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April 7, 2013

Night of Distinction will honor patron of museum

Wolf-Kuhn Foundation will be recognized for support of SAMA

LORETTO — The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto is expressing an aura of greatness by hosting its second annual Night of Distinction program in conjunction with its latest exhibition, “Seeing the Big Picture.”

The exhibition highlights larger-than-life works from the museum’s permanent collection and the Night of Distinction will honor the larger-than-life contributions of the Wolf-Kuhn Foundation, an organization that has been instrumental in building SAMA’s collection of more than 4,000 works of art.

Night of Distinction is a special, semi-formal dinner event from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 that is designed to celebrate some of the museum’s most dedicated and longest-serving benefactors.

This year’s event  will include the presentation of the museum’s Service to the Arts Award to the Wolf-Kuhn Foundation.

Established in 1957, the Wolf-Kuhn Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of the museum dating back to SAMA’s early years.

The organization has sponsored exhibitions and programs, funded conservation initiatives, contributed to art acquisitions and also partnered with the museum in 1979 to open the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona.

The foundation also has made major contributions to other arts and education organizations, including the Mishler Theatre, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Hollidaysburg Area Public Library and numerous schools.

During the event, the museum also will unveil a small collection of 14 paperweights by leading artists and glass manufacturers purchased in memory of late trustee Elizabeth Gamble.

In 1992, Gamble donated to SAMA the Walter Carlyle Shaw Paperweight Collection, an assortment of 169 historical and contemporary paperweights that is on permanent display at SAMA’s Ligonier Valley Museum.

The new paperweights will be on view in a small display at Ligonier.

Also being acknowledged during Night of Distinction is a group of eight artists: Patrick Adachi of Altoona, Adrienne Heinrich of Murrysville, Jan Kinney of Altoona, Lynne Magee of Altoona, Tom McCarty of Lilly, Martha Murphy of Friedens, Sue Pollins of Greensburg and Harriet Rosenberg of Boalsburg.

Each of the artists has been associated with SAMA’s Art-in-Education program since its inception.

“We are celebrating our 15th anniversary with the museum’s partnership with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts,” said Gary Moyer, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s executive director. ”We want to recognize not only their contributions to SAMA, but also what they mean to our communities.”

The event will begin with a cocktail reception that will be followed by dinner and the awards presentation.

Seating is limited at 200 and tickets are still available.

Cost is $80 a person.

For reservations or more information, call 472-3920.

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