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Mission & History

  • The original organization, Artists of Yardley, was founded in 2004 by a dedicated group  of local artists. The group offered opportunities to collaborate, share, teach and learn to fellow artists. Expanding what was available to the whole community, and particularly developing young artists, was an important goal. The CAPS program was founded to provide kids with instruction and creative direction. The organization managed presentations, shows, and fun times in a casual atmosphere, using various sites to gather.

  •    In 2010, Artists of Yardley moved to its permanent home in the Janney House on the Patterson Farm  and worked hard to bring it up to its current level of warmth and beauty. Located in the heart of Bucks County, the panoramic views of the surrounding farmland provide inspiration and delight for members and visitors alike.

  •  At that time Artists of Yardley incorporated as AOY Art Center. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the creative spirit of the community by educating and encouraging individuals to experience, appreciate, and share in the arts. The various shows were developed, a partnership with Pennsbury High School was formed, adult and youth education, and kids camp programs were initiated and have grown every year. Programs and events are held throughout the year focused on both learning and enjoying.

  •    AOY has grown to over 250 members who range from beginning students to nationally known professional artists. Its programs are exciting and innovative and are taught by professional instructors. Throughout the year AOY offers many opportunities for artists to bring their work to the public including juried and non-juried shows, and indoor and outdoor fundraising events and social gatherings.

  •   AOY invites the community to participate. Be involved in this unique organization! Our monthly gatherings are lively and informative, a time to hear about what is going on with the group, discuss goals and plans, meet and get to know fellow artists. Meetings are open to the public and held in the AOY Art Center, 949 Mirror Lake Road, Yardley, PA on the second Wednesday of each month from September through June at 7:00 PM.

STAFF

It’s a lean, mean, creative machine. Office hours are Monday and Friday
from 9 am to 12 noon. Messages left at 215.943.1205 will be returned within
one business day.
  • Bette Sovinee                                   Coordinator   
  • James Bongartz                               Education Director   
  • Kris McMahon-Roba                    Camp Director        
  • Yvonne Reyes                                   Marketing Director
  • Carey Chelenza    Webmaster
  • Mary Gensiejewski                        Bookkeeper         

OBJECTIVES

  • To promote, celebrate, and popularize area artists.

  • To elevate public awareness of visual arts in the community.

  • To establish venues for shows and exhibitions.

  • To share ideas and information through networking and discourse.

  • To establish a contact point for local art collectors.

  • To achieve creative growth as artists through education.

Board

AOY Art Center is governed by a Board comprised of business and civic leaders from the community, artists and creative professionals, and local patrons of the arts. The Board meets 10 times a year (skipping December and July). Board committees include Board Development, Membership, Development, Shows, Speakers, and Planning. The Art Center is actively seeking new board and committee members with a passion for the arts, experience in resource development, and the time and energy to invest in the betterment of our community. Please contact Bette Sovinee , Coordinator, at 215.493.1205 if you are interested in serving on the Board or a committee.
  • Elizabeth Barnette                                  Board Development Committee Chair
  • Carey Chelenza                                         Board Secretary and Webmaster    
  • Susan Cohen                                                Board Show Committee Chair
  • Judy Curlee                                                  Board Speaker Series Committee Chair
  • Daria Long                                                    Board Event Committee Chair
  • Janis Schimsky                                           Board Membership Committee Chair   
  • Nate Semmel                                              Board Treasurer        
  • Alison Smith                                                Board President       
  • Vacant                                                             Board Vice President     
  • Vacant                                                             Board Member
    Also Serving:
  •  Maggy Robinson                                      President Emeritus and Development                                                                                                                     Committee Chair

COMMITTEES

  • Governance and Board Development              Elizabeth Barnette         Chair
  • Development                                                                   Maggy Robinson             Chair
  • Shows                                                                                   Susan Cohen                      Chair
  • Speakers                                                                             Judy Curlee                        Chair
  • Planning



The AOY Art Center is located at the historic Janney House on Patterson Farm in Lower Makefield at 949 Mirror Lake Road, Yardley PA 19067-5514. GPS users may have better success entering Morrisville for the city.

~ Directions ~

The closest airport is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). If traffic is minimal, the AOY Art Center is about a 35 minute drive from the airport. From the AIRPORT EXIT, take the ramp onto I-95 North toward PHILADELPHIA. Continue on 1-95 (about 36 miles) to EXIT 49, NEWTOWN/YARDLEY exit. On the 49 exit ramp, get into the right lane to turn right at the light onto NEWTOWN BYPASS (PA-332 E). At the next light turn right on MIRROR LAKE ROAD. Go about 0.2 mile; the entrance to the AOY Art Center is the second long driveway on the right. (The first long driveway on the right is the exit)

Google MapsMapquest and Yahoo! Maps show the map pin for the AOY Art Center address pointing to the exit. The entrance for the AOY Art Center is the long driveway near the pond. The Art Center is located at the end of the long straight driveway in the historic stone house at the left of the driveway. The house is often referred to as the Janney House.

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AOY Art Center

949 Mirror Lake Road
Yardley, PA  19067
215.493.1205

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