The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County is a nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Executive Director, Bucks County Community College, Lower Bucks Campus
James Sell has been an administrator in higher education for over 30 years, having worked in a variety of positions at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown and Bristol locations and at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Jim is currently the Executive Director of the Lower Bucks Campus at Bucks County Community College. As a BCCC graduate, Jim transferred to Temple University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and later a Master’s in Education. In addition to his role as an administrator, Jim has taught a variety of academic courses at Bucks.
In addition to his responsibilities at the College, Jim serves on various boards in the community including the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County (currently in the role of President), the Lower Bucks Hospital, the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Bristol. He is also a member of the Community Advisory Council at Dow Chemical in Bristol.
Jim resides in Bristol Borough, PA with his wife Kelly and has two daughters, Laura and Diana.
Director, Community Programming & Events at Bucks County Community College
Vice President/ Website Administrator
Peter Chiovarou is Director of Community Programming and College Events at the Zlock Performing Arts Center on the campus of Bucks County Community College, and a member of its Alumni Association. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in performance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer School of Music, Pete has a great passion for music. His mastery of the electric bass launched a fifteen year product management and artist relations career in the instrument manufacturing industry, working for such companies as Hoshino USA (Ibanez), Aguilar Amplification, Phil Jones Bass, and Nordstrand Audio. Pete has been quoted extensively in both print and online music publications as well as featured in several product and educational videos. Outside of work, Pete enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities, traveling and performs locally with fellow musicians and friends.
Edwin M. Matzkin
Director of Arts Education at the James A. Michener Art Museum
Ruth Anderson is the Director of Arts Education at the James A. Michener Art Museum. Ruth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Edinboro University and Master’s Degree in Art Education from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has completed extensive graduate work beyond the Master’s level in studio art, arts education, and school administration. Ruth taught visual arts at the elementary and middle school levels in the Souderton Area School District in Montgomery County. There, she was District Art Coordinator, helped establish the Indian Valley Arts Foundation, and received Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Art Educator of the Year award in 1983. She has worked as a docent at the Allentown Art Museum, served on the Teacher Advisory Board at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and taught art education and studio art workshops for Westchester University and the University of the Arts. She was a founding member, enrollment director, and Board President of the River Valley School in Upper Black Eddy. She taught creative arts at the United Friends School in Quakertown. Ruth is an active member of the National Art Education Association, the American Alliance of Museums, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and has served on the Board of the ACCBC since 2017. She has over 40 years of experience in the field of arts education.
Social Media Administrator
Doré is an award artist whose works have appeared in numerous juried exhibitions. Her pieces have graced the halls of Doylestown Hospital, corporate offices, as well as private collections and has licensed her images to be reproduced on artistic yoga mats. Doré has shown numerous times at local galleries including a two person show titled Authenticity and Dream highlighting Dore’s special gift of visualizing what she calls the ‘essence’.
Teacher, Artist/Owner, Glendale Art Studio
Kirby Fredendall was raised in Bucks County in the small town of Carversville amidst the vibrant arts culture that has defined the area for years.
Fredendall attended Duke University to study Art History, first in North Carolina and then in London. Following her studies in London she attended the Cordon Bleu, later to work as a pastry chef while she obtained her master’s degree in Art Education and Painting.
Becoming a painter was a natural progression for Fredendall who had been drawing and painting throughout her life. Her first exhibitions were local, followed by numerous national group shows in Philadelphia, Hartford, Wilmington, Harrisburg, and later New York. Solo shows followed, including one at the Michener Art Museum. She recieved the honor of the Rauschenberg Foundation’s “The Power of Art” grant.
She has been an art instructor at Solebury School for over 20 years.
Mandee K. Hammerstein
Director/Owner, MK Hammerstein Public Relations
Public Relations Director & Brand Strategist
Most identified locally in Bucks County for her launching publicity & photography work, story-teller, Mandee K. Hammerstein has been entrusted with the responsibility to create and communicate strategic publicity & advertising programs to best introduce and emotionally connect high-profile and emerging organizations to the public through various news mediums, imagery, events of engagement and special promotions.
Mandee has worked alongside with award-winning Broadway talent, entrepreneurs and down to everyday kids, her work has been seen in local and international news, from Bucks County’s best news sources through the Wall Street Journal and the Monaco Chanel. Mandee’s creative results has been seen on Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS 3, Monaco Channel, WFMZ 69 News, CBS Radio, The Michael Smerconish Show – WPHT – NATIONAL, WHYY, THIRTEEN, NJN, The Preston & Steve Show, Broadway World, Playbill, Theater Mania, Playbill, Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News NY, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Intelligencer, Courier News, Wedding Bells Magazine, Victoria Magazine, Martha Stewart, Brides Magazine, Hunterdon County Democrat, Princeton Packet, Trenton Times, US 1, Trentonian…
From the beginning of her career over twenty years ago, MKH worked as a creative in advertising and public relations on national campaigns for international companies. Current day, she enthusiastically runs her own boutique PR firm (MkHammerstein.com), promoting not only award-winning talent but also other business visionaries and artful contributors, primarily in the creative breeding-ground of the Bucks County area. Hammerstein holds her BFA in Visual Arts & her Master’s Degree from Philadelphia’s La Salle University in Business Communications. Since 2008, Mandee proudly volunteers for Mercer County’s Big Brothers, Big Sisters, is an advocate for the arts and charitable causes that enrich the lives of others. Mandee and her husband William Hammerstein, ESQ. live in New Hope, PA, where they thoroughly enjoy their creative Bucks County lifestyle with their combined family of 6 kids and yellow lab Winston.
Passionate for the place she calls home, Linda’s recent focus has been to promote the area’s art community and heritage through economic ventures with the kick-off in 2016 of the BC Plein Air Festival. Her career in strategic marketing has led to some pretty unique opportunities both here and abroad… launching the Disney Princess inspired wedding gown line internationally, producing NY press runway shows-Bridal Fashion Week; press for ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover Philadelphia edition, Undercover Boss, Franchise work with Wendy’s, GPTMC (Phila. Tourism), Temple University’s X Games sponsorship events, annual media campaigns for the Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Flower Show, national retail chain tie-ins with DSW, Sephora, FYB’s (women’s early breast cancer detection), DEP/Peco Energy’s migratory fish release program, …and now Linda is excited to put her experience to good use locally after years of corporate focus.
LLee Marketing Assoc., O&O
Co-Chair of Bucks County Plein Air Festival
2494 Valley Rd., Jamison, PA 18929
Positioning and building brands for clients through cross-enterprise marketing and media opportunities; generate awareness, drive sales, maximize advertising spending; increase audience engagement.
Art Promoter and Event Planner, Photographer – Bucks County Project Gallery
Stephanie Lisle is an art promoter in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. With a background education and career in photography, Stephanie spent 20 years behind the camera. She left the world of creating photographs and turned to supporting the arts differently by opening a gallery that focused solely on the world of photography and up and coming artists. At the end of that project she moved on to focusing on the promotion of the arts in Bucks County. Stephanie organizes art events for local organizations, businesses and non-profits and curates exhibitions for a variety of art venues.
“My main focus and vision is to raise awareness for community and the arts to come together in a forum that benefits and creates opportunity for all. I focus on the integration of the arts into our community, creating a cooperative blend with local merchants, organizations and educational institutions.”
Stephanie represents photographers through mentorship and portfolio reviews.
Her personal background as a photographer was largely spent in portraiture, humanitarian photography and personal expressions.
Stephanie is the also the creative director at Flash Graphics, Inc., a large format digital printing company in Doylestown, Pa., where she continues to work closely with the art of photography.
Artist/Owner, Big Tree Studios
BigTreeStudios on Facebook
Christine has been painting the scenic views of Bucks County for the past nineteen years; beginning on a rainy day in 1998, after finding a pan of her daughter’s watercolors, and has been continually inspired by her surroundings ever since. She has had the opportunity to show both locally and on Cape Cod for the past 19 years.
Having begun in watercolors, she now paints contemporary landscapes in oil,. Her works are included in private and public collections locally, nationally, and around the world.
Her works are known for attention to color and bold dramatic skies, coupled with exuberant brushwork, resulting in scenes that surround the viewer with the feel and light of the chosen subject.
Christine is the founder of the “First Sunday Salon” – a group of artists who gathered on her farm to share, critique, and form a community of support for all types of artists. The group met at Big Tree Studios regularly for the over fourteen years. The interaction with other artists enriched and inspired Christine’s creative process, and has had a powerful effect on the growth of her body of work.
“The opportunity to paint whatever moves me on a certain day, allows me to express my many interests, as well as learn to handle new challenges. Therefore, my shows tend to have varied subject matter…I couldn’t imagine being limited to only one subject.”
Having had the opportunity to handle and study the works of the Pennsylvania Impressionists, as well as other famous American painters while manager of the Gratz Gallery, has greatly influenced her most recent works. Many of the pieces in her current body of work seem to reflect this knowledge.
Big Tree Studios was opened in 2010 at her farm in Upper Bucks County, the culmination of her dream to create a space that supports not only her works, but the works of the region’s many gifted artists.
Christine is looking forward to the opportunity to continue to support the rich artistic heritage of Bucks County, as a recent board member of the Art and Cultural Council of Bucks Countyand is excited to be a part of its movement into the 21st century.
Big Tree Studios 2010 – Present
The Brick Yard Gallery, Doylestown, PA 2014 – Present
The Gallery at Joanne’s Frame Shop, Quakertown, PA 2014 – Present
Sidetracks Gallery: “Naked in New Hope” 2010, 2016
NOVA Galaxy Show: 2013
SHOW AND EXIBITION HISTORY:
Tinicum Arts Festival Featured Artist 2017
Bucks County Traditional Artists Show May 2013
Tinicum Conservancy exhibit fall/winter 2012 – spring/summer 2013
Old York Cellars Winery Nov/Dec 2012
Stover Mill Gallery September 2012, 2016
Doylestown Hospital Women’s Auxillary Auction. 2006, 2007, 2009
Juried Exhibits: Nantucket Airport annual juried exhibit
(one year exhibit) 2005, 2006, 2007
71st & 72nd/ 75th Annual Phillips Mill fall show Sept-Oct. Bucks County
Main Street Theater “Artists of Upper Bucks” Sept- Oct.2001-2002
Nantucket Vineyards May 2004 – 2010
Solo show at The Grape in Manayunk: Sunday April 17th 2005
Broad Street Gallery Quakertown Pa. March 2001-2007
Art of Preservation 2015
Art for Food Group Show 2015, 2016, 2017
New Hope Arts League Group Show 2014, 2015
Doylestown Arts Days 2014, 2015
Traditional Artist Show, 2013
Doylestown Bicentennial Show at Gratz Gallery 2012
New Jersey State Historic Places Exhibition Pralls Mill 2012
Friends of the Delaware Canal Show 2011, 2012, 2013
Richland Friends 300th anniversary art show/auction 2011
Natural Dimensions, at the Laceworks April 2010
Women of First Sunday, November 2010
Fall Outdoor Show at Big Tree Studios Oct 2009
Art, Antiques and Uniques, Quakertown, Pa. 2003-2007
Naked in New Hope 2007 (Judge for 2011 & 2016 show)
Juried art of the Island 2 year exhibit Nantucket Airport 2005/2007
Made on Nantucket Main Street Nantucket 2003-2007
Michelyn Galleries Doylestown Pa. 2004-2005
Fine Art Photographer
Some people look out the window, or view a rural landscape or city street, and the images they see have little, if any, emotional response. They don’t really see, and therefore do not engage. My problem has always been the opposite. Images have fascinated me almost from the time I could talk. When someone showed me how to make them, I was off and running. Pencils and crayons were the early tools and comic book characters an early favorite. The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera my mother gave to me at 10 extended the realm of image-making into photography and initiated an often-torrid love affair with photography and painting which goes on to this day. A position as Precision Photographic Processing Technician in the U.S. Air Force—this involved processing and printing aerial recon film taken from military jets—sharpened skills acquired through self-study. After discharge from the Air Force I attended Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University’s Tyler School of Art as a photography major, while working full-time in I.T. for the federal government in jobs ranging from computer operator to senior manager of an I.T. division where I managed 12 mangers and 185 employees.
I have over 35 years of experience as an artist/photographer. As a fine art photographer, I aim to create images that stir the unconscious and rile emotions. My method bases itself on fractals, defined (by Webster) as “a fragmented geometric shape that can be subdivided into parts.” Blending both digital and traditional photography, I apply this approach to subject matter that includes cityscapes and architectural structures as well as rural landscapes, with a focus on trees, leaves, clouds, drops of water. The immediate environment—what’s outside, or just outside the window, things right around me draws my interest. It presents the challenge of extracting images from what might be viewed as a quotidian or just flat out boring. I sometimes take the initial image and recombine using collage, cropping, exposure, colorization and/or sharpness adjustments but otherwise employ minimal manipulation. In effect, I subdivide organic original through repetition to bring it into dialogue with itself through lighting and setting. My purpose is to lay bare, through pattern and repetition, graphic elements such as color, line and shape, elements that would not be immediately apparent to the casual viewer. Paper—what the image is placed on—is an aesthetic choice and enhances the effect. I have explored use of different papers and plastics, apart from traditional archival papers, to create variance in the printed surface of the image and, ultimately, in its effects. I see the results as a kind of surrealism or magic that arises from the contradiction between what we see and what might be there if it were magnified, multiplied, pushed and pulled.
My work has been exhibited in many juried shows as well as gallery shows in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio and is currently represented Center for the Arts, Bristol, PA. I also have work is included in the collections of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Aria Regional Cardiovascular Associates, and in the collection of Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter. I have won several awards from juried Art shows.
Owner, Axis Visual
After an enjoyable (and at times exhausting) collage experience at Tyler School of Art I worked for one of Philadelphia’s larger and most creative design studios learning the business of creativity for marketing and branding. In 1997 I started AXIS visual and have been the owner and lead designer ever since. I love creativity in all its forms whether it be applying my own skills to make my clients stand out from their competition and help their businesses succeed, seeing someone else’s new approach to painting, sculpture or photography, hearing new music or dabbling in my own fine art endeavors. Beauty and innovation hold endless value to our culture and society. We need to protect and promote artistic drive where ever we find it.
Rose Marie Strippoli
After raising a family (four children) and operating her own bridal and design business for many years, Rose Marie decided to focus on one of her first loves, painting. Since then she has studied at Bowling Green and Jacksonville Universities, Bucks County Community College and Lorain County Community College and has attended many workshops around the world.
Her acrylics, enamels, watercolors and hand built pottery have garnered numerous awards and ribbons including a special recognition from the Ohio Watercolor Society for having 10 paintings accepted into their juried shows.
Rose Marie was selected as one of the “Persons of the Year” by the Advisory & Oversight Committee of the 21st Century Learning Center” for her contributions to Bristol Borough and the Art Community and was only the second person entered into the Centre for the Arts Hall of Fame in Bristol Borough.
Rose Marie has held leadership roles in many art organizations including the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County and the Artists of Bristol on the Delaware. She is currently a resident artist at the Centre for the Arts in Bristol Borough as well as a regular participant in the exhibitions at the Gallery of Lower Bucks Campus, the latter of which she co-founded in collaboration with the College. She also teaches painting at Bucks County Community College’s Lower Bucks Campus through the Department of Continuing Education.