Thursday, February 6, 2014

Poetry at The Burlington Meeting House

Start –730PM
Date –2/22/14, 03/29/2014, 04/26/2014
Tickets –$20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

So What Happens Now?

What happens now?

A good question, but first I have a few things to say.  I would like to sincerely thank John Ennis and Neilson Carlin for the incredible commitment they made over the last six months.  The ARTIST Workshop Series was a resounding success that resulted in guests visiting from as far away as Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Toronto Canada and many other locales.  Each session was filled to capacity and we had the best guests I have ever had for any event. The simple fact that people would drive and fly so far is a huge testament to the quality of the instructors.

Which brings me to the guests.  Whom without their overwhelmingly positive support the ARTIST Workshop Series would never have been possible.  Having you visit our beautiful city was a pleasure and it was my sincere joy to welcome and help you.  Thank you so very much for choosing our workshops and making Burlington, NJ an international destination. Thank you again for everything.

 It seems that the Reilly classes are in great demand and your comments, thoughts, suggestions, and enthusiasm have not been all means let's do this again!

After the Plein Air Exhibition closes at the end of this month the Lyceum will have a few scattered events, but mostly we will be in a phase of planning, development, cleaning, repairs, and preparation for the 2014-2015 seasons.  What exactly does this mean?  It means that while you a waiting for the next list of events, exhibitions, and art opportunities, I will be plugging away in the background making sure the Lyceum is freshly painted, equipment is repaired and like new, new equipment is built, the building is cleaned from top to bottom (every nook and cranny), fundraising, seeking out new partnerships and sponsors, and most important of all the creation of more incredible low cost workshops.  It's a monumental job for just one person in such a big building, hence the slight down time at the end of the year.

Just hang in there as I promise this new batch of events, exhibitions, and art opportunities are going to blow you way!  I can't wait (okay maybe I'm not looking forward to the cleaning part) to show what I have in store for you.

Once again thank you, thank you, thank you, and I will see you soon!

S. S.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

...and first prize goes to!

Alina Osipov
Curtains Wharf on a Sunny Day #2
Oil on Panel

Join the Art Pride NJ Foundation, the Greater Burlington Chamber of Commerce, the TBA Salon and Spa, and the Lyceum Hall as we announce the winners of Plein Air Burlington 2013

Tonight at 630pm.

1st place
Alina Osipov
Drexel Hill, PA

Award- $500.00

Curtain's Warf Light House on a Sunny Day 2
oil on panel

2nd Place
Larry Chestnut
Hamilton, NJ

Award -$250.00

Wood St. Shadows
oil on canvas

3rd Place
Jeanne Kirby Bruneau
Media, PA


Watkins Lane
Pastel on Sanded Board

4th Place
William Sentman
Drexel Hill, PA


Windy Water Way
Oil on Panel

Honorable Mention
Thomas Kimball

Saint Mary's and Pearl St.

Ink and Watercolor

We would like to thank everyone who participated.  The quality of work was very high and made for a competitive plein air event.  

I would also like to thank the judges Michael Cagno, Neilson Carlin, and Robin Jess for volunteering their time.  Their participating gave our event credibility as their choices were guided by years of world class professional experience.

THanks again to everyone and we are looking forward to doing this again next year!

Friday, August 23, 2013

We're Going Live Tomorrow!

That's right!  The Lyceum Hall and the City of Burlington, NJ are going to broadcast live, on ustream the first half of the High Chroma Simple Still Life with Neilson Carlin.  We would love to see you there, in person or online.

Time: 10:30am-1:00pm
Where: 432 high St., Burlington, NJ 08016 or on

Here's the link:

See you soon.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Juror's for En Plein Air Burlington, NJ 2013

Announcing the Juror's for En Plein Air Burlington, NJ 2013

Michael Cagno

Robin A. Jess

Neilson Carlin

Thursday, August 15, 2013

En Plein Air Burlington 2013 - Juried Competition and Exhibit

Prospectus Below:

Workshops for August

We have two great workshops for this month!

The first step to successful painting is understanding the contents of your paint box and the full extent of what those contents can do. This workshop focuses on organizing your colors according to the Munsell Color System, creating a comprehensive color wheel, and applying the wheel to basic color exercises.

Make no mistake this is not your average “make-a-chart and paint color swatches” color theory course. Everything taught in this class will be applied to actual picture painting exercises, designed to fine tune your color knowledge and help you achieve better results on your on, no matter what medium you work in.

08/24 This workshop puts the organizational principles of the Munsell color wheel into full gear while tackling a simple, high intensity still life. Lectures include color analysis, palette preparation, painting procedure, and their applications to a basic still life situation.

08/25 Building on the lessons from the previous workshop, we fully explore the advantages of an organized color wheel. From start to finish, we dive into a complex, multi-hued still life of varying intensities and values.

* Due to the nature of this workshop attendees must attend the 08/24 workshop to be eligible to attend the 08/25 workshop. Work done the previous day will carry over into the next day’s lessons.