Free art ex­hibit dis­plays scenes of the Schuylkill River re­gion.

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - From Mi­ica Pat­ter­son

The 15th An­nual Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show is now open for the pub­lic to en­joy and the ex­hibit fea­tures 96 orig­i­nal works de­pict­ing a scene from within the re­gion that the 135mile Schuylkill River flows through.

The free ex­hibit is open un­til Dec. 14. The art pieces are dis­played at the Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege West Cam­pus North Hall Gallery at 16 W. High St., Pottstown. The gallery is open Mon­days through Thurs­days from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri­days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Satur­days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Schuylkill River Green­ways Na­tional Her­itage Area cov­ers Schuylkill, Berks, Ch­ester, Mont­gomery and Philadel­phia Coun­ties. The art­work dis­played in this year’s show fea­tures var­ied rep­re­sen­ta­tions of these ar­eas that all demon­strate the re­gion’s beauty, his­tory and sig­nif­i­cance. Most art­work in the ex­hibit is avail­able for pur­chase. A per­cent­age of the sale ben­e­fits the Schuylkill River Green­ways and is tax de­ductible.

For 15 years, the An­nual Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show and Sale has pro­vided a plat­form for re­gional artists whose work de­picts the beauty and char­ac­ter of the Schuylkill River val­ley. This ju­ried ex­hibit in­cludes draw­ings, paint­ings and pho­to­graphs. All works were care­fully se­lected from 135 sub­mis­sions by ju­ror Ross L. Mitchell, For­mer Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Vi­o­lette de Mazia Foun­da­tion of Philadel­phia.

Mitchell se­lected three win­ning en­tries and four honor­able men­tions. James Green was awarded Best of Show for his col­or­ful oil on linen piece ti­tled “Saw Mill.” That award came with a cash prize of $300. The sec­ond place award went to Michael Adams for his wa­ter­color paint­ing “Verdi” and Jean Plough took third with an acrylic paint­ing on can­vas called “View from Train.” Adams and Plough were awarded $200 and $100, re­spec­tively.

The four honor­able men­tions in­cluded two for pho­tog­ra­phy and two for paint­ings. In the pho­tog­ra­phy cat­e­gory, the awards went to Saman­tha Story for her image “Flights in Black & White” and to Lisa Foster for her photo ti­tled “Olde Stone.” The other honor­able men­tions were awarded to Bar­bara Brown for her pas­tel paint­ing “Rollin’ on the River” and to Betz Green for a piece called “Wis­sahickon Tree Trunk.”

In ad­di­tion, the Schuylkill River Green­ways staff se­lected a Staff’s Choice award that went to Steven J. White’s oil paint­ing dis­play­ing ca­noes along a boat launch called “Scott’s Run.” Honor­able men­tions and staff choice all re­ceive $50 awards. All win­ners also re­ceived gift cer­tifi-

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James Green was awarded Best of Show in the 15th An­nual Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show for his col­or­ful oil on linen piece ti­tled “Saw Mill.”

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Peo­ple look at pieces of art dis­played in the Scenes of the Schuylkill Ex­hibit dur­ing the artist re­cep­tion on Nov. 14 at the MCCC West Cam­pus gallery in Pottstown.

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