors. This year’s Jurors are Robert Goodman, Aubrey Levinthal and Stefanie Lieberman. Gallery hours at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, 235 S. Camac St., are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.

Founded in 1860, the Sketch Club is America’s oldest artists club.  Originally, the show was founded so that artists could display a number of small examples of their works with the hope that a patron would order a larger painting.  The size limitation on the paintings is no larger than 20” x 20” excluding frame.  Prior medal winners in this exhibition have included Paulette Van Roekens, John Folinsbee, Alice Kent Stoddard, Arthur Meltzer, Antonio Martino, Dorothy Van Loan, Doris Silk, John Redmond and Al Gury.  Below is an image of last year’s First Award Winner as well as an image of the McKenzie Small Oils Medal.

Tom Kohlmann, Portrait of Morales, oil

First Award – 2016 Small Oils Show

                                        R Tait McKenzie, Small Oils Medal, 3″ dia. bronze