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.”

Exhibit Showcases Work of Artist Entrepreneurs

by Diane VanDyke

Stoneware by Kathy Davis. Photo Courtesy of Kathy Davis Studios

Stoneware by Kathy Davis. Photo Courtesy of Kathy Davis Studios

As designers of their destiny, artists learn through perseverance, experience and networking how to transform their passions into thriving businesses. Montgomery County Community College is pleased to host several artist entrepreneurs in an exclusive Artist Entrepreneurs Exhibition starting Monday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Dec. 13, at the Fine Arts Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

A special “Meet the Artists” reception will be held 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, in which the public can meet entrepreneur artists Kathy Davis of Kathy Davis Studios, Horsham; Sabine Minshall, Fred Kreitchet and Carol Kreitchet of GiftWorks, Blue Bell; Royce Yoder of Royce Yoder Potter, Lederach; and Brad Smith of Bradford Woodworking, Lansdale. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

While these artists have unique talents and specialized artwork, they share mutual journeys of becoming successful, self-employed artists.

Kathy Davis taught art for about 10 years before she launched her greeting card business from her home in 1990. Working from a small drawing table in her bedroom, she used her design and calligraphy skills to create a full-time business. Today, she has become one of the most respected designers in her field. Her company has an extensive collection of more than 34,000 designs and messages, and her products include greeting cards, fabric, bank checks, calendars, gifts and housewares.

Artwork by GiftWorks of Blue Bell. Photo Courtesy of GiftWorks of Blue Bell

Artwork by GiftWorks of Blue Bell. Photo Courtesy of GiftWorks of Blue Bell

Friends and business colleagues, Sabine Minshall, Carol Kreitchet and Fred Kreitchet, combined their talents and resources in 2008 to form GiftWorks of Blue Bell—a source for affordable, American-made, artistic-quality gifts and souvenirs. They have created products for companies such as The Franklin Mint, Lenox China, Wedgewood, Waterford, Pfaltzgraff, Pennsylvania State Museum, and The Valley Forge National Historic Park. Their art pieces have been exhibited at the London National Gallery, White House, Baltimore and Elmwood Park zoos, Penn State University, Independence National Historic Park, Academy of Natural Science, The Franklin Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Fairmount Park Association, Camden Children’s Garden and John J. Audubon Center.

Since opening his pottery studio in 1983, Royce Yoder has crafted “over a hundred thousand” hand-thrown pottery pieces that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. He exhibits his artwork at two to three shows annually, and his pottery can be found in galleries and shops across the country. Each piece is hand-thrown and hand-glazed.

For more than 30 years, Brad Smith has been making furniture on his farm in Lansdale. While he learned the woodworking basics during his high school years, he further developed his skills at Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen and graduated with a BFA in woodworking and furniture design. Incorporating farm elements into his furniture has become his signature style—tractor seats adorn stools, pitchforks become parts of chairs and ax handles are converted into stool legs. His work can be found in stores and galleries spanning the country.

The community is invited to stop by and enjoy the work of these entrepreneurs or meet them in person during the reception. The hours for the gallery are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed weekends, except for the artists’ reception. For more information, contact MCCC Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

You can 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. Friend and follow Montgomery County Community College’s art exhibitions on Facebook at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

Guild of Papermakers ‘Paper Sojourn’ Makes Its Way to Fine Arts Center

by Diane VanDyke

The Guild of Papermakers will share its members’ handmade paper masterworks during the art exhibition “Paper Sojourn,” which opens Wednesday, Oct. 30, and will continue through Friday, Dec. 13, at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

Join us for a special “Meet the Artists” reception on Sunday, Nov. 10, 1-3 p.m., when you can meet and talk to more than 35 artist/ members of The Guild about the process of creating and using handmade paper for artwork. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the community.

Since The Guild was founded in 1991, its members use paper as a vehicle to explore many outcomes. Some of the mediums are printmaking, mixed media collage and sculpture. Paper is the foundation for each piece of artwork created by the talented, versatile artists of The Guild. For more information about The Guild of Papermakers, visit their website at guildofpapermakers.com.

The “Paper Sojourn” exhibit features the artwork of Jeanne Petrosky, Betsy Miraglia, Carol Wisker, Robyn Burckhardt, Joan Kopchik, Linda McNeil, Toni Gorkin, Andrea Snyder, Winnie Radolan, Zan Klain, Sue Calkins, Chris Ripnak, Laura Ramos, Bobbie Adams, Gail Vinikoor, Marlene Adler, Jane Mihalick, Judy Tobie, Joy Ozer, Pat Feeney, Arlene Gitomer, Georgette Veeder, Signe Sundberg-Hall, Mary Tasillo, Debbie Pey, Barbara Bradley, Nathalie Borozny, Lisa Hamilton, Erin Tohill Robin, Caren Friedman, Rhea Dennis, Francis Crum, Rona Richter, Neila Kun, Holly Harper, Carole Cole, Cindy Strunk, Tom Bennick, Renagai Jawer, Cynthia Heller, and Kathleen Metaxas.

Guild member Robyn Burckhardt serves as the curator of this unique exhibit. As a weaver and fiber artist since 1973, Burckhardt finds that papermaking fills the textural qualities she seeks in all her work. Paper, she says, is used to emulate other materials–a mimicry of sorts.

“I personally am very proud to be a member of The Guild of Papermakers. Since the beginning in 1991, we exhibit annually, host workshops and classes, disseminate valuable awareness of paper as an art form and simply support each other in our chosen passion of making paper by hand,” Burckhardt said. “Visitors will be amazed to discover that no two artists use the handmade paper the same way. Many thanks to Montgomery County Community College for allowing us to share our work with the community.”

Burckhardt is a professional artist/teacher and team builder with a BS in Art Education from Kutztown University and Graduate Studies at the University of the Arts. She retired from Spring-Ford Area School District in 2007 to promote Art’s Alive!—a collaboration of artists and communities, as well as to work more in her studio in Chester County.

The hours for the gallery are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed weekends, except for the artists’ reception. For more information, contact MCCC Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

You can 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. Follow Montgomery County Community College’s arts on Facebook at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

 “Paper Sojourn” will feature the handmade paper artwork of more than 35 artists of The Guild of Papermakers.  This artwork was created by Betsy Miraglia.

“Paper Sojourn” will feature the handmade paper artwork of more than 35 artists of The Guild of Papermakers. This artwork was created by Betsy Miraglia.

Art Exhibition Features Montgomery County’s Natural Assets

by Diane VanDyke

Brian McNeill’s photograph “Unami Creek in Autumn.”

Brian McNeill’s photograph “Unami Creek in Autumn.”

Montgomery County Lands Trust (MCLT) will present “Embrace Open Space” art exhibition at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, from Monday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Nov. 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

In its second year, “Embrace Open Space” will feature 50 artists, whose artwork highlights the natural features and beauty of Montgomery County. The exhibit provides a unique gathering opportunity for community members in conservation, academic, business and artistic sectors.

“By celebrating the work of artists inspired by the natural world, we hope to focus attention on safeguarding these special places” said Dulcie F. Flaharty, Executive Director of Montgomery County Lands Trust. “Building on the success of last year’s inaugural ‘Embrace Open Space’ exhibition, Montgomery County Lands Trust and Montgomery County Community College continue to foster a productive partnership.”

The show reflects MCLT’s mission “to preserve and connect the natural areas, farmland, and neighborhood green spaces, which contribute to our quality of life, to a clean and abundant water supply and to the health of our region’s economy.”

Additionally, MCCC’s Art and English departments will collaborate and have selected students submit essays addressing open space topics to complement the artwork on display.

Exhibit presenting sponsors include PECO, Univest Corporation and Robert H. Erb.

A non-profit organization established in 1993, MCLT, through its leadership, assists with the formation of private and public partnerships to find ways to save and preserve the County’s open spaces and natural resources.  In July 2012, MCLT became an affiliate of Natural Lands Trust, a regional organization that serves eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

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

You can 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.

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.

West Gallery Hosts Annual ‘Scenes of the Schuylkill’ Art Exhibit

by Diane VanDyke

First Place was awarded to Susannah Hart Thomer for her watercolor painting, “Escalation.”

First Place was awarded to Susannah Hart Thomer for her watercolor painting, “Escalation.”

Montgomery County Community College will host the Tenth Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show, Aug. 28-Oct. 18, at the Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

Sponsored by the Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area, the art show features 83 original pieces of artwork that highlights the beautiful and unique qualities of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

Second Place was awarded to Jonathan Bond for his painting, “Lutz Tannery.”

Second Place was awarded to Jonathan Bond for his painting, “Lutz Tannery.”

Philadelphia artist Susannah Hart Thomer won Best of Show for her watercolor, “Escalation,” which depicts the spiral staircase located outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art leading to the Schuylkill River.

Second place went to Jonathan Bond, Kempton, Berks County, for his painting, “Lutz Tannery,” and third place went to Teresa McWilliams Farina, Royersford, for her pastel, “Pennypacker Mills Tranquility.” The Staff Choice Award went to Lori Quinque-Quinn, Perkiomenville, for her watercolor painting, “The Coyle Farm Winter Sheep.”

Third Place was awarded to Teresa McWilliams Farina for her pastel, “Pennypacker Mills Tranquility.”

Third Place was awarded to Teresa McWilliams Farina for her pastel, “Pennypacker Mills Tranquility.”

Honorable mentions were awarded to Walt Hug, Birdsboro, for his photograph, “Midnight at Memorial Hall,” and Arnold Winkler, Blue Bell, for his digital composite, “Valley Forge.”

This year’s show was juried by Terry Newman, owner of Newman Galleries in Philadelphia.  He spent several hours examining the 107 entries before making his selections.

The hours for the gallery are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed weekends. 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.

Staff Choice Award was presented to Lori Quinque-Quinn for her watercolor painting, “The Coyle Farm Winter Sheep.”

Staff Choice Award was presented to Lori Quinque-Quinn for her watercolor painting, “The Coyle Farm Winter Sheep.”

You can 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. Friend and follow MCCC’s arts on facebook.com/DestinationArts.

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 about the SRHA visit schuylkillriver.org.

‘Philadelphia Clay’ Art Exhibit Opens in August

by Diane VanDyke

Persian Bowl by Lana Heckendorn

Persian Bowl by Lana Heckendorn

The “Philadelphia Clay” Art Exhibition opens Wednesday, Aug. 28, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 5, at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. A special “Meet the Artists” reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 4-6:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the community.

The invitational exhibit, sponsored by MCCC’s Clay Club and organized by artist Sandi Pierantozzi, will feature the artwork of Philadelphia Studio potters Jerry Bennett, Rebecca Chappell, Jimmy Clark, Naomi Cleary, Michael Connelly, Peter Cunicelli, Angela Klaerner-Clark, Ryan Greenheck, Lana Heckendorn, Brad Johnson, Kathryn Narrow, Lisa Naples, Neil Patterson, Daniel Ricardo Teran, Janice Strawder, Jen Wankoff and Royce Yoder.

The pottery in this exhibition explores a variety of distinct styles by some of the region’s finest studio potters. Most of the potters are also nationally recognized artists.  There is a wide range of ideas and techniques used, as well as an exploration of several surface design treatments. Many types of clay and various firing temperatures will be represented.  This is a must-see exhibition for teachers, students, and anyone interested in the wealth of creative talent in the field of ceramics in our region.

Teapot by Ryan Greenheck

Teapot by Ryan Greenheck

In conjunction with the exhibition, a three-day clay conference, “Handbuilt,” will be held

Sept. 20-22 at MCCC. Demonstrators include potters Lana Wilson, Vince Pitelka, Chandra DeBuse, Mitch Lyons and Sandi Pierantozzi. For more information about the conference, email handbuiltevent@gmail.com.

The conference benefits the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, which provides direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. Artwork of each of the demonstrators also will be included in the exhibition.

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 latest information about exhibits and activities, friend and follow us at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

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.

Prayers & Poinsettias to Host Food & Art Festival

by Diane VanDyke

Enjoy an afternoon of art, food and music at Prayers & Poinsettias’ annual Food and Art Festival at Montgomery County Community College on Sunday, July 28, from 1-4 p.m., at the College’s Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, West Campus, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

Several local businesses, including Ice House Steaks & Pizza, Bause Catered Events, Sweet Beginnings Restaurant & Catering, Milkman Lunch Co. & Cake Shoppe, Little Italy Pizzeria, Rita’s Water Ice, Cutillo’s Restaurant and the Weak Knee Home Brewing Supplies Inc., as well as MCCC’s Culinary Arts Institute, will be serving samples of their specialties.  A local blues band will be performing.

While guests enjoy the food and music, they are invited to participate in a silent auction. More than 30 pieces local artwork and several gift certificates from area businesses will be available as part of the auction. Event sponsors include Univest Corporation and Harleysville Savings Bank.

Prayers and Poinsettias, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by MCCC alumna Mary Beatty of Barto. Prayers and Poinsettias’ mission is to provide scholarship funds to students whose mothers have battled breast cancer.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit prayersandpoinsettias.org.

For more information, contact Mary Beatty at 610-754-1374 or prayersandpoinsettias@gmail.com, or visit PrayersandPoinsettias on Facebook.

West Gallery to Host ‘Iron and its Accomplices’ Art Exhibition

by Diane VanDyke

Sun and Moon” metal sculpture by Paul Beatty.

Sun and Moon” metal sculpture by Paul Beatty.

Montgomery County Community College is pleased to host “Iron and its Accomplices,” art exhibition featuring metal artist Paul Beatty of Hemlock Forge and several area artists June 3-July 25 at the West Campus Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Metal artist Paul Beatty owns Hemlock Forge in nearby Barto, Pa., and specializes in copper, steel and sheet metal. He initially studied traditional blacksmithing under blacksmith Ed Land of Huffs Church, Berks County. He later served an apprenticeship with renowned metal artist Greg Leavitt of Earl Township, Berks County.

Beatty’s masterful skills are reminiscent of a time when craftsmen poured their hearts and souls into the hard labor of their wares. He specializes in commissions of decorative and functional art, including arbors, fences, armillaries and sculptures, and all his work is hand-forged and custom-made. Beatty has been a metalsmith for more than 14 years and is a member of the Pennsylvania Artists Blacksmith Association and the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America.

Several local artists will be joining Beatty for the exhibition, including photographer Tammy Snyder of East Greenville; mosaic artist Amy Bruckner of Downingtown; stain glass artist Marlys Thomas of Harleysville; wood sculptor Mark Hughes of Barto; metal artist Ed Land of Huffs Church; and Damascus steel artist Robert Eggerling of Mertztown.

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

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.  Follow us at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

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