Two Schuylkill County art organizations have joined forces to co-sponsor a new fine art exhibition. The Arts Barn and the Walk In Art Center are pleased to present the inaugural Keystone Fine Art Juried Exhibition, featuring two dimensional art.

The Keystone Fine Art Juried Exhibition will be held at the Walk In Art Center in Schuylkill Haven, PA from November 5 to November 19, 2016. The opening reception will be Saturday, November 5th from 1pm to 5pm with an awards ceremony at 2pm in the Main Gallery

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“As far as we know this is the first juried exhibition in Schuylkill County in a very long time," said artist Kris Miller-Siple. "We were so pleased to receive art not only from Schuylkill County but Carbon, Berks and others. We were overwhelmed and pleased with the reception and the numbers of works submitted for our first year," she said. Siple also stated that the exhibition was intended to showcase not only the extraordinary artists from the area but also art from outside the county for everyone to come to The Walk In Art Center and enjoy.

Artwork selected by Jurors Erin Riley-Lopez, Curator of the Freedom Gallery Center for the Arts Albright College, and Kristen Woodward, Painter/Printmaker, Fine Artist, Professor of Art and Department Chair Albright College, prizes of $200 and $100, respectively, will be awarded for first place and second place for the following categories: Painting, Drawing, Photo/Digital and Mixed Media.

A Statement From The Jurors Erin Riley-Lopez & Kristen T. Woodward:

"It was our pleasure to select work for the inaugural juried exhibition at the Walk In Art Center. We were both struck by the consistent high quality of submissions in a broad range of media, revealing well developed concepts and excellence in craft.

Understanding that many fine works would need to be excluded to showcase a large body of work in a limited gallery space, the works selected for inclusion in this exhibit resonated with us for different reasons. Some pieces offered exquisite technical rendering or photographic observation. Others explored layered or gestural mark-making through non-objective compositions. We looked for an authentic if not unique vision to emerge in the works laid out before us. For in the end, artists speak a visual language and words are weak substitutes for that elemental sensory exchange.

We congratulate all of the artists that put their work forward for critique, risking rejection. It is a brave but essential part of being an artist. That said, our selections cannot predict the trajectory of future growth or ambition. This show represents evidence of dedicated studio practice. New to the Walk In Arts Center, it inspired us both to know this vibrant community is in our region."

The Walk In Art Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire, equip and celebrate the creative and cultural talent of the area. Housing sixteen Studio Artists and an Artist Association. We offer rotating exhibitions with national artists in our three galleries, the Main Gallery, the Community Gallery and the History Gallery. Educational workshops for all ages and levels including Free Art Camps for children. All in a renovated factory retrofitted to inspire any artist – also used for weddings, corporate events and special occasions. www.walkinartcenter.org.

The Arts Barn Education Center promotes the visual arts, as well as nature and the environment, in the Schuylkill County PA area by featuring art classes, workshops and children's summer camps in a serene rural setting, located just outside historic Orwigsburg, PA. Its adjacent gallery space, The Arts Barn Gallery, represents over 140 Pennsylvania artists and artisans displaying fine arts and crafts. Facilities includes two full galleries and an education center. Learn more online at http://www.theartsbarn.com and http://www.theartsbarn.org.

For more information about the Keystone Fine Art Juried Exhibition, www.walkinartcenter.org and www.theartsbarn.org.