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Latrobe Art League offers good 'Tidings'

| Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004

Helen Currykosky doesn't know what her new style of art is called, but when she saw it at a show in Cleveland two months ago, she said, "I fell in love with it."

For wont of a more definitive name, she calls it primitive, and it's a stretch from her more traditional work.

One of her paintings, called "Tidings," is the title piece for the Latrobe Art League's current exhibit at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. It features a wooden Dutch door decorated with a Christmas wreath and flanked by planters of holly and poinsettia. A red barn and big evergreen tree are in the snowy background and everything is outlined in black.

"But those are not black lines," said Currykosky, of Derry Township. "The canvas is black."

Her "Red Tree and Houses" also is done in the new style, while "Roadside Barn" is more realistic with autumn trees and intriguing light and shadows on a red barn.

"I think I'll stick with this new style for a while," she said. "It's so much fun to do because I don't have to follow the rules so much."

Kathy Sobota, of Labrobe, sets the seasonal mood with her watercolor "Ready, Set, Decorate," and with the lovely arrangement of baskets and candles in "Holiday Trimmings." Peg Panasiti, of Latrobe, painted the warm "One Single Light" of a red candle in a lantern and a basket of holly on a red and green striped cloth.

Kathy Rafferty, of Latrobe, painted from her travels. "In Full Bloom" is a closeup of roses in an Irish garden, and "Reflections in an Irish Pub" was inspired by a photo that she took of people sitting at a bar facing a mirror.

"We were there with our family and my brother-in-law was reflected in the mirror, but I ended up making him look more like my husband," she said. "It was a fun painting to do because of all those bottles."

That won a third place ribbon at the Norwin Art League Show in 2003. "Aunt Mary's Kitchen" won the People's Choice Award at the Latrobe Art League Intra Club Show in 2002, the first that Rafferty ever entered.

The painting is rich with the old-fashion charm of a woman in a simple dress and apron, with her hair pulled back in a bun. The stove is old and so is the pantry, and a farm scene is out the window. Aunt Mary was a spinster who, along with several siblings, took care of their aging parents.

"It was where my husband's grandfather settled when he came from Ireland, and they just loved the farm," Rafferty said.

"They didn't have any running water or electricity, but there was gas on the property so they had a gas stove and gas lights."

Madelyn Marcinik, of Latrobe, painted a row of Amish boys looking at a hog in "Pig Pen." Her "Black Eyed Susans" were growing near Latrobe.

"In The Fields" by Dolly Lynch, of Latrobe, is a dark tangle of grass and wildflowers near St. Vincent College.

"It was early afternoon and shaded, and there were all these little yellow flowers peeking through," she said. "I thought it was pretty."

Lynch took artistic license with putting different colors in the bright "Poppy Time."

"They were done in sort of a free spirit, and I had a lot of fun doing that," she said.

The show features a variety of media and subjects, from Impressionistic landscapes, realistic still lifes, abstracts and photography. Andrea Schneider, of Greensburg, painted a ship sailing on choppy water in "Sunny Sailing" and Jo Pallow , of Latrobe, created a collage of wolves and mountains. Wendell Keck, of Mt. Pleasant, combined his woodworking skills for the framed "Wind Beneath Their Wings." Additional Information:

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'Tidings'

When: Through Jan. 14. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Rd. Greensburg

Admission: Free

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