Out & About: Opening reception for 'Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective'
A Sept. 28 exhibit opening in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College seemed to be just as much about love for the artist as it was about appreciation for his work.
Among reception guests were family members and longtime friends of Walter C. Labys, whose“Mountains, Gardens and Sky: A Walt Labys Retrospective” is hanging in the gallery through Nov. 5.
A retired university professor and international economist residing in Morgantown, W.Va., Labys is a Latrobe native and graduate of St. Vincent Preparatory School and Carnegie Mellon University.
The artist's wife, Kathy Labys, beamed as she talked about how wonderful it was to see all her husband's brightly painted, whimsical oils and acrylics displayed “in one place with good lighting. We've never seen them all at once before.”
The couple's son, Paul Labys, also was in attendance.
Coming in a caravan from Morgantown to support their friend wereStanley and Judy Cohen, Connie McCluskey and Joe and Linda Super. Mike and Anne Knasel traveled from Charlottesville, Va.
Prep school classmates Richard Schulte and Dan Rafferty revealed that Labys counts cooking and storytelling in his list of talents.
“He's got some good stories to tell about living in Europe, if you have a couple of hours to listen,” Rafferty said.
Seen: gallery director Brother Bernard Cline, former gallery director Ann Holmes with husband Henry Holmes, Jaime Cooper, Father Cyprian Constantine, Brother Mark Floreanini, Mary Reich, Anita Manoli, Brother Ignatius Camello and BrotherSamuel Pinheiro.