Out & About: Norwin Art League's 2017 Art Exhibit
Oil painting teacher Pat Vaughn said Norwin Art League's 2017 Art Exhibit was so good, she hoped it inspired more people to try a hand at art.
She says the league, founded 63 years ago by businessman George Koury, has tried-and-true teaching methods, from how to hold a brush to using patterns, color charts and examples.
“You don't have to have that natural ability – anyone can paint,” Vaughn said Sept. 7 at the award ceremony for the 43rd annual show, held at Redstone Highlands Clubhouse in North Huntingdon.
She was proud that some of the 150 entries belonged to her students.
“They learn the fundamentals and fly,” she said. “There is nothing more uplifting than seeing your students win.”
Judges were Renie Pollock and Raymond Black. Kathleen Fenk coordinated the show, assisted by Arlene Pasinski.
Fenk opened the program with a heartfelt “thank you” to Redstone for hosting and sponsoring the exhibit for the past nine years, and called for a moment of silence in memory of board member Ellen Hildenbrand, who passed away in August.
Best in Show was “Busy Day,” an oil painting by Linda D'Ascenzo.
Seen: Redstone CEO John Dickson with wife Linda and their daughter Elizabeth, George and Jane Church, Pam Merlin, Naomi D'Alesandro, Ann Andrejcak, Pat Miller, Linda Santimyer and Pat Suley.
Other awards included:
Professional Oils and Acrylics
First: Manjushree Roy
Second: Darlene Daley
Third: Jim Jackson
First: Joe Watkoski
Second: Myla Pearce
Professional Other Media
First: Gabrielle Walker
Amateur Oils and Acrylics
First: Phyllis Jean Walters
Amateur Watercolor and Other Media
First: Marla Kalning
Second: Sue Teams
Adult Students (Beginner) All Media
First: Mary Jean Wiechelt
Second: Tara Pezze
Third: Michelle Maddock
Adult Students (Advanced) All Media
First: Laura Bell
Second: Glorie Ennis
Third: Nita Fragomeni
First: Karen Bostaph
Second: Mary Beth Ponitz
Third: Lance Davis
High School (Drawing)
First: Jamie Nese