The Montgomery Bar Association’s Community Outreach Committee launched its inaugural COURTING ART program back in 2013 with the lofty goal of transforming the cold, cavernous walls of the Montgomery County Court House into a gallery of bright and cheerful homegrown art. Ultimately, the program aimed to create a more welcoming environment for staff and visitors, and reduce the stress typically associated with a day in court. Since that time, members of the Bar Association, sponsors from our legal community, and community partners have come together to support and celebrate our artists, who have captured the beauty and diversity of our county through magnificent interpretations of some of our areas most inspiring landmarks and hidden treasures.
For the past three years, we challenged local artists ages 55+ to explore and express, on paper, canvas and mixed media, “What [they] love about Montgomery County.” Hundreds of juried entries were received and displayed during our month-long exhibitions at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Center, and select prize-winning works were chosen and installed throughout the Plaza Level of the Court House for everyone’s enjoyment.
WHAT'S NEW FOR 2016?
For our 2016 Contest and Exhibition, we’ll be changing our theme and challenging artists to depict our county's treasures in a fresh way. Our 2016 theme, “MONTCO IN MOTION” hopes to explore and celebrate active lifestyles, community happenings, and our rich, recreational assets. More specifically, we’ll be seeking bright, uplifting entries that children are likely to enjoy, as next year’s award-winning art will be installed in an area of our court frequently occupied by children and families. From our community playgrounds, ball fields, concerts, theaters, festivals, carnivals and events, to our historic reenactments, busy streets and boroughs -- there’s no shortage of inspiration here in Montgomery County. Be it our award-winning trail system, our world-class shopping and entertainment hubs, or a setting that’s truly unique-- COURTING ART: “MONTCO IN MOTION” hopes to inspire artists to capture movement, performance, creativity and “living life” as we know it in Montgomery County.
Please check back soon for more information on our 2016 Contest and Exhibition. We expect to have materials for our 2016 Courting Art program available here for download in mid-February of 2016.
2015 LIST OF WINNERS
The following pieces have been selected for reproduction and installation in the Montgomery County Court House.
Best In Show
"St. Gabriel's, Audubon" by Carol Albrecht
"Waiting" by William Bourne
"Suburban Hircum" by Susan Williamson
by Malcolm Scott
"Evening Glow at the Park" by Susannah Hart Thomer
Awards of Excellence
"The Skippack Creek" by Michael Adams
"Norristown Remembered" by Frank Batson
"Along the Perkiomen" by Carl P. Berlinger
"Wild Flowers" by Brenda Boorse
"Autumn in Penn." by Shirley Daly
"Freddy Hill Farm" by Margaret Dawson
"Digging Out" by Rose Folkes
"Bridge Over Tranquil Water" by Rich Godshall
"Alderfer Park" by Lisa Kerr
"Country Creek Crooner" by Susan E. Klinger
"Creek Adventure" by Choon Lim
"The Home Hole at Center Square" by John Lloyd
"Rock Run" by Jim Lynch
"The Beloved Barn" by Patricia H. Lynch
"Perfect Wheelbarrows" by Sherry McVickar
"Kayaker at Lock 60" by Rebecca Postell
"Deep Creek Lake in Winter" by David G. Reed
"From My Garden" by Roma Richter
"Old Norriton Christmas" by Raymond Schorle
"Dhoruba of Elmwood Park Zoo" by Suzanne B. Shank
"Pond View of Subracyol" by Esther Ruth Schisler
"The Heckler Homestead" by Don Shoffner
"Renewal" by Audrey Tant
"American Goldinch Near Windlestrae Park" by Kenneth A. Tuttle
"Creekside" by Anne S. Whalon
"Woxall Hotel After the Rain" by Sally Keyes Yates