Art Exhibition Features Montgomery County’s Natural Assets

by Diane VanDyke

Artist Susannah Hart Thomer’s painting, “Whirl and Twirl.”

Montgomery County Community College in collaboration with the Montgomery County Lands Trust (MCLT) will co-host “Embrace Open Space,” an art exhibition featuring the landscapes, historic properties and people of the region. The show will be held Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Dec. 14, at the College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

A special reception will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m. with a gallery talk at 6 p.m. The exhibit and reception are open to the community and free of charge.

“‘Embrace Open Space’ recognizes and celebrates the work of artists who receive inspiration from the natural world,” said Dulcie F. Flaharty, Executive Director of Montgomery County Lands Trust. “We hope that their vision inspires all of us to remain vigilant and energetic in safeguarding these special places.”

The show, curated by artist Susannah Hart Thomer, will reflect MCLT’s mission “to preserve and connect the natural areas, farmland, and neighborhood green spaces, which contribute to our quality of life, to a clean and abundant water supply and to the health of our region’s economy.”

Exhibit sponsors include Univest Corporation (presenting sponsor), Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Robert H. Erb.

MCLT, a non-profit organization established in 1993, was created in conjunction with the Montgomery County Open Space Program. Through its leadership, MCLT assists with the formation of private and public partnerships to find ways to save and preserve the County’s open spaces and natural resources.  In July 2012, MCLT became an affiliate of the regional Natural Lands Trust that serves eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

For more information about the exhibition at the College, contact Gallery Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or

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.

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