by Diane VanDyke
34th Annual Montgomery County High School Art Exhibition and Competition
Montgomery County high school art students will present the best of their artwork at the College’s 34th Annual Montgomery County High School Art Exhibition and Competition from Sunday, March 4, through Friday, March 23, at the Fine Arts Center Art Gallery at Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.
The artists’ reception will be held Sunday, March 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. with the awards presentation at 2 p.m.
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.
Philadelphia Water Color Society Members’ Show
The College is hosting the Philadelphia Water Color Society’s Members’ Show, “Works on Paper,” at the North Hall Art Gallery, 16 High Street, Pottstown, through March 25. A reception to meet the artists will be held Sunday, March 25, from 1-3 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free of charge and open to the public.
First prize was awarded to Anna Bellenger, Unionville, Pa. for “Crow Shoot.” Second prize went to Mary Blackey, Bristol, Pa. for “Nocturnal Flight,” and third prize went to Doree Loschiavo, Phila. for “Intermission.” Merit Awards went to Denny Bond, East Petersburg, Pa. for “Rosebud” and Siv Spurgeon, Swarthmore, Pa. for “Phoenix.”
During the exhibition, original works from more than 67 artists of the greater Philadelphia area and beyond will be on display. The watercolor paintings feature a variety of subject matter, including landscapes, still lifes, portraits and abstracts.
The juror of the exhibition, Barbara Zucker, is a fine artist from Schwenksville, Pa. and a Philadelphia Water Color Society member. She has a bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College and a master’s degree from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She also studied at L’Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, and apprenticed with painter Richard Callner. She is currently the Gallery Coordinator at the Community Music School, Trappe, Pa.
When judging the artwork, Barbara stated: “In very general terms, I would say that the award-winning artists all had mastery of their various techniques and the compositional structures they used were out of the ordinary. Furthermore, in general the works expressed a very personal point of view with an interesting–though often ambiguous and mysterious–story or message.”