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Valley Art Club sets up new exhibit

| Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Valley Art Club has opened a new exhibit of works by its members in the main foyer of the headquarters of Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services at 300 Chamber Plaza in Charleroi.

The display will be featured throughout the summer during business hours and is open to the public.

Many of the paintings, which feature a variety of genres, are for sale by the individual artists.

"We are deeply grateful to SPHS for making this space available to showcase the talents of our members," said Mary Ann Kopach-Laber of Monessen, president of the club.

The Valley Art Club, one of the oldest organizations of its kind in southwestern Pennsylvania, was founded in 1941 under the auspices of the Monessen Women's Club.

It was initially known as the Monessen Art Club, but the name was changed in 1951 to signify a Valley-wide organization.

The group's primary purpose is to promote art, the appreciation of culture and the beauty of the Mon Valley.

Other officers are: Christine Gilotty of Belle Vernon, vice president; Sabra Clark of Belle Vernon, treasurer; Anne Cepaitis of Monongahela, recording secretary, and Pat Jones of Charleroi, corresponding secretary.

Membership is open to anyone interested in art. Additional information about the club and the exhibit at SPHS is available by calling Ms. Laber at 724-684-5534.

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