Art on dis­play

An­nual Al­lied Artists show kicks off Satur­day

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDITOR

“It’s our duty to leave a legacy to our de­scen­dants which en­riches lives through the arts. The com­mu­nity and per­sonal ben­e­fits from the arts are end­less . ... ” Diane Smith, vice pres­i­dent

Paint from a pal­ette can spark the fire of cre­ativ­ity in the minds of chil­dren: that’s the il­lus­tra­tion an artists or­ga­ni­za­tion seeks to pass on with an event this week­end.

The 57th an­nual Al­lied Artists of Schuylkill County Art Ex­hibit will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Satur­day to July 21 — with an ad­di­tional view­ing time from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday — at Foursquare Gospel Church, 2300 Ma­han­tongo St., Pottsville, ac­cord­ing to Marg Wolf, AASC pres­i­dent. En­try to the ex­hibit is free.

The ex­hibit is “a good way for peo­ple to come out and see what is avail­able in the arts in our com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing ar­eas. No mat­ter what they do, whether they’re get­ting an award or not, they’re ex­press­ing them­selves. And that’s never a bad thing,” Diane Smith, AASC vice pres­i­dent, said.

More­over, pass­ing on that free ex­pres­sion is the mis­sion ob­jec­tive for the Al­lied Artists, who seek to plant the artis­tic ker­nel in the minds of youth who can only ben­e­fit from its growth.

“It’s our duty to leave a legacy to our de­scen­dants which en­riches lives through the arts. The com­mu­nity and per­sonal ben­e­fits from the

arts are end­less. Chil­dren do bet­ter aca­dem­i­cally; their senses are stim­u­lated; and they per­form at the top of their po­ten­tial when they’re ex­posed to the arts both in school and in the com­mu­nity,” Smith said. “Even when you’re go­ing to be em­ployed, cre­ativ­ity in a per­son is sought af­ter by em­ploy­ers. We think it’s im­por­tant to stress that in the com­mu­nity and all the peo­ple we come in con­tact with.”

The show will kick off Satur­day with the Pre­miere. There, an­nounced to the pub­lic, will be the judges’ awards — first, sec­ond, third and two honor­able men­tions — for the four ex­hibit cat­e­gories: not un­der glass; un­der glass; pho­tog­ra­phy; and mixed me­dia, i.e., where you can ap­ply se­quins or card­board — not strictly oils or wa­ter­col­ors, ac­cord­ing to Sue Wag­ner, AASC trea­surer.

Al­though the judges pored through all the art and chose win­ners the week be­fore, pa­trons of the ex­hibit will have an op­por­tu­nity to vote on the Peo­ples’ Choice Award. The win­ners of the Peo­ples’ Choice will be an­nounced July 21. There are 105 artists par­tic­i­pat­ing, with about 25 to 30 en­tries in each cat­e­gory, Wolf said.

The judged show, Wolf said, is dif­fer­ent than a ju­ried ex­hibit, where an artist must sub­mit a piece prior to be­ing ac­cepted to be part of an ex­hibit. The judged show, there­fore, al­lows for more in­clu­siv­ity and shirks the no­tion that some art­work isn’t good enough to par­tic­i­pate.

“Some of the pieces they re­ject are POS­I­TIVELY spec­tac­u­lar,” Smith opined, with Wolf adding that “they (re­jected artists) will end up go­ing some­place else and win­ning an award.”

The fea­tured artist this year is Karen Stafford, a Penn­syl­va­nia na­tive who works with pen­cil, acrylics and wa­ter­color. She has painted mu­rals for Lake Wynonah, Se­ton Manor and Schuylkill Women in Cri­sis, ac­cord­ing to Smith and the AASC web­site, www. schuylkil­lart.com.

At the Cor­ner Gallery, an in­trigued pa­tron can find for sale prints, orig­i­nals, note cards and more, ac­cord­ing to Smith. Many pieces in the Main Gallery are also for sale, al­though some are not, she said.

“Some of the artists also do beau­ti­ful cards,” es­pe­cially for the hol­i­days, Smith said.

Aside from many Al­lied Artists ex­hibit­ing at show­rooms around the county, Amy Schade will be in­struct­ing a col­lage work­shop on Aug. 16, while Karen We­ber will be in­struct­ing an oil paint­ing work­shop Sept. 26, both at the Yuengling Man­sion, 1440 Ma­han­tongo St., Pottsville. The Al­lied Artists of Schuylkill County are a 501(c)3 non­profit and are al­ways seek­ing spon­sors. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the AASC Face­book page or its web­site at www.schuylkil­lart.com.

DAVID MCKEOWN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Fea­tured artist Karen Stafford, Lake Wynonah, sets up her gallery for the 57th an­nual Al­lied Artists of Schuylkill County Art Ex­hibit. The show runs 6 to 8 p.m. daily Satur­day through July 21 at Foursquare Gospel Church, Pottsville. An ad­di­tional view­ing time is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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