Art Center of Ambler

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Art Center at Ambler

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The Art Center At Ambler

The Art Center at Ambler offers classes and workshops, exhibitions, and special events in visual arts for seniors, adults, teens and children. A non-profit, multi-disciplinary organization, our members are the lifeblood of ACAA, and form the backbone of our programming. In the future, we hope to expand our membership to both artists and non-artists who appreciate art and enjoy being part of an engaging, creative, energetic and fun organization.

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 Academy 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

The Art Center at Ambler seeks to inspire and foster creativity in our community for seniors, adults, teens and children, and to help establish our community as an arts destination. Participating at a grassroots level, we work to build a sustainable and vibrant local and regional arts community, 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.

Background/Overview

ACAA emerged from the bequest of Arthur Bruck , a former art instructor at the Ambler Senior Adult Activity Center (SAAC). As a result of his generosity, CDBG funds from the county, and the interest of local artists, we were able to renovate the top floor of the Ambler SAAC building, which is now home to the Art Center at Ambler. 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. ACAA classes, workshops and demonstrations are conducted on the top floor of the Ambler SAAC, at the corner of Forest and Spring Garden Streets in Ambler. ACAA offers classes in Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Drawing, Digital Media and Fiber Arts. We are handicapped accessible, and free parking is available in our large parking lot adjacent to the building.