Inaugural ‘Courting Art’ Exhibit Celebrates Creativity of Montgomery County Seniors

by Diane VanDyke

Whether it’s bucolic landscapes, historic buildings or caring neighbors, Montgomery County senior artists will be sharing what they love most about their home county through their artwork at a special art exhibition, Courting Art, led by the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) and its Community Outreach Committee (COC).

Montgomery County Community College will be showcasing the seniors’ artwork from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and Monday, May 13, at its Fine Arts Center Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The public is invited to this free special art exhibition, and parking is available in the lot off of Route 202.

Courting Art is a new arts initiative created by MBA and its COC. Through a series of juried art exhibitions, Courting Art will promote and share the artwork of Montgomery County senior artists in the interior of the Montgomery County Courthouse.

This year’s inaugural contest and exhibition features the theme, “What I Love About Montgomery County.” Montgomery County senior artists, age 55 and older, were invited to create and submit original artwork on May 7 for the juried exhibition and contest. The panel of judges for the art exhibition will include, among others, sitting judges from Montgomery County’s 38th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas.

More than a dozen prizes, including a grand prize of $1,000, will be awarded during an awards ceremony on May 13. The winning selections will be reproduced and displayed on the walls of the Montgomery County Courthouse.

During that same week, May 6-10, and as part of Older Americans Month, the College will be the setting for the 28th Annual Montgomery County Senior Games, which includes an array of friendly competitive activities. The week concludes with a free Senior Expo from 9 a.m.-12 noon in the College’s Physical Education Building with more than 50 exhibitors with free products and services.

In addition to partnering with senior community events, the College is expanding its support for older learners, as part of its recent participation in the American Association of Community Colleges’ Plus 50 Encore Completion program. With this program, an academic advisor will help plus-50 learners plan their educational course to launch another career, taking into consideration life experience.

For more information about the Courting Art contest and exhibition, please visit CourtingArt.com. For information about the Montgomery Bar Association or its Community Outreach Committee, contact Jim Mathias at the Montgomery Bar Association at 610-994-3660, or by email at jim@montgomerybar.org.

For more information about MCCC’s Fine Arts Center, contact Gallery Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.