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Local and regional artists’ works shown in SAMA juried exhibition

“Artists in Our Midst,” an annual juried exhibition is on display through Dec. 7 at The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona and features the work of 20 local and regional artists who are members of Art in Common, an arts organization based in central Pennsylvania.

Featured in the Museum’s Shirley and Fred A. Pechter Gallery and Paul I. Detwiler Education Center are a variety of media and highlights works in acrylic, pastel, pencil, oil, watercolor, photography, clay, bronze, mixed media, and much more.

Serving as exhibition juror is Stuart Thompson, Professor of Art Emeritus at Seton Hill University.

Thompson has a Bachelor of Science degree from Edinboro University, as well as Master of Science and PhD degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in Art Education.

He has taught at high school and university levels for 37 years. Thompson is also a retired Captain of the U.S. Navy, having spent 21 years in the Naval Reserve.

“This exhibition has exceeded all expectations as far as talent is concerned. Our local artists rival those anywhere in their talent, creativity and inventiveness. They are willing to continuously push themselves to grow and flourish in their craft,” said Barbara Hollander of SAMA-Altoona.

The 2019 Artists in Our Midst 2019 Awards go to: First place, Anni Matsick for “Reverie;” second place: Sharon Wall, “Sadie’s Couchscape;” third place Peter Frantz, “Stratification PurpleMan;” and fourth place John Skrabalak, “Bits and Pieces.”

Eight Juror’s Pick Awards went to Kenneth Cotlar, “#522;” Jamie Heverly, “Timekeepers Toolbox;” Helen Gorusch, “Jonah in the big fish;” Diane Murray, “My Town;” David McCoy, “Through the Wormhole;” Daryl Lanzendorfer, “Bluebirds & Blooms;” Steven Gilbert, “A Paradigm Renewed;” and Patricia Cheeseman, “Japonese Red Mask Leaves and Koi.”

Honorable Mention Awards were presented to:

Mary Beth Landis, “A Truck Load at Ashcom Quarry;” Brice Miller, “Charlie’s Head Meat;” Kathleen Kase Burk, “Life Forms;” Dee Hartman, “At Rest;” Billie Hollen, “A New York Reflection;” Raphael Voltz, “Neon and Cadmiom;” Cynthia Ake Rabold, “Emerald Isle Beach;” and Dave Hammaker, “Icelandic Island.”

The Museum celebrates the exhibition at the Wicked Wednesday program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. and features a light supper, libations and live music by the Raining Blue. Cost is $15 per person. Please contact the Museum at 946-4464 or altoona@samaart.org for reservations.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona is located in the Brett Building at 1210 11th Ave. The museum is closed on Sunday and Monday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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