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Out & About: Westmoreland Art Nationals 2 opens at Twin Lakes

Shirley McMarlin
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Exhibiting artist and recipient of the Photography award, Cassandra Pfaff joins her father, exhibiting artist and recipient of the Best in Show award, Kurt Pfaff of Pittsburgh (work shown back), for a photo June 29 during the opening reception for the Westmoreland Art Nationals at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.
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Victory Brinker, 7, of Latrobe sings during the opening reception for the Westmoreland Art Nationals, held June 29 at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.
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Exhibiting artist Jerry Frick of Greensburg poses for a photo with his art (shown left) during the June 29 opening reception for the Westmoreland Art Nationals at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.
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Exhibiting artist and recipient of the Best in Show award, Kurt Pfaff of Pittsburgh, joins Megan Bethal of Level Green for a photo June 29 during the opening reception for the Westmoreland Art Nationals at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.
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From left: Exhibiting artist Edward Flynn of Youngwood (work shown bottom left), Zachary Stanko of Youngwood and Jaye Crawford of Irwin gather for a photo June 29 during the opening reception for the Westmoreland Art Nationals, at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.
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From left: Dana Taylor-Miller of Cranberry Township, exhibiting artist Sandra Miller Mears of Greensburg (work shown center) and Kim Taylor of Pittsburgh gather for a photo June 29 during the opening reception for the Westmoreland Art Nationals at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.
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Ashleigh Bowman of Indiana joins exhibiting artist Robert Campbell of New Kensington, recipient of the graphics award, (work shown bottom right) for a photo June 29 during the opening reception for the Westmoreland Art Nationals at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.
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From left: Michael Ginsburg of Penn Township, board chairman of the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival; Hope Moyer of New Alexandria, curator; Diane Shrader, executive director, Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival; and Erin Shrader of Greensburg, assistant executive director, Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival; gather for a photo June 29 during the opening reception for the Westmoreland Art Nationals at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.

Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Executive Director Diane Shrader credited Chef Mark Henry’s hors d’oeuvres for helping draw a crowd to the opening reception for the second Westmoreland Art Nationals exhibition, held June 29 in the exhibition building at Twin Lakes Park in Unity.

It was a lovely spread, to be sure, but hardly the main event.

People stood elbow to elbow to view the work of more than 70 artists, some exhibiting more than one piece, and to learn who would win the exhibition awards.

Honorees included:

• Best in Show: “Andrew Carnegie Never Anticipated Suzy,” oil, Kurt Pfaff

• Painting: “Migration,” Adalberto Ortiz

• Graphics: “Harbor,” Robert Campbell

• Craft: “Teapot,” Stephen Haywood

• Sculpture: “Donuts and Cupcakes With Free Small Coffee,” Ron Koehler

• Photography: “Soft,” Cassandra Pfaff

• Mixed media: “In Search of Oz,” Ron Nigro

• New entrant: “Eating His Words,” acrylic, Kim Williams

• Curator’s choice: “The Offering,” pen and ink, Jack Puglisi

• Executive director’s choice: “First Street,” oil, Janet Cheplick

Also announced was the people’s choice award, voted on by visitors to the first Art Nationals exhibition, held in June at Westmoreland County Community College. Winner was “First Color,” an oil painting by Richard Harydzak.

The current exhibition will be available for viewing during the arts and heritage festival, July 4-7 at Twin Lakes.

Juror was June Linowitz of Bethesda, Md., an artist, former gallery director and founder of the art consulting business, ArtSeen Inc. Curator was Hope Moyer of New Alexandria, a sculptor, recent fine arts graduate of Seton Hill University and active member of the area arts community.

Seen: Mike Ginsburg, Erin Shrader, George and Jane Church, Bill and Judy Scheeren, Marlene Lucas, Kathy Hager, Darlene Frederickson, Connie Riley, Mary Ellen and Phil Raneri, Richard and Eileen Stoner, Keith and Shirleah Kelly, Alexis Dillon, Elizabeth Grosklos, Pamela Cooper, Peg Panasiti and Nick Silvis.

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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