Concourse Club seeks artists, photographers
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Three of four prizes to be awarded at the Concourse Club of Palmerton's Annual Community Festival Art and Photography Show include, from left, a watercolor winter scene by Margaret Kuhet, held by Kuhet; a shuttered window with flowers donated by the Owl's Nest at the Palmerton Campus of the Blue Mountain Health System, held by Venita Horinko, show chairwoman; and an acrylic painting of Beltzville Lake by Deborah Walkowiak, held by Joan Turko.
The Concourse Club of Palmerton's Annual Palmerton Community Festival Art and Photography Show is in need of artists and photographers' work to make it a success. The event will coincide with the Palmerton Community Festival.
The Art and Photography Show will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1-4 p.m. at St. John Neumann School, Third and Lafayette Avenue, Palmerton.
There are category divisions for youth and adults which include all media paintings and black/white and color photographs.
Best of Show, People's Choice, First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention winners will be chosen with a variety of prizes for the winners.
There is a registration fee of $5 per entry. Three entries per person are allowed.
Those who wish to exhibit their work, or to learn more, can contact Venita Horinko, art show chairwoman, at (610) 377-0530.
The adult art judge will be Milan Melicharek, who was a teacher at Northwestern Lehigh High School for 32 years. Melicharek graduated from Kutztown State University with a B.S. in art education. He studied painting at the University of Salzburg in Austria, and in Maine under Edgar A. Whitney, ANA, AWS.
During his career and since his retirement, he has created many paintings, had many solo exhibitions in regional landscapes and has participated in and won several honors in juried shows throughout the tristate area. He is a signature member of both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Watercolor Societies. His work captures the captivating and mood landscapes of Pennsylvania and Maine.
The atudent art judge will be Earlene Russell, who is a third generation artist specializing in watercolor. She taught art and art appreciation in grades K-12 at Corner Stone Christian Academy in Randolph, N.J. before relocating to Pennsylvania in 1986.
She is currently president of The Carbon County Art League, and has participated in several art shows in Pennsylvania and Maine. Her painting of a night sky entitled "Over Above and Beyond" was featured on The College of the Atlantic web site in 2009.
In a solo show in 2010, 13 of her paintings were on exhibit for two months at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, Maine. In 2012, 17 paintings were juried and selected for a month long exhibit at Stonehedge Gardens in Tamaqua.
Although she enjoys working in oils, she found her calling with watercolor. Among her paintings are landscapes of Acadia National Park, Yellowstone National Park, The Grand Tetons and Pennsylvania's countryside and parks through her travel around the country.
The student and adult photography judge will be Dana Evans. She currently teaches digital photography in the Pocono Mountain School District.
Prior to that she taught in Philadelphia for six years and spent six months at the Pierre Indian Learning Center, a residential facility for American Indian children.
She received an associate degree in advertising art at Pennsylvania College of Technology and is listed in "Who's Who" in art education. She has had photographs published in photography journals and newspapers. She has her own DME photography business.
Four prizes will be awarded the day of the show: a watercolor of a winter scene by Margaret Kuhet; an acrylic painting of Beltzville Lake by Deborah Walkowiak; a quilted wall hanging by Mary Brigham; and a shuttered window with sprigs of flowers donated by the Owl's Nest, located in the Palmerton Campus of the Blue Mountain Health System.
The Concourse Club is dedicated to public service. It meets from October through May on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Visit the art and photography show and someone from the Concourse Club will answer your questions.