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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 290 artist 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 summer art camps are recognized by the community for providing excellent programming. Proudly serving over 390 families for 9 weeks every summer. 

  • AOY invites the community to participate. Be involved in this unique organization! 


   • Bette Sovinee Executive Director
   • Maureen Kyle Administrative Assistant
   • Devon John Chebra Operations Assistant
   • James Bongartz Education Director
   • Kris McMahon-Roba Camp Director
  • Yvonne Reyes Marketing Director


    • 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 leave a message at 215-493-1205 if you are interested in serving on the Board.

    Members of the Board of Directors

    • Samir Bhola

    • Grant Cohen

    • Connie Dierks

    • Richard Fekete

    • Elissa Goldberg

    • Lynn Holl

    • Ann Langtry

    • Carol Richardson

    • Michael Salvato

    • James Walsh

    • Melissa Watson

    Also Serving:

    • Maggy Robinson President Emeritus 

    and Development Committee Chair 

    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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    *First name
    Class Attendee or Camper First Name
    *Last name
    Class Attendee or Camper Last Name
    AOY Scholarship Fund
    AOY General Fund
    Susan Cohen Memorial Fund
    *Amount ($USD)

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    949 Mirror Lake Road

    Yardley, PA 19067


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