West Gallery to Host ‘Iron and its Accomplices’ Art Exhibition

by Diane VanDyke

Sun and Moon” metal sculpture by Paul Beatty.

Sun and Moon” metal sculpture by Paul Beatty.

Montgomery County Community College is pleased to host “Iron and its Accomplices,” art exhibition featuring metal artist Paul Beatty of Hemlock Forge and several area artists June 3-July 25 at the West Campus Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

A “Meet the Artists” reception will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Metal artist Paul Beatty owns Hemlock Forge in nearby Barto, Pa., and specializes in copper, steel and sheet metal. He initially studied traditional blacksmithing under blacksmith Ed Land of Huffs Church, Berks County. He later served an apprenticeship with renowned metal artist Greg Leavitt of Earl Township, Berks County.

Beatty’s masterful skills are reminiscent of a time when craftsmen poured their hearts and souls into the hard labor of their wares. He specializes in commissions of decorative and functional art, including arbors, fences, armillaries and sculptures, and all his work is hand-forged and custom-made. Beatty has been a metalsmith for more than 14 years and is a member of the Pennsylvania Artists Blacksmith Association and the Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America.

Several local artists will be joining Beatty for the exhibition, including photographer Tammy Snyder of East Greenville; mosaic artist Amy Bruckner of Downingtown; stain glass artist Marlys Thomas of Harleysville; wood sculptor Mark Hughes of Barto; metal artist Ed Land of Huffs Church; and Damascus steel artist Robert Eggerling of Mertztown.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Montgomery County Community College Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

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.  Follow us at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

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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