Art on display
Annual Allied Artists show kicks off Saturday
“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.
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.