Fifteen Area Schools’ Art On Display Next Week

POTTSTOWN PA – Expect visitors to be bustling next week through the Fine Arts Gallery on the Pottstown campus of Montgomery County Community College, as they view dozens of artworks from high schools in the sixth annual Tri-County High School Art Exhibition and Competition. The gallery show is open from Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2019) to March 23 (Saturday) during regular hours in North Hall, 16 E. High St.

The show is free to attend and open to the public.

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m., with an accompanying awards ceremony beginning at 5:45 p.m. Reserve your spot at the reception, or get additional information from Galleries Director Patrick Rodgers by calling 215-619-7349, or send him an e-mail at prodgers@mc3.edu.

High school students from portions of Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties participate in the exhibition. Rodgers said the show draws students from as far west as Reading, and as far south as Unionville.

Each high school can submit up to 10 works in any medium, except digital. The show’s juror – painter, author, and instructor Leslie Ehrin – will select up to 12 pieces for special recognition and prizes. The Pottstown Area Artist’s Guild also will offer a first for the Tri-County exhibit, according to Rodgers: a “Best In Show” cash prize.

MCCC alumnus Frank Genuardi said he was amazed when he saw the high school art show. “The work is just mind blowing,” said Genuardi, who will offer remarks at the opening reception. “The high school show serves as a major motivator … to get (college students) to work harder and to see what people who are younger are coming up with.”

Genuardi, who is finishing his final semester at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, credits the college with igniting his passion for art. “I never had any art classes in high school,” he said. “Everything I know about art comes from MontCo. I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for the teachers and how advanced their classes are.”

The sixth annual art exhibition will feature submissions from about 15 area high schools. Teachers claim their most challenging task is selecting top-10 pieces. Teachers say they look for excellent craftsmanship and the students’ ability to show evidence of design.

Photo from PxHere, used under a Creative Commons license

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