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The following exhibits are at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center (105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA);

Face Time: Portraits in Hooked Rugs and Selections for the Heritage Center Collection – Susan Feller
Through March 17, 2018

Textile artist Susan Feller returns to the Heritage Center as guest curator of this new exhibit that focuses on faces. She brings us a selection of portraits in hooked rugs, and we will be supplementing these works of art in wool with selections from the collection featuring all kinds of faces—including paintings, fraktur, and decorative objects of all kinds.

Dennis Gerhart: America Before Machines
November 30 – April 30

Join us this fall and winter for a terrific new exhibit in the Heritage Center Meeting Room by artist and illustrator Dennis Gerhart, as he focuses on America before Machines. Dennis has had “a long interest in early Pennsylvania transportation and history,” as he describes it, and his exhibit will feature his artistic renderings of the times before trains and automobiles when mule-drawn and horse-drawn power got us and our goods from here to there. Dennis works in pen and ink and watercolor—
you’ll love his meticulous drawings that harken back to a simpler time.

Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, Pa. Free admission.


The Mennonite Heritage Center (Harleysville, PA) is always hosting something new, and this month is no exception.

Resonate: Water Colors by Artist Sandy Wood 

An exhibit of water colors by area artist Sandy Wood will be on display from Sunday, January 28 through Saturday, March 17.

The exhibit — “Resonate” — represents her interpretation of nature through, as she says, her own lens. With her delicate water colors, she captures the joy of pattern and color and texture found in the natural world she sees. Sandy prefers to draw her inspiration from real world observation rather than imaginative sources.

Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA


Allentown Art Museum is a wonderful local museum that offers free admission on every third Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and every Sunday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. (and often has special events and activities during those free admission times, including family friendly happenings on Sunday afternoons).

In addition to a marvelous permanent art collection, their special exhibits are always worth the visit. Here is a small sampling of the current exhibits to be found at the museum;

Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,  January 1 – April 8, 2018.

A new generation of women photojournalists are telling some of the most powerful and impactful stories of the last decade. As different as the places and the subjects they have covered, these women share the passion and commitment to storytelling that has come to define National Geographic. From the savannahs of Botswana to the war-torn streets of Libya and Afghanistan; from the beaches of the Jersey Shore to the Mongolian steppe and the rainforests of New Guinea, these 11 women have traveled the world as explorers, capturing compelling stories of our planet and its people.

Rhythm and Movement, November 22, 2017 – March 25, 2018

This installation features contemporary art that addresses themes of pattern and motion. These topics have proved fruitful for contemporary artists looking to capture the dynamic world around them; the works in this rotation dive into concepts as varied as optical illusion and the Underground Railroad. From the pulsing figures of Keith Haring to the tricks that Jésus Rafael Soto’s sculptures play on the eyes, these pieces offer diverse perspectives on the ideas of rhythm and movement.

Soaring and Bounding; British Color Woodcuts, December 2017 – April 1, 2018

This beautiful selection of color woodcuts by British artists such as John Edgar Platt, William Giles, and Allen Seaby, demonstrates the influence of Japanese aesthetics and techniques on Western art of the 1920s and 1930s.

Allentown Art Museum, 31 North Fifth Street, Allentown, PA


The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College is often forgotten despite being free, open to the public, and just down the road from the Valley in Collegeville, PA (601 E Main Street). The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and currently has four exhibitions on display, in addition to its permanent collection.

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