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Displayed at
the Community Arts Center
of Cambria County
June 4 - June 25
Summer Show 2021
About the Juror
Dr. Vicki A. Clark

Vicki A. Clark, PhD, is an independent curator based in Pittsburgh. She has curated shows and written articles and books about the artists of SW PA. She has also taught contemporary art history at most area universities and worked as curator of contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the University Gallery at Clarion University. Currently, she is working on a historical exhibition of Group A, formed in Pittsburgh as the Abstract Group in 1944, writing reviews and articles in local and national magazines, and collaborating as Visual Arts Specialist with Ballet and Beyond Borders based in Missoula, MT.

As a curator, critic, and college professor, I have been looking at art for more years than I am willing to acknowledge. You would think that I would be jaded by this point, but given the chance to juror this show, that proved to be impossible. I had already experienced exquisite beauty on the drive from Pittsburgh with the freshness of the spring, that effervescence of new life, before I saw the work to be considered.
I was happily surprised to see the incredible efforts of members who submitted work to the show. If only more people could enjoy what I saw, more would understand the joy and the necessity of art in our lives. In a range of mediums, you each reinforced my belief in art and its ability to impress and challenge.
The entries went from detailed, realistic portraiture to digitally manipulated photographs, each adding a melange of styles and methods. Landscapes photographed, painted or abstracted made me think about how we view our environment while abstract works elicited deeper ideas and feelings or depended upon elements of design. From pencil drawings to larger than life installations, art acted on various levels, allowing the viewer their own vision, as always, filtered through their experiences.
An exhibition of this size is perfect because it offers many ideas and methods. It also gives us breathing room to experience each and every work. Thanks to all the artists who gave me and other viewers the opportunity to see art and our world in new ways and to challenge our conception about both art and the world.

from left front: Dan Helsel, Patrise Henkel, back row: Shelly Poli, Donald Patcher, 
and Kenneth Cotlar  Award winners not present: Norman Ed and Ann Dougherty 

The Artists Opening Reception was held on June 4th in the gallery.
Mouse over to see details of each work, click to enlarge. Apologies in advance for quality of photos of works under glass.
Alan Lichtenfels, Carpenter Bird, metal - $400
Alan Lichtenfels, Duck with Heart, metal - $460
Alan Lichtenfels, Robin, metal - NFS
Alan Rauch Beautiful, Inside and Out, acrylic - $700
Ann Dougherty, Essence, oil on canvas - NFS
Schrock Watercolor Award - Ann Dougherty, Improvision V, ink and watercolor - $500
Bennett Vaughn, October 1999, photography - $400
Betty Cernansky, Autumn Stillness, oil on canvas - $100
Betty Cernansky, Easter Sunday, oil on canvas - $100
Bill Dembowski, Hilltop Array, photography - $200
Bill Dembowski, Splintered Tree, photography - $200
Bonnie Friedline, Overcoming 417, acrylic mixed media - NFS
Chris Tower,  Face of the Building, acrylic
Chris Tower, Geometry with Purple Angle, acrylic
Dan Eash, Seeing the Light, hand built ceramic bottle - $425
Mary Lessard/Thomas Bicho Award - Dan Helsel, Hay Bales, oil gesso panel - $850
Mary Lessard/Thomas Bicho Award - Dan Helsel, Smooth Sailing, oil gesso panel - $550
David Kasuba, Tranquility, photography - $180
Diana Williams, Wide Eyed Wonder, oil on linen - $1500
Lynn Musulin Photography Award - Donald Patcher, Mystic Pines, 3D Fractal Collage - $80
Doreen Kasey-Hagans, Simple Times, photography - $180
Duane Webb, Bow Instruments, oil on linen - $470
Gillian Hurt, Abstract Lake, graphite - NFS
Gillian Hurt, Abstract Pond, graphite - $55
Bryan Smith, Stackhouse Still Life, photography - $150
Janice Sandak, Serenity, pencil - $250
Jim Richey, Watatu, photography - $155
Joanne Mekis, The Divine Dance: Nebula, acrylic
Joe Berezansky, Jubilation, acrylic on canvas - NFS
Joy Fairbanks, Lily Pads, photography - $275
Kathy Charney, Lovely Picking Strawberries, oil on linen - $800
Kathy Feiser, Pretty Kitty, pastel -  $150
Kathy Feiser, self portrait, oil - NFS
Ken Cotlar, 543, acrylic on canvas - $1500
Dr Magdi & Karen Azer Award - Ken Cotlar, 544, acrylic on canvas - $1500
Lida Hood, All that Glitters, mixed media - $130
Lida Hood, Owl See You Soon, mixed media - $125
Lora Marsh, Muddy Pond, ceramic - $50
Marianne Krizner, Revealed, oil on canvas - $300
Mary Ann Regula, The Beauty of Summer, Watercolor/acrylic - $90
Ed & Kay Kale Award - Norman Ed, Three Chairs: Sermon on the Mount, sculpture - $2000
Norman Ed, Three Doors (Denial), sculpture - $1200
Kenneth & Pamela Cotlar Award - Patrise Henkel, Formation 1, acrylic on wood panel - $222
Patti Brant, Sabastian, charcoal - NFS
Paul Seymour, Pink Roses, oil on panel - NFS
Paul Seymour, Spring Splendor, oil on panel - $200
Saundra Gramling, Across the Border, watercolor - $125
Saundra Gramling, Face of Dance, charcoal - $150
Anna Antemann Award - Shelly Poli, Brown Creeper, watercolor - $375
Anna Antemann Award - Shelly Poli, Tom, pastel on sandpaper - NFS
Steven Stern, Framed by her Arms, acrylic on canvas - $425
Steven Sterns, 5 Euros in Paris, acrylic on canvas - $425
Theresa Walters, Leap for Joy, soft pastel on sandpaper - NFS
Zone Patcher, Imposed Perspective, 3D Fractal - $500
This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Kase-Burk, who served as our President from 2014 - 2020