Anvil artists coming to art center in Phoenixville

PHOENIXVILLE The Phoenix Village Art Center, located at 207-209 Bridge Street in downtown Phoenixville, will open a month-long exhibit On Friday, Oct. 5, featuring 16 artists of The Anvil Studio of Pottstown. The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. and will be part of a lively Phoenixville First Friday.

In October 2011, the art center hosted the very successful show of painter Marilyn Shafter Bush, an Anvil Studio artist. Kathy Bestwick, director of the Phoenix Village Art Center, then invited other Anvil Studio Artists to do a group show thus enabling an expanded sharing of art between the communities of Pottstown and Phoenixville. The Anvil Studio Artists featured at the show are Christine Burnley, Marilyn Shafer Bush, Mary Ellen Christ, Adele Dapkiewicz, Mary Esposito, Laura Fairbrother, Donna Fedak, Virginia Gaudiello, Jane A. Hewitt, Sunni Hodes, Liz Manna, Judy Nelson, Melanie Paules, Sue Ploppert, Daria Rowland and Denise Young.

While the Phoenix Village Art Center began in 2003, opening in its current location on May 1, 2004, the Anvil Studio started in 1971 by John and Gladys Smith. Mary Ellen Christ, the director of the Anvil Studio has been teaching children and art classes since 1984. Located at 1409 North State St., Pottstown, the studio is in a 200-year-old home on six acres with large floor to ceiling windows overlooking a pond. Beyond individualized art classes for beginners through advance students, the studio offers framing and gallery exhibits on the premises by Darlene Weber of Upwyth Art. For more information, visit the Facebook page, The Anvil Studio.

Believing that the community is strengthened by visual arts and creative expression, the Phoenix Village Art Center offers a gallery with 12 unique shows a year, personalize support and instruction to all ages and abilities, studio spaces for artists and collaborates with community artists to create public art works in Phoenixville. For more information about the art center, visit www.phoenixvillevillageartcenter.org.