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Newsmaker: Paul Sirofchuck

Age : 50

Residence : Cook Township

Family : Wife, Mandy; daughter, Claire, 11

Occupation : Sirofchuck and his wife operate Main Exhibit Gallery in Ligonier, where he showcases the wood furniture he designs and builds as well as other American-made craft work. He is a registered architect.

Education : Sirofchuck has an architecture degree from Temple University, Philadephia.

Background : Sirofchuck worked in architecture for various firms in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh before turning to woodworking full time in 1992. He and his wife opened their gallery in 1994.

Notable : Sirofchuck recently received a first-place award in craft at the Art of the State Exhibition held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania with his piece, Hall's Rock. The juried exhibition received 1,933 entries from 727 artists. The winning piece is a sculpted wood cabinet of walnut burl and curly maple, which Sirofchuck sold at the opening reception in June. It will remain on display at the State Museum until September.

Quote : "I had never entered that show before. I was happy to get in the show, and I wasn't really expecting to win anything. ... It's just a real wide, broad range of kind of an example of the state. It's just a pretty good spectrum of the art that's being done in Pennsylvania right now. I'm kind of honored to be included among the other pieces that are in the show."

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