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April 5, 2014

‘Pleasures and Treasures’

JOHNSTOWN — This self-taught artist feels the emotion of her paintings.

“Pleasures and Treasures,” an exhibit of paintings by Johns-town native Lori Perrine-Miglioretti, will be on display Friday through May 3 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, and artworks will be available for purchase throughout the time the exhibit is displayed.

Born in Johnstown in 1970, Perrine-Miglioretti knew at a young age that art was her calling.

She is a self-taught artist educated by books, practice and trial and error.

Her main interest is the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque era, but her painting styles are primarily photo-realism and romantic realism.

Her passion is working with oil paints, and her commissions range from oil portraits to landscapes and pencil drawings to wall murals.

She sold her first commissioned portrait at age 15.

Her personal collection is based on the belief that there is beauty in everything, even if we have to look a little closer to see it at times.

“As a self-taught artist, I am continually evolving with my work,” Perrine-Miglioretti said in her artist’s statement. “I am steadily striving to develop my talent and technique, absorbing as much inspiration as I can from the world surrounding me. There is a large group of talented artists out there, many who inspire me to progress forward. I feel driven to create, to share with the viewer the emotion I feel about the subjects I paint. There is beauty in everything – from the eyes of a child to the rust of a fender. Each time I represent that on canvas, I feed my soul.”

Perrine-Miglioretti moved to Houston in 1996 and spent the next several years undertaking mural projects with clients such as Clear Creek School District.

She produced paintings for five consecutive “Art with Heart” charity events hosted by San Jose Clinic in Houston.

Her clients were organizations, restaurants, business professionals and private collectors, and her commissions included murals and paintings as well as glass etchings, business signs and artwork for product packaging.

While in Houston, she cultivated her talent while working as an art gallery director and general manager of Aaron Brothers Art & Framing.

Perrine-Miglioretti moved back to Johnstown in 2012 and is active in group shows and commissions and is developing a new following.

Since returning to the area, she has participated in and won awards at shows for Allied Artists of Johnstown in 2013 and this year.

Viewing hours for her exhibit will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

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