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Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition Announces Winners

'Chinese Card Players, Kaifeng' by Donna Lovely

‘Chinese Card Players, Kaifeng’ by Donna Lovely

The Phillips’ Mill Community Association on Monday announced the winners of its annual juried Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition, now in its 24th year.

The show, featuring the work of these nine award-winning photographers (and more than 80 others), continues through June 26:

Best of Show: Sandra Dillon, of Erwinna, “Loa in Hotpot by Midnight Sun”

Best Body of Work: David Ackerman, of Hopewell, N.J., “Ascent,” “Glacier Perito Moreno,” “Ice Blue Trails,” “Wall of Ice”

Patron’s Awards: Donna Lovely, of Newtown, “Chinese Card Players, Kaifeng China;” Evie Bilikiewicz, of Morrisville, Pa., “Looking Fear;” Susan Kott, of Croydon, “Time One;” William Earle, of West Chester, Pa., “Zoe;” Sharon Maloney, of Middletown, Pa., “Lines”

Photo Exhibition co-chairs Rodney Miller (far left) and Claudia Davis (far right), congratulate award winners Mike Zaikowski, Sandra Dillon, Susan Kott, Evie Bilikiewicz, David Ackerman and Sharon Maloney

Exhibition Co-Chairs Rodney Miller (far left) and Claudia Davis (far right) congratulate award- winners Mike Zaikowski, Sandra Dillon, Susan Kott, Evie Bilikiewicz, David Ackerman and Sharon Maloney.

Judges Award: Mike Zaikowski, of Philadelphia, “Pinelands,” “Sheep Shed,” “The Watcher,” “Wissahickon”

Spencer Saunders Award: Kristopher Schoenleber, of Princeton, N.J., “Room to Roam”

Themed “Photography as Art” and “Photographer as Artist,” the exhibit features 146 photos, which were selected from a pool of 814.

Evie Bilikiewicz, a first-time entrant who studied photography at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, was ecstatic that two images, “Losing Control,” and Patron’s Award winner “Looking Fear,” were accepted. Her work features female models and evokes a “bizarre, anonymous feel,” she said.

Sandra Dillon captured her Best of Show image during a horseback trek through Iceland under the midnight sun. Her captivating image features a young girl coming out of blue-tinted water.

“She was my muse on the whole trip,” Dillon said. “She didn’t mind.”

Allan Michael, a former tour boat captain in Manhattan, had his first submission, “Pyle Driver,” accepted for this year’s exhibition.

“I fell in love with Bucks County three years ago,” said Michael, who studies Aesthetic Realism, founded by Eli Siegel, and is actively involved in arts organizations in New Hope. “Photography puts together the momentary and the permanent, and these same opposites are what we want to put together in ourselves.”

Photographer Sandra Dillon and her award-winning work.

Photographer Sandra Dillon and her award-winning work.

John Stritzinger, of Elkins Park, who won last year’s Best of Show, juried this year’s exhibition, along with Stephanie Lisle, a Hamburg, Germany native and Bucks County art promoter and Roberto A. Quezada, from Guatemala, a filmmaker of 25 years.

The exhibit will be open until June 26 on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The mill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 2619 River Road (Route 32), just north of New Hope. For additional information, visit their website, or call (215) 262-6064.

Admission is $5, or free for members of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association. All work on exhibit is available for purchase.

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