BY RUTH RICE
Art’s whimsy will be displayed in a setting perfect for holiday shopping.
“Wonderful Whimsy IV,” a mixed-media exhibition, will be on display Friday through Jan. 7 at Art Works in Johns-town! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.
A two-part opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
“It will be like an artists’ boutique,” Art Works executive director Theresa Gay Rohall said of the opening reception.
“There are 14 confirmed artists, and most of them will be on hand. In addition to what they have on exhibit, they will have a table with more of their creations.”
Guests will be able to purchase items from the exhibit or displayed at the tables for early holiday shopping.
Local musician and author Mark Weakland of Springwater Creative will provide music for the Friday reception as well as having a display of his children’s books.
Rohall said music for the Saturday reception has not been confirmed.
There will be complimentary refreshments.
“The number of artists has almost doubled from the first exhibit,” Rohall said.
“We have the old faithful and some exciting new artists. Some of them ask me about coming, and I see the work of others and ask them.”
New artists for Wonderful Whimsy will feature ceramics, candy making, jewelry, woodworking and watercolors.
Jan and Jon Heath of Heath Studio in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., will have woodcuts, linocuts and monoprints from Jan and whimsical watercolors from Jon.
The brother and sister team of Andrew and Cynthia Thornton of Allegory Gallery in Ligonier will bring beaded jewelry from Andrew and “Realms of the Forest” boot babies from Cynthia.
Terrence and Pam Werner of Mount Pleasant will have woodworking from Terrence and handwoven chenille scarves and jewelry from Pam.
Other artisans will include John Sinosky of J2-Pens, wood turner and pen maker; Thomasa Pridgen of Thomasa’s Studio, upcycled clothing and jewelry; Earl Deemer, woodworking; Ron Korsinski, ceramics; Michelle Gay, chocolate houses and other confections; and Helen Gorsuch, ceramics.
There also will be returning favorites.
Martha Murphy of Waking Bear Studio in Friedens will bring her metal sculptures of angels and nativity scenes, plus paintings and ceramics.
Steven Daniels of Johnstown will feature photography in the bright and bold “Adventures of a Tree Frog.”
Helen Thorne, who has had her work exhibited at Art Works before, will have small watercolors and painted glass.
The AW Gallery Shoppe will be open during the reception and boutique for additional selection of handcrafted gifts, collectibles and decor.
Boutique items will range from $10 to $1,000, with a variety of choices.
Items not sold during the opening reception and boutique will remain in the exhibit either until sold or through Jan. 2.
All purchases are cash and carry.
There is no charge for admission to the opening reception, boutique and exhibit.
Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.
What: “Wonderful Whimsy IV.”
When: Friday through Jan. 7.
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Information: 535-2020 or www.artworksinjohnstown.org.