Touchstone Center for Crafts in Wharton Township honors artists, volunteer
The jewels in Fayette County's crown include the whitewater mecca of Ohiopyle, world-renowned architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright and the creative enclave of the Touchstone Center for Crafts in Wharton Township.
Set on 150 forested acres, the center draws artists and artisans from near and far for its workshops, exhibits and music and social events.
On Aug. 9, the center hosted Summer Evening Arts II, a reception to honor its 2014 artists and volunteer of the year, along with a currently featured artist.
Artists of the year are the married coupleJim Bove andYoko Sekino-Bove of Washington, Pa. Jim is a metals artist and educator, while Japan native Yoko works in porcelain and teaches and has exhibited in the United States and abroad.
Jim accepted the honor on Yoko's behalf, as she currently has an artistic residency in Wisconsin with the kitchen and bathroom fixtures manufacturer Kohler.
Receiving volunteer honors was Toni Lynn Glover of Hopwood, for her photography work on the center's 2014 catalog and in documenting its operations.
Featured artist Marlana Adele Vassar, of Uniontown and Pittsburgh, first visited Touchstone as a child and now is showing paintings and mixed-media work described in the center's catalog as “dreamlike figurative imagery.”
Executive Director Adam Kenney presented the honorees with blown-glass vases of his own making. Guests included board members Mary Len Hajduk, Christopher Tracey, Colleen Ramsay Hoesch, Cathy Burchell, Doug Devlin, Adrienne Heinrich, Gene Kravitz, Charlene Langer and Scott Whyel with Carol.
Brian Weaver performed acoustic music from his CD, “Brand New Morn,” released this spring.
Also seen: Molli Vassar, Roger Glover, Kelly Snider, Mary Jean Kenton, John and Denise Kish, Ray and Amy Nicewonger, Mary Haberl, John and Ro Goodnight and Dennis and Judy Cholak.