George Phillips was born in Brooklyn New York, the year 1920.He was educated in the New York school system. He earned his bachelor’s degree at New York University. In the 1960’s he entered a special graduate program in the creative arts at NYU during which, Chuck Close in a letter to the dean, described Phillips as “one of a handful of truly outstanding students”. He studied painting with Sergei Bongart in Los Angeles and his Idaho workshop. Sergei called his painting “masterly”.
Phillips served as singer, a high school teacher, commercial artist, writer and research Director with the Hearst Newspapers and a sales executive with a TV network. He was a teacher of painting at the Lyme Art Association. During World War II he served as an intelligence analyst in the office of the chief of staff Army Airways Communication Systems.
Phillips enjoys painting all subject matter. He pays no attention to what is popular. When not painting he enjoys walking, good food and wine, the company of his family friends, the piano, poetry (both reading and writing) and above all his wife.
Born in 1943, Marcia grew up in Old Lyme, Connecticut, once one of America’s earliest American Impressionist art colonies. Terpsichore,the muse of dance , embraced her at an early age and she started ballet lessons at Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and Ballet Arts Schools in New York City. This led to study with Martha Graham and Jose Limon at Connecticut College and a scholarship at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet, official school of the New York City Ballet. She was invited to join American Ballet Theater Company and Chicago Opera Ballet Company. A serious injury stopped her dancing career.
She then found work at the ABC television Network.
It was not a muse that led Marcia to painting, but a friend who saw some charcoal drawings she had done. Encouraged by the talent he saw, he gave her a gift of an easel, paints, and all the other materials involved in painting. Marcia’s earliest paintings sold in the galleries of the historic Lyme Art Association where she later was an instructor.
Marcia studied at the Art Student’s League in New York City and also with the Russian Master, Sergei Bongart, who more than once called her paintings “poetry.”
Marcia spends several months every year in southern France painting the landscapes, the quaint villages and ubiquitous gardens. When she isn’t painting, she enjoys gardening, music (playing and listening) and the company of family and friends.