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Art Nationals

| Sunday, June 3, 2012, 4:42 p.m.
(from left), SAMA-Ligonier Valley Coordinator, Sommer Toffle, joins featured artist, William DeBernardi, and event co-chairwomen, Carolyn Turner and Bonnie Hoffman, at the 11th annual Garden Party, Some Enchanted Evening, held at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley on Saturday evening, June 2, 2012. Kim Stepinsky | For The Tribune-Review

Featuring 99 works by 38 Westmoreland County artists and those from 21 other states, the Westmoreland Art Nationals juried art exhibition opened with a reception and awards presentation on Saturday evening in Founders Hall at Westmoreland County Community College.

Not all the art was confined to the walls, however, as Pittsburgh-based performance artist Dan Kamin moved silently through the crowd in the guise of the Mysterious Mr. Slomo and Dan Weaver's musical accompaniment filled the open spaces.

Honored as best in show was the oil painting, "Turkeys in the Hills," by Walt Curlee of Phenix City, Ala. Other recognitions included: painting, James Gwynne of East Stroudsburg; graphics, Thomas J. Norulak of Pittsburgh; sculpture, Bryon Draper of Springville, Utah; photography, Jay Obstarczyk of Pittsburgh; and craft, William D. Frankfort of Finleyville.

The exhibit, running through June 14, is presented by the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival in partnership with WCCC. A second Art Nationals exhibit will be displayed during the festival from July 5 though 8 in Twin Lakes Park.

Seen at the opening were festival interim director Adam Shaffer and board president Susan Falbo, exhibit curator Dan Overdorff and artists John Mayer, Diana Balderson, Gregory Tapper, Kathryn Baughman, Karen Beck, Shane Harris and Alexis Dillon.

Also, Connie Riley, Anna Peagler, Valerie Mayer, Xan Mayer, Pat Kelly and Jack Brunner, Dennis and Teresa Whitacre, Ian Tedeschi, Rachel Reissman, John Lario, Karen Tapper, Bob and Tracy Marschik, Linda Sheaffer, Michele Peterson, Randy and Suzanne Widmer, Joanna Moyar, Michael and Karen Jurkovic, Bobbie Hineline and Jane Church.

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