Playhouse Impressions: A Complimentary Celebration of Art

September 29, 2012

Courtyard of the Bucks County Playhouse

12:30-5pm: Live Art Observation & Musical Performances
6pm-8pm: Tented Reception, Meet the Artists, Live Music, Refreshments & Silent Auction



You are invited to a complimentary and uniquely cultured event at the Bucks County Playhouse in conjunction with the New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival and the upcoming Lambertville Music Hall.

Join us as we celebrate the local artistic and creative community by hosting an outdoor, tented celebration for our artist friends and art lovers alike!

At this exclusive event, you will find an assortment of Bucks County Playhouse themed art.  Choose from an array of creative mixed mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.

For more information, call Mandee Kuenzle at 1.609.460.4630 x103 or email

**The New Hope Chamber of Commerce will provide a complimentary shuttle service throughout the day from Arts & Crafts Festival to the Bucks County Playhouse.



Karina Raude- MURALIST
Karina is an innovative exhibit designer, muralist and illustrator of exhibits, spaces and environments that engage, educate and excite. Over a 16-year career beginning in illustration and fine arts, including 10 years in exhibit management, design and construction for museums, corporate clients and design studios. Raude is proven in her abilities as a well-rounded arts and design professional. She has excelled on projects requiring concept design, budget and resource management, and personnel and contractor management. Always maintaining a strong emphasis on positive working relationships, Raude is building a valuable network of senior arts and museum contacts and talented exhibit design contractors.

Perry Milou- PAINTER
Perry is arguably one of the nation’s foremost emerging Pop artists. Critics and collectors have hailed his bold, vibrant palette over the past 20 years. Considered a talented forward-thinker, Milou’s work has often been described as “alluring”, “brilliant”, “fresh”, and “glamorous”. He creates a blend of Pop Culture contemporary art that is frequently a tribute to icons, athletes, and celebrities. His most recent works include portraits of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson, President Barack Obama and Philadelphia Phillies, slugger Ryan Howard. Milou employs a rich palette to create vibrant representational works in multiple genres. As he continues to go his own way creating what he calls a hybrid style, Milou draws on the influence of just about every artist that has evoked a feeling in him. Those wide ranging master include the work of Van Gogh, Botticelli, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Wesselman. The artist will be the first to tell you that he can and will paint in any style, and when paint finally dries to canvas, be it Monroe or Madonna, Presley or Jackson, it is totally and absolutely a Milou!

My aesthetic today is about fantasy. The work is bold, exciting, and graphic – in your face with vibrant colors!” says Milou. “I want my work to evoke an aura of beautiful feelings. I am constantly looking at the sky for color. It is the closest thing to actually watching God paint in the present moment.”

Pat is an award-winning illustrator for ad agencies, children’s books, magazines and corporations, and a former art director for a Philadelphia publishing house.  She has created dozens of theater posters, humorous corporate greeting cards and cartoons, is a co-founder of the Bucks County Illustrators Society and a past Board member of the Women’s Business Forum of Bucks County.  Her work can be seen at

Jack Rosen (represented by Rick Rosen)- PHOTOGRAPHER
Jack was a noted freelance photojournalist, also considered to be the “photographer laureate” of New Hope and Bucks County, PA, documenting area events, trends, and personalities for an extended period ranging from the early 1960s through the late 1990s. He was a former editor of the Bucks County and Pennsylvania Traveler magazines, as well as the local New Hope newspaper, the New Hope Gazette.

Rosen’s work appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world including LIFE, Newsweek, Paris Match, Der Stern, New York Times, Saturday Evening Post, and many more. His photographs have been shown at the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Philadelphia Art Alliance and numerous art/photo galleries, most recently at Sidetracks in New Hope, PA. Rosen’s photographs are also included in the permanent collection at the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA.  Jack Rosen photographs will be sold by the Rick Rosen Marketing Group

Jay McPhillips -PAINTER
Jay graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Visual Communication. He then took the leap and accepted a job with a large ad agency in New York City. He promoted everything from chewing gum to The Guggenheim Museum. The agency life taught Jay the value of 80-hour work weeks, coffee and free muffins after executive meetings. After three years in New York, Jay moved to Portland, Maine to study painting at the Maine College of Art and freelance as a graphic designer. He then relocated to Portland, Oregon for ad agency work and some more painting. Having exhausted places named Portland, he returned to the Mid-Atlantic region. He took a job as an advertising creative for the cable television network, Comedy Central in New York. This time he chose to commute (2.5 hours each way) from a studio in Lambertville, New Jersey. After three years, though the work was very rewarding, Jay decided to find work closer to home and spend more of his time painting. After 5 years working as Princeton’s McCarter Theatre’s graphic designer, Jay left to pursue more painting and freelance design work from his home in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA. Though his design work can be fulfilling, painting offers Jay a creative outlet not often found in the fluorescent, non-dairy creamer atmosphere of the office world.

McPhillips’ first solo painting show took place in August, 2004 at Riverrun Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. The subject was impressionist style paintings of the new housing developments, construction sites and strip malls of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Central New Jersey. Jay has also shown work at Riverbank Arts (Stockton, NJ), Coryell Gallery at the Porkyard (Lambertville, NJ), Prallsville Mill Gallery (Stockton, NJ), The Cafe at Rosemont (Rosemont, NJ), and Gratz Gallery (Doylestown, PA). Currently, Mr. McPhillips’ work is shown by The Chapman Gallery, 46 E. State St., Doylestown, PA 18901

Fran Wilcox-PAINTER
Fran has been working in many mediums for the past 40 years, but for the past few years has been concentrating on Water color; painting animals and landscapes mostly, while enjoying an occasional foray into sketching live models , and scenery etc making fodder for future works. Fran has also works in oil and acrylic and finds these medium simply enjoyable. Fran’s paintings can be found in many countries including the US, and is ready to get back into the art world on a full time basis.

Fran has studied as a child with her Father who was a very talented self taught artist, leading Fran into schools offering extensive art training, with teachers from France and Germany. Her paintings have been in galleries in Vermont , New York, Pennsylvania New Jersey and  as far as Turkey . Fran’s work has most recently been shown at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton NJ. Fran is of the firm belief that Bucks County offers a smorgasbord of culture and inspiration for any one in the arts, “I am grateful to be in such a stimulating environment, as New Hope was the home of my first Pennsylvania show”.

Mariellen Reiniger-Heffner- PAINTER
Born in Upper Moreland, PA, currently residing in Pipersville, PA on an 18 acre native and wetland nursery. Mariellen works from her home studio, while working as a substitute teacher for the Central Bucks and New Hope Solebury school districts. She attended Boston University School of Fine Arts and Boston University Graduate School of Art where I studied under James Weeks and Philip Guston. As a graduate student, Mariellen co-taught sophomore painting with William Rose and also attended Tanglewood where she met and worked with various visiting artists including Paul Resika and Alex Katz.

Mariellen has participated in group shows with several galleries in Boston including the Alpha Gallery on Newbury St. Mariellen has also exhibited with local art organizations including the Phillips Mill 2011 Juried Show, Doylestown Arts League, Friends of the Delaware Canal, Artsbridge and the New Hope Art League. I have one several awards including First and Second Place for painting with the DAL Prallsville Images of the Mills 2012 show for “seasonal Historic Interpretation and honorable mention with Artsbridge”.

“Dramatic Color” and whimsy are the defining characteristics of Pearl Mintzer’s work. She intensifies her playful images with wild and dazzling colors that jump off the canvas.  She is a designer, photographer, digital artist, graphic artist and painter.  Her style is photo-realism with infusion of levity and wild, vibrant color.  Ms. Mintzer owns a successful design company, L&M Marketing/  She designs and manufactures products and packaging for cosmetic companies and departments.  Although she has managed this company for 22 years, her interests still lye in fine art, photography and painting.  She lives in both New York City and New Hope, PA.  She attributes a lot of her inspiration to the supportive groups or artists that also live in Bucks County, Pa and surrounding New Jersey.  Ms. Mintzer has had multiple & well-knownexhibitions throughout New York City, New Jersey and Bucks County, PA.

Denise Callanan-Kline – PAINTER
Denise grew up in a family of stained glass artists. After earning a BS in art education from Temple University, she taught art for several years in public school. Upon receiving her MA from Arcadia University, She taught art at Holy Family University. She also began a decorative painting business specializing in murals and faux finishes. In recent years, her focus has turned to landscape and genre oil painting. She is also working in digital photography. Her work has been exhibited in shows including, Abington Art Center, Artsbridge, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, The New Hope Art League, Artists of Yardley, the Barn Studio Gallery, and Doylestown Art League. She has won several awards for her oil paintings. Additional paintings can be seen at Chapman Gallery, Doylestown,

Natalie Napoleon  – PHOTOGRAPHER
Husband and wife photographers, Natalie and Jung Wi established Allure Photography in Washington D.C. in 2001. They expanded to San Francisco as Allure West Studios in the summer of 2006 and opened their Doylestown headquarters in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 2009.  Natalie & Jung run an innovative company that is a nationwide leader in commercial lifestyle photography and specialize in weddings and special events, corporate conferences, custom website photography, headshots, advertising photography, product photography, food photography, interiors, family, fashion and editorial photography.

Allure West Studios is heavily involved in the Doylestown community and offers photography and social media workshops thru the Doylestown Township.  Natalie and Jung are photographers for the Bucks County Herald, the Doylestown Patch and support the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, the Central Bucks YMCA and previously, the Bucks County Elephant’s Eye Artist Studio Tour.

J. Chee-Bravo – MIXED MEDIA
Born and raised in Trinidad, West Indies, I received my BFA in printmaking at the Florida International University in Miami. There in Miami I worked professionally as a graphic designer but my passion for creating art never waned. Moving to New Hope last year has given me the opportunity to focus completely on my art. Over the years I’ve exhibited in-group shows in Florida, New York, Colorado, California, Montreal and Trinidad. Currently I’m doing mixed media, which uses various mediums I’m exposed to in my Deity series. They are my interpretation of the worship of false gods. It’s a concoction of accepted religions, and pagan icons, which I create on small canvases. I also make small acrylic paintings, which keeps me working on form, color and composition. These are studies, which I can complete in a short time while working on longer projects.  “I’m an artist trapped in the real world. Ideas come and go before I can explore them. However when I slow down, ignore the world, they come back to rest in one of my pieces.”  Chee-Bravo

Michael Mann – PAINTER
Mike Mann is a resident in the quaint town of Stockton, New Jersey. Born in Germantown, he grew up in the Philadelphia area. A history education major in college, he did not come to art until the age of 23 while living by Lake Tahoe. There, entranced by the beauty of the mountain lake, he took up watercolor painting at the suggestion of an artist friend and soon immersed himself in drawing and painting. Mike studied for 6 years at the Art Students’ League in New York City, mostly under the great American Illustrator, Steven R. (Joe) Kidd. Kidd remained his mentor and friend until his death in 1987. Joe introduced him to acrylics but Mike always remained true to his roots as a watercolor painter. Working primarily with watercolors and acrylics, Mr. Mann is a plein aire artist who uses an impressionistic realism style, capturing the colors and beauty of life. Mike enjoys painting the local scenery and while most of his artwork is done within a few miles from home, he and his wife Sandy have a family home in Ocean City, NJ and they travel to Florida and Argentina in the winter to do his work. Mike gets his inspiration from all those surroundings and it shows in his artwork. He loves painting outdoors. Visiting the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas you will see Mike’s artwork on display in several venues and exhibits around town. Last spring Mike opened his own gallery in Stockton which may be visited by appointment only.

Gordon Neiburg – PHOTOGRAPHER
Gordon Nieburg, is a former Air Force officer, NASA engineer and educator.  Presently, he is an award-winning press photographer with the Bucks County Herald.


Ashby Saunders – SCULPTOR

And More to come


Live Musical Entertainment Riverside by the “INVITATIONAL BAND”  3-5pm

 Tented Reception Musical Performances by Steve Burke and Carol Hamersma  6pm – 8pm



Chelsea Via Cava – VOCALS
At the young age of 14, Chelsea ViaCava was recording her first demo in Los Angeles with musical producers who have engineered albums for the late Michael Jackson. Since then, Chelsea has made her hometown of Philadelphia the center of an extensive touring resume throughout the entire Northeast. From New York City’s, Madison Square Garden, Philadelphia’s, World Cafe Live, and even Vermont’s small, but infamous, Nectar’s. 
Ms. ViaCava is also a well-versed studio session musician. Like her performance diversity, her hired studio recording sessions have ranged from all styles from country to hip-hop.

Chuck Treece – DRUMS
Chuck is a session musician and professional skateboarder from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His credits include starting the 1980s skate punk band McRad, remixing songs for Amy Grant and Sting, playing the bass line on “The River of Dreams” by Billy Joel, filling in on drums at a Pearl Jam concert, and touring with Urge Overkill and Bad Brains. In 2010, he was awarded a Pew Fellowships in the Arts.

Bill Levinson – KEYBOARD
BILL has been playing keyboards for over 30 years. He has toured with THE BLACK WIDOW BAND, an eight piece blues and soul collective. His roots are in the blues, soul, funk, and boogie-woogie.  Since moving to New Hope, he has led the INVITATIONAL BAND, and owns WORKING DOG RECORDS, a recording and production company

Dave Carta – BASS
Dave plays regularly with JIMMY AND THE PARROTS, and THE SUPREME COURT BAND. He is a consummate session and bass player.

Joe Kramer  – GUITAR
Joe is a master of the electric guitar, His bands include COVER UP, BLUES ROCKET PROJECT, and of course, THE INVITATIONAL BAND


Steve and Carol will be providing an intertwine of jazz guitar, base, keyboard and vocals during our Artist Reception, tented within our courtyard from 6pm – 8pm.  Steve and Carol are known for their unique and whimsical sounds, featuring jazz standards, rhythm & blues along with show tunes