Art Exhibits Open on Jan. 19 in Blue Bell and Pottstown

by Diane VanDyke

Artist John E. Dowell Jr. captures and shares the motion of the moment in his “Urban Landscapes” Photography Exhibition starting Jan. 19 through Feb. 18 at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Center, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center with a Gallery Talk at 6 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free of charge and open to the public.

Dowell, a Professor of Printmaking at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, has exhibited his art for more than 40 years in numerous juried shows at prestigious venues, including the 35th Venice Biennale, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

His work is part of permanent collections in more than 70 museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Boston Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Recently, his work was included in the Chicago Art Institute exhibition, “A Century of Collecting African American Art.”

In 2001, he received the 14th James Van Der Zee Award from the Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia for a Life Time of Achievement in the Visual Arts and Teaching, and in 1999, he received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Temple University.

For more information about John Dowell, visit

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


John E. Dowell Jr.’s “Getting Out of Town,” photography will appear in his upcoming exhibition “Urban Landscapes.”


Gilbertsville artist Mike Hale’s abstract paintings, known for their layers of color and texture, will inspire and motivate visitors at his upcoming exhibit, “Intuitive Vision” to be held at the College’s West Campus Gallery, North Hall, 16 High St., Pottstown, opening Jan. 19 through March 25.

Mike Hale’s “Galaxy” will appear in his upcoming exhibition, “Intuitive Vision.”

The community is invited to the free exhibit and a “Meet the Artist” reception on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 5-7 p.m.

Hale’s style involves layers of paint, foils and other mixed media that are applied and then revealed through a flashback sanding process to expose and highlight earlier stages of the painting. On the surface, he captures “underlying currents that flow across the canvas as a repeating pattern, a resonating temporal pulse, and an expression of time and movement.”

“I am continually inspired by the process of creating and exploring,” Hale says. “My work has matured through determination and devotion—and I look forward to discovering and uncovering my own hidden layers of creativity as I continue to develop my unique creative voice.”

For more information about Mike Hale and his artwork, visit

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


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

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.

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