Art Show Celebrating the Schuylkill River Region Opens August 28

Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Best of Show, Escalation, by Susannah Hart Thomer.

The 10th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show will open to the public on August 28 featuring 83 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 18 at the college’s West Campus Gallery at 16 West High St. in Pottstown.

This year’s show includes a total of 83 original paintings, drawings and photographs by regional artists. All works were carefully selected from 107 submissions by juror Terry Newman, owner of Newman Galleries in Philadelphia, one of the oldest galleries in the country.

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This is the 10th year the Schuylkill River Heritage Area has organized an art event, which has evolved from a print competition in 2003, to the current exhibit, which attracts over 100 pieces of art each year.

“Our goal for the art show is two-fold,” explained Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. “We want to encourage an appreciation for regional art, and we also want to emphasize through art the diverse beauty and character of the Schuylkill River valley.”

Newman selected three winning entries and two honorable mentions. Susannah Hart Thomer earned Best of Show for her watercolor “Escalation,” which depicts a staircase outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 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.

The second place award went to Jonathan Bond for his oil painting, “Lutz Tannery,” and Teresa McWilliams Farina took third place for her pastel, “Pennypacker Mills Tranquility.” Bond and Roche were awarded $200 and $100, respectively.

In honor of the show’s 10th anniversary, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area staff selected a Staff’s Choice award, which went to Lori Quinque-Quinn for her watercolor, “The Coyle Farm Winter Sheep.”

The two honorable mentions selected included “Valley Forge,” a digital composite by Arnold Winkler and “Midnight at Memorial Hall,” a photograph by Walt Hug.

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.

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 visit www.schuylkillriver.org.