The AOY Art Center, a Pennsbury Partner, will host the fourth annual gallery show of adjudicated Pennsbury student work on two weekends in early 2020. As in past years, this showcase of up-and-coming talent will be juried by members of the AOY Art Center and prizes will be awarded. First prize is $500, with a second-place prize of $300, and $200 for third-place honors. Three $50 gift certificates from Jerry’s Artarama will also be awarded as Honorable Mentions.
A wide variety of student work in many different media will be exhibited, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, and digital photography. The works will be adjudicated and selected for the AOY exhibition during the Pennsbury High School Art Majors Show at PHS East on the evening of January 9th.
The AOY Art Center is located on Patterson Farm at 949 Mirror Lake Road in Lower Makefield Township. The public is invited to an opening reception at the center on Friday, January 24th from 6:00–8:00 p.m., and the show will continue that Saturday and Sunday, January 25–26th, and the following weekend, February 1st-2nd. Gallery hours on the weekends are 12:00–5:00 p.m.
The AOY jurors this year will be established artists, Donna Lynn Sheehan and Connie Dierks (see biographies included below). The award funds stem from two sources: a new donation made by an anonymous AOY member in honor of the outstanding Art program at Pennsbury High School in the hopes of inspiring these new artists and their families; and a donation made by AOY member, Fran Leyenberger, in memory of her husband, Chris.
Ruth Anne Schultz, Pennsbury’s K‑12 Art Curriculum Coordinator, said, “On behalf of the Art Department, I’d like to say that this partnership with the AOY Art Center is a win-win for both the students of Pennsbury and the community. We appreciate all the extra effort that AOY is contributing to host this student show and we are excited this will provide more community exposure for the work of our students and their teachers.”
The purpose of the AOY Art Center is to pursue art education for the community. For more information about the center or to request private access to the show, visit www.artistsofyardley.org or call Bette Sovinee 215–493-1205.
The mission of the Pennsbury Partners Program is to establish and sustain collaborative partnerships between the School District and the community-at-large to enrich educational opportunities for all students. For more information, visit www.pennsburysd.org >Departments>Pennsbury Partners Program or call 215–428-4178.
About the Jurors
Connie Dierks has been a resident of Bucks County for 28 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of Virginia. Connie retired from a graphic design career in 2012, giving her more time to paint and expand her horizons in the art community. She continues to be very successful in the Fine Art world and actively participates in many juried and non-juried shows throughout the year. Her works show her fascination with color, reflection, light, and shadow. Connie is a member of Artists of Yardley, Artsbridge, New Hope Art League, Garden State Watercolor Society, and Willingboro Art Alliance. https://conniedierksfineart.artspan.com/home
Donna Lynn Sheehan
Donna is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, with two degrees focused in general illustration and graphic design. In her early career as a graphic designer, Donna designed marketing materials for malls around the country while working at Pembrook Management on Long Island, New York. With a move to Yardley in 1993 and taking time to raise her children, Donna transitioned to a fine arts career with commissions to paint hanging murals for the St. John the Evangelist Community Center and St. John Evangelist rectory. Versed in a wide variety of media, she enjoys oil painting using direct and indirect methods, choosing subjects from life and her own photography. Donna shows her work in juried and local shows and continuously grows and explores as an artist, drawing inspiration from teaching students from her in-home Yardley studio and at AOY Art Center in beautiful Bucks County. @DonnaLynnStudio