Dual Exhibit Features the Work of Artists Fred & Heidi Kreitchet

by Diane VanDyke

Sculpture by Fred Kreitchet

Sculpture by Fred Kreitchet

Montgomery County Community College presents a special father and daughter exhibition featuring the artwork of sculptor Fred Kreitchet and ceramic artist Heidi Kreitchet from Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Feb. 15, at the College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The public is invited to meet these talented artists during a special reception on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 1-3 p.m. with a gallery talk at 2 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free of charge.

Using an array of materials, including clay, fiberglass reinforced plastics, bronze, metal and wood, Fred Kreitchet designs and makes three-dimensional sculptures in his Blue Bell studio and bronze foundry known as the Sculpture Workshop. Beyond his commission work, Fred also teaches three-dimensional design, sculpture, mold-making, fabrication and drawing as an adjunct art lecturer at Montgomery County Community College for more than 20 years.

Fred’s most notable work is the Treehouse at the Philadelphia Zoo, a commission piece for architects Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown that won the Gold Medal Award from the Architectural Institute of America. His sculptures may be seen at such prominent places as the London National Gallery, the White House, The Baltimore Zoo, Penn State, Independence National Historical Park and The Academy of Natural Sciences, to name a few.

In addition to three-dimensional sculptures, Fred also designs and sculpts fine, bas-relief ornaments and medallions for special commemorations. These medallions have been in traveling exhibits from Boston to Los Angeles, and are in more than 600 private collections, including Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan and dignitaries Madam Sadat, Menachem Begin, Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II.

Ceramic bowl by Heidi Kreitchet

Ceramic bowl by Heidi Kreitchet

Across the country in Pomona, Calif., Heidi Kreitchet is the studio director at The Ceramics Studio located at the American Museum of Ceramic Arts. She has exhibited her ceramics in numerous shows spanning the United States. In 2002, she won the Frederick Docstrader at an exhibit in Flagstaff, Ariz., and, in 2009, she won the Kiln God National award in San Angelo, Texas. Her work can also be found in permanent collections in the United States and Australia.

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University. Following her undergraduate work, she assisted renowned ceramic artist Don Reitz for two years in Clarkdale, Ariz., as she developed her own distinctive style using a wood-fire finish.

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

For more information about Heidi Kreitchet’s work, visit www.hkwoodfre.com; for Fred Kreitchet’s work, visit www.sculptureworkshop.com.

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., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed weekends.