West Gallery Hosts Annual ‘Scenes of the Schuylkill’ Art Exhibit

by Diane VanDyke

First Place was awarded to Susannah Hart Thomer for her watercolor painting, “Escalation.”

First Place was awarded to Susannah Hart Thomer for her watercolor painting, “Escalation.”

Montgomery County Community College will host the Tenth Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show, Aug. 28-Oct. 18, at the Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

Sponsored by the Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area, the art show features 83 original pieces of artwork that highlights the beautiful and unique qualities of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

Second Place was awarded to Jonathan Bond for his painting, “Lutz Tannery.”

Second Place was awarded to Jonathan Bond for his painting, “Lutz Tannery.”

Philadelphia artist Susannah Hart Thomer won Best of Show for her watercolor, “Escalation,” which depicts the spiral staircase located outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art leading to the Schuylkill River.

Second place went to Jonathan Bond, Kempton, Berks County, for his painting, “Lutz Tannery,” and third place went to Teresa McWilliams Farina, Royersford, for her pastel, “Pennypacker Mills Tranquility.” The Staff Choice Award went to Lori Quinque-Quinn, Perkiomenville, for her watercolor painting, “The Coyle Farm Winter Sheep.”

Third Place was awarded to Teresa McWilliams Farina for her pastel, “Pennypacker Mills Tranquility.”

Third Place was awarded to Teresa McWilliams Farina for her pastel, “Pennypacker Mills Tranquility.”

Honorable mentions were awarded to Walt Hug, Birdsboro, for his photograph, “Midnight at Memorial Hall,” and Arnold Winkler, Blue Bell, for his digital composite, “Valley Forge.”

This year’s show was juried by Terry Newman, owner of Newman Galleries in Philadelphia.  He spent several hours examining the 107 entries before making his selections.

The hours for the gallery are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed weekends. For more information contact the SRHA at 484-945-0200 or the MCCC Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

Staff Choice Award was presented to Lori Quinque-Quinn for her watercolor painting, “The Coyle Farm Winter Sheep.”

Staff Choice Award was presented to Lori Quinque-Quinn for her watercolor painting, “The Coyle Farm Winter Sheep.”

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. Friend and follow MCCC’s arts on facebook.com/DestinationArts.

The Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area, managed by the non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association, uses conservation, education, recreation, cultural and historic preservation and  tourism as tools for community revitalization and economic development. For more information about the SRHA visit schuylkillriver.org.

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