You can find significant opportunities to appreciate, collect, and learn about fine art in Skippack. This is largely thanks to the work of individual artists and gallery owners who make Skippack their creative home.
The fine arts community in Skippack has never received the attention it deserves, but its contribution is essential to the outstanding quality of life we enjoy and the unique experience we offer to visitors. Our art scene is small but filled with creative energy and growing.
Barbara Schang at Schang-Hai Gallery
Barbara Schang, owner of Schang-Hai Gallery
A conversation with Barbara Schang cannot help but fascinate anyone who appreciates the role art plays in creating a meaningful personal life as well as a strong community. Barbara is the owner of Schang-Hai Gallery in the Village of Creamery, a part of Skippack Township within a short drive of Skippack Village, and an advocate for local artists.
In addition to being a Skippack business owner, Barbara is a local resident, active in the local community and schools, and a musician with a formal music education who teaches and performs at local venues and events such as First Friday. In her conversation, she strikes a perfect balance between appreciation for the abstract concepts of art and creativity and awareness of the practical demands of day-to-day life.
Work by local artists on display at Schang-Hai Gallery
“I display the works of local artists in my gallery,” explains Barbara as she proudly points to a wall dedicated to local artists.
“I also collect discarded materials from customers who have left artwork here, such as frame, glass, and mats, and no longer want them. I keep them for any local artist who needs framing in a hurry, for an upcoming show or any reason.”
Schang-Hai Gallery, which has been serving the local community for 21 years, also shows work by artists from throughout the United States, provides custom framing services, and maintains a small, high-quality gift shop.
“Skippack is an oasis for culture, beauty, and charm,” says Barbara, “the arts are a big part of that. Much of the surrounding area is rural and conservative. Skippack is like a flower in the desert. Our community elevates fine art and culture, all the good things in life.”
More about Schang Hai Gallery
Schang-Hai Gallery is located at 4136 Creamery Road in Skippack. The telephone number is 610-454-0504: Get more information.
Nicole Dubrow at Black Sheep Pottery
Nicole Dubrow, master ceramist, instructor, and small business owner at Black Sheep Pottery in Skippack Village
Ceramic art is one of the oldest art forms in human history. It began with the use of clay to create functional objects like bowls and jugs, and expanded to encompass decorative pieces and, eventually, fine art.
Skippack has a lot to offer the world in terms of ceramic art, largely thanks to the work of one amazing woman, Nicole Dubrow, master ceramist, instructor, and small business owner at Black Sheep Pottery in Skippack Village.
Ceramic art on display at Black Sheep Pottery in Skippack
Thanks to Nicole, Skippack Village will soon boast of a new gallery dedicated to ceramic art. The new Gallery at Black Sheep Pottery will open March 30 with an exhibition of vessels used in ikebana, Japanese Flower Arranging. In addition to works by Nicole, the exhibit will feature works by master potter Brian Croney and ikebana teacher and artist Grazynka Shaarani, On Saturday, April 11 there will be an artist reception from 3 pm to 7 pm.
The new gallery is one of many recent milestones reached at Black Sheep Pottery. For example:
• Student achievement: Three young ceramic students from Black Sheep Pottery, Haidyn DiPaolo, Olivia Carton, Rachael Dubrow (Nicole’s daughter), have been selected to participate in the 18th K-12 National Ceramic Exhibition, which will be on public view March 25 to 28 in Providence, Rhode Island. They join a group of 150 young artists nationwide who are being considered for National Merit awards and scholarships.
• Recognition: Nicole will be recognized for excellence in teaching ceramics at the national convention of the National Council of Education in Ceramic Arts, this March in Providence.
• Community Contribution: Nicole also created beautiful plates and other tableware for the new Mainland Inn, which is now open for business in Harleysville with a focus on organic and locally sourced foods.
More about Black Sheep Pottery
Black Sheep Pottery offers create-your-own and paint-your-own pottery; classes in pottery wheel, sculpture, tile, jewelry, and glass; creative birthday parties; after school programs, open studio; full-semester courses; events for the community, wonderful gifts including custom orders, and more. Summer Pottery Camp is now open for registration. Visit anytime. Walk-ins welcome.
Black Sheep Pottery is located at 4038 Skippack Pike, phone 610-584-5877. Get more information.
Terry Roth at TL Roth Studio Gallery
Artist Terry Roth, owner of the TL Roth Studio Gallery in Skippack
Most recently, the art scene in Skippack has gotten a jolt from Terry Roth, the high-energy resident artist and owner of TL Roth Studio Gallery, a new, contemporary art gallery located in Green Wolf’s Village Barn in Skippack Village.
Terry grew up in Bucks County and recently moved back to Harleysville, Pennsylvania after living 40 years in the Washington, DC area.
Artwork by Terry Roth on display at the TL Roth Studio Gallery
His work has been shown in various venues throughout the DC metropolitan area and appears in private collections throughout the country. He chose Skippack for the location of his new gallery.
“Offering fine art to the public, particularly if it is created on the store premises, is a great benefit to Skippack Village,” says Terry. “It brings a higher level of art to a community generally known for resale of craft items, and it is also attractive to a more affluent clientele.”
The TL Roth Studio Gallery is now showing a series of new acrylic works on canvas. They are bold with rich texture and a brilliant variety of color.
More about the TL Roth Studio Gallery
If the gallery does not have artwork to that fits your needs, artist Terry Roth welcomes custom commission work; any size available, from 24 X 36 inches to 6 X 6 feet. He offers framing options for all work sold and will deliver and hang your new art for you.
The TL Roth Studio Gallery is located inside Green Wolf’s Village Barn Shops at 4010 Skippack Pike. Call 571-331-0167. Get more information.