“Walk Around” Greater Norristown Art League’s Virtual Art Show Presented by Montgomery County Community College

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Image via MCCC.
Artist Linda Crane, Path to the Bay, pastel, 5"x7".

Montgomery County Community College is pleased to host the virtual exhibition of the Greater Norristown Art League’s juried Small Wonders Art Show.

The public can view the exhibit on ArtSteps Virtual Gallery, and ‘walk around’ the exhibit as if you were inside the building.

Visitors can expect great artwork in small sizes, with the largest size being 12 inches in any direction. The exhibit includes 126 pieces from paintings, prints, and sculptures by 49 artists from the region, including a talented 10-year-old. Most of the artwork is available for purchase.

“It’s exciting to see our community of artists of all ages come together to participate in the exhibit,” said Kathy Bampfield, GNAL Coordinator and MCCC alumna. “There’s a large variety of excellent artwork, and the virtual exhibit makes it easy for visitors to return and share it with family and friends.”

Artist Bill Kassel of Chester County, a contemporary realist, juried the exhibit. He reviewed each piece of artwork individually and narrowed his selection down to 40, which he thought were “masterfully painted and designed.”

“To determine the finalists, I looked at the style, creativity, and originality,” he said. “I would like to congratulate all the award winners for their exceptional work and to all those who entered.”

One of the fun advantages of a virtual show is the ability to build a space for the artwork, according to Patrick Rodgers, MCCC Galleries Director and exhibit curator.

“Virtual exhibit platforms are big sandboxes, so I can build whatever space suits the needs of the art,” Rodgers said. “For this Small Wonders exhibition, I wanted to create something intimate and specific, and I thought of a Victorian style hallway lined with smaller pictures closely hung together as a kind of inspiration for this virtual gallery.”

Throughout the years, MCCC and GNAL have had a longstanding collaboration. Several MCCC students and alumni are members of the organization and will be sharing their artwork in the exhibit.

“Collaborating with GNAL also reminds me that the arts ecosystem in our county is so interconnected and has found ways to inspire and surprise despite everything arts organizations are facing right now,” Rodgers said. “Organizations like GNAL create a lot of arts opportunities in this county and that keeps the art scene vibrant, whether it’s in person or online.” 

MCCC also will be hosting a virtual exhibition for GNAL’s 80th anniversary with a starting date of May 15 and a call for artists on May 1. Chester County artist Randall Graham will jury the show.

To learn more about Greater Norristown Art League and see the winning paintings, visit here.

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