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Scenes of the Schuylkill Exhibit open at Walk In Art Center

The 17th annual Scenes of the Schuylkill Juried Art Show and Sale featured 38 original works depicting a scene from within the Schuylkill River region. The art is on display in the Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven, through Nov. 13.

Most of the pieces have been made available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area and the Walk In Art Center. All purchased pieces are tax deductible. People interested in buying a piece of art can contact the Walk In Art Center at 570-732-3728 or Schuylkill River Greenways at 484-945-0200.

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area covers Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The nonprofit organization uses the annual exhibit to spotlight the unique qualities of the region through the talents of the arts community.

People with work in the exhibit along with Schuylkill River Greenways staff and board members attended an artists reception. Schuylkill River Greenways Executive Director Elaine Paul Schaefer gave a quick overview of what the organization accomplished in 2021 and shared its mission, and county Commissioner Gary Hess delivered remarks as well..

“When people become connected and they have a relationship with the river because they bike there, they fish there, they paint there and do art there; then they fall in love with the river and become ambassadors of the river,” Schaefer said.

The audience was excited to hear about projects taking place along the Schuylkill River and Schuylkill River Trail. This included a renovated water landing in Port Clinton and the rehabilitated trail bridge in Auburn.

Schuylkill River Greenways recognized and awarded the winning artists and photographers of this year’s show.

Tulu Bayar, Art and Art History Department Chair at Bucknell University, was the guest juror and selected three winning entries and four honorable mentions.

Best of Show went to Joseph Opshinsky for a cut paper collage titled “Tamaqua View.” He received a $500 cash prize. Heather Butler received a $300 prize for a watercolor piece called “Life Giving Water,” which came in second place. John Dolph won $100 for the photograph titled “City Hall Courtyard,” which came in third place.

The four honorable mentions included two for photography and two for paintings. In the photography category, both awards went to Amber Fink for “Winter Farmstead” and “Woman in the Snowstorm.” In the painting category, the awards went to Jon Bond for an oil piece titled “Fence Fire” and to Jolie Chylack for a watercolor on panel piece titled “General Restoration on the Schuylkill River.” All honorable mention awardees received $50 for each winning piece.

In addition, the Schuylkill River Greenways staff selected a Staff’s Choice winner. Brent Gillenwater earned the honor for an oil on canvas piece called “Little North Creek.” Gillenwater was awarded a $100 cash prize.

For more information about this year’s show and photos of each piece entered, visit

Source: Berkshire mont

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