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.
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.
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
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.