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Westmoreland artists receive laurels

| Sunday, July 7, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A reception and awards presentation took place June 30 at Twin Lakes Park in Hempfield for the year's second Westmoreland Art Nationals Juried Fine Art and Photography Exhibition, held in conjunction with the annual Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival over the long Fourth of July weekend.

Area artists received laurels, including Ronald Nigro of Trafford, Sculpture Award; Kelly Patrick of Greensburg, Photography Award; Clare Kaczmarek of Latrobe, Photograph of the Year; Sandra Moore of Glenshaw, Craft Award; and Paul McMillan of Pittsburgh, People's Choice Award for the first exhibit held in early June at Westmoreland County Community College.

Taking Best of Show and the National Award of Excellence, for the best of both shows, was Walt Curlee of Phenix City, Ala., for his “Patch Rural Farm Landscape.”

Different jurors pick pieces for each show and they do not confer on their choices, said festival Executive Director Adam Shaffer. About 20 pieces got thumbs up to appear in both shows.

Artists from 13 states were represented in the Twin Lakes show, said curator Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, wife of Adam. Assistant curators at Twin Lakes were Garrett Shannon and Bradley Weyandt. Juror was Keith Morrison.

Westmoreland Art Nationals Committee chairman was Donald Stohl.

Among artists, art lovers and supporters at the reception were the Rev. Bryan Werner, Barbara Ferrier, Sherry Anderson, Marlene Kozak, Mary Veazey Clark, George and Jane Church, Glenn and Jackie Cavanaugh, Isabel Porterfield, Karen Jurkovic, Maura Koehler Keeney, Paul Sirofchuck, Claire Sirofchuck, Richard and Amy Moon, Jim and Jan Pini, Michael Walter, Bill and Jean Walter, Joe and Marge Ryznar, Peg Panasiti, Alexis Dillon, Chuck Kamenic, Cindy Kamenic, Bill Flynn and Susan Falbo, president of the festival board of directors.

Violinist Victoria Mull provided music.

— Shirley McMarlin

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