The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 21, 2014

Allied Artists exhibiting best works in summer show

JOHNSTOWN — Members allied for art will show their best work.

Allied Artists of Johnstown 2014 members-only summer exhibition will be on display through July 5 at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

This year’s exhibition features 67 works from among 28 artists and includes photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, metal, pastels, pencil and mixed media pieces.

This year’s chairpersons are Sandy Vigna of Johnstown and Gary Lehman of South Fork.

“This show is amazing in its diversity of media and talent of the members of Allied Artists of Johnstown,” Vigna said.

“I hope everyone gets a chance to stop by the arts center to enjoy the exhibition.”

Seven award recipients and two honorable mentions were chosen.

Larry Mallory of Glen Campbell received the A. Schrock Watercolor Award for his watercolor, “Old Crane with Hook Roller.”

Brian Dumm of Ebensburg received the Attorney Margaret O’Malley Award for his charcoal and oil work, “Fin De Siecle - Giraffes.”

Richard Hower of Seward received the Art Lambert Award for his acrylic piece, “Quiet Time.”

Lori Perrine-Miglioretti of Johnstown was given the Nadine Toth Award for “Kissing the Canvas,” an oil on cradled panel.

Bill Dembowski of Windber received the William Tomaskovich Award for his photograph, “A Ton of Stairs.”

Lisa Mull of Johnstown received the Robert and Barbara Yetsko Award for her glass, stone and thread necklace, “Earth & Sky.”

Ann Dougherty of Johnstown received the Dr. Owen Morgan Award for her ink and watercolor piece, “As My Conscience Explodes.”

Honorable mentions were given to Cliff Kepple of Johnstown for his acrylic work, “Softly the Snow Fell,” and Bob Wertz of Johnstown for his photograph, “Color Study No. 1.”

William Perry, a watercolor artist living in Harmony, Pennsylvania, was the juror for the summer exhibition.

“There are three things which distinguish an artist’s work –  the medium, the style and the expressive content,” Perry said in his statement.

“The pieces I selected for awards spoke to me through their expressive content. And then, upon closer scrutiny, demonstrate a virtuosity and exuberant handling of the medium. All this while working within the limits and possibilities of the medium chosen. Overall, this was a strong, exciting show to view.”

Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and did post-graduate work at Penn State and Clarion University.  

He considers himself to be a self-taught painter, and has learned through studying the work of others with continued experimentation and practice. 

Perry is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society.

His paintings have garnered numerous awards in national and local shows.  

Founded in 1932, Allied Artists of Johnstown has grown from a handful of original members to more than 100 artists from six surrounding counties.

The organization holds four exhibitions annually and exhibits through invitation at other locations throughout the year.

Through its annual patron drive, Allied Artists raises funds to sponsor art awards for children and scholarships for high school seniors planning to pursue art-related careers.

Through its Friends of Art program, Allied Artists provides donated funds to local institutions to purchase artwork displayed in the annual exhibit.

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What: Allied Artists of Johnstown 2014 summer exhibition.

When: Through July 5.

Where: Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Admission: Free.

Information: 472-2629 or


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