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Out & About: Opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective'

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
From left: Paul Labys joins his father, exhibiting artist Walt Labys, at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' on Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Paul Labys joins his father, exhibiting artist Walt Labys, at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' on Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
From left: St. Vincent Gallery director, Brother Bernard Cline, O.S.B., joins Ann Holmes at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: St. Vincent Gallery director, Brother Bernard Cline, O.S.B., joins Ann Holmes at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Mike and Anne Knasel, friends of the artist, came from Charlottesville, Va., for the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Mike and Anne Knasel, friends of the artist, came from Charlottesville, Va., for the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
From left: Exchange students Bertalan Papp and Zsolt Pamper, both from Hungary, join student Thomas Fitzsimmons at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective', held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Exchange students Bertalan Papp and Zsolt Pamper, both from Hungary, join student Thomas Fitzsimmons at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective', held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
From left: Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., and Henry Holmes at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., and Henry Holmes at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
From left: Brother Ignatius Camello and Brother Samuel Pinheiro at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Brother Ignatius Camello and Brother Samuel Pinheiro at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
From left: St. Vincent College students, Rachel Belles, Hannah Fox and Aliyah Rhodes at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: St. Vincent College students, Rachel Belles, Hannah Fox and Aliyah Rhodes at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
St. Vincent College student Matthew McCarthy entertains guests as a strolling violinist at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
St. Vincent College student Matthew McCarthy entertains guests as a strolling violinist at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
From left: Richard Schulte, Anita Manoli and Dan Rafferty at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Richard Schulte, Anita Manoli and Dan Rafferty at the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Student Ben Watt of North Huntingdon attended the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Student Ben Watt of North Huntingdon attended the opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective,' held Sept. 28 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.

A Sept. 28 exhibit opening in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College seemed to be just as much about love for the artist as it was about appreciation for his work.

Among reception guests were family members and longtime friends of Walter C. Labys, whose“Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective” is hanging in the gallery through Nov. 5.

A retired university professor and international economist residing in Morgantown, W.Va., Labys is a Latrobe native and graduate of St. Vincent Preparatory School and Carnegie Mellon University.

The artist's wife, Kathy Labys, beamed as she talked about how wonderful it was to see all her husband's brightly painted, whimsical oils and acrylics displayed “in one place with good lighting. We've never seen them all at once before.”

The couple's son, Paul Labys, also was in attendance.

Coming in a caravan from Morgantown to support their friend wereStanley and Judy Cohen, Connie McCluskey and Joe and Linda Super. Mike and Anne Knasel traveled from Charlottesville, Va.

Prep school classmates Richard Schulte and Dan Rafferty revealed that Labys counts cooking and storytelling in his list of talents.

“He's got some good stories to tell about living in Europe, if you have a couple of hours to listen,” Rafferty said.

Seen: gallery director Brother Bernard Cline, former gallery director Ann Holmes with husband Henry Holmes, Jaime Cooper, Father Cyprian Constantine, Brother Mark Floreanini, Mary Reich, Anita Manoli, Brother Ignatius Camello and BrotherSamuel Pinheiro.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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