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O&A: Westmoreland Society purchases paintings

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
(from left), Linda McKenna Boxx, advisor, Ellen Swank, board vice-chair, Diana Jannetta, board president, and Judith H. O'Toole, The Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO, gather for a photo during The Westmoreland Society annual dinner, held at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 1, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Linda McKenna Boxx, advisor, Ellen Swank, board vice-chair, Diana Jannetta, board president, and Judith H. O'Toole, The Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO, gather for a photo during The Westmoreland Society annual dinner, held at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 1, 2017.
(from left),Susan Ciarimboli, Joe Jamison and Karen Douglas, gather for a photo during The Westmoreland Society annual dinner, held at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 1, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left),Susan Ciarimboli, Joe Jamison and Karen Douglas, gather for a photo during The Westmoreland Society annual dinner, held at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 1, 2017.
Past gold medal recipients, (from left), Graham Shearing and Barbara L. Jones, also the chief curator for The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, join the 2017 gold medal recipient, Dr. Michael L. Nieland, for a photo during The Westmoreland Society annual dinner, held at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 1, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Past gold medal recipients, (from left), Graham Shearing and Barbara L. Jones, also the chief curator for The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, join the 2017 gold medal recipient, Dr. Michael L. Nieland, for a photo during The Westmoreland Society annual dinner, held at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 1, 2017.
The Committee for The Westmoreland, (from left), Chuck and Sally Loughran, Amy Faith, president, and Kitty Hricenak, gather for a photo during The Westmoreland Society annual dinner, held at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 1, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
The Committee for The Westmoreland, (from left), Chuck and Sally Loughran, Amy Faith, president, and Kitty Hricenak, gather for a photo during The Westmoreland Society annual dinner, held at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 1, 2017.
(from left), Richard and Sande Hendricks, The Westmoreland Society secretary, join Patti and Charles W. Gibbons, III, The Westmoreland Society president, for a photo during The Westmoreland Society annual dinner, held at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 1, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Richard and Sande Hendricks, The Westmoreland Society secretary, join Patti and Charles W. Gibbons, III, The Westmoreland Society president, for a photo during The Westmoreland Society annual dinner, held at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 1, 2017.

Two abstract Impressionist paintings have been chosen for the permanent collection of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, thanks to the largesse of the Westmoreland Society.

The works are “Untitled,” a 1951 oil on canvas by the late John Grillo, and “Bluffs,” a 2016 oil and acrylic on canvas by Pittsburgh artist Scott Hunter. Both are intended for the museum's post-1950s gallery.

Members of the society, a museum affiliate founded in 1986 with a special interest in supporting the permanent collection and recognizing special people in the arts, met Dec. 1 in the Greensburg facility for its annual dinner.

Typically, society members will vote to purchase one work per year from two or three recommended by Judith O'Toole, the museum's Richard M. Scaife director/CEO, and chief curator Barbara Jones. While the Hunter work received more votes, funds were sufficient to purchase both.

During dinner, Dr. Michael L. Nieland was honored as a distinguished collector with the presentation by Jones of the society's gold medal. Recently, Nieland donated 50 important 19th- and early 20th-century bronze sculptures to The Westmoreland.

Jones noted that, to date, 1,409 works of art had been given to the museum as gifts, with 38 of those coming from the Westmoreland Society.

Jones and O'Toole are previous gold medal recipients. Others at dinner included Charles Gibbons, Diana Jannetta and Graham Shearing, along with the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, represented by Linda Boxx, and the Committee for the Westmoreland, represented by Amy Faith.

Also seen: Lilli Nieland, Bruce and Sheryl Wolf, Chuck and Sally Loughran, Patti Gibbons, Robert and Arlene Kendra, Kitty Hricenak, Richard and Sande Hendricks, Kevin O'Toole, Linda Assard, Terry Graft and Linda Brown, Richard Lopretto and Phyllis Bertok, Susan Ciarimboli and Joseph Jamison, Ellen Swank, Anita Manoli, Linda Blum, Margaret DiVirgilio and Linda Earnest.

— Shirley McMarlin

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