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MCCC to Host Pottstown Area Artists Guild

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Artists from the Pottstown Area Artists Guild are planning an exhibition so large it will take a two-story space at Montgomery County Community College to house it.

The exhibition, which runs Dec. 20 through Feb. 8 at MCCC’s West Campus in Pottstown will feature a variety of art from several dozen members of the local guild. An installation by members Bob Hakun and Charlie Emlen is certain to be a focal point. Constructed from an old TV antenna tower, Hakun describes the 25-foot-tall structure as a reimagining of a cell phone tower or an electric tower.

“I assemble things from found objects,” Hakun said. “Charlie does a lot of outdoor welding. Someone donated an old TV antenna because they knew he worked with outdoor structures.” Hakun, who has worked strictly in sculptures for the last 10 years, said the College’s Galleries Director Patrick Rodgers was the inspiration behind the yet-unnamed piece. “Patrick had mentioned that he hoped someone would do an installation,” Hakun said. “We had the space and the parts.”

Hakun and Emlen’s installation, which will fill a space from floor, practically to the second-floor ceiling, will be brought to life via the gallery’s aesthetics. “They kept the raw brick interior and the beams exposed,” he said of the exhibit space. “The piece will look really good in that environment.”

Photographer Mary Kosar plans to exhibit several images from her time spent traveling, hiking and exploring nature. “I go for the composition and unusual subjects,” said Kosar.

Don Havas, a watercolor painter and photographer, is planning to exhibit three of his pieces, including a black and white image titled “Crabapples Crying.” Havas has been interested in art since he was in high school but got more involved about five years ago when he retired. “I’m still what I consider a novice at watercolors. It’s something you always continue to learn,” Havas said. “I’m still trying to find my niche.”

Pottstown Area Artists Guild President Judith Byrd-Williams, a professional watercolorist and videographer, said many of the Guild’s 61 members – painters, sculptors, photographers, collage/assemblage artists and more – will likely exhibit at the College. “I believe everything is art,” she said. “People have different gifts. Just like going to the grocery store you can get a variety of crackers. Art is like that.”

The pieces on display will be available for purchase, according to Byrd-Williams.

When you go

The Pottstown Area Artists Guild’s Arts & Culture exhibition will be on display at Montgomery County Community College’s North Hall Gallery, West Campus, 16 East High Street, Pottstown, from Dec. 20 through Feb. 8. An opening reception will be held on Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public, and the reception will include food and drink, live music, and a chance to meet artists from the Guild.

To RSVP for the reception or for additional gallery information contact Patrick Rodgers, Galleries Director, at prodgers@mc3.edu or 215-619-7349. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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