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Allegheny Valley artists celebrate “New Beginnings” in the Tarentum gallery exhibition

The Allegheny Valley League of Artists will celebrate “New Beginnings” with an exhibition with this name in the Manos Gallery in Taranto.

“We are returning to the field after the pandemic, so the name fits the times,” said Patti Giordano of Lower Burrell, president of the league.

“New Beginnings” will open with a reception from noon to 5 pm Saturday in the gallery at 320 E. Fifth Ave., in the historic building that once housed the Manos Theater. Light appetizers will be served.

Running until August 27, it is the league’s first group show since before the pandemic and its first group show at Manos.

The league has an active membership of about 20, and most of them will exhibit, Giordano said. Many of the members also belong to other artist groups, including the East Suburban Artist League and the New Kensington Camera Club.

Featured works will include acrylics, watercolors, photography, jewelry and painted hats and bags. All items will be on sale.

Among the exhibitors is Allegheny Township’s Peter Cehily, who has exhibited in regional jury exhibitions in locations including Hoyt Art Center, Westmoreland Art Nationals, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Merrick Gallery, and Sweetwater Art Center.

Previously, working primarily with acrylics, Cehily said: “I chose three pieces that incorporate a mix of different media as mixed media is my new medium.”

One of Cehily’s pieces incorporates enamel paint and sand along with acrylic. The others blend ink drawings and sketches with other media.

“I have accumulated a lot of these sketches and working with mixed media offers a perfect opportunity to use them very creatively in the work I show,” said Cehily, who studied drawing and painting at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and County Community College. by Westmoreland.

Giordano, mostly self-taught, will exhibit the watercolors.

“I love the watercolor movement. It always surprises you, “she said.

A close-knit group

The AVLA was organized about six years ago and has previously held seminars and exhibitions at the New Kensington Art Center and the Peoples Library in New Kensington. This summer, the group also met at a local park.

Most members are residents of New Kensington, Lower Burrell and Natrona Heights, but membership is open to anyone, Giordano said.

“The Allegheny Valley League of Artists is a great, close-knit group of local artists who know each other and are committed to expanding and promoting the visual arts in AK Valley,” said Cehily. “This is the first time that I exhibit at the Manos Gallery. Many other artists in our group have often exhibited their work there, and it is a very exciting place ”.

The gallery opened in November 2020 and is run by Ernesto Camacho and Brian DeFelices as a showcase for local artists and Camacho’s work. It also hosts painting courses and wine and art evenings.

“It’s always exciting to have a new gallery in the local area that offers eclectic variety and an opportunity for artists to showcase their art and come together,” Cehily said.

“New Beginnings” will be available for viewing during gallery hours: Wednesday 11am to 4pm, Thursday-Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturday noon to 5pm.

For more information about the exhibit or activities and AVLA membership, call 724-335-2914 or 724-980-6566.

Shirley McMarlin is a writer on the Tribune-Review staff. You can contact Shirley by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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