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Valley Art Club offers annual exhibition

| Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Christine Walko, right, discusses her Best Abstract winner titled “Fishing” with fellow Valley Art Club member Mary Ann Kopach-Laber.

The Valley Art Club's annual exhibition is underway in Monessen.

The club's 71st annual exhibition will continue through Friday in the Monessen Public Library.

Viewing is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Five new members are showing for the first time this year. The club's total membership is 20.

This is the second year the exhibition has been held at the library.

Laurel Mountain Winds, a woodwind quartet, performed during the exhibition opening. Patrick Daugherty, director of the Frank L. Melega Museum in Brownsville, was a judge for the show.

Categories for the exhibit were: best of show, best oil or acrylic, best watercolor, best other media, best theme (this year's theme is toys) and best Valley scene.

During the show, first place, second place, third place and honorable mention will be awarded in the following categories: genre, landscape/sea scape, portrait, still life floral, modern experimental and animal wildlife.

Artists wishing to join the club should bring two original pieces of art – they can't be copies – to a meeting and tell about their background and education.

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month, starting in March with a luncheon. Meetings are held 6 p.m. in the SPHS Building in Charleroi.

The award winners were:

Special Awards

• Best of Show – Arabele Lancaster, untitled.

• Best Valley Scene – Sabra Clark, “State and Main streets, Belle Vernon, circa 1929.”

• Best Oil and Acrylic - Christine Gilotty – “Two Old Reds.”

• Best Watercolor – Giolotty, “Little Star.”

• Best Other Media – Fay Thomas, “Hawaiian Waterfall.”

• Best Theme – Sally Taylor – “Construction Zone.”

• Mary Alvarex Award (A floral and landscape) – Pat Jones, floral; lark, landscape, “Winter in Williamsburg.”

Exhibition Awards

• Abstract – Christine Walko, “Fishing.”

• Animal – Susan Weaver, “Wishful Thinking.”

• Floral – Francine Miceli – “Decay.”

• Genre – Mary Elaine Lozosky, “The Studda Bubba's.”

• Landscape/seascape - Victor Savage, “Niagra.”

• Portrait – Joyce Gazdick, “Laura.”

• Still Life – Sally Taylor, “Not Just Black and White.”

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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