The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 11, 2013

Events | Industrial images


— “An Industrial Revolution: The Photography of Amelia Patsy” will be on display Monday 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.

Down on the farm

The 97th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural showcase, will continue today and Saturday at the Farm Show Complex, located off Exit 23 of Interstate 81.

The theme for the 2013 show is “Made in Pa.: It Makes a Difference.”

The show has more than 24 acres under roof, boasts more than 16 acres of exhibits, food and entertainment and is spread throughout 11 buildings and three arenas.

Visitors will see youth livestock shows, cooking demonstrations, educational displays, celebrity contests and some of the state’s most delectable foods.

The show is expected to include nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors.

Admission is free to all farm show events.

Parking is available on the 60-acre site and costs $10 per vehicle.

There also will be free shuttle buses running from off-site lots.


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

Jumpin’ Jupiter

“The Juno Project” will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the community room at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.  

This event is open to students from grades 4-12 and will explore Jupiter’s magnetic field, what’s inside Jupiter and planetary weights and distances with hands-on experiments.  

“The Juno Project” is based on NASA’s “Explore: Jupiter’s Family Secrets” and was created specifically for libraries by NASA to engage younger students in planetary science and is based on the Juno Mission which will enter Jupiter’s orbit in 2016.  

Information: 536-5131.    

Junior drama

The junior high play “Night of the Living Beauty Pageant” will be presented by the Conemaugh Valley drama team at 7 tonight and Saturday at Conemaugh Valley High School, 1342 William Penn Ave., Johnstown.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students, senior citizens and Conemaugh Valley employees.

Information: 535-5523 or email

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 for January 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.

Beginning with the new year, bookstore hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

Art party

Laurel Arts will present “What A Jewel” from 6 to 8 tonight at Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

Participants will make a beaded necklace and matching earrings at the art party.

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

Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is limited to the first 10 callers.

Information: 443-2433.

Timely music

The local rock band Borrowed Time will have an album release party from 7 to 10 tonight at the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt St., Bedford.

The concert is part of Bedford County Arts Council’s Friday Night Music.

“Love Is Not Blind” is the third studio release for the band, which features Mike Clapper on rhythm guitar and vocals, Dave Wagner on bass and vocals, Chad Patterson on lead guitar and vocals and newest member, Gus Robinson, on drums and vocals.  

Admission is $10 at the door and will include a copy of the new CD.

Information: 623-1538.

Collectable art

“Bird’s Eye View,” a collection of art that celebrates nature and wildlife, will be on display Thursday through Feb. 9 at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The exhibit, put together by an anonymous collector, features paintings, fiber arts and mixed media by American and Asian artists mainly from 1960 to the present.

An 1851 sampler, a family heirloom, is the earliest work in the show.

The centerpiece for the exhibit, “St. Francis-The Market” by Benton Spruance, 1953, shows a reverence for creatures of the earth, particularly birds.  

Many of the featured artists are regional, and several are represented by more than one example of their work.     

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Information: 535-2020 or

Classical music

Two free public programs featuring concert pianist Christopher O’Riley and  Grammy-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz will be presented Wednesday on the campus of Penn State Altoona.

The programs are part of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project.

In “An Afternoon With Bach,” Haimovitz, who is host of National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” will perform and discuss Johann Sebastian Bach cello suites at 2 p.m. at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, where refreshments will be served.

“An Evening with Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf-Kuhn Theater in the Misciagna Center.

The musicians will perform a variety of classical and popular music selections and discuss the importance of their contemporary interpretations.

There will be a question-and-answer session, and a reception will follow in the Titelman Study.

Free tickets, which are required for the evening musical event, will be available at the Misciagna box office or at the door.

Free parking will be available after 3 p.m. in the Misciagna lot.

Information: 949-5452 or

Tropical show

The Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show will be on display Saturday 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.  


Multimedia art

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.  

Using collage and acrylic, several of Wilson’s pieces feature 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 Johns-town 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.

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

Regional works

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 will include 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 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or

Juried show

The annual juried exhibition “Artists in Our Midst” will be on display through Jan. 19 in the Shirley and Fred A. Pechter Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.

The exhibition will have 77 works created by 27 local and regional artists who are members of Art in Common.

The variety of media will include photography, watercolor, wood, acrylic, oil, clay, fiber arts and mixed media.

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

Information: 946-4464 or


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