Arts Montco Week Announces Additional Attractions and Venues

Courtesy of Bryan Buttler Media Relations, LLC

Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is pleased to announce additional venues, attractions, and events for their first ever Arts Montco Week.  These additional features will join the previously announced series of festivities that will highlight Montgomery County, Pennsylvania’s over 200 arts and culture venues, which normally represent $100 million in positive economic impact, not to mention hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs.  The county, which has hosted such prestigious international entertainment organizations like Cirque du Soleil, Big Apple Circus, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, will roll out the red carpet to visitors for Arts Montco Week, September 17-26, 2021.

Previously announced events can be found here. New venues and attractions added to Arts Montco Week include:

Children’s Artwork Exhibition
Abington Art Center
515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM / Free
abingtonartcenter.org
Located on a historic 27-acre campus in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, just 10 miles from Center City Philadelphia, Abington Art Center presents exhibitions, programs and events designed to make the arts a part of everyone’s world.  During Arts Montco Week, the Center will present a gallery exhibition of children’s artwork produced during AAC’s Summer Arts Camp.

Create a Community Mosaic Mural
The Art Studio Lansdale
135 East Main St, Lansdale, PA 19446
Monday, September 17, 5PM / Free
Theartstudiolansdale.website
The Art Studio is a community space that nurtures the creative expression of ages 5 through adult with all levels of experience.  During Arts Montco Week, the Studio will create a community volunteer-based mosaic mural.  All are welcome to participate in this fun and hands-on event.

Open Studio on Chain Street
601 Chain Street Studio
601 Chain Street, Studio 6, Norristown, PA 19401
Saturday, September 18, 10AM-6PM, Sunday, September 19, 11AM-5 PM / Free
Join artists Lynnette Shelley (animal and nature paintings), Amy Bruckner (mystical mosaics) and Albena Pashova (abstract acrylics) for an open studio tour. This is a free event that is a part of the Montgomery County Studio Tour.

PHANTASMA Opening Reception
Eclipse Center for Creative Community
30 Vine Street, Lansdale, PA 19446
Friday, September 24, 6PM / Free
eclipsec3.com
Join Eclipse Center for Creative Community for the opening of Phantasma, a spooky show and celebration of dark art, just in time for the Halloween season. Refreshments will be served. Masks are required. 

Howl at the Moon Paint Party
Eclipse Center for Creative Community
30 Vine Street, Lansdale, PA 19446
Saturday, September 25, 7PM / $44
Eclipsec3.com
Come out and play and paint with Eclipse Center for Creative Community.  Featuring artist Niki Leibowitz, guests 18+ will create an acrylic paint wrapped canvas project.  The event is BYOB.

Paul Siegell Poetry Reading
Eclipse Center for Creative Community
30 Vine Street, Lansdale, PA 19446
Saturday, September 25, 7:30PM / Free
eclipsec3.com
Eclipse Center for Creative Community presents a poetry reading and meet and greet featuring the 2021 Montgomery County Poet Laureate Paul Siegell.  Paul will offer his new book for signing. Refreshments served. Masks required.

More about Arts Montco Week
This brand new festival is free for arts and culture venues to participate, with no requirements for in-person or virtual programming, and will feature a website, blog, video, public relations, and social campaign. 
The goal of the initiative is to help reinvigorate Montgomery County tourism’s normally robust $1.65 billion positive economic impact – including more than 25,000 jobs.  The county, which has previous hosted the likes of organizations like Cirque du Soleil, Big Apple Circus, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, is home to live music venues, award-winning playhouses, historic movie theaters, amazing architecture, museums and art galleries, and some of the finest gardens and arboretums in the country.  Arts Montco Week will highlight the people and organizations that make these incredible venues inspire thousands of visitors a year.

Arts Montco Week on the Visit Valley Forge Mobile App
Guests will be able to experience all Arts Montco Week offers and events on the free Visit Valley Forge App.  The app is a hand-held guide for where to stay, play, eat, and shop in Montgomery County. Users will be able to claim special offers under “Maps & Info,” enjoy free digital highlights that are family-friendly, discover the best attractions, search-by-cuisine-restaurants, 80 hotels, outdoor activities like golf, and more.

Health and Safety
Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board takes the health and safety of their guests, staff, and artists very seriously.  All venues are following local and federal health agency guidelines and regulations.  Patrons are encouraged to check each venue for their specific safety measures.  Updates to the Arts Montco Week lineup can be found at valleyforge.org.

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