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O&A: Latrobe Art Center Open Show has artists of all ages

Shirley McMarlin
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Exhibition judge Lauren Scavo-Fulk (left) of Delmont, joins LAC Director Lauren Buches for a photo during the reception for the annual open art show held June 13 at the Latrobe Art Center.
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Guests applaud as exhibiting artist Mary Ellen Raneri of Latrobe receives the Best in Show Award from Joe Bellack, LAC assistant director, during the June 13 reception for the annual open art show held at the Latrobe Art Center.
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Exhibiting artists receiving Awards of Distinction (from left) Richard Stoner, Paul J. Volkmann and Doreen Currie, all of Latrobe, and John Mayer of New Alexandria gather for a photo June 13 during the reception for the annual open art show held at the Latrobe Art Center.
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Exhibiting artist Shelley Poli (left) of Ligonier, recipient of the third place Open Division Award, and Mandy Sirofchuck of Ligonier pose for a photo June 13 during the reception for the annual open art show held at the Latrobe Art Center .
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From left: Mandy Sirofchuck, exhibiting artist Clair Sirofchuck — the recipient of the first place College Artist Division Award — and Paul Sirofchuck, all of Ligonier, gather for a photo June 13 during the reception for the annual open art show.
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From left: Deloris Strickler of Ligonier joins her granddaughter, exhibiting artist Alisa Gross of Ligonier —recipient of the first place Junior Artist Division Award (work shown top) — and her daughter, Lori Gross of Ligonier, for a photo June 13 during the reception for the annual open art show held at the Latrobe Art Center.
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Exhibiting artists (from left) Suzanne Panchura of Salem Township, her granddaughter, Avery Kapusta-Nelson, 7, of Salem Township — recipient of the second place Young Artist Division Award — and Stacey Pydynkowski of Latrobe gather for a photo June 13 during the reception for the annual open art show held at the Latrobe Art Center

One of the best things about the annual Latrobe Art Center Open Show, center director Lauren Buches says, is the opportunity it provides for young artists to show their work.

And when they say young, they mean young. The show is open to artists beginning at age 3.

Seeing a piece on a gallery wall can have a lifelong effect on a child’s continuing interest in making art, Buches says.

This year’s show, running through June 29, features more than 200 entries from 85 artists, a jump from the number of entries last year, according to Buches.

Awards are given in age categories to the amateur artists, and in separate categories to the professional artists. Honorees announced during a June 13 reception included:

Young artists (ages 3-13): Vania C. Grumbine, first; Avery Kapusta-Nelson, second; Mae Mullen, third

Junior artists (ages 14-17): Alisa Gross, first; Mary Laughlin, second; Tessa Hrubes, third

College artists: Clair Sirofchuck, first; Lily Currie, second; Nadia Jackson, third

Amateur artists: Sophia Herr, first; Julieann Knox, second; Bonnie Gongaware, third

Open division (professionals): Cora Smith, first; Dipali Rabadiya, second; Shelley Poli, third

Awards of distinction: Paul J. Volkmann, Kathy Ward, Pamela Price, John Mayer and Richard Stoner, with honorable mentions to Doreen Currie, Jan Sabatos and Ed Korinko

Latrobe Art League Awards: Rachel Wheeler and Skyler Currie

Best in Show: Mary Ellen Raneri for her painting “Rainy Day at Ruthie’s.”

Judge was Lauren Scavo-Fulk, a recent Indiana University of Pennsylvania master of fine arts graduate, whose work has shown in area and national galleries, including a recent show at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.

In evaluating the work, Scavo-Fulk said, she looked at technical skill in the artist’s handling of the medium and also looked for unusual aspects that “jumped out,” revealing something about the artist.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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