Portrait dedication honors woman's passion for arts
By Barbara Hollenbaugh
Published: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009
Until her death, Bea Campbell of Uniontown was a guiding light in the regional arts scene.
The Uniontown Art Club, of which Campbell was a longtime member, recently honored her legacy by dedicating to Touchstone Center for Arts and Crafts a portrait of Campbell.
The dedication of the portrait was held yesterday at the arts center.
Celeste Yaras of the art club said that the portrait is an appropriate way to honor Campbell.
"She gave unconditional support to the Uniontown Art Club and to Touchstone," Yaras said. "People would come from all over this area just to see her. She always had a smile on her face. To be in her presence was a treat."
Jim Campbell, widower of Bea Campbell, said that art came naturally to Bea.
"She always liked art," he said. "She did some painting and some drawing."
Campbell remembers Bea as someone with an eye for detail.
"She was meticulous in everything that she did. Everything had to be in order."
Bea Campbell brought out the best in those around her.
"She had a way of coaxing help out of other people," Jim Campbell said.
One of Bea's lasting legacies to Touchstone was the gift shop.
"Different people would bring in pieces of art." Jim said. "Bea kept organizing these pieces, and kept organizing shows to sell some of them. She was a good salesperson. She could talk up a sale."
Bea Campbell would run several smaller gift shops at Touchstone before the current shop was dedicated nearly six years ago.
"We simply outgrew all of the other shops." Jim Campbell said.
Jim Campbell said that Bea's greatest gift to the community was her time. "She gave unfailingly and unconditionally of her time." he said. "I'm happy to see her portrait at Touchstone. It's a wonderful gesture."
Bea Campbell served with the Uniontown Art Club for nearly 30 years. She also served with Touchstone Center for Arts and Crafts as a board member and as founder/manager of the gift shop.
The portrait was painted by Lynne MaGee, who also painted a portrait of Jim Campbell.
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