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Kittanning art show celebrates 20 years

| Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 1:11 a.m.
Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times
Kurt Pitluga, is shown judging the annual Covenant Center Art Show at the First United Methodist Church in Kittanning. Tuesday July 30, 2013

The 20th annual Covenant Center Art Show, sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Kittanning, will open Thursday at the Covenant Center along North Water Street, Kittanning.

The show is held in conjunction with the Fort Armstrong Folk Festival and will run during the festival until 5 p.m. Sunday.

Show winners were named in three art categories of professional, nonprofessional, and student, and in two photography categories of professional and nonprofessional.

Judging the work was Kurt Pitluga, who teaches art history at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Winners in the art-professional categorywere Anna Shriver of Kittanning, first place for “One Week and Five Days, 2013”; Marci Williams of Worthington, second place for, “Hidden”; Penny Ashley of Kittanning, third place for, “Flock.”

Honorable mention in the category was Betty Maloney of New Kensington, for “Distant Farm.”

Winners in the art-nonprofessional category were Beverly Patton of Ford City, first place for “I'll Love You Forever”; Joan Moineau of Lower Burrell, second place for “Tiki”; Dorcas Deforno of Apollo, third place for “Karissa's Kitten.”

Honorable mention in the category was Geraldine Kijowski of Ford City, for “Assortment of Colors.”

Winners in the art-student category were Paul Brauer of Rochester Mills, first place for “Guitar Gear”; Kayla Totos of Ford City, second place for “Out of the Book”; Desiree Smith of Worthington, third place for “Funhouse Gang.”

Honorable mention in the category was Katarina Storey of Ford City, for “Jesus Loves You.”

Winners in the photography-professional category were Jessica Yockey of Manorville, first place for “Chimera”; Katie Smith of Millvale, second place for “Untitled”; Randy Quinn of Kittanning, third place for “Country Christmas.”

Honorable mention in the category was Robert Bowser of Kittanning, for “Gettysburg Full Moon.”

Winners for the photography-nonprofessional category were Frederick Doerfler of Sarver, first place for “Girl Playing on Sidewalk”; Benton Kaulins of Kittanning, second place for “Stairway to Heaven”; William Chemelli of Kittanning, third place for “New Feathers.”

Honorable mention in the category was Richard Beranty of Kittanning, for “Woodrow T. Wannabe.”

Other awards:

• The special award from the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Western Pennsylvania, the Joan Tatsak Memorial Award, for the “Best of Show” went to Clayton Smith of Kittanning, for “Sleep Paralysis.”

• The special award for the Kittanning Garden Club, the Barb Pryde Memorial Award for the “Best Floral Picture” went to Larry Smail of Kittanning, for “Summertime Splendor.”

• The special award from the Jean Elgin Memorial Fund for Best Armstrong County Scene went to Samantha Schall of Marion Center, for “Fence Row.”

The People's Choice Award will be given to the piece with the most votes from the public by 2 p.m. Sunday.

Exhibitors are reminded that they may pick up their work between 5 and 6 p.m. on Sunday. The art show is also an art sale.

Art created by children who attended Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church will be displayed in the air-conditioned main dining room at the Covenant Center.

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