Best in Show: Tamaqua View, cut paper collage, by Joseph Opshinsky

About Scenes of the Schuylkill

2nd Place: Life Giving Water, Watercolor, by Heather Butler

Scenes of the Schuylkill is an annual juried art show and sale that celebrates the beauty of the Schuylkill River Region through art. It’s hosted by the Schuylkill River Greenways NHA every fall.

The 17th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show Exhibit was open from Oct. 25, 2021 to Nov. 13, 2021 at The Walk-In Art Center. The center is located at 220 Parkway in Schuylkill Haven. Most artwork in the exhibit was available for purchase.

Schuylkill River Greenways uses the annual exhibit to spotlight the unique qualities of the region through the talents of the arts community.

“When people become connected and they have a relationship with the river because they bike there, they fish there, they paint there and do art there; then they fall in love with the river and become ambassadors of the river,” said Schuylkill River Greenways Executive Director Elaine Paul Schaefer . 

2021 Scenes of the Schuylkill Juried Art Show & Exhibit

The 17th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show featured 38 original works depicting a scene from within the Schuylkill River Region. Tulu Bayar, the Art and Art History Department Chair at Bucknell University, was the guest juror of this year’s show. Bayar selected the final pieces accepted into the show and ranked the submitted pieces. The winning pieces are listed below.

  • Best in Show: Tamaqua View, Cut Paper Collage, by Joseph Opshinsky
  • 2nd Place: Life Giving Water, Watercolor, by Heather Butler
  • 3rd Place: City Hall Courtyard – Philadelphia, Photography, by John Dolph
  • Honorable Mention: Winter Farmstead, Photography, by Amber Fink
  • Honorable Mention: Woman in the Snowstorm, Photography, by Amber Fink
  • Honorable Mention: Fence Fire, Oil on Wood, by Jon Bond
  • Honorable Mention: General Restoration on the Schuylkill River, Watercolor on Panel, by Jolie Chylack
Prizes for Winners

Winners received cash prizes from The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area.

  • Best of Show Winner: $500 cash
  • 2nd  Place Prize: $300 cash
  • 3rd Place Prize: $100 cash
  • Staff Choice: $100 cash
  • Two Honorable Mentions for Paintings: $50 each
  • Two Honorable Mentions for Photography: $50 each

Artwork Available for Purchase

Most artwork in the exhibit was available for purchase. Thirty percent of the purchase price of each piece befitted Schuylkill River Greenways and was tax deductible.

Important Dates for the 2021 SOS Exhibit

  • November 22 & 23: Artists pick up work from 12 – 5 p.m. at Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven

2021 Scenes of the Schuylkill Reception

Special Thanks to our 2021 Sponsors

Harry and Bonnie Boyer * Performance Construction Company * Pan Pastel Artists’ Pastels * The Tara Romig Team of BHHS Homesale Realty * Mary S. Timpany, Esquire LLC * Sager & Sager Associates * Tompkins VIST Bank * Zane, Rossi, Conville & Harley Attorneys-At-Law * Jan Marie Allen * Schuylkill County’s VISION * Aranda Group * Evans Delivery * Walk In Art Center

The Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show is also made possible through funding from the National Park Service.

This event was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

2019 - 2020 Scenes of the Schuylkill Winners

Best in Show: The Papermill of Papermill Road, oil, by Russell Slocum

  • Best in Show: The Papermill of Papermill Road, oil, by Russell Slocum 
  • 2nd Place: Sitting Ducks, pastel, by Barbara Brown
  • 3rd Place: Ebbing Mists - Kempton Valley, inkjet photography, by Kevin Bennett
  • Staff Choice: Solitude, oil, by Karen Powell
  • Honorable Mention (photography): Gnarly, photography, by Walt Hug
  • Honorable Mention (photography): Tundradelphia, digital photography on aluminum, by Will Thompson
  • Honorable Mention (painting): Put the Yak in the River and Go, egg tempera, by Jon Bond
  • Honorable Mention (painting): Favorite Spot, oil, by Maura Matthews

About the Heritage Area

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area encompasses the Schuylkill River watershed within Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties (a watershed is the region draining into a river, river system, or other body of water). This includes over 1.2 million acres (1,750 square miles) and is home to 3.2 million people. Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area shines a spotlight on the unique qualities of the region through the talents of the arts community. For a map of the Heritage Area, click the button below.

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