Allied Artists of Johnstown's summer exhibition

The Allied Artists of Johnstown’s members-only summer exhibition is on display through June 29, 2019, at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County. Eighty works of art by more than 30 artists are showcased in the display, including (clockwise from top right) “Rising From the Storm” by Joe Berezansky, of Johnstown; “Ribbons & Lace” by Cindy Mullen, of Johnstown; “Just Hanging Out” by Marianne Krizner, of Johnstown; “Breaking Away” by Judy Crookston, of Johnstown; and “Scale” by Zone Patcher, of East Conemaugh.

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to get artsy.

Allied Artists of Johnstown’s 2019 members-only summer exhibition is on display through June 29 at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The exhibition features 80 works by 33 artists, including diverse pieces in acrylic, oil, metal sculpture, pastel, watercolor, encaustic, pencil, charcoal, collage, clay, photography and mixed media.

Lida Hood, of Northern Cambria, and Donna Whitford-Housel, of Buffalo Mills, are co-chairwomen for the exhibition.

“This is a high-quality show, and the juror was very pleased with the work,” Hood said.

“The club is well-represented by all the mediums, and it’s a show you won’t want to miss.”

Because the show is for Allied Artists members, it gives people a chance to show off works that might have been rejected in another show.

“That’s a big reason why there are so many pieces, and it’s a good opportunity to get your work out there to be seen,” Hood said.

Seven award recipients were named:

• “Ribbons & Lace,” recycled 3-D glass on glass window by Cindy Mullen, of Johnstown, received the Ed and Kay Kale Memorial Award.

• “Taking Flight,” a metal piece by Alan K. Lichtenfels, of Johnstown, received the Lynn Musulin Award.

• “Scale,” a 3-D fractal piece by Zone Patcher, of East Conemaugh, received the Conemaugh Township Rotary Award in memory of Robin Green.

• “Breaking Away,” photography on watercolor paper by Judy Crookston, of Johns-town, received the Ned Wert Award.

• “Rising From the Storm,” an acrylic painting by Joe Berezansky, of Johnstown, received the RE/MAX Team Realtors Award.

• “Just Hanging Out,” a watercolor painting by Marianne Krizner, of Johnstown, received the A. Schrock Watercolor Award.

• “Connectivity #524,” a drawing, ink and prismacolor by Kenneth Cotlar, of Ebensburg, received the Juror’s Award.

Kathleen Mendus Dlugos, associate professor of art and AFA program director at Westmoreland County Community College, juried the show.

She said she enjoyed seeing the art that percolates from a community.

“It is the art that gives it a sense of place, time and heart like few other events,” Mendus Dlugos said.

She added that it’s important that every artist who participated in the exhibition know that their creative work is critical and vital, whether or not it was chosen as an award winner.

“I can’t tell you how many times I rounded the work on this show to finalize my decisions,” Mendus Dlugos said.

“There is an overall level of quality, originality and exploration that I do not see too often.

“It is an indication of a healthy, flourishing art community.” 

She said she added the Juror’s Award to the show because the process was so challenging.

“Had I stayed another hour, perhaps my decisions would have changed,” Mendus Dlugos said. 

“I responded to pieces like the ape gazing with a raised hand to the sky, the simple yet elegant paintings of rural street scenes and buildings, the beautiful flower watercolor and the adorable pencil sketch of the boys with ice cream. The work in this show has left me with a connection to your center, and I am most humbled to serve as your juror.”

Also, Allied Artists of Johnstown awards scholarships each year to students who intend to advance their education in the field of visual arts.

The summer exhibit includes works from its scholarship winners.

This year’s winners are displaying their competition pieces with Allied Artists.

They are Christine Troll, a Pennsylvania Home-school Accreditation Agency student from Somerset, who will study interdisciplinary arts at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; Sydney Huston, Westmont Hilltop High School, who will study studio art/graphic design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Marian Grata, Central Cambria High School, who will study graphic design at Slippery Rock University; Savannah Reitz, Greater Johnstown High School, who will study art education/art therapy at Slippery Rock University; Emily Belinda, Forest Hills High School, who will study art education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Molly Piwonka, Salisbury-Elk Lick High School, who will study art education at Eastern Mennonite University; and Trinity Hardrick, Greater Johnstown High School, who will study graphic design at Pittsburgh Technical College.

“This gives these students a sense of accomplishment, and they’re glad to see their work in a gallery setting maybe for the first time,” Hood said.

“Hopefully, it gives them an incentive to keep going with their art.”

Angela R. Godin, executive director of the arts center, said the community looks forward to the exhibition.

“Once you see the artwork, you’ll see local talent that is astounding, and every year you don’t know what is going to be chosen,” she said.

“It’s really exciting, and these are artists who are either

amateurs, professionals or those doing it as a hobby who have poured their souls into their work. They really love it and you can tell it in each piece.”

Godin said that she hopes those who see the exhibition get an overwhelming feeling of joy.

“Each piece on its own is magnificent, but showcased as one big display is a beautiful thing,” she said.

“There’s a wonderful flow to the display, and it’s detail-oriented, and each piece from the members gets visibility.”

Many of the pieces will be available for purchase following the show and they range in price from $45 to $4,000.

Allied Artists of Johnstown has more than 100 members of amateur, semiprofessional and professional status.

The group hosts three exhibitions each year and offers scholarships to area students entering the art fields.

For more information, visit www.johnstownart.com.

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