Gallery Season Opens with ‘A Painting Renaissance in Pastel’

by Diane VanDyke

“April Orchard” by Carol Kardon

“April Orchard” by Carol Kardon

Montgomery County Community College will commence its 2014-2015 fine arts season with “A Painting Renaissance in Pastel” art exhibition featuring the artwork of Teresa DeSeve, Catherine Grygiel, Carol Kardon and Doug Tweddale at its Fine Arts Center Gallery, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The exhibit opens Monday, Sept. 8, and continues through Friday, Oct. 3.

The community is invited to meet these talented artists and chat about their artwork at a “Meet the Artists” reception on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public—and provide the perfect opportunity to escape from busy routines to enjoy the creativity of these masters of the pastel medium.

The exhibit is being curated by Nancy Moldofsky, art lecturer and faculty instructor of Fine Arts at the College since 2006. Nancy, who has served as President of the Greater Norristown Art League for two years and on their Board of Directors for eight years, recently had a solo exhibition, June-July 2014 at the Abington Art Center and continues to both work and volunteer in many art exhibitions along with volunteering with Habitat For Humanity and Kitty Adoption Team of Blue Bell.


“John” by Teresa DeSeve

For the exhibit, Nancy has coordinated a varied yet complementary selection of pastel artwork from four well-known area artists.

Artist Teresa DeSeve of Collegeville features people and their emotions in her artwork and uses light as a way to show the struggles they face, as well as their emergence from darkness. Originally from Beloit, Wisconsin, she moved to Pennsylvania when she was 15 years old and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, eventually earning her BFA in painting from Rosemont College. Her artwork has garnered several national pastel awards, including the Andrew Giuffuni Award from the Pastel Society of America in 2012 and the Richeson Prize in the Pastel 100 Competition. She teaches at the Wayne Art Center and the Norristown Art League.

As an expressionist artist, Catherine Grygiel of Souderton evokes inner emotions with her landscapes and floral paintings. Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, she graduated from Kutztown University. Although largely self-taught, Cathy’s art experience has been enriched by local artists who generously share their knowledge and experience. Inspired by nature and influenced by her rural upbringing, Cathy prefers painting landscapes in the plein air tradition. Although a watercolorist for many years, Pastel has become her medium of choice because of its vibrancy and immediacy. Painting on location contributes to a more spontaneous and expressive outcome and allows Cathy to capture the atmosphere and light on the landscape. She is always looking for new and better ways to express herself especially with the use of color often in an impressionistic style Cathy is a member of the Pastel Society of America, a Signature member of the Pastel Society of Maryland and a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

“Valley” by Doug Tweddale

“Valley” by Doug Tweddale

Working in both oil and pastel, artist Carol Kardon of Wynnewood features landscapes and still life in her artwork. She is a native of Mt. Vernon, New York, and holds BA from Bennington College, where she studied stage design. In addition, she has a MS in Education from Temple University. Her paintings have been entered in many national and regional juried exhibitions over the years, and she has received more than twenty awards. She exhibits regularly at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the Philadelphia Sketch Club in Philadelphia. Additionally, her work was included in 1996 Included in Best of Pastel and 1999 Included in Best of Sketching and Drawing, Rockport Publishers, Rockport, Maine. She has taught for more than 20 years at the Main Line Art Center, Wayne Art Center, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and on Cunard Line cruise ships including the Queen Elizabeth. Carol is a Master Member of the Pastel Society of America.

Plein air artist Doug Tweddale of North Wales immerses himself in the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors to capture the raw beauty and excitement of nature in his artwork. Painting and drawing since he was child, Tweddale has studied under artist Lester Gallagher, his uncle who specialized in oil paintings of the majestic Dunes of Lake Michigan, and recently under master painter and pastel artist Albert Handell. In “Painting Renaissance,” he will be exhibiting his pastels featuring his favorite outdoor scenes.

“Quiet Beauty” by Catherine Grygiel

“Quiet Beauty” by Catherine Grygiel

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sunday. For more information about the exhibition, contact Galleries Director Holly Cairns at or 215-619-7349.

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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.

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