European Influences Come to Latrobe

Latrobe, PA: Beginning Thursday, November 5, Latrobe Art Center will be displaying the works of well-known local artist, Jonelle Summerfield, as the winter season featured exhibitionist. To recognize her talents, guests in the community are invited to Latrobe Art Center for the reception to be held on Friday, November 14 from 7-9 P.M. This will be splendid evening of art, music, food, and drinks.

Having been exposed to art since childhood, Summerfield started to learn how to paint only after graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She began taking workshops with artists who she admired and worked to turn painting into a full time career. Summerfield joined Latrobe Art Center in 2007 where she sold paintings, and three years later, she worked with her local Arts Council to form an annual Open Studio Tour featuring several local artists. Since 2012, she has dedicated all of her time to art.

When asked what motivates her aesthetics, Summerfield relays: “travel and my internship experience in London are the biggest influence on my style and subject matter.” While there, she visited London’s famous museums, sometimes a few times a week. The classical works there, especially Rembrandt, John Singer Sargent and Vermeer, served as her inspiration. Europe is one of her favorite subjects for paintings, where she concentrates on sidewalk cafes, busy streets, and the interiors of coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Her main focus is to paint peaceful scenes that remind one of the good things in life. However, no subject is excluded from Jonelle’s portfolio, as she also paints cats, Pennsylvania townscapes and still lifes.

Director Gabrielle Nastuck says: “Latrobe Art Center is thrilled to display Summerfield’s pieces and we would like to invite everyone in the Neighborhood to her reception on Friday, November 14 from 7-9 P.M. Food and drinks will be available, and guests will be able to meet the artist. Summerfield’ European inspired works are both beautiful and captivating.”

The show will be on display until January 9.  For more information, call 724-537-7011, visit, or check out their Facebook Page at:

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