The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 18, 2013

Events | Ice paradise


JOHNSTOWN — “Tropical Paradise,” the 18th annual Fire & Ice Festival, will be held today through Sunday in Uptown Somerset.

Employees of Mastro Gourmet Quality Ice of Pittsburgh will carve sculptures throughout the weekend.

There will be live music, hot food, a children’s center and fireworks at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free, but $6 admission pins are needed for some events.

Information: 443-1748 or

Art needed

Artwork is being accepted for the Allied Artists’ Winter Show from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Franklin Street entrance at AmeriServ Financial, Main and Franklin streets, downtown Johnstown.

The juried exhibition is open to artists and photographers, ages 18 and older.

All media will be accepted, and the maximum number of entries is three per artist.

Submitted work must be original, properly framed and ready to hang, and space is limited for three-dimensional work.

Work not selected should be picked up after 1 p.m. Saturday.

Fees are $15 for Allied Artist members and $40 for nonmembers, which includes a $25 membership fee.  

If work is not accepted, the membership fee will be refunded.

Entry forms will be available when art pieces are entered.

The winter show will open with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25.

Information: 266-0874 or email

Good reads

The sixth annual used book sale sponsored by Beginnings Inc. will be held today through Monday at The Galleria, Richland Township.

Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

Adult and children’s books are available at reasonable prices.

Proceeds will benefit Beginnings Inc.’s early literacy and court-appointed special advocates programs.

Information: 539-1919 or email

I have a dream

“King’s Dream,” a live performance and multimedia presentation offering a spirited tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr., will be presented in honor of Martin Luther King Day at 3:30 and 7 p.m. Tuesday in Alumni Hall at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

King’s era will be revisited with big-screen video images that tell the story of his life and teachings.

Live narrators will tell the story of the turbulent 1960s, and the challenges of the Vietnam War, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the final signing of the Civil Rights Act will be revealed.

Songs will include “Amazing Grace,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Information: 886-6321.

The 27th annual remembrance program for King sponsored by the Johnstown Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church, 351 Second Ave., Conemaugh.

The theme is “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great of a burden to bear,” a quote from King.

Leah P. Hollis, a Johnstown native and noted educator, researcher and lecturer, will be the keynote speaker.

The event is free and open to the public.

Performance venue

An acoustic open mic will be held from 7 to 10 tonight at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Information: 410-2245.

War drama

Auditions for STAR Productions at St. Francis University’s presentation of “Rough Water” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today and Saturday in the studio basement of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art on the Loretto campus.  

The play is an adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock film “Lifeboat” from the concept by John Steinbeck and will be presented April 10-13.  

The two-act World War II drama is the story of nine people adrift at sea in a small lifeboat, all at the mercy of the elements and each other.

The cast of characters includes the captain of the Nazi U-boat, who speaks German for most of the show; the femme fatale foreign correspondent who speaks some German; and a muscular hunk who is politically savvy, but obsessed with revenge.

Another role involves bodily discomfort for the actor in order to create a one-legged effect after the character undergoes an amputation at sea.

There also are three masked nonspeaking movement roles who will abstract the weather and sea conditions.

No memorized audition selection will be required.

A selection will be provided along with the time to read and prepare.  

Information: 472-3216.  

Art party

“Snow Buddies,” an art party where participants can make an acrylic painting of a snow scene with snowmen on canvas, will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

The cost is $20 for nonmembers and $16 for members.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is limited to the first 10 callers for each session.

Information: 443-2433.

Local history

“The Civil War in Pennsylvania” will be on display through March 5 in the second floor gallery at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The traveling exhibit was created by the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh for its affiliate program members and is expected to travel to  40 sites in four years.

The exhibit will feature five lifelike museum figures, artifacts, previously unseen photographs and large museum panels describing Pennsylvania’s contributions to the Civil War.

Admission is free to JAHA members or with museum admission.

Information: 539-1889, or

New year stretch

An eight-week session of yoga classes taught by Adriann White will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 and 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 20 in the Katter Theater at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

All skill levels are welcome.

The cost is $8 per class or $56 for the eight-week session.

Registration: 539-0924.

Book bargains

Friends of Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight a large selection of hardback fiction at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Hardback fiction books are $1 each or six for $5, and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1.

The store has a selection of nonfiction, including biographies, history and war, cookbooks, gardening, health and well-being and religion.

There also are audio books, CDs, DVDs and children’s books.

Bookstore hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

Tropical show

The Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show will be on display through Feb. 24 at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. Fridays.

There will be elegant and vibrant exhibits of orchids in many hues and bonsai, the Japanese art of training dwarfed trees to take on the shapes of their larger counterparts in nature, all designed by Phipps staff.

Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $11 for children ages 2-18.

Members and children younger than age 2 will be admitted free.  


Industrial images

“An Industrial Revolution: The Photography of Amelia Patsy” will be on display through July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, located at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

The exhibit features 55 gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes chronicling much of western Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage and includes several Johnstown landmarks.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Information: 269-7234.

Multimedia display

Artist and art educator Penelope Wilson of Hollidaysburg will have a multimedia show on display through Feb. 1 at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

Her work includes an eclectic mix of 22 pieces featuring watercolor, pen and ink, graphite, wire and cut paper.  

Wilson incorporates collage and acrylic into pieces featuring some rendition of the slave’s quilt code, which was used as a communications tool by slaves prior to the emancipation.

Her work “Let Freedom Ring” was juried nationally and selected for display in the 2011 National College Art Show.

“Walking with Ruby” has been selected for display in the biennial 2012 Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Show.

Anyone wishing to visit the show should contact the college to verify gallery access.

Information: 886-4131.

Historic exhibit

“125 Years of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johnstown Jewish Community Heritage Project, will be on display through September at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibition illuminates the history, traditions and achievements of Johnstown’s Jewish community.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Information: 539-1889.

Abstract art

“Julie Bernstein Engelmann: Being Spirit” will be on display today through April 20 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.

This retrospective will highlight Engelmann’s abstract canvases, which are renowned for their lush color and texture and have won many best-of-show awards throughout western Pennsylvania.

Information: 946-4464.

American scene

“Red, White and Blue in Black and White: The American Scene in Prints, Drawings and Photographs” will be on display through May 4 in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The exhibition includes approximately 35 works from the museum’s permanent collection.

Works range in date from 1890-1991, with the majority being American Scene subjects produced during the heyday of Regionalist art in the 1920s and 1930s.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or

Juried exhibition

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ 17th annual regional juried exhibition will be on display through             Feb. 10 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.

The exhibition includes 73 works from 73 individual artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania, featuring oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, wood, clay and photography.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

Information: 724-238-6015 or

State of the art

“Biennial 2012” will be on display through Jan. 26 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The exhibition will feature 131 works from nearly 100 Pennsylvania artists.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or


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