by Diane VanDyke
Artist Helen Mirkil’s mixed-media exhibition “Hidden Stories: Self-Portraits, Landscapes and Flowers” is on display now through June 17 at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Center, Central Campus. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, June 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center with a Gallery Talk at 6 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free of charge and are open to the public.
Mirkil, co-owner of The Water Gallery in Lansdale, has taught at Ursinus College, the Wayne Art Center, and also in Wales, U.K, as part of a sculpture/teaching fellowship. She has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Va. and at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and University of Pennsylvania in sculpture, as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy in painting. She also attended Barnstone Studios, Coplay, Pa., for in composition and design.
In her artist statement, she writes: “My creativity is a gift. In part, it is driven by a childhood need to be heard. With art or poetry, I’m able to express things that inspire and/or weigh on my soul. It doesn’t matter whether I am sitting inside a grove of trees, looking into the eyes of a friend, or admiring the grace of dying tulips. Beauty and depth are there to be found. There is an internal music that comes alive in me, a sort of dance, when I’m painting or writing. Really, I think, before anything else, I love to dance. And this dance is a prayer of gratitude to the Lord of my soul.”
Mirkil’s artwork is part of several collections, including the American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York; Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville; Bryn Mawr College Library Collection, Bryn Mawr; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, Va.; Villanova University Art Collection, Villanova; and Monmouth Comprehensive School, Wales, UK.
Artists Robyn Burckhardt and Liza Fleming’s combined art exhibition, “Acquisition of Ideas,” will be held at the West Campus Gallery in North Hall from now through July 29. The community is invited to the free exhibit and a “Meet the Artists” reception on Wednesday, June 8, from 5-7 p.m. with a Gallery Talk at 6 p.m.
After years of teaching students, two art teachers—Robyn Burckhardt and Liza Fleming—finally take a moment to create their own body of work to share during this combined art exhibition.
Burckhardt will feature her paper-making sculptures, paintings and sculptural jewelry. Her paintings showcase scenes along the Chesapeake Bay area.
After teaching art and coordinating the Artist in Residency program at Spring-Ford Area High School for almost 11 years, Burckhardt retired in 2007 to launch her business, Art’s Alive!. Her business features workshops for students of all ages, where they can enjoy the hands-on process of designing and building artwork with an artist-in-residency environment.
Burckhardt has bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and Education from Kutztown University and has taken graduate courses at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
After teaching art for 35 years in the Boyertown Area School District, Fleming is creating her own art and participating in shows. Her artwork selections at the exhibition are mostly acrylic and oils in a variety of subject matters. She also retired in 2007 from teaching.
Fleming has a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Morehead State in Kentucky and her master’s degree in Fine Arts from Marywood College in Pennsylvania.
For more information about the exhibitions, contact Montgomery County Community College Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.