Late Breaking News

Visit this page frequently to see the latest news about the PSC and PSC member activities.  Items here will be included in the next edition of the Portfolio.

September 2018

If anyone is interested in learning about the Great Books conference held at Colby College that Joanne Hirsh attended the last week of July, please contact her at 610-310-7062 or via email at
For one week attendees read and discuss classic literature that is provided to you as part of your fee which includes room and board. We meet in groups each morning to discuss the assigned books which are sent to you months in advance. 
This year the subject was “wooing and love.” Our six readings started with Shakespeare and ended Philip Roth. 
Next year the subject will be “memory.”
In the evening we can attend musical performances, held on campus, by the Atlantic Music Festival which is in attendance at the college. Movies and screened in the evening as well and a visit to the art museum is a must.
Great week in every way.
Joanne Hirsh
Licensed Real Estate Professional #RS325630
Honor Society
Mobile   610.310.7062

December 2017

Recent work by PSC member Elaine Lisle
December 12-, 2017- January 18, 2018

Crossing Uber St.

Opening Reception, Friday, December 15, 2017 4-7 PM at:
The Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia
616 Latimer Street, Philadelphia

  • Ehibition courtesy of ross McCleaf Gallery
  • Viewing hours after reception: 10AM-12noon and 2pm-4pm
  • Call the receptionist at 215-735-1057 ext. 10


February 2017


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 –


November 2016

PSC member, Claire Lynch’s painting “East Falls Autumn” was accepted into the Scenes of the Scimagehuylkill River’s  annual juried art show . The show runs until the 9th of December at Montgomery County College in Pottstown Pa.






What: Open-house Poetry Session

Where: 41 East State Street, Doylestown PA

When: Sunday Dec 18, 2016   2 to 4PM

Bucks County artist and PSC member Alan Fetterman invites you to his pop-up gallery on

Sunday December 18, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM  for an afternoon of poetry.

Alan Fetterman and PSC member, Nancy H. Mills will read their poetry followed by a welcome-poets open reading.

Please contact us if you plan to read so that we can introduce you properly and allow time for all.

Gallery: 41 East State Street Doylestown PA


PSC member, Susan Barnes had two paintings accepted into the 7th Annual 6 x 6″ Squared Exhibition and Sale held at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, California. Reception scheduled for December 3, 2016 from 6 to 9 pm. The show runs through the end of January. 











October 2016

Art Exhibition: “Ed’s World: A 30-Year Affair With Paint” Sun, 10/30, 4-7pm, Bartram Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Center City artist and PSC member, Ed Bronstein will exhibit and sell recent works in oils, pastels, gouache, and pen and ink at Bartram’s Garden on Sunday, October 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Bartram’s Garden, the country’s first garden. Reservations are strongly encouraged. There will be one round-trip boat ride on the Schuylkill River from the Walnut Street Dock in Center City to Bartram’s Garden at the beginning of the evening and back again at the end. Space on the boat is limited, and reservations will be required.


August 2016

Pamela Tudor was accepted into the Second Language art exhibit at the DaVinci Art Alliance, 704 Catherine Street, Philadelphia. The following two pieces are on display and for sale.

Pam tudor 1

Rising Sea Melting Ice

Pam tudor 2

Sea and Ice

Opening reception is Wednesday, August 3rd, 6-8p.
Up Until August 27th


Open gallery hours are Wednesday 6 – 8p and Saturday + Sunday 1 – 5p.


EXHIBITION: For our August exhibition, Second Language, we are excited to have juror Dr. J. Susan Isaacs, Professor of Art History and Curator at the University of Maryland. This juried exhibition is for artists that use creative expression to cross boundaries of language in order to communicate when spoken dialogue fails.



June 2016

New Hope Historical Society

The New Hope Historical Society presents “Artists Alive”, a juried art show.
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Entry: Now
Dates: Sept 9th, 10th, 11th.
Where: New Hope Arts – 2 Stockton Ave., New Hope

Featuring: Friday night opening reception
Additional Online Sales Gallery
Special Sponsors Party for NHHS Artist Members
Reduced entry fee for NHHS Artist Members
“Benjamin Parry Medal of Recognition” to the top 25 artists

Questions: email: or
call: Chuck Mintzer (212) 307-1077

Susan Esbensen

Caffe Galleria announces its latest art installation, “Pigments of My Imagination,” will open on Tuesday, May 24. “Pigments of My Imagination” features original work by Susan A. Esbensen.

Crossing Over

Crossing Over

Wiley Fox

Wiley Fox

Caffe Galleria and River Queen Artisans Gallery will host an opening reception for “Pigments of My Imagination,” at Caffe Galleria, Tuesday, May 24, from 6-8 p.m.
“Pigments of My Imagination” will run until July 26, 2016.
Caffe Galleria is located at 23 North Union Street, and open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Contact Caffe Galleria at 609-397-2400.
For further information about the art at Caffe Galleria, contact: Edward Dumchus, River Queen Artisan’s Gallery 8 Church St., Lambertville, N.J., 08530. 609-397-2977,

“Crossing Over,” by Susan A. Esbensen was juried into Studio Montclair’s group exhibition, “In Motion: Movement in Art.” The opening reception is on Monday June 6, 2016 from 7:15-8:45 PM. The exhibition is on view from June 2-29, 2016.

Doug Smock

PSC member Doug Smock’s “Cry…don’t cry” was submitted on-line for the Members Show.  However, due to a communication problem,  Doug was never notified to bring his work to be hung.

Here is an image of his work and a little bit about Doug.

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“Cry,,,don’t cry” Pencil on 8 ply Rising Museum board. 32” x 40”.

Doug Smock studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. For over 25 years he worked as a designer and creative director in the publishing industry. Doug has done numerous magazine illustrations both regionally and nationally for publications as diverse as Playboy and The Atlantic Monthly. He currently teaches Illustration and Drawing at Montgomery County Community College. A limited edition, hand-signed zine called “The pathetic start of it all” showcases Doug’s artwork and is available on his website Original artwork is available for purchase, please contact


May 2016

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Call to Artists:
Submission deadline: June 10, 2016, EST midnight.

Exhibit Dates: July 11 – Sept 10, 2016
Opening Reception: July 17, 4-6pm.
Artist Talk and Interactive Event: Aug 20, 2016.

West Windsor Art Center, located in Princeton NJ, in the beautiful historic Princeton Junction Firehouse is pleased to offer artists the opportunity to submit work for the juried exhibition “Home Is Where…”, opening on July 11, 2016. The focus of the exhibition is to present a visual expression of the artists’ concept of home, which could be anything from a physical space to an abstract emotion. It hopes to broaden the perception of what one considers home, by featuring artists’ diverse interpretations on the subject. Works featured will present a thought-provoking, transformational, joyful or perhaps melancholy exploration of a subject that dominates the human psyche, opening ourselves to the diversity of “home”, and possibly leading us to discover something unexpected that we have in common.

JUROR: Dejáy B. Duckett, Associate Director and Associate Curator of the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania.
SUBMISSION FEES: $25.00 for a maximum of 3 artworks. Fees must be paid at the time of submission.

West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Phone: 609-716-1931
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday: 10am – 4pm.


Welcome Spring

You are invited to the opening reception of my solo show, Welcoming Spring, on Saturday, May 7th, from 5 – 8 pm. See attached invitation for details on location.  Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

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Many thanks and Happy Spring!

Terri McWilliams Farina












Peter Quarracino is in the historic Yellow Springs Art Show
April 23rd to May 8th, 2016
The Lincoln Galleries at Historic Yellow Springs
Open Daily from 10 AM – 4 PM


Brandywine: 12 X 12″ Oil on Canvas

Free and Open to the Public

Also, Peter is in the Chester County Studio Tour
Saturday, May 21
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 22
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Peter will be a guest artist at Studio 30
Denies Vitollo Studio
404 Price Street, West Chester, PA 19382


February 2016

exhibition-card2We are four students majoring in illustration, attending Moore College of Art and Design, getting down to business working on our separate thesis projects. Kit Tyler Kazmier is an avid cat enthusiast and aspiring illustrator from New Jersey. Their first major undertaking, “A Day in the Life of a Witch” is a children’s book that follows the little witch Sophie and her kitty pal Lil’ Dipper through a typical day in their magical lives. Danais A. Morales, from Miami, Florida is an aspiring concept and game designer working on designing a series of beer labels with a mermaid hierarchy, where it explores different types of merpeople. Jacqueline M. Hines is a highly caffeinated, award-winning illustrator currently working on their BFA in Illustration. Upon graduation, they plan to travel, listen to some good tunes and be content with a simple life of making good art. Although currently focused on fantasy illustrations, they hope to one day illustrate a comic, open a sticker business, and publish a novel or two. Isabelle Staub is an aspiring illustrator and designer from Wayne Pennsylvania. During her last year at Moore she been creating music posters to display both her love of storytelling through art with graphic design.


January 2016

Ora Bialik, PhD
Ora Bialik is an expressive colorist artist. She works with a variety of media, including
traditional oil painting, abstract acrylic, watercolor, ink, print making, and beading. Ora developed a unique style, in which she paints on canvas, cuts the canvas, and weaves it back. This creates a three dimensional impression of colors and forms, in a two dimensional world.
Ora had solo exhibitions in Hadas Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Martins Run, Media, PA. She participated in group exhibitions at DaVinci Art Alliance, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, The Old City Jewish Art Center, PAFA, Philadelphia Community College and Haifa University, Israel. She has won awards in painting and photography.
Ora is an Israeli born artist. Graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts lp(PAFA), Certificate Program; Received an Associate degree in Art, with high honors from the Community College of Philadelphia, and holds a Ph.D. degree in mathematics and statistics, from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, OH.
Ora’s artwork appears in private collections in Philadelphia, Georgia, New York and Israel. You may also view her works at January 3, 2016




November 2015

Garden Committee Report

The garden at the Philadelphia Sketch Club is a lovely space to sit and enjoy fresh air, trees, birds, waterlilies and foliage each in their season. For a year the area, especially on the pond side had seen a renaissance, complete with water lilies and water willow, goldfish, a slate path with marble chips and flower beds with a climbing rose bush, hydrangea, witch hazel, Japanese maple, helloborus, and coral bells and ferns.. During the Gala evening the trees were outlined in colored light while the pond, lined with glowing lights created a gentle romantic aura in the cool air.
Our Garden Group at PSC includes Fran Carter, Jacqueline Barnett, Hanna Aufschauer, Lorraine Kilmer, Chuck Tarr, Jane Benet, and Dorothy Roschen, Lauren Sweeney,and Mariann Elias, Wayne Franks and Nancy Mills. Together we have created a space that can be used for garden parties, extensions for receptions, workshops, and just plain enjoyment for a few minutes or hours.

Much more work is due for improvement. Long awaited construction on the bricks and concrete walkways in the garden are are scheduled for Nov. Many ferns have been planted across from the pond under the graceful boughs and more plants are planned for that area along with a renewal of the stoned around the newly painted patio furniture A new bench, commemorating Debbie Cooperstein, a beloved member of the Sketch Club and avid participant in the workshops, purchased by the workshop members was held on Thursday, Oct. 29th, 2015.

Coming spring, visit the garden at your leisure on your own, with a friend or a group of friends, to talk, eat, draw or just to meditate.

For more information, call the Sketch Club and leave a message at 215 545 9298 or contact me at

Liz Goldberg: Cigar Queens

Artist Liz Goldberg has an MFA in Painting and Graphics from Pratt Institute and is currently on the faculty at Drexel University’s Fashion Design Program in the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design as well as Pratt Institute Department of Fashion. Liz is a 2003 Fellowship recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in Media Arts. Her animated films, all hand drawn and painted, have received four international awards, including The British Animation Award and first place in several films festivals. The animations include: DRUMBA, MOTION STUDIES, PUPPETS’ CABAL, SATYR PLAY, BEATBOX PHILLY, GUIDO’S HAREM, DEVIL’S WALTZ, COCKTAIL COUTURE, and DIVOMENCO POP. BEATBOX PHILLY has been broadcast on Public Television. Her paintings and graphics have received professional recognition since the mid-80’s. She is represented by Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, NYC, and GallerieChiz , Pittsburgh.

Cigar Queens

Cigar Queens

Cigar Queens is an investigation of the DIVA as an archetype illustrative of a flamboyant and uninhibited female, and the political empowerment that represents. The cigar becomes a metaphor for seduction, power, and magical exaggerations of human behavior: mischievous, egotistical, erotic. The inspiration of puppets and absurdist theater have influenced and strengthened my development of this style of cross-cultural, cross-media dialog.

I seek a context with which to present women of character. CIGAR Queens is one of a series of paintings that explore the women of Havana and their love affair with the Cuban Cigar or “parejos.” With the cigar a historical, cultural and sociological theme is generated. Watching the reaction/interaction of watching them smoke reveals the power and the seduction in the hand motions (male/female). The Cigar DIVA is sensual, challenging, audacious, commanding and seductive. Such a flamboyant uninhibited figure is both personal and political in the power she represents.

October 2015

James Toogood, Watercolors

PAFA Alumni Gallery

September 16-November 29, 2015

In addition to the exhibition, James Toogood will be giving the following lectures and workshop:

  • Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 14, 6-7:30
  • Art at Lunch lecture on October 28th, 2015, 12-1pm
  • Watercolor Workshop: November 21 and 22, 9am-5pm.

For more information, or call Tish Ingersoll at 215-391-4187.

September 2015

Portfolio Editor Clarification

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The medals appearing in the September Portfolio banner photo, showing the historic Sketch Club logo, were designed, developed, and manufactured by Pearl Mintzer. She requested that she be given credit for them.


Annette Alessi

“The Annunciation”, oil on canvas, 27 x 19”, Annette Alessi

Annette Alessi will be exhibiting her NEW oil called”The Annunciation” At
Montgomery County Community College- CCAA Members Show
September 23, 2015- October 7th, 2015
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 23,2015, from 5-7 pm

FINE ARTS GALLERY at Montgomery County Community College
West Campus, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown
Gallery Hours:  Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.




August 2015

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Ben Cohen was awarded SECOND PLACE in the New Jersey Pastel Painters Society Juried 2015 show at the Palmyra Cove,NJ  —  Aug. 1 to  Aug.29


Coming this Fall

Plan to come to the 155th Annual Gala 

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7:00 PM TO 11:00 PM

July 2015

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Welcome to our two summer Interns.

Anabel Alvarado and Shannon Szczepanski are the interns this summer. Both are Illustration majors at Moore College of Art and Design. They will be entering their senior year in the fall.

April 2

Alice Chung  has a Solo Exhibition  at ” A Space in Main Gallery”  in Princeton, New Jersey. Title of the show is Neighborhood and exhibition runs from June 5 through June 28, 2015





The Reception will be June 6, 6 – 8 PM at 61 N. Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512

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March 17

Pat Wilson-Schmid: will be presenting her abstract paintings at the Valley Lake Gallery, located at 3 Village Road.  Horsham, PA on April 25th.  A Power Point presentation & talk will be given at 11:00 AM with a reception from 1 to 3 PM.  For additional information please call 215-260-5631.








March 6, 2015

Formation of the
Philadelphia Sketch Club Photographer’s Circle . . . Meeting #2
PSC Members and Non Members are Welcome

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Dreamvent 2

I would like to schedule another exploratory meeting (#2) for all photographers andinterested friends in the Philadelphia Sketch Club for Thursday evening, March 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm, for the purpose of forming a PHOTOGRAPHER’S CIRCLE. The circle would function as a user’s group with the mission of exploring new technology but also the aesthetic range of the work of its’ members, traditional and contemporary. This would be an independent organization within the structure of the Philadelphia Sketch Club. We will attempt to discuss all the realities towards the formation of this exciting organization. You can contact me at or 215-300-9192 (cell). Please RSVP.

Steve Iwanczuk
Photo Circle Monitor and
Member of Philadelphia Sketch Club Board of Director’s


 Be sure to join us at the March 13th Dinner Meeting. Our presentation this month offers an exciting look at 3-D digital modeling and what it offers to visual arts.

20150313 Dinner Meeting announcement
For reservations, email: