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Out & About: The Westmoreland’s Big Art Party rocks a ’60s vibe

Shirley McMarlin
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Above: Barbara Jones, chief curator, Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
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Joni Allison of Ruffsdale poses for a photo during the Big Art Party at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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Guests dance to the music of “Them Vibes”, during the Big Art Party- Peace. Love. Art., Oct. 5 at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg..
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From left: Matt Burnsworth of Greensburg and Dr. Atoya Adams of Las Vegas, Nev., enjoy the Big Art Party.
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From left: Stephanie Smoker and her mother, Angie Smoker, both of Mt. Pleasant, decorate old albums.
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Right: (From left) Alida Post and her husband, artist John VanHamersveld, join Anne Kraybill, the Richard M. Scaife director/CEO, and her husband, James Kraybill.
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From left: Crystal and Doug Stone of Hempfield pose for a photo during the Big Art Party at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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Barbara L. Jones, chief curator, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, poses for a photo during the Big Art Party- Peace. Love. Art., held at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Saturday evening, October 5, 2019.
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From left: Jane DeBone, Michelle Smith and Jenifer Amundson, gather for a photo during the Big Art Party- Peace. Love. Art., held at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Saturday evening, October 5, 2019.

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has been grooving to a ’60s vibe since the pop art exhibition, “Era of Cool: The Art of John Van Hamersveld,” opened July 20.

All that grooviness exploded Oct. 5 in a riot of psychedelic sights and sounds during the annual Big Art Party.

Guests dug deep into their closets or hit the vintage stores to come up with bell bottoms, granny glasses, headbands, mini and maxi skirts, go-go boots and more fun fashion to parade at the Greensburg museum.

Chief curator Barbara Jones was among the hippest of the hip in a tie-dyed T-shirt, jeans skirt and knee-high, neon-green boots.

It was all peace and love, man, as guests met with John Van Hamersveld and his wife Alida Post under flashing lights in the community room, where the artist signed copies of his iconic prints.

They also took selfies with a giant peace sign in the lobby, perused the galleries wearing silent disco headphones, rocked out loud to the pulsing beat of Them Vibes in an outdoor party tent and nibbled retro treats like pineapple and sausage skewers.

Tucked away in a classroom, some also decorated old vinyl LPs with paint, crystals and other art materials while listening to rock classics on a mono record player.

Listed with the in-crowd: Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO Anne Kraybill with James Kraybill, Ellen and Russ Swank, Pamela Kroh, Dr. Michael and Lillie Nieland, Kevin and Judy O’Toole, Paul and Diane Nickoloff, Charles and Sally Loughran, Anita Manoli, Pat Condo and Jan Taylor-Condo, John and Amy Faith, Jim and Kathy Longacre, Linda Blum and Chuck Strobel, Eric and Michele Bononi, Brian McCall and Joanna Moyar, Tony and Renata Marino, Jessica Hickey, Tom and Karen Kohut, Alex Kohut and Tiffany Schmoyer.

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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