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Jar donated in honor of SAMA board member

Courtesy photo Barry Newborn (right) presented “Black and White Water Jar with Bird” to the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in honor of Ed O’Brien (left) for his spport and dedication to the museum.

LORETTO — Barry Newborn, owner of Newborn Enterprises, Altoona, and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art trustee board president, donated “Black and White Water Jar with Bird” to SAMA so its story and history will be preserved.

Newborn donated this piece to honor fellow board member Ed O’Brien for his support and dedication to the museum.

Even in times of stress, O’Brien’s unwavering love of and service to the arts is always present.

Vanessa Houser, SAMA executive director said, “This donation is a beautiful reminder of the way art infiltrates so much of our lives, including our relationships. The SAMA family has a unique bond that I am honored to witness.”

“The Black and White Water Jar with Bird” is a collaborative piece by Tammy Garcia and Preston Singletary.

The two artists worked together to create this water jar to reflect the styles of the Southwest and used sandblasting to carve the patterns.

Garcia is a potter from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. Clay was her first medium, and she has since done works in glass (like the water jar SAMA received) as well as works in bronze.

The carved patterns in the water jar are a traditional design feature used by the potters from her pueblo.

Singletary is of Tlingit descent, indigenous people in the Pacific Northwest and Canada’s west coast.

He works in glass, and since the late 1980s, incorporates Tlingit symbols in his work and collaborates with Indigenous artists in the U.S. and other countries.

With his glass blowing background, he teams up with other artists to apply their artistic techniques to the medium of glass.

“This Black and White Water Jar with Bird” by Garcia and Singletary will be on display as part of the permanent collection at the Loretto museum, which is on the campus of Saint Francis University.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

The museum is open to the public free of charge.

For more information, visit www.sama-art.org or call 472-3920.

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