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Blair Medical Associates Supports the Arts
February 29, 2008 - Emily Dimov-Gottshall
I recently put up a show at Blair Medical Associates in Altoona. Vicki Baughman, the coordinator, has a rotation of artists to display work for several months in the hallway of Blair Medical. It's a huge honor to have my work there as Joe Servello was on display for sometime as well as many other local artists.
I have about 12 paintings on display at the moment. I was afraid I wouldn't have enough art but as it turns out I brought 2 paintings too many!
Later, I submitted one painting to the Art in Common group show at the library that will be held for the Month of March. Kay Shade is the art coordinator there and is wonderful to work with. Art in Common is also having a "meet the artist "event on the 11th of March at 7pm in the theater downstairs in the Library as well.
Let me just say, having to carry all this art work, let alone work on it while it's 10 degrees outside and you have a cold, is not easy. Most of my time was balanced between taking care of my kids and making mad dashes to the garage to carry various wood/supplies (I paint on Masonite boards supported by wood braces) to the basement. Not fun. When I was lived in Southern California, the only thing I'd have to worry about was rain or the occasional earthquake. Okay, maybe snow isn't so bad...
Anyway, there seems to be quite a few events coming up in Altoona for sharing art and viewing it as well. One is called "Oh, so big" supported by Blair County Arts Foundation (BCAF). They are accepting pieces on April 1st and will be displayed for the entire month in their office in Downtown Altoona. Pieces must be wire hung. So all in all, people are genuinely interested in sharing the arts with the public and giving a variety of artists a chance to share their take on the world.