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Art Show Celebrating the Schuylkill River Region Opens August 29

Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Best of Show, Dawn at Valley Forge, by Cathy Grygiel.
The Ninth Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show will open to the public on August 29 featuring 76 original works that celebrate the Schuylkill River region through art.

Sponsored by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, in partnership with Montgomery County Community College, the juried exhibit will hang through October 19 at the college’s West Campus Gallery at 16 West High St. in Pottstown.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Wednesday September 19 from 5-7 p.m., featuring refreshments and live music.

This year’s show includes a total of 76 original paintings, drawings and photographs by regional artists. All works were carefully selected by juror Ross Mitchell, executive director of the Violette de Mazia Foundation, in Wayne . Scenes of flowing water, historic sites, woodlands, stone barns and rural landscapes are among the many subjects depicted.

“It was a pleasure judging the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show this year,” said Mitchell. “Artists reinterpret our surrounding environment and let us see it anew through their unique and individual lens. I encourage people to see for themselves how each painter has presented their own creative interpretation of the river region.”

Mitchell selected three winning entries and four honorable mentions. Cathy Grygiel earned Best of Show for her pastel “Dawn at Valley Forge .” She will receive $300 and will be presented with an award of distinction valued at $1,000, through Montgomery County Community College , from North Penn Art, in Lansdale , for the creation of Giclee prints of her work.

The second place award went to Jonathan Bond for his oil on wood panel, "Carousel," and Materese Roche took third place for the oil on canvas, "Sunset over the Grasslands." Bond and Roche were awarded $200 and $100, respectively.

Four honorable mentions were also selected including: Rich Sassaman for his acrylic, "High School Runner;" Sherry McVickar for her oil, "English Style Schuylkill River Barn;" Lori Quinque-Quinn for the oil painting “Hunsberger’s Used Cars;” and David W. Thomas for his silver gel photograph “Foundation.”

“The final selections were all of high quality and portrayed a wonderful cross-section of views of the diversity of the Schuylkill River area,” Mitchell said.
Most works are available for sale, and a portion of all proceeds benefits the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

The show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: M-Th. 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. , Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information contact the SRHA at 484-945-0200 or the MCCC Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349, hcairns@mc3.edu.

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