High school freshman Rose Elizabeth to share original songs from new album in debut performance at art center


At only 14 years old, Rose Elizabeth, a freshman at Villa Joseph Marie High School, is releasing her debut EP. The budding singer-songwriter, who overcame her fear of singing in public by appearing in several musicals in grade school, will deliver her biggest performance yet when she headlines a concert at the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts on Feb. 11 to celebrate the release of her new country album.

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An eggshell as his canvas: Eli Bockol channels love of pattern and design into pysanky art


imageIt’s a tradition reaching back to antiquity. When Ukrainians first began decorating Easter eggs, the folk art expression known as pysanky was symbolic of creation. The egg was not only considered the source of life but depending on the designs and dyes used to adorn it often served as a talisman or a token of good luck.

Eli Bockol was in college when he saw a televised demonstration of pysanky one Easter. Intrigued by the history, he was even more fascinated by the opportunity to explore geometric design and patterns with the ancient art form. And he’s been creating these batik-style eggs ever since. 

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Lessons from a creative entrepreneur: To fail is to know the measure of our greatness


When Sarah Van Aken decided to shutter her contemporary, socially conscious fashion brand SA VA in 2013 after four years, she did so with a transparency, candor and even celebration perhaps unheard of in the industry. There were press releases to the media in which she spoke frankly of her challenges raising capital and equally forthcoming interviews where she acknowledged the personal sacrifices made in pursuit of success. She invited customers new and old to an impressive blow-out sale and cleared the way for fresh energy in her life with a  farewell party in honor of all she’d achieved. 

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Advice from a college senior: how to build and maintain your confidence as a young designer


portrait-deanna-blackToday, our Kutztown University Communication Design Illustration Showcase opens in our farmhouse, featuring the work of more than 30 students in the program. We’re highlighting their work in honor of Kutztown alumna Kathy Davis, founder of the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts.

Our guest blogger this week is Upper Moreland High School graduate Deanna Black, a senior graphic designer and illustrator in the school of Communication Design, who will have several pieces on display during the exhibit. 

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10 Things No One Tells You About Design Majors


This week, we have a guest blog from North Penn High School graduate Rebecca Murray. Rebecca, who lives in Hatfield, attends Kutztown University and is one of 37 students from the school’s Communication Design program whose work will be exhibited in our September gallery show, opening on the 23rd. 

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5 Myths about Being an Artist — Debunked


Myths about what it means to pursue the artist’s path have been around for as long as artists have been creating. From their perfectionist tendencies and eccentric personalities to the moody temperaments and chaos that can inspire (and also derail) their forms of expression, these stereotypes persist despite the diversity of artists working today and the many insights into their process that they willingly reveal.

Lisa and Robert Papp have heard their fair share of such assumptions. Both successful artist who live in Bucks County — Lisa is an author and illustrator and Robert a fine artist and illustrator — the husband and wife have, in forging their individual career paths, disproved perhaps one of the most popular myths, that of the starving artist. 

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Illustrator Dan Fione on embracing the conundrum of his work


This month, our gallery show features Harleysville illustrator and artist Dan Fione. A freelance illustrator for more than 30 years, Fione has created art for National Geographic, TV Guide Magazine, the National Park Service and Goya, among other notable clients. His illustrations in pen and ink, acrylic and mixed media have been featured in a multitude of designs from advertising campaigns and children’s books to materials for food and medical products. 

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A few words about our Joy Squared Art Show


We all remember the incredible night last September when we hosted our Joy Squared Art Show and Auction. It was truly an unforgettable celebration of art and community, done in the collaborative and charitable spirit we value here at our Scatter Joy Center for the Arts.

After reflection and further discussion, we have decided to postpone the event for this year.

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Our first pop-up exhibit to feature the photography of Bucks County artist Chris Ochadlick



For years, Chris Ochadlick has made her own photo cards for family and friends, capturing seemingly insignificant slivers of daily life that many of those recipients have gone on to frame as art. Time and again, she’s been encouraged her to share her work in a public arena.

But the Bucks County artist and New Jersey native has always hesitated — until now. Her debut exhibit “Through My Eyes” opens in our farmhouse on July 22.

“When it comes to my photography I’m kind of shy,” she says. “I’m not afraid someone won’t like my work. It’s more that when an artist shows their work, especially for the first time, they are vulnerable. Photography for me is very personal.” 

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