UPPER MERION — The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board’s Arts Montco brand has announced a new installation that celebrates diverse Montgomery County visual artists at the region’s premier shopping destination, Philadelphia Premium Outlets, located in Limerick.
The large-scale exhibit, which is located near Columbia Factory Store, Aeropostale, Francesca Collections and Polo Ralph Lauren, showcases manufacturers from the Montgomery County area. This is the second Arts Montco wall; the first debuted in 2021 at the King of Prussia Mall.
“We are thrilled to partner with Philadelphia Premium Outlets, the area’s premier shopping destination, to celebrate the incredible and diverse artists who call Montgomery County home,” said Rachel Riley, associate vice president of communications for Valley Forge. Tourism. “This installation is a celebration of our county-wide Arts Montco brand and a wonderful way to provide exposure for these incredible artists with the mall’s high foot traffic.”
The installation features seven larger-than-life works of art created by artists who live in the area or whose works are displayed in one of dozens of galleries across Montgomery County.
The wall is part of the Tourism and Convention Bureau’s ongoing Arts Montco initiative, which showcases more than 200 arts and entertainment venues, attractions and galleries in the county. The arts and culture sector represents $100 million in positive economic spinoffs for Montgomery County, not to mention hundreds, if not thousands of jobs.
Featured in the new facility are:
Kathy Bohn: “Fruit Basket”
Kathy is a self-taught veteran of the art world for 20 years. She began at the age of 12 learning different mediums and has since been in eight different art markets in the United States, including Pennsylvania, Washington, California, New Mexico and Montana. Kathy exhibits artwork on her website and also at Engage Arts Studios in Schwenksville, where it is exhibited. Kathy taught fine arts at several local schools in Montana from 2010-2018 and was involved in a National Endowments for the Arts project in Montana. She enjoys working in the communities where she lives on revitalization projects.
Robyn Burckhardt: “Allure”
Robyn is a “process oriented” artist. She uses traditional materials in an unusual way. Robyn’s paintings often begin with thin washes of paint followed by layers of color glazes. His education is a BS Art Education from Kutztown University and Graduate Studies in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Robyn’s studio is in Spring City where she conducts workshops, and her work is in collections in PA, SC, CT, AZ, FL, Washington DC, MD, and NJ
Suzan Dise: “Little fiber poppies”
Working with multiple mediums, such as oil, watercolour, fiber and photography, Suzan draws her creative inspiration from discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary of everyday life. She favors contemporary impressionism, balanced composition and the exploration of color relationships. Suzan studied fine art and graphic design, earning a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She currently runs a design studio, teaches digital arts to teenagers, and creates original and commissioned art from her home studio in Montgomery County.
Midred Sands Kratz: “Goldfinch and Wildflowers”
A nationally acclaimed watercolourist in the great American realist tradition, Mildred was originally from Pottstown. She co-founded the Pottstown Artist Guild and has won over 100 awards for her art.
Lisa Muller: “Through Little Torn Holes in Their Tightly Woven Days”
Prior to painting, Lisa was a full-time ceramic artist, creating large scale murals, sculptures and a range of ceramic tiles found in collections across the country. Educated at the Tyler School of Art, Lisa has also taught ceramics in multiple venues to all ages. Surface depth, texture, layered color and translucency are some of the formal traits she pursues in her current work. His figurative imagery includes elements of abstraction and fantasy drawn from many adventures. She has a full-time studio practice based in Pottstown.
Trina Poage, “The Rise of the Dark Earth”
As a child, Trina always had a passion for art. She loves anything that evolves in color, and her dream has always been to work somewhere where she could express her creativity and educate others. Trina studied at the University of the Arts in Berkeley and at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She launched ‘The Black Earth Rising’ collection as an outlet to express her thoughts during the COVID pandemic after attending a discussion on social justice. Trina wanted to create visual and symbolic pieces using black, gold and white that would engage viewers in stimulating conversations while providing a bit of history surrounding the black community.
Madisyn Williams, “Moonlight From Hell Never Turns Copper”
Madison is a junior at Pottstown High School and has been drawing and painting since she was 12 years old. She hopes to study art and travel and is interested in singing, fashion and makeup.
The facility is free and open to the public. For more information about Arts Montco, visit artsmontco.com.