Today was the second annual Spring Artists Fair at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, an event that, as Museum Shop Manager, I am responsible for! And what fun we had! There were 27 artists from potters to paper cutters, jewelry makers to painters. Not a huge crowd attended (about 200 people) but that was twice the number we had last year and they were in shopping mood, which is great since this event supports both the artists and the museum. Here are some pictures taken by my wonderful husband, George.
There was my friend Nan with her lovely spring felt flowers (and her new website, check it out on my links! Cindy, you did a great job!)
Jan McNeel filling in for Daughter Carolynne McNeel who makes stunning jewelry from watch parts and typewriter keys, to name a few.
Marta Urban who does Pennsylvania Fraktur.
Quilter, Jim Mikula who was one of the featured artists of our past exhibition, "Man-Made Quilts."
Sue Pollins (in blue) with Nadine Reposky, a new paper artist in the Museum Shop. Sue does watercolor paintings of Greensburg, our town and just about everything else at and for the Museum: she's a docent, an art teacher, a shop volunteer, a member of the Women's Committee - and that's all volunteer work! What a girl!
Bob Jones, painter and print maker and Shirleah Kelly, paper artist and photographer. Bob has been a long time friend of the Museum and Shirley has just joined the docent corps and the Women's Committee.
Gorgeous wood turned urns by George Radeschi, represented here by his wife, Loretta and friend.
Glass by Rose Kmetz.
Five fabulous jewelry artists, top to bottom: Billie and John Humberger, Carol Pollock, Susan Hill, Gerry Florida, and Merriann Grant. I am wearing the "Ginnie" necklace by Gerry Florida in my profile picture.
Scherenschnitte (paper cutting) artist, Kathy Trexel-Reed, who will be featured in our small gallery paper cutting show in July 2010.
A very versatile artist, Alexis Dillon who is a photographer, a paper artist and a potter.
Potters, Bridget Mayak (Touchstone Artist of the Year) who does raku birds and Ben Eisaman who does functional items (where did Ben go????)
Three painters and printmakers, top to bottom: Gloria Hersch, Tim Thompson, and Tom Norulak wearing a "Pittsburgh is Art" tee shirt (must get some of those for the shop!)
Four more fantastic jewelry artists, top to bottom: Pat Fitzgerald, Dora Lee Rosenfeld, PamelaJean Werner and Tristine Herb.
The weather was wet and cold outside but the friends and conversation were warm and friendly inside the Museum this April day. A good time was had by all! Thanks to everyone for helping make it such a smashing success!