Art Exhibit celebrating the Schuylkill River Region comes to Valley Forge National Historical Park

2nd Place, Memento Mori, oil on wood, by Jonathan Bond.
2nd Place, Memento Mori, oil on wood, by Jonathan Bond. Submitted photo
The Scenes of the Schuylkill selections will be on display in the park’s visitors’ center through Feb. 26. It is free and open to the public.
The Scenes of the Schuylkill selections will be on display in the park’s visitors’ center through Feb. 26. It is free and open to the public. Submitted photo

A new art exhibit at Valley Forge National Historical Park explores the varied beauty and character of the Schuylkill River region.

Consisting of 16 pieces of art and photography by 15 different artists, the Scenes of the Schuylkill selections will be on display in the park’s visitors’ center through Feb. 26. It is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The exhibit represents a selection of art from the larger 12th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill Juried Art Show, which was held last fall at the Montgomery County Community College West Campus Gallery in Pottstown. Most works in the show are available for sale, and a portion of all proceeds benefits the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

The 16 pieces on display at Valley Forge comprise the show’s winning entries and other selected works. They include a variety of mediums and styles, with subjects ranging from river views, cityscapes, woodland scenes, barns and more. Presented together they create a striking exhibition that highlights the diversity of scenic beauty found throughout the region.

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“We are grateful to our partners at Valley Forge National Historical Park for displaying a selection from Scenes of the Schuylkill at the park,” said Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Silas Chamberlin. “This enables us to expand the reach of our annual art show and draws attention to the many talented artists whose work is deeply rooted in the Schuylkill River valley.”

Scenes of the Schuylkill is an annual art show that celebrates the Schuylkill River region through art. Now in its 12th year, it is organized each fall by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, a National and State Heritage Area headquartered in Pottstown. The 2015 show included 92 works and ran through November and December at Montgomery County Community College West Campus Gallery in Pottstown. All works were carefully selected from 163 submissions by juror Charles Stainback, Director of Art at the Berman Museum, Ursinus College.