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Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Exhibit

The annual "Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area" juried art and photography annual show held Aug. 31-Oct. 21 featured 82 original pieces of artwork from area artists. This event, co-sponsored by the Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area and Montgomery County Community College, showcases the beauty and unique characteristics of the Schuylkill River.

Awards went to: Best of Show—Helen Mirkil, Lower Gwynedd; Second Place—Brian Peterson, Lower Gwynedd; Third Place—Patrice DeVirgilis, Lansdale; Fourth Place—Susannah Hart Thomer, Plymouth Meeting.

Bernice Paul, Philadelphia; Molly Light, Schwenksville; and Doree Loschiavo, Philadelphia, received Honorable Mention recognition.

This special event highlights the innovative partnership between the College and the SRNHA. To learn more or to become involved in the campaign for the Schuylkill Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center, please contact 215-641-6534 or email

Scenes of the Schuylkill River
Photo by Dawn Deppi  



Joyce Byers autographs a caroler for Alma R. Jacobs

Byers' Choice Ltd.– Handcrafting Christmas Tradition in Our Community

The College highlighted the talents of Joyce Byers with a special exhibit of her hand-crafted carolers from Nov. 7 - Dec. 16 at the North Hall Gallery, West Campus, 16 W. High Street, Pottstown.

About 30 years ago, Joyce started making the carolers in her home, first as a hobby and then to sell at craft shows. Today, Byers' Choice Ltd. is a full-fledge, year-round family operation that employs more than 120 artisans to assist with the creation of the unique figurines that Joyce continues to design.

  Joyce Byers autographs a caroler for Alma R. Jacobs, who sponsored the exhibit in
  memory of her late sister Betty J. Claussen.  
Photo by Dawn Deppi

Writers Conference – Junot Díaz Inspires Students

Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz was the keynote author at this year's Writers Conference, Nov. 4-5. Díaz spoke about being an artist and what it means to dedicate your life to art.

"In art, our best human selves are preserved," he said. "We don't need more stuff in our lives. We need to be more human."

Listed as one of the top 20 writers of the 21st century by The New Yorker, Díaz teaches creative writing at MIT. He wrote The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which earned the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and several other prestigious awards, and Drown, a collection of short stories.

Junot Diaz
       Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz spoke to students about being an artist and        the writing process.  

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