Perkiomen Valley Art Center members exhibit at the Mennonite Heritage Center

HARLEYSVILLE – Perkiomen Valley Art Center is hosting its 59th Annual Members Show during the month of April at the Mennonite Heritage Center located at 565 Yoder Road in Harleysville. It is part of PVAC’s mission to create conditions that foster healthy creative self-expression in the visual arts. This fair is one of many creative outlets where band members can show off their work, win prizes, be encouraged by others, and sell their work as well.

This exhibition features new original works that emerging and established artists have been working on over the past few years. There are a variety of works created in all types of mediums and disciplines, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and egg tempera paintings. There are also pastel drawings, photography, digital art and sculpture.

According to Board Chairman Terry Souders, “We had a great turnout of artists and talent. More than 50 artists are presented and more than 95 original works exhibited. There are so many different styles, mediums and subjects. We are sure that all art lovers will appreciate this collection of beautiful works. There are several new artists on display as well as many seasoned professionals. There is certainly something for everyone.

The show was judged by Sabrina Pistoria, a Montgomery County artist and educator. Pistoria earned her undergraduate degree at Millersville University where she studied arts education and psychology. She currently teaches art at Souderton Area High School. Pistoria’s biography notes that “she is interested in capturing student creativity and developing skills and confidence around the art”.

A reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. where prizes will be awarded to artists whose works have been recognized. Awards include Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention for Professional and Non-Professional entries, among others. A new Founders Award will be presented in honor of Margaret Murphy who was a Life Member and one of the original members since the late 1950s. Several other sponsored awards are also presented. The public is invited to attend the reception, meet the artists and attend the awards ceremony. Light refreshments will be available.

The art exhibit will be on public display during regular Mennonite Heritage Center hours of operation – 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the center is by suggested donation.

The Perkiomen Valley Art Center is a non-profit volunteer group that promotes fine art in this region. They also encourage local artists through educational programs, art exhibits, awards for excellence in the arts, and awards for area high school art students. All programs and art exhibits are free and membership is open to all. For more information on the Perkiomen Valley Art Center, please visit the website: www.perkvalleyart.org.