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Winners named at Westmoreland art exhibition

| Sunday, June 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review
Exhibition award recipients, (from left), Steve Parsons, of Jeannette, Photography Award for 'American Icons', Stefani Allegretti, of Creighton, Craft Award recipient for 'Ordinary Summer', and Sheryl Yeager, of Pittsburgh, Graphics Award recipient for 'The Fall Gray Elephant', and Best of Show Award recipient for 'The Pinkest Elephant', gather at the 2014 Westmoreland Art Nationals held at the Westmoreland County Community College near Youngwood on Saturday evening, May 31, 2014.
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review
(from left), Bill Hoffman, of Ligonier, watches as Bonnie Hoffman forwards a metal sculpture horse, during a race game held during the 13th Annual Garden Party, 'The Thrill of the Hunt for Art', held at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley on Saturday evening, May 31, 2014.

In his juror's statement for the Westmoreland Art Nationals Juried Fine Art and Photography Exhibition, artist and art professor Bud Gibbons said “it is a pleasure to look at so many works of art by serious artists.”

Guests at the opening reception, held May 31 in Founders Hall at Westmoreland County Community College, no doubt were in agreement, although the work of these serious artists also held elements of humor, whimsy and experimentation.

The exhibition runs through June 11 as a forerunner of the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival set for July 3-6 at Twin Lakes Park in Hempfield. A second exhibition including other artists will hang during the festival.

Exhibition curator was Bradley Weyandt, a WCCC graduate now studying sculpture at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He was assistant curator for last year's Art Nationals.

Festival Executive Director Adam Shaffer announced the following award-winners:

Best of Show: “The Pinkest Elephant,” pastel by Sheryl Yeager of Pittsburgh. Yeager also took home the Graphics Award for another pastel, “The Fall Gray Elephant.”

Painting Award: “Birmingham 1963-4 Girls,” by Mike Huffman of Lima, Ohio.

Sculpture Award: “Today, Forget Myself,” by Lindsay Koontz of Austintown, Ohio.

Photography Award: “American Icons,” by Steve Parsons of Jeannette.

Craft Award: “Ordinary Summer,” by Stefani Allegretti of Creighton.

Seen: Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, Sherry Anderson, Barbara Ferrier, Alexis Dillon, Reynaldo Rojo and Cristina Saucedo, Amanda Gross, Christopher Shellhammer, James and Dorie Fuchs, Paul and Laurie McMillan, Bob and Christine Patterson, Mark and Jill Jackson, Regis Jackson, Mary Beth Ponitz, Kelly Patrick, Cassandra Pfaff, Sherry Miller, Marlen Kozak, Richard McWherter, Cindy Kamenic, Chuck Kamenic, Bill Flynn, Bill Spinner, Jeannie Roth and Robert Myers.

— Shirley McMarlin

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