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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 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.


 It’s a lean, mean, creative machine. Office hours are currently suspended due summer camp and will resume in September on Monday and Friday f rom 10am-12pm.  Messages left at 215-493-1205 will be returned within one business day.

  • Bette Sovinee                                   Coordinator   
  • Maureen Kyle                                   Administrative Assistant
  • Lauren Hoffman                              Operations Assistant
  • James Bongartz                               Education Director   
  • Kris McMahon-Roba                      Camp Director        
  • Yvonne Reyes                                    Marketing Director
  • Matt Wood                                         Webmaster
  • Mary Johnson                                    Bookkeeper         


  • 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.


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.

• Mary Ellen Bornak Board Member
• Judy Curlee Speaker Series Committee Chair
• Connie Dierks Board Member Elect
• Richard Fekete Board Member Elect

Exhibition/Shows & Events Committee Chair
• Diane Klein Board Member Elect

Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
• Daria Long Nominating Committee Chair
• John McDonnell Board Member Elect
• Carol Richardson Board Member Elect
• Janis Schimsky Vice President

Membership Committee Chair
• Nate Semmel Treasurer        
• Alison Smith President       
• Jane Toland Board Member Elect

Education Committee Chair

Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
• Jim Walsh Board Member Elect

By-laws Committee Chair
• Melissa Watson Board Member Elect
• Elizabeth Young Board Member Elect

Also Serving:

• Maggy Robinson President Emeritus 

and Development Committee Chair 




















Alison Smith   President






Janis Schimsky

                  Vice President






Nate Semmel  Treasurer












Vacant             Secretary







Jim Walsh






Nate Semmel


Mary Johnson




Diane Klein

Jane Toland

Liz Young

Melissa Watson

Mary Ellen Bornak










Mary Ellen Bornak




Jane Toland


John McDonnell

Melissa Watson



Richard Fekete


Connie Dierks

Melissa Watson





Daria Long





Judy Curlee

Janis Schimsky





Janis Schimsky

Mary Ellen Bornak





Maggy Robinson


Daria Long




AOY’s President is an Ex-Officio member of each committee

Committee Chair Responsibilities:

  • Insure a long-term vision of the committee’s work is in place and lead for advancement of goals
  • Hold meetings as necessary, 8 -10/year as a minimum
  • Set agenda, notify members in sufficient time of date and time, provide minutes* to Board Secretary
  • Coordinate with other Committee Chairs where there is overlap or contiguity
  • Report as necessary at Board Meetings

*The more comprehensive the meeting notes, the better all Board members can understand the issues BUT when your time is limited a very basic synopsis, just noting it on the agenda – date, agenda, major decisions/recommendations – is sufficient

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. After about 26 miles on I-95 North bear left to continue onto I-295 East for 8 more miles until EXIT 8, NEWTOWN/YARDLEY exit. On the 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

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