Out & About: Greater Latrobe gala previews new art selections
From elementary to high school, Greater Latrobe School District students have opportunities to evaluate and appreciate art through the district’s special art collection.
The GLSD Art Conservation Trust, which oversees and preserves the collections displayed in each school building, held its 28th annual Art Gala on Nov. 7 in the high school.
Elementary and junior high school student docents introduced pieces that were selected last year for their schools. High school docents previewed 22 pieces that are being considered for inclusion in the high school collection.
Members of the student council made the selections from pieces featured in annual regional juried exhibitions sponsored by Latrobe Art Center and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.
Attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorites, to be compared to the top five chosen by the students, with one winner to be chosen at the next student council meeting.
Great minds think alike, as the saying goes, as students and gala guests agreed on four choices: “Mr Smith,” sculpture by John Mayer; “Just Clowning,” oil on canvas self-portrait by Robert Huckestein; “When the Cows Come Home,” oil painting by Doreen Currie; and “Word Search,” oil painting by Joseph Ryznar.
Due to a tie, the students ended up with six selections, also including “Chevy and Che,” oil on canvas by Alan Byrne, and “Nevermore,” stained glass by Mandy Sirofchuck. Gala guests also liked “My Toy,” oil on linen by Diana Williams.
Scott and Pamela Kroh of Latrobe were recognized for their support of the school district, its arts programs and the local community.
Nicole Danforth chaired the gala committee. Art Conservation Trust officers are Barbara Nakles, James Okonak, Keith Visconti and Carl Baumeister.
Seen: Georgia Teppert, Jessica Golden, Michael Porembka, Linda McKenna Boxx, Bibiana Boerio, Richard Danforth, Ron and Jane McKenzie, Kathy Sobota, Joe and Molly Walton, Marty Singer, Peter and Ginny Hutchinson, Ken and Molly Robb Shimko, Rosey Doelling, Cindy Ferrari, Joe and Ann Nemanic, Gene and Janet James, Pamela Cooper, Joseph and Kathryn Massaro, Annie Urban, Joe Bellack and Gabe and Bridgette Monzo.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .