The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 7, 2013

Allied Artists' spring show on exhibit in downtown venue

BY RUTH RICE
RRICE@TRIBDEM.COM

— With spring comes a new blossoming of art.

The 2013 spring juried exhibition of Allied Artists of Johnstown will be on display during regular banking hours through April 20 at AmeriServ Financial, Main and Franklin streets in downtown Johnstown.

Chairwoman for the exhibition is Lora Marsh of Windber, an Allied Artists’ member and art teacher in the Forest Hills School District.

The exhibition features 37 works from 21 artists and spotlights a variety of pieces, including photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, metal, clay, recycled glass, pencil and mixed-media.

Seven works received awards, and four received honorable mentions.

“This exhibition is art a la cart,” said Allied Artists’ president Diane M. Safko of Johnstown. “There is something enjoyable for every art lovers’ taste. The variety of mediums, creative styles and techniques emphasizes the diversity of creative individuals who are part of the Allied Artists family.”

Arthur Lambert, a former art teacher and local businessman,  was juror.  

Lambert said he could not say he was surprised to see so many outstanding works because he is aware of how much artistic talent the area possesses.

“I was pleasantly presented with a spectrum of different mediums to review,” he said. “I am assured that the fine arts are still vibrant and alive here.”

“Momento Mori,” by Lori Perrine-Miglioretti of Johnstown, received an AmeriServ Financial Award and her “Dogwood and Daisies” garnered the Dr. and Mrs. Joel Borkow Award.

“I found this work exquisite,” Lambert said of “Momento Mori.”

“The brushwork was intricate, the color treatment showed a beautiful transition within each object and the balance of shape and dimension was attended to with skill.”

“Death Valley Boulders No. 2,” a photograph by Sherrill Begres of Blairsville, also was awarded an AmeriServ Financial Award.

“This large-format color photograph was magnetic,” Lambert said. “I found myself wondering, ‘If Ansel Adams had used color, would he have found a scene similar to this most powerful image?’

“The texture of the grain on the rocks leads the viewer into the scene, and we are held contrasted by the shadow within the rocks. The brilliant blue sky with a delicate moon softly holds the eye close to the harsh rocks.”

A third AmeriServ Financial Award went to “Many Moons,” a pencil drawing by Kathleen Kase-Burk of Ebensburg.

“This pencil work afforded me a stable composition of a square divided into many circles in squares,” Lambert said. “Ordinarily, I would think this composition would appear structurally repetitious, but she utilized a great ability in her choices of use of texture, density and absence of mark to have each separate segment stand alone and work as part of an amazing whole.”

“Rust in Peace,” by Larry Mallory of Glen Campbell, received the Aileen Schrock/Juror Watercolor Award.

“Of all the disciplines in the show, I found this piece very compelling,” Lambert said. “The technique is easy and flowing with nicely created textures, but the mass of the sections of the earthmover are planes which encouraged me to bounce about within, held by the strength of the ancient behemoth.”

“Chaos in Color, a watercolor by Nadine Toth of Loretto, received the Ed and Kay Kale Award.

“Signs and Wonders,” a mixed-media work by Gary Lehman of Sidman, received the juror’s award.

Honorable mentions went to “Garden Grandeur,” a digitally painted photograph by Safko; “Wounded Warrior,” a metal sculpture by Alan Lichtenfels of Johnstown; “Niner Diner,” a photograph by Joy Fairbanks of Blairsville; and “Sea Life,” a colored-pencil rendering by Kase-Burk.

“I was pleased a number of realistic interpretations displayed unique use of material, subject matter and design,” Lambert said. “The artist’s eye was challenged with fine results. I also would add that the use of digital and computer-generated works pleased me in their unique, nonmechanical rendering.”

“Safko’s ‘Garden Grandeur’ presents such a product. Easily taken as a pointillist dabbing of a garden, she painfully took her mouse and worked color and space into frenzy of texture, maintaining focus on subject.”

Safko said Allied Artists appreciated Lambert’s expertise in choosing the winning works and for his insightful comments about the artists and their techniques.

Exhibition

What: 2013 spring juried exhibition of Allied Artists of Johnstown.

Where: AmeriServ Financial, Main and Franklin streets in downtown Johnstown.

When: Through April 20.

Admission: Free.

Information: 421-1525 or www.johnstownart.com.

 

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