Art Center of Ambler

Art Center at Ambler

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The Art Center At Ambler

The Art Center At Ambler is a program of Montco SAAC that was created in 2016. The Oreland Art Center officially joined the Art center at Ambler on September 1, 2016. This alliance will offer a dynamic, unique and constantly evolving program of classes, lectures, exhibitions, and special events.

For the first month we will focus on the visual arts. We intend to expand that focus to creativity in the arts and in our daily life as seniors and with intergenerational programming.

Our highest priorities for the remainder of the year is to hire a part-time assistant managing coordinator, to generate increased revenue from a combination of membership, programming, special events and donations. In 2016, we will expand our membership by recruiting non-artists who appreciate art and enjoy being part of an engaging, creative, energetic and fun organization.

The Art Center At Ambler emerged from the bequest of Arthur Bruck and the interest of local artists. Due to the generosity of Arthur Bruck, a former art instructor at Ambler SAAC and CDBG funds from the county, we were able to renovate the top floor. This floor is now home to the arts program, Art Center at Ambler.

Our Faculty

Patrice DeVirgilis. Pat is a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and has won awards at the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Phillips Mill, and others. She holds a BFA from Marywood U. and studied at the Art Students League in NYC.

Felicia Foster. Felicia is an accomplished watercolor artist and has won many awards. She also is a Decorative Painter honored to be represented in a permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute.

Betz Green. Betz attended Tyler School of Art. Her work has been featured in gallery and musem shows, and has earned many awards. Her work is held in numerous private collections.

Savannah Kramer. Savannah received her BFA in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art and is now teaching the traditional method of throwing, firing, and molding. She frequently reflects about capturing a moment in time, because it is a good way to commemorate the moments lived in life.

Howard Watson, AWS, AAA, PWCS. Howard Watson, nationally known watercolorist, studied at Penn State University, Tyler School of Art, and Philadelphia College of Art. He has participated in exhibitions at the National Acad-emy of Fine Arts, National Academy of Design of New York, and Watercolor USA in Springfield, MO.

Steve Zazenski. A full-time artist since 1978, Steve is known for his exciting and colorful landscapes ranging from coastal New England to Europe and the Caribbean. Steve�s work, in both transparent watercolor and gouache, combines natural and manmade objects to form interesting combinations of intense light and mass. Steve is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the New Jersey Watercolor Society. His work has won numerous awards, and is in many private collections.

Vision Statement

To inspire and foster creativity as a positive and sustainable force for older adults, mature adults, young adults and teens that enriches our community and establishes the region as an arts destination.

The Art Center At Ambler is a creative center for community and the arts. Participating at a grassroots level, we work to build a sustainable and more vibrant local, and regional community by using the arts as a catalyst for personal empowerment, wellness, cultural enrichment and social change.

We believe that equitable access to the arts is an integral part of a vibrant community, and our programs manifest this belief. We provide art education for all ages such as seniors, mature adults, young adults and teens.

Events and classes take place in our main building at the corner of Forest and Spring Garden Streets on the top floor and exhibitions at many and varied locations around the neighborhood, and County.


The Art Center At Ambler is a nonprofit community-based, multi-disciplinary arts program taught by professional artists, providing visual arts and creativity classes, programs and events to older adults, boomers, young adults and teens. The program is designed in keeping with the results of the "Creativity and Aging Study: The Impact of Professionally Conducted Cultural Programs on Older Adults" by Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., George Washington University. The study proves the connection between creativity and healthy aging.

The art center space consists of a 6 classrooms, a gift shop area, two gallery spaces (the small gallery is occasionally used as a lecture room, restrooms, kiln area, and a storage room. There is free parking is available adjacent to the building.

Classes: Painting, Print making, Ceramics, Drawing, Digital Media and and Fiber Arts. Art4ME is a special art project.