Artwork by (Wendy) Wanmei Qu

A total of 151 works by area students will be showcased in Greater Johnstown Young Artists Exhibit through May 29 at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Westmont.

If the work that is on display in an area exhibition is any indication, the future looks promising for budding artists.

The Greater Johnstown Young Artists Exhibit will be on display through May 29 at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The exhibit, sponsored by the arts center and the Allied Artists of          Johnstown, showcases 151 pieces of artwork in all media from sixth-graders to high school seniors in Cambria and Somerset counties.

Submissions feature ceramics, photography, acrylic and watercolor paintings, digital print, paper-maché, mixed media and pencil, pastel and charcoal drawings.

Participating schools are Bishop Carroll Catholic, Central Cambria, Ferndale Area, Forest Hills, Greater Johnstown, Northern Cambria, Our Mother of Sorrows, Portage Area, Richland, Westmont Hilltop and Windber Area.

Art teachers at the participating area schools selected the student works to be entered into the exhibit.

The juror for the exhibit was Kathleen Kase-Burk, president of the Allied Artists of Johnstown.

“She (Kase-Burk) thought this was a strong show,” said Lida Hood, education coordinator at the arts center.

Artwork was judged in three divisions – sixth through eighth grades, ninth and 10th grades and 11th and 12th grades – and winners received achievement or merit awards, plus ribbons.

An opening reception was held Wednesday, where the winners were announced.

“The students get excited to see their art hanging in a gallery on opening night,” Hood said.

“The opening reception always is a well-attended event.”

Achievement awards for juniors and seniors were presented to (Wendy) Wanmei Qu, Greater Johnstown, white pencil; Monica Lough, Westmont Hilltop, acrylic; Kaitlin Devan, Richland, ceramic/glass; Shawna Clem, Westmont Hilltop, acrylic; Brianna Vizzini, Greater Johnstown, charcoal drawing; and Cameron Nulton, Westmont Hilltop, watercolor.

Freshmen and sophomore achievement-award honorees were Sophia Straw, Westmont Hilltop, oil pastel; Caitlin Lydic, Richland, paper; Christopher Miller, Richland, ceramic/mixed media; Madison Reitter, Westmont Hilltop, acrylic; Courtney Lohr, Greater Johnstown, scratch art; and Joe Nash, Westmont Hilltop, acrylic painting.

Achievement awards for sixth- through eighth-graders went to Kaleigh Plank, Our Mother of Sorrows, pencil drawing; Reagan Hajjar, Central Cambria, pencil/ink/collage; Casey Moskal, Westmont Hilltop, charcoal; Max Yonko, Westmont Hilltop, mixed media; Chloe Croft, Central Cambria, ceramic; and Korin Templeton, Central Cambria, mosaic/wood/paint.

Merit awards for juniors and seniors were presented to Peter Cao, Bishop Carroll Catholic, cut paper/ink/digital print; Reiko Gresko, Richland, pencil drawing; and Christopher Houston, Richland, chalk pastel.

Merit awards for freshmen and sophomores were handed out to Junko Gresko, Richland, paper; Bryan Able, Richland, paper; and Liana Philips, Forest Hills, painting.

Merit awards for sixth- through eighth-graders went to Gianna McCombie, Westmont Hilltop, charcoal; Tori Tkach, Forest Hills, digital print; and Katrina Krug, Northern Cambria, painting.

Rachel Brady of Central Cambria received the Community Arts Center Volunteer Award for her watercolor piece.

Lorie E.G. Singer, executive director of the arts center, said this year’s display offers many interesting, creative pieces, and the show is an opportunity to bring the region’s artistic talent together under one roof.

“There are so many media, styles and variety that no matter how many times a day you walk into the gallery you will notice something different,” she said.

“You will see something different each time.”

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.

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