The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County is a nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Director, Zlock Performing Arts Center/ Community Programming & Events at Bucks County Community College
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Edwin M. Matzkin- Attorney
Former high school literature teacher, creative writing instructor, and literary magazine sponsor, Robbin Farr is excited to begin a new and innovative venture as co-founder and co-editor of the River Heron Review an online poetry magazine. Writer, poet, and photographer of blighted buildings, Robbin lives in Doylestown, PA where she is actively involved in a community of poets. She holds an MFA from the University of Queens in Charlotte and currently teaches writing at Rider University. Her work has been published in literary magazines such as Philadelphia Stories, Sanskrit, and Parentheses and the anthology of poems, Moving Beyond Mars. She fervently believes in supporting the literary arts through readings, publication, and workshops and plans to employ River Heron Review as a platform for expanding the reach of poetry to diverse audiences.
Jane has been published in the book “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid Atlantic,” by Gary Pendleton, Schiffer Publishing. In addition to her paintings, Jane is a published illustrator of children’s books. Her recent book “Madam President – Five Women Who Paved the Way,” by Nichola Gutgold featured Jane’s watercolor illustrations of five women who ran for the presidency.
Jane has also participated in many plein air juried art events and group shows in the Mid Atlantic region. Notable awards include Best of Show in Bennington Vermont Plein Air, (2011), Peoples Choice award in Camp Hill Plein Air (2012), and Honorable Mention in Paint the Town Plein Air Chestertown, Maryland (2016). Jane’s work was also recognized with a second place award in the Barn and Covered Bridges Show (2014) hosted by Rich Timmons Gallery, Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In 2016, Jane was featured in the Philadelphia Intelligencer newspaper as part of the Bucks County artist studio tour.
Jane is an active member of the New Hope Art League and the Bucks County Illustrators Society. She lives on a horse farm with her husband, daughter and their horses, dogs and cats in Bedminster Township, Bucks County
Jennifer Rubin Garey received her Bachelors in Fine Arts and Art History from Florida State University and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii. After graduation, she moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where she received a MakeWork grant to build a foundry supporting the creation of her work. In 2014, she was awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Jennifer lives in Yardley, Pennsylvania, where she splits her time between creating her own art and developing diverse exhibitions at Bucks County Community College. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in museums and galleries throughout the nation. These include the Honolulu Museum of the Arts, Knoxville Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts (Tallahassee), as well as many private and corporate collections. She serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Solsberry, Indiana and currently holds a residency at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey
Owner, Axis Visual – Graphic Design, Branding and Marketing
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.
Founder and President –On Demand! Programs and Events
Natalie has been involved in the production of conferences, trade shows, seminars, workshops, and live performances for over 30 years. She began her career as a top-ranking salesperson for Fortune 500 corporations such as Merck, GE, Arco, and DuPont. Over the years, she’s created a variety of successful events, including pharmaceutical symposia, conferences on new technologies, product-launch seminars, educational retreats, fundraising galas, and even celebrity concerts at Carnegie Hall. She has produced events with a wide range of distinguished speakers and performers including bestselling authors Marianne Williamson and Judith Viorst, celebrated educator Erin Gruwell (who inspired the movie Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank), and Broadway star Cris Groenendaal.
A longtime resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Natalie is widely recognized as a community advocate and an ambassador for justice, tolerance, and equality. She was appointed by the Bucks County Commissioners to serve on the Human Relations Council and the Women’s Advisory Counci— which she chaired for two years and seven years, respectively. She was instrumental in developing and leading the Human Services Communications Coalition of over 50 human service agencies in Bucks County, and served as Vice President of the Bucks County Committee for Interracial Harmony. In 2001, she organized the No Place for Hate Committee in Newtown, Pa.—the first community in Pennsylvania to be certified as a No Place for Hate Community, and named a model program by the Anti-Defamation League.