My Illustrations in the Philadelphia Sketch Club’s Phillustration Exhibit

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve had four paintings from the book I illustrated for the New Hope Historical Society, Let’s Visit New Hope, accepted into Phillustration 7 at the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

The juried show at the Sketch Club, which is the oldest association for artists in the country, has an opening reception on Sunday November 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The show runs from November 2 to 27. It features some of the best illustrations in the Philly area in categories such as books, editorial, advertising, institutional and student work. This year’s jurors were Joe DeVito, illustrator of hundreds of book covers and sculptor of Tarzan, Doc Savage and King Kong; Winona Nelson, whose concept art for the gaming industry has been featured in Spectrum Magazine; and Amy Raudenbush, children’s book illustrator and winner of many regional awards for her work in the Philadelphia Daily News.

The four pieces of mine that will be in the exhibit are illustrations of places and events from New Hope’s past & present, including the Bucks County Playhouse,


a ghost tour through the neighborhoods,


William Penn arriving in Pennsylvania,


and the towpath along the Delaware Canal, in the early 1900s.


I invite everyone to take in this exhibit; illustration is fine art that tells a story. The Sketch Club is located at 235 S. Camac Street in Philadelphia, and the gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday,  Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

All artwork (c) Pat Achilles.

See Original Illustrations Up Close

secretg96Every day we look at illustrations in magazines, on book covers, and printed on all types of retail items, but seeing the original artwork for them in living color reveals the art, the process and the personality of the artist behind the image.  I’m proud to be a co-founder of the Bucks County Illustrators Society, and very pleased to recommend to you our group exhibit, which is opening this Friday, October 3 at the bucolic Barn Studio Gallery on Gronendahl Farm in Doylestown.

Our goal at BCIS has always been to promote the art and business of illustration and give illustrators an opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field, and to date I think we’ve been very successful.  This exhibit, curated by the Barn Studio Gallery’s Kim Gronendahl, showcases the original paintings and drawings of 14 of our members, some of whom are quite well-known:gronendahleblast2

I will have a dozen pieces in the show as well, but I’m more than eager to view the originals by my colleagues in illustration – to examine them up close and get the backstory of the art and process from the artists themselves at the opening reception.

Please join us Friday evening for the art and complimentary refreshments if you can!  Gronendahl Farm is a beautiful venue for this show, it’s the home of the late Anita Gronendahl who was a master silkscreen artist.  The show opens Friday from 6 to 9 PM and continues October 4, 5, 11 and 12 from 1 to 6 PM, or by appointment.  The gallery is at 4783 Landisville Road, Doylestown, 18902.  For further info call Kim at 267-337-3023.

Phillustration 6 at the Philadelphia Sketch Club

I’m honored to have two pieces accepted into the Sketch Club’s annual illustration show this year.  My illustrations for the posters of Town & Country Players’ The Secret Garden and the Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Patience will be hung in the upstairs gallery at the Club along with dozens of wonderful examples of the talented illustrators in the Philadelphia area. The juror this year was David Brinley, and President of the Sketch Club is Rich Harrington, both terrific illustrators as well.

Artwork (c) Pat Achilles


Photos from the BCIS Exhibit ‘The Art of Illustration’

The Bucks County Illustrators Society, which I co-founded with Monika Hinterwaldner, had its first Members Show last week, and on Friday we hosted a wine and cheese reception at the beautiful estate of Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, in Perkasie, PA.  It was an outstanding evening, with over 150 art-lovers attending, several sales, many connections made and compliments paid.  All the artists are to be congratulated on a truly enjoyable array of illustrations, appreciated by many not only for their beauty but for the stories they tell of adventure, humor, mystery, charm and grace.  Some photos are below, delightfully captured by Steve Brown of Looking Glass Photography in Perkasie.