painting by Ralph Clemenson
POSSIBILITIES Choices People Supporting People
displayed at UCP, Richland in June 2008
Choices, located on Jari Drive near the Galleria, hosted a show for artists with disabilities.

Allied Artists was well represented in this show, with three of our members displaying their works at this event.
Allied Artist Member Gary McClemens had six works entered in the show. Gary is a 1975 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He was a lumberjack until 2000, when a tree came crashing on him. Though confined to a wheelchair, Gary remains deeply involved in art. He is also the current editor of our AAJ newsletter.
Fellow member Kenneth Korber had three works displayed in the show. His detailed paintings have a tranquil quality about them that you must view in person to truly appreciate.
Patti Bartis had one oil painting being displayed.
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Allied Artist members joined with the community of Moxham for second Sunday festivities throughout the summer months. Artists works were displayed for sale, and it was a good time to just converse with others.
left: Sandy Vigna prepares her booth for the day's activities, Helen Thorne and Marianne Krizner set up their display of works for sale.
In a rousing night, members got together to show their work, give and receive advice, and talk about diverse topics including composition, Photoshop, and color mixing.
Kelly Fritz of Richland entered "Antoinette"Eric Olsen of Somerset entered "Self-Portrait
Scholarship winners were also permitted to enter works in the show. Kelly Fritz of Richland , Eric Olsen of Somerset , Matthew Pekala of Windber, and Stef Martin of Richland entered in the exhibit.
Good food and good friends were in abundance at the Artists opening reception at the Bottleworks. The night's activities were highlighted by the ceremonies to honor the award winners in the exhibit. Former AAJ member Kathy Rosensteel served as juror for this exhibit. Kathy has been painting, teaching, and exhibiting for the past 30 years. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Southwest Council for the Arts, and her paintings have been published in many books.
Besides Berezansky's winning piece, 2nd place went to Joy Fairbanks for her collage "Great Escapes", 3rd Place to Rich Newill for his acrylic and graphite "My First Dollar", and Honorable Mentions went to James Richey for his photo "Rainbow" and to Glenn Brougher for his photo "We won the Race Today".
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Harriet Goff birthday gathering
On April 16, 2008, friends gathered together at Westmont's Community Arts Center to celebrate the 100th birthday of Harriet Goff, one of the founding members of Allied Artists.
front: Marianne Krizner, Pat Brougher, Harriet Goff, and Betty Clemenson middle row: Lida Hood, Rose Mary Hagadus, Glenn Brougher, Theresa Prostejovsky, Cathy Brown, Joanne Johnson, and Jean Casale back row: Janie Leck-Grela, LaVerne Legath, Sandy Grech, Florence Doyka, Helen Thorne, Rosemary Pawlowski, and Duane Webb
The Demo In a Nutshell:
Step #1 - Stencil is cut and placed onto glass.
Step #2 - Exposed glass is sandblasted.
Step #3 - Animal based glue crystals are mixed with water and cooked at 150 degrees for 30 minutes.
Step #4 - Specific areas of stencil are removed and glue is applied at about 1/16 inch thickness.
Step #5 - Remainder of stencil is removed. Project is set aside to allow glue to dry.
Step #6 - Glue "pops" off, removing small shards of glass with it, hence, "chipped glass."
Glue Chipped Glass Demonstration  
A Glue Chipped Glass Demonstration was held on May 14th at Big City Signs in Ferndale.  Bob Hovanec shared his knowledge and expertise with attendees, and took them through the entire process... from mixing and cooking the animal based glue, preparing and applying the stencils, sandblasting the glass surface, adhering the glue to the glass, and watching the glue as it popped off the glass to leave behind spectacular images. It was an incredible learning experience!
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AUTUMN INSPIRATION    Plein Aire at Naeskahoni Town

The Allied Artists enjoyed an afternoon together in October at Naeskahoni Village in Black Lick, and learned alot about the native American culture that existed before the European arrival.  Thanks to our VP Pam Laney for organizing this outing.
Indian Heritage Historian Butch Laney and granddaughter Crystal gave an informative tour consisting of seven different types of dwellings, tools, and toys that were utilized by the five native American tribes of the Iroquois. See their website at:

Published in the Tribune Democrat: September 11, 2009         

Sentimental gift: Couple donate fighter jet painting to museum

The Tribune-Democrat

Westmont artist Marianne Krizner has had many of her paintings displayed in area exhibitions, but a work she did 30 years ago will be standing the test of time in an esteemed museum’s permanent collection.

It has been three decades since she created an oil painting depicting two Douglas AD Skyraiders flying above the USS Coral Sea in celebration of her husband, Bob’s, 51st birthday.

Bob, a former Navy pilot who achieved the rank of lieutenant junior grade and served from 1946 through 1952, flew a Skyraider and served on the 1,000-foot, straight-deck Coral Sea.

The Krizners made a decision to offer the 57-by-48-inch painting to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla. (below)

Marianne (seated above) with the painting, sent a letter and photograph of the painting for the museum’s consideration.

Bob belongs to a group of aviators called the Flying Midshipmen Association. The flight program was created in the late 1940s, when Congress approved a proposal by Rear Adm. James L. Holloway Jr. to revitalize the Navy’s flying force. Depleted by wartime casualties and the post- World War II discharge of seasoned aviators, this initiative was designed to replace losses by attracting high school graduates to flying careers by paying for two years of college education. The U.S. Navy gained more than 2,000 aviators this way, including Bob.

“While at a reunion of the Flying Midshipmen at Pensacola in May, we went to the museum and learned that our offer had been accepted,” Bob said.

The painting will soon be in possession of the world’s largest naval aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida.

Hill Goodspeed, aviation museum historian and artifact collections manager, said a painting has to meet certain criteria before being added to the museum’s permanent collection, which now numbers about 3,900 pieces.

“We look at the quality of the piece, the condition, and (we) look at the needs of our collection before we obtain it,” he said.

“The painting may be displayed in any number of galleries, on the museum floor, in offices or next to the appropriate aircraft,” Goodspeed said.

“We have about 750,000 visitors each year to our museum.”

Goodspeed said only about 10 pieces a year are considered for acquisition.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think the painting would be going to a museum,” Marianne said.

But the decision to give up the painting that has meant so much to the Krizner family is bittersweet.

The couple carefully transported the painting to Baltimore, where it was crated and shipped to the aviation museum.

The space above the sofa in the family room may be empty, but the expanse is full of memories.

The project began when the couple went to Buck’s Hobby Shop in downtown Johnstown in search of an authentic model of the aircraft carrier Coral Sea.

“They had one, and we brought it home and let our boys put it together,” Marianne said.

The model, which still is on display in the Krizner home, is detailed right down to the line of anti-aircraft guns below the flight deck.

“I have never been over the ocean, but I decided to paint the aircraft flying in a threatening sky while they flew over the carrier in rough seas, because Bob told me of some of his stressful experiences while trying to land in such conditions,” she said.

The whitecaps on the ocean’s surface in the painting are representative of the choppy seas, as is the wake of the ship, which dissipates quickly in rugged water.

The model served as the perfect replica for Marianne to use in her painting.

But getting the scale correct for such a large work is no easy matter.

“With a large piece like this, I work from the top down,”Marianne said. “I couldn’t place the canvas on an easel, so I just kept the work area level in front of me.”

Prior to shipment, the Krizners had the painting professionally photographed in order to have prints made to be given to each of their six children: Douglas of Los Angeles; Richard of Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County; Thomas of Portland, Ore.; Ellen Warner of Brookeville, Md.; Lauren of Washington, D.C.; and Allison of San Francisco.

“Because of its size, we don’t think any of our children would have the room to display it,” Marianne said. “And how does a parent choose which one of the six children would get it? If you leave it to one, then the others couldn’t enjoy it.”

While Marianne signs her paintings by using just her first name and the year painted, the museum will have a small placard listing the full name of the artist.

While the painting has much sentimental value to Bob, he has no qualms about giving it away.

“We have enjoyed it for 30 years and I think we will miss the painting equally,” he said. “We do consider it a family heirloom and it’s a nice legacy that someday our grandchildren or great-grandchildren can see this in a museum and realize it’s part of their family history.”

Bob never spoke much about his naval experiences to his children.

For his 80th birthday, all six siblings collaborated to produce a moving video tribute to their father’s military days.

During an interview, Bob sat in front of the painting to tell his story of how he always wanted to be a Navy pilot dating to his high school days. He spoke of how he achieved his dream after years of education, training and dedicated military service. He recalled many of his comrades, some of whom lost their lives during training missions. Bob’s main aircraft, the Douglas AD Skyraider dive bomber, was produced too late to take part in World War II. It became the backbone of U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and Marine Corps strike aircraft sorties in the Korean War.

Bob retired in 1984 after 31 years of service from Johnstown Works, U.S. Steel as the superintendent of employee relations.

Marianne was a stay-at-home mom for years before resuming her career as an English teacher at Our Mother of Sorrows Parochial School, where she also taught art from 1980-1995. She studied art in college and took private painting classes from such well-known local artists as Harriet Goff.

Artists Hall of Fame

The 2011 Bottle Works Artists Hall of Fame
honored one of AAJ'S long standing members,
Sally Stewart.

Sally is a native of Johnstown and an internationally
known painter and sculptor. The body of works that
Sally has, and continues to create, is extraordinary.
She is very active in the community and has been
involved in many projects throughout our region,
including designing and creating the large wooden
doors of the Community Art Center of Cambria County
and a collection of works
depicting the 1889 Johnstown Flood. Sally's accomplishments in the art world are far too numerous to mention here, but she has always been proudest of her 30 plus years of teaching art in the Greater Johnstown Area. Sally has taught many of our AAJ members and states "there is no good or bad art; it's just good to do art".

From your fellow artists and members of Allied Artists, CONGRATULATIONS Sally on your induction into the Artists Hall of Fame.

Check out this article of what our 2009 Scholarship Recipient OLIVIA LOCHER has been up to recently