‘Color Blast’ Exhibit Brightens West Campus Gallery

by Diane VanDyke

Montgomery County Community College continues its 2014-2015 fine arts season with the exhibit “Color Blast,” which opens on Monday, Nov. 3, at the Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown. A “Meet the Artists” reception is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 5-7 p.m. Both the exhibit, which continues through Dec. 12, and the reception are free and open to the community.

“Color Blast” features the vibrant artwork of three artists, who are brought together through this exhibit and their shared enthusiasm for color: Valley of Peace Burke of Long Island, New York; Lois Schlachter of Spring Mount, Pennsylvania; and Patricia Wilson-Schmid of Lederach, Pennsylvania.

While color unites the exhibit, each artist has her own distinct style and personality, as reflected in the art.

“Winged Victory,” 2014, oil on linen, by Valley of Peace Burke

“Winged Victory,” 2014, oil on linen, by Valley of Peace Burke

Working as both an artist and a registered cardiac surgery intensive care nurse, Valley of Peace Burke reinterprets the visual elements of the medical world into an artistic expression that explores the interwoven relationship between body and spirit. She believes and portrays the body and mind as “sacred and whole.”

“Color is healing. It carries life and beauty into the world. I have spent most of my life near the sea and am influenced by the elements of nature. These elements are also internal, as the human body is a microcosm of the earth,” she says.

This multi-faceted artist has studied oil painting under Judy Dupic in France and has traveled and painted throughout England, Ireland, Italy, Mongolia and Spain. In addition to her nursing degree, she also is a master of oriental medicine and acupuncture physician. Her great-grandfather, Joseph A. Burke, was composer well-known to the Philadelphia area during the 1920s-40s, and his songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby, among others. Valley is pleased to be exhibiting in the Philadelphia area where much of her family resides.

“Dancing the Night Away,” acrylic, by Lois Schlachter

“Dancing the Night Away,” acrylic, by Lois Schlachter

As an abstract artist, Lois Schlachter is in love “with the line, handsome vibrant color and a comfortable composition” and describes her work as simply “fun.” Working directly from her hand to the canvas, she lets her imagination direct her as playful and colorful images emerge.

“I feel that acrylic paint gives me the brilliant and intense color that I love,” she says. “I use color to navigate the viewer’s eye across the canvas providing an avenue to discover one fun spot after another.”

Schlachter is a graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and The University of the Arts, formerly Philadelphia College of Art. She will be exhibiting approximately 40 acrylic works on canvas in a variety of sizes, all of which were created in the past 15 years.

For artist Patricia Wilson-Schmid, her style spans the range from representational to abstract, based upon her feelings when she views and interprets her subjects. Like her co-exhibitors, color profoundly impacts her work.

“As I paint from my emotions, the act of painting is who I am,” she says in her artist’s statement. “It is a line, a color, a shape, or an effect of light that inspires me. My spirit than directs me through the painting. Time embellishes my approach. In the end the paintings and I have traveled through much effort and feeling. Color is the vehicle by which I express my feelings. It is a part of who I am.”

 “Dancing the Flamenco,” by Patricia Wilson-Schmid

“Dancing the Flamenco,” by Patricia Wilson-Schmid

Wilson-Schmid enjoys working in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastels and has been painting since 1962. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and has taken post-graduate courses at Temple University, Lehigh University, Penn State University, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Institute and Montgomery County Community College. She has exhibited her work at various galleries and shows throughout the tri-state area, as well as in juried international online exhibitions hosted by Upstream People Gallery.

The show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information about the exhibit or the gallery, contact MCCC Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

For the more information about upcoming exhibits and activities, like our Facebook page at facebook.com/DestinationArts, and visit our website at mc3.edu/arts/fine-arts.

Help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of the Galleries. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College Foundation at 215-641-6535.

Art Show Celebrating the Schuylkill River Region Opens Sept. 16

by Laura Catalano, Schuylkill River Heritage Area

The 11th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show will open on Sept.16 featuring 82 original works that celebrate the Schuylkill River region.

Sponsored by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area in partnership with Montgomery County Community College, the juried exhibit will be on display through Oct. 17 at the College’s Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, West Campus, 16 High St. in Pottstown. The show is free and open to the public.

This year’s show includes a total of 82 original paintings, drawings and photographs by regional artists. All works were carefully selected from 112 submissions by juror Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director and CEO of the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown.

This is the 11th year the Schuylkill River Heritage Area has organized an art event. The Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show began as a print competition in 2003, and has evolved into an annual exhibit that attracts over 100 pieces of art each year.

“We are pleased that this art show has grown steadily over the years so that it continues to attract new talent and an impressive selection of artwork each year,” said Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. “Our goal in hosting this exhibit is to support and promote regional artists. At the same time we want to foster an appreciation through art of the diverse beauty and character of the Schuylkill River valley.”

Tremper Hanover selected three winning entries and two honorable mentions. Susan Williamson, Ambler, earned Best of Show for her pastel “Haying Day,” which depicts a Gwynedd Valley farm scene. She will receive $300 and will be presented with an award of distinction valued at $1,000, through Montgomery County Community College, from North Penn Art, in Lansdale.

The second place award went to Nancy Durkin Green for her watercolor, “Blue Barrow Against a White Barn,” and David Thomas took third place for his photograph, “Allegheny Aqueduct.” Durkin Green and Thomas were awarded $200 and $100, respectively.

In recognition of the Schuylkill as Pennsylvania’s River of the Year, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area staff selected a Staff’s Choice award that depicted a river scene. That award went to Mary Kosar for her photograph, “Fog in Woods, Riverfront Park.”

The two honorable mentions selected included “Window Light at Hopewell Furnace,” a photograph by Ginnie Lodge and “Dawn at Lauer’s Run,” an oil painting by Russell Slocum.

Most works are available for sale, and a portion of all proceeds benefits the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

The show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information contact the SRHA at 484-945-0200 or the MCCC Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu. Click here for photos of the winning entries and more show details.

The Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area, managed by the non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association, uses conservation, education, recreation, cultural and historic preservation and tourism as tools for community revitalization and economic development. For more information visit schuylkillriver.org.

Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Best of Show, “Haying Day,” by Susan Williamson, Ambler.

Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Best of Show, “Haying Day,” by Susan Williamson, Ambler.

Gallery Season Opens with ‘A Painting Renaissance in Pastel’

by Diane VanDyke

“April Orchard” by Carol Kardon

“April Orchard” by Carol Kardon

Montgomery County Community College will commence its 2014-2015 fine arts season with “A Painting Renaissance in Pastel” art exhibition featuring the artwork of Teresa DeSeve, Catherine Grygiel, Carol Kardon and Doug Tweddale at its Fine Arts Center Gallery, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The exhibit opens Monday, Sept. 8, and continues through Friday, Oct. 3.

The community is invited to meet these talented artists and chat about their artwork at a “Meet the Artists” reception on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public—and provide the perfect opportunity to escape from busy routines to enjoy the creativity of these masters of the pastel medium.

The exhibit is being curated by Nancy Moldofsky, art lecturer and faculty instructor of Fine Arts at the College since 2006. Nancy, who has served as President of the Greater Norristown Art League for two years and on their Board of Directors for eight years, recently had a solo exhibition, June-July 2014 at the Abington Art Center and continues to both work and volunteer in many art exhibitions along with volunteering with Habitat For Humanity and Kitty Adoption Team of Blue Bell.

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“John” by Teresa DeSeve

For the exhibit, Nancy has coordinated a varied yet complementary selection of pastel artwork from four well-known area artists.

Artist Teresa DeSeve of Collegeville features people and their emotions in her artwork and uses light as a way to show the struggles they face, as well as their emergence from darkness. Originally from Beloit, Wisconsin, she moved to Pennsylvania when she was 15 years old and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, eventually earning her BFA in painting from Rosemont College. Her artwork has garnered several national pastel awards, including the Andrew Giuffuni Award from the Pastel Society of America in 2012 and the Richeson Prize in the Pastel 100 Competition. She teaches at the Wayne Art Center and the Norristown Art League.

As an expressionist artist, Catherine Grygiel of Souderton evokes inner emotions with her landscapes and floral paintings. Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, she graduated from Kutztown University. Although largely self-taught, Cathy’s art experience has been enriched by local artists who generously share their knowledge and experience. Inspired by nature and influenced by her rural upbringing, Cathy prefers painting landscapes in the plein air tradition. Although a watercolorist for many years, Pastel has become her medium of choice because of its vibrancy and immediacy. Painting on location contributes to a more spontaneous and expressive outcome and allows Cathy to capture the atmosphere and light on the landscape. She is always looking for new and better ways to express herself especially with the use of color often in an impressionistic style Cathy is a member of the Pastel Society of America, a Signature member of the Pastel Society of Maryland and a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

“Valley” by Doug Tweddale

“Valley” by Doug Tweddale

Working in both oil and pastel, artist Carol Kardon of Wynnewood features landscapes and still life in her artwork. She is a native of Mt. Vernon, New York, and holds BA from Bennington College, where she studied stage design. In addition, she has a MS in Education from Temple University. Her paintings have been entered in many national and regional juried exhibitions over the years, and she has received more than twenty awards. She exhibits regularly at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the Philadelphia Sketch Club in Philadelphia. Additionally, her work was included in 1996 Included in Best of Pastel and 1999 Included in Best of Sketching and Drawing, Rockport Publishers, Rockport, Maine. She has taught for more than 20 years at the Main Line Art Center, Wayne Art Center, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and on Cunard Line cruise ships including the Queen Elizabeth. Carol is a Master Member of the Pastel Society of America.

Plein air artist Doug Tweddale of North Wales immerses himself in the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors to capture the raw beauty and excitement of nature in his artwork. Painting and drawing since he was child, Tweddale has studied under artist Lester Gallagher, his uncle who specialized in oil paintings of the majestic Dunes of Lake Michigan, and recently under master painter and pastel artist Albert Handell. In “Painting Renaissance,” he will be exhibiting his pastels featuring his favorite outdoor scenes.

“Quiet Beauty” by Catherine Grygiel

“Quiet Beauty” by Catherine Grygiel

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sunday. For more information about the exhibition, contact Galleries Director Holly Cairns at hcairns@mc3.edu or 215-619-7349.

For the more information about upcoming exhibits and activities, like our Facebook page at facebook.com/DestinationArts, and visit our website at mc3.edu/arts/fine-arts.

Help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of the Galleries. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College Foundation at 215-641-6535.

West Campus Gallery Hosts ‘Visions’ Art Exhibit

by Diane VanDyke

The “Visions” Art Exhibition featuring the works of four artists— Phil Smith of Schwenksville, Jim Hendricks of Pottstown, Julie Longacre of Barto, and Sonya Moyer of Earl Township—opens Monday, May 12, at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown, and runs through Friday, June 6. A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held on Sunday, June 1, 1-3 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public, and Longacre’s Dairy will serve homemade-style ice cream at the reception.

“Entitled ‘Visions’ this exhibition reflects how each of us, with our own separate working styles and mediums, has been united by the common idea of strong personal visual expressions,” says Phil Smith.

Metal sculpture by Phil Smith

Metal sculpture by Phil Smith

As a metal sculptor, Smith likes to create sculptures as visual recordings of his life and how his life has been involved with these things. His sculptures incorporate weathered, used objects, such as old tools, machine parts and discarded metal objects. “The sculptures are nearly all the assembly of the brazed and welded metal parts coming together to express an idea based on my perception(s) of life,” he notes in his artist statement.

Smith, now retired, taught Fine Arts in the Norristown Area High School for 33.5 years, and his sculptures have appeared in numerous local galleries and exhibitions. He earned a bachelor’s degree and Master of Science degree in Education from Millersville University and a second master’s degree in education from Marywood College in Scranton.  Additionally, he has taken courses at Temple University/Tyler School of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, as well as other area arts centers, and has an associate’s degree in Art from Montgomery County Community College.

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Stone sculpture by Jim Hendricks

Stone/wood sculptor Jim Hendricks is a former student of Smith’s at Norristown Area High School in 1978-1980. The two sculptors have maintained their friendship throughout the years and are looking forward to exhibiting their work together at the gallery.

Hendricks has always been inspired by the human form and his work is influenced by a range of work from the German expressionists to Aztec and Mayan carving and from the American realists of the Works Progress Administration to the Medieval and Gothic carvers, according to his artist statement. “I believe that by exaggerating, enlarging, stretching and distorting the forms of the human figure, I can express powerful emotions and ideas to the viewer through the sculpture,” he says.

A native of Norristown, Hendricks graduated from the University of the Arts in 1984 and helped to fabricate sculptures for the Treehouse exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo. He then worked as a studio assistant on government-commissioned monuments in Washington, D.C. He currently has a studio in Pottstown.

Like Smith and Hendricks, artists and sisters Julie Longacre and Sonya Moyer look forward to sharing gallery space at the Fine Arts Center, too.

“Rows into Winter” by Julie Longacre

“Rows into Winter” by Julie Longacre

Julia Longacre, a Berks County native, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas.  She first exhibited her local landscape paintings in 1971 at the Boyertown Historical Society, launching her successful career in fine art. Throughout her career, Longacre has held numerous solo exhibitions locally, regionally and as far as Nova Scotia, Canada, and garnered many awards and accolades.

Proficient in any medium, from watercolor, oil or acrylic, Longacre is well-known for her landscapes and buildings of the rural countryside of southeastern Pennsylvania. Her love of painting and joy of writing has been an integral part of Berks County community for the last 40-plus years.

Photography by Sonya Moyer

Photography by Sonya Moyer

Artist/photographer Moyer lives in an 1838 restored stone farmhouse, where she enjoys capturing the bucolic landscape and “workings” of the farm through her camera lens. She credits her sister for encouraging her to exhibit her photographs and to truly “see” and appreciate the world around her.

“I try to capture the joy and wonder, the quietness and beauty of nature, a small frame of perfection in an imperfect world. So many times, these little scenes are just fleeting moments and are gone before you fully appreciate them. Sometimes it just takes my breath away, that I am lucky enough to see and experience these moments and I want to share it with others so that they, too, can see, feel, enjoy and reflect on them,” says Moyer.

The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Montgomery County Community College Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

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West Gallery Hosts Ninth Annual Art Students’ Exhibition & Competition

by Diane VanDyke

“The Bottle on the Beach,” oil painting by Lauren Marsh, Pottstown.

“The Bottle on the Beach,” oil painting by Lauren Marsh, Pottstown.

Montgomery County Community College will be highlighting the talent of its art students at its Ninth Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition, which opens Monday, March 17, and continues through Friday, April 28, at the Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

Approximately 50 students will be displaying their artwork in the show. The artists’ reception will be held Wednesday, March 19, from 5-7 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

The exhibition and reception are free of charge and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed weekends.

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“The Tent,” oil painting by Sarah Schleiden, Gilbertsville.

The exhibition includes a full-range of media, including ceramics, sculptures, oil paintings, water colors, drawings, photography, digital arts and mixed media.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Gallery Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

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Fine Arts Center Hosts 36th Annual High School Exhibit & Competition

Batik on Silk, by Ester Kim, Grade 10, Upper Dublin High School

Batik on Silk, by Ester Kim, Grade 10, Upper Dublin High School

by Diane VanDyke

Montgomery County high school art students will showcase their artwork at Montgomery County Community College’s 36th Annual Montgomery County High School Art Exhibition and Competition starting Sunday, March 2, through Friday, March 21, at the Fine Arts Center Art Gallery at Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The opening reception will be held Sunday, March 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 2 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Students from 32 public, parochial and private schools in Montgomery County were invited to participate in the exhibition. The artwork features a variety of subjects and styles in an array of media. College art faculty members will be judging the artwork.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sunday, except for the reception.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Gallery Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

West Gallery Hosts Tri-County High School Art Exhibition

by Diane VanDyke

High school students from Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties will showcase their artwork at Montgomery County Community College’s first

Tri-County High School Art Exhibition and Competition at its Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

The exhibition opens Monday, Jan. 13, and will continue through Friday, Feb. 21. The artists’ reception will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 5-7 p.m. with the awards presentation at 6 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the community. 

Students from approximately 20 public, parochial and private schools were invited to participate in the exhibition. The artwork features a variety of subjects and styles in an array of media. College art faculty members will be judging the artwork.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed weekends. 

For more information about the exhibition, contact Gallery Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

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Lexi Lyon of Owen J. Roberts High School will be exhibiting her watercolor painting, “Poppies.”

Lexi Lyon of Owen J. Roberts High School will be exhibiting her watercolor painting, “Poppies.”