MCCC to Host Greater Norristown Art League’s Diamond Anniversary Exhibit

Greater Norristown Art League member James McFarlane will present a special gallery “Walk ’n Talk” on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1-3 PM at MCCC’s Fine Arts Center.

Montgomery County Community College is hosting the 75th Anniversary Exhibition of the Greater Norristown Art League from Sept. 14-30 at the College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery on its Blue Bell campus.

The “Meet the Artists” opening reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5-7 PM with awards at 6 PM. The curator is artist and GNAL member Susannah Hart Thomer, and the sponsor is North Penn Art of Lansdale.

“We are excited to showcase the work of our talented members at this special exhibit at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery, and we invite the community to come and share in our celebration of the arts,” says Thomer, who has been a member of GNAL for more than 35 years.

In addition to the exhibit, GNAL artist James McFarlane will host a special gallery “Walk ’n Talk” on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1-3 PM. A nationally and internationally recognized artist and popular teacher, McFarlane is President Emeritus of the American Watercolor Society. He is also a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Water Color Society, and the National Society of Painters of Casein and Acrylics.

"The Hill," a watercolor painting by Greater Norristown Art League member Susannah Hart Thomer.
“The Hill,” a watercolor painting by Greater Norristown Art League member Susannah Hart Thomer.

The exhibit, reception, and gallery talk are open to the public and free of charge. Please RSVP to Darlene Yerkey Sczesniak at by Sept. 12. Refreshments will be served.

Approximately 60 to 70 pieces of art, representing GNAL’s membership of more than 450 professional and non-professional artists, will be displayed through a diversity of media, including oils, watercolors, pastels, sculpture, charcoal, mixed media, and computer-generated art.

The juror of the show, Karen Kappe Nugent, is an art instructor at MCCC and a regionally known artist who has exhibited her landscape and still-life paintings at area museums and galleries. Her work is also included in private and corporate collections. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Barnes Foundation, and Studio Rilievo. Nugent graduated from the University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Founded in 1941 and chartered in 1957, the GNAL is a non-profit organization engaged in the promotion and teaching of the arts and is based in the Old Norriton Schoolhouse located on West Germantown Pike in East Norriton.

The GNAL offers a variety of day and evening classes for all ages, workshops in all media, exhibition opportunities, life classes, Saturday classes, and summer camps for children.

Click here for more information about the GNAL.

Click here for information about MCCC’s gallery hours and upcoming exhibits.

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