The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 23, 2012

Courthouse to be awash in art during annual show

BY RUTH RICE
RRICE@TRIBDEM.COM

— Three floors of the Cambria County Courthouse in downtown Ebensburg will be redecorated when the 14th annual Art in Bloom art show is displayed from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The show is for amateur and professional artists from Pennsylvania, and is sponsored by the Ebensburg Area Business Commission and Main Street Partnership.

Artwork will be judged in five categories – painting, drawing, photography or computer-generated art, dimensional and mixed media.

Awards will be given for each category, along with “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” awards.

Shawna Drop, Ebensburg Community Development director, said nearly 200 entries were received, an increase from last year.

Last year was Drop’s first Art in Bloom show, and she said she was overwhelmed with the response and the quality of the works submitted.

“It’s a great show to have in Ebensburg,” she said. “We get artists from the whole region – Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Johnstown and Northern Cambria.”

For many of the amateur artists, the show will be the first time their artwork has been displayed in public, and they’re excited about the possibility, Drop said.

Each artist is permitted to submit two entries at a charge of $8 each.

Last year, Drop also expanded the children’s art area from one day to two and extended the hours when crafts can be created.

“We had kids all day both days,” Drop said. “They made a couple crafts, and their parents were involved.”

This year, the featured crafts will be wind chimes and sun catchers, just in time for Mother’s Day gifts, she said.

The children’s area will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the courthouse’s main lobby.

Students from local schools will have their artwork displayed in the windows of downtown businesses during the art show.

“Last year, we had 90 pieces, and this year we have 130,” Drop said.

A list will be available at the courthouse that will show parents on what floor their child’s artwork is displayed.

Brian Caleb Dumm, a local professional artist who is an art teacher at Central Cambria Middle School, has donated three original works from his collection to be raffled off at this year’s show to help raise funds.

Dumm, whose artistic styles range from fine to commercial, has studied visual arts at Columbus College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

He is a professional illustrator who is an active member of the Allied Artists of Johnstown and the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. 

The pieces Dumm donated are colorful illustrations suitable for a child’s room, office or recreation room.

“In previous years, Brian’s work has stood out to a wide variety of visitors to our show,” Drop said. “We know his pieces will attract a lot of attention, and the committee could not be happier to represent such a talented local artist.

“At last year’s show, Brian took home the first-place award for his drawing ‘Alice.’ ”

Chances on Dumm’s work can be purchased at the show from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday for $1 each or six for $5.

Winners, who do not need to be present, will be drawn at the conclusion of the art show. 

Exhibition

What: 14th annual Art in Bloom art show.

Where: Cambria County Courthouse, downtown Ebensburg.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: Free.

Information: 472-8780.