September at the art center is going to be a lively month-nearly every week we have an event or two or seven for our neighbors to enjoy. Entertainment and community involvement are our specialties (as is art, of course!) and we can’t wait to reconnect with old friends and make new ones with what’s to come!
To kick off the month, we hosted our annual Fred Rogers reception last Thursday, which, to say the least, was a huge success. Nearly two-hundred people attended the gathering and enjoyed the beautiful artwork, delicious food, and wonderful company. Though our juror Jeannie McGuire and judge Bud Gibbons could unfortunately not attend, Gabi presented the awards for “Best in Show,” the Mr. Fred Rogers award for innovation, Ned J. Nakles award for excellence in oil and acrylic, and six merit awards. Congratulations to Jeffrey Rouse for winning Best in Show with his piece “Dappled Light”! Every artist did an exceptional job, and we are fortunate to have such gorgeous works being displayed in our gallery. In a few weeks, students from Latrobe Area School District will be coming to choose artwork for the special GLSD Art Collection, a seventy-eight year old organization designed to expose students to works of original art. Our unique partnership and exhibit continues to grow and allows us to fulfill our mission of fostering creativity in the area. With the show running until the 30th, there’s plenty of time to check out the gallery and admire these artists’ talents!
In addition to the fall fitness classes, pop-the-corks, and Tunes-day Tuesdays that will be taking place throughout the month, we’re thrilled to host our seventh annual auction on the twenty-fifth at the Latrobe Country Club.
We’re always making new friends at the art center, and today we had the wonderful opportunity to host a tour group from Ontario, Canada! Our mission involved making coasters, a simple yet incredibly fun project where we drop different color dyes on tile to create an aesthetically unique design. Our Canadian friends also enjoyed lunch from the Café and did a scavenger hunt of the original paintings in the gallery. Everyone had a really great time, in fact, they said they wished to have an organization like us in Canada! Who knows, maybe our next venture will be promoting creativity with our northern neighbors?