A Generous Donation

Donation of Paintings Adds Further Beauty to Dunning Art Gallery

by Myra Saturen,

Whether you are a member of the Northampton Community College (NCC) family or a Monroe County resident or visitor, you will want not to miss the Dunning Art Gallery, on the second floor of Keystone Hall.  Illuminated by natural light flowing from a large glass window and carefully placed artificial light, art in various media delight the eye and fit in perfectly with the region's scenic beauty.  Located near art classrooms, the gallery is also a showcase for area artists.  

A recent, generous gift, seven new paintings, are wonderful additions to this venue.     

The gallery is named for the late Dr. E. Ruth Breitwieser Dunning, M.D. and her husband Roger in appreciation for gifts they made to the Monroe campus and for scholarships that enable Monroe County residents to attend NCC.  

The Dunnings' commitment to the people of Monroe County ran deep, as did their roots there.    Originally from Holland, Ruth's family, the Van Vliets, came to the area in the mid-1700s.  Her great-grandfather taught in a one-room schoolhouse.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Ruth practiced at a well-baby clinic in Stroudsburg and as the school physician for the Pleasant Valley School District.  She also served as a doctor at Wellesley College and the National Health Service in Washington, D.C., She passed away in 2012.  Roger earned a master's degree from Columbia University's Teachers College and taught in the East Stroudsburg School District, going on to become a district  administrator.  He passed away in 2013.  

Only very recently and by chance did the Dunnings' son and only child, Richard, learn about the gallery named for his parents.  He subsequently called Planned and Major Gifts Officer Catherine DeHart to offer seven paintings from his collection.  Included in this gift are works by Stroudsburg artist Sterling Strauser, Peter Heiden and by Roger Dunning himself.  The paintings now hang together on a wall with an inscription honoring the Dunning family.  

The public will get to see the paintings during a reception in the gallery from 5-7 on March 3.  Also honored that night will be artists from the Pocono Watercolor Associates, Pocono Painters, Pocono Photo Club, Pocono Mountain Arts Council, Pocono Mountains Art Group and the Pocono Arts Council whose works are featured in the "Living the Green Life" exhibition currently on display in the gallery.