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Exhibitions and Events

"Haymills" an infrared photo is exhibited in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Annual Juried Exhibit at the Southern Alleghenies Museum in Ligonier. The show opens November 22, 2014.
And speaking of SAMA, the Southern Alleghenies Museum in Loretto Biennial 2014 contains two Dillon panoramas, "Zero Gravity", and "Merry-Go-Unround". The opening reception is on December 5, 2014.
Solo exhibition "An Informal Gathering" at the Greensburg-Hempfield Library ,
Opening Reception July 11, 2014 from 6-8 pm . BYOB
Show runs until August 30.
Show contains over 30 photographs, over 30 pots, and a selection of photo transfers on tile .

The show runs til Feb. 26, 2012
.Here is an article from the Post Gazette
Bringing local artists to light at Saint Vincent
Exhibit will offer something for all, director says
Thursday, February 02, 2012
By Mary Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Once Brother Nathan Cochran settled upon an idea for his latest exhibition -- to bring attention to the talents of 20 regional artists -- the hard work began: deciding which artists to include.

The Saint Vincent Gallery director said that Western Pennsylvania is home to an abundance of accomplished artists and it was difficult to winnow those to 20 for this show, titled "2 x 20: Twenty Regional Artists Everyone Should Know." Most of the artists who made the cut will attend a free public reception from 6 to 8:30 tonight at the gallery on the campus of Saint Vincent College.

This exhibition is different for the gallery in that it does not have a theme that is common to all of the works. Past shows have featured, for example, landscape painters or watercolorists who paint urban scenes. For "2 x 20," Brother Nathan broadly selected artists whose work he has admired and wanted to showcase. His criteria included skill in technique and craftsmanship and the capacity to communicate a unique vision. Men and women and experienced and emerging artists are represented, as well as a range of ages and media.

Bud Gibbons, an internationally exhibited professor of art at Penn State University, New Kensington, shows two large paintings in which his son becomes a sort of Everyman, looking over the vast landscape of "Distant" and standing at the brink of an "Event Horizon."

Christopher McGinnis, adjunct assistant professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University, exhibits "Fracking the Shale" and the six-panel "Fragments #7," drawn from his interest in America's urban-industrial heritage.

Ron Romano, a Monongahela resident and public school art teacher, shows two colorful, textured abstract works, "Magico" and "Sonos," in which he uses paint buildups and scratched markings to create depth.

Zachary Brown of Mars, a master's of fine arts candidate, is an example of an emerging artist, with two figural works of oil and copper leaf on panel. "I think he's a showstopper," Brother Nathan said, "and, at 23, he's the youngest of the lot."

Timothy Thompson of Greensburg does not have formal art training and paints as a hobby. He works in small scale -- 7-inches by 3-inches -- and uses small brushes to create landscapes with four or five colors and four or five brush strokes, Brother Nathan said.

Eric Armusik of Hamburg, Berks County, references historical and contemporary art. Brother Nathan has annotated his "Self Portrait with the Head of Damien Hirst" to explain the critique of the controversial Mr. Hirst, perhaps best known for his 1990s work of a shark suspended in formaldehyde. Mr. Armusik, one of several exhibiting artists who accept national commissions, completed a painting of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for a parish bearing her name in Carnegie last year.

Because the works are so varied, they presented a challenge to install, requiring sensitivity to larger, more assertive works competing with smaller ones.

"It was difficult to hang," Brother Nathan conceded. "How do you pair or complement them?"

For example, Paul Sirofchuck of Ligonier makes furniture that borders on sculpture. His "Perfect Union" -- a chest of spalted maple, cherry, walnut, purple heart and ebony woods -- is a centerpiece of the exhibition. But Brother Nathan said he had to be careful about what he placed near it.

"If I put John Del Monte's painting of freshly caught fish over the chest, it might look like a House Beautiful photograph of a hunting lodge," he said.

In addition to Mr. Del Monte of Bethel Park, other exhibitors are Pittsburghers Elizabeth Myers Castonguay, Robert Daley, Patrick Lee, Anne Lopez and Duncan MacDiarmid; Neilson Carlin, Kennett Square, Chester County; Alexis Dillon, Greensburg; John Hinderliter, Bethel Park; Barbara Kern-Bush, Saltsburg; Dan Overdorff, Mount Pleasant; John Ritter, Ligonier; and Eric Kunde, Rocky River, Ohio.

Brother Nathan stressed that the show has something for everyone.

"If you love portraiture, there are wonderful portraits. If you love symbolism and allegory, there's that. There's reference to contemporary issues with environmentalism. There's abstraction, beautiful paintings of beautiful scenery that some may recognize, wonderful craftsmanship, particularly in the furniture. Every visitor should come away touched by at least one or two of the pieces," he said.

"It's a nice, eclectic mix."

The free exhibit continues through Feb. 26 on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center, Saint Vincent College in Unity near Latrobe. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Most of the artworks are for sale. Information:

Mary Thomas: or 412-263-1925.

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