Kids, coal region focus of fine art gallery exhibit
SHAMOKIN - Petra Radcliffe's love for history was reflected in her artwork among dozens of pieces displayed Friday night at the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities Fine Art Gallery.
Radcliffe's paintings of three churches and works by young art students in Lisa Welch's classes were featured at the Coal Region Heritage Invitational Art Show at the county career and arts center at the corner of East Arch and Eighth streets.
"I've been involved in art for about 40 years, but just started taking it seriously recently," said Radcliffe, who resides in Buck Mountain near Weatherly in Carbon County. "History engulfed me, but I also enjoy doing other types of artwork."
The three pieces Radcliffe entered in Friday's show included First Presbyterian Church in Catasauqua in acrylic, St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Sheppton in colored pencil and pastel, and Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Shamokin in acrylic.
Radcliffe said she was introduced to the Shamokin church by her friend and colleague, Welch, whose children's art classes in Shamokin and Mount Carmel continue to grow.
Radcliffe and her husband own the 200-year-old Buck Mountain Hotel.
Lyla Barrett, 7, a daughter of Tim Barrett and Tara Mackey, of Coal Township, was very happy to have the opportunity to enter her first colored pencil drawing at the show. Her artwork is entitled "Train Station." The first-grade student at Shamokin Area Elementary School said she really enjoys art and loves using markers, crayons and colored pencils in her different drawings.
Friday also was the first art show for Alaina Glowatski, 7, a daughter of Tim and Tammy Glowatski, of Mount Carmel, who entered a pastel drawing called "Miner's Hat, Gloves, Pick and Shovel."
The first-grade student at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School, who enjoys drawing and coloring with crayons the best, said she hopes to major in art some day.
"The Kids Corner" is located at the rear of the gallery and features work done by children ranging in age from 5 to 18 in a variety of media, including watercolor, pastel, pencil and acrylic.
Great for the area
Frank Noll, of Coal Township, was impressed by all the artists, but particularly had high praise for the artwork of his twin granddaughters, Abbey and Lauren Noll. Abbey's pastel entry is entitled "Coal Miner," while her sister's watercolor piece is known as "Coal Breaker."
The sisters are daughters of Eric and Tracy Noll, of Shamokin.
"This gallery is a great thing for our area," Frank Noll said. "I come to a lot of the shows and the children's classes grow every year."
"Awesome" was the word used by Welch to describe the talent of the artists and Friday's turnout at the gallery.
Welch said three of the pieces done by her young students were sold at the show.
Doreen Kushner, a recent member of the arts and humanities council, was very impressed by the crowd and commended all the artists. She particularly praised the children for showing a keen interest in art at a young age.
Kushner said having the works of the young students on display beefed up attendance.
Claude Harrington, gallery director, also was very pleased with Friday's show and invited everyone to view the talented works on the ground floor of the center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and during the Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts on Memorial Day weekend.