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ART IN THE ALLEY

Westmoreland Cultural Trust and the Incubator for the Arts officially launched the interactive public art project “Art in the Alley” on Thursday, April 12, 2018.  The alley initiative includes vibrant colors and original works by Incubator for the Arts and local artists.  

These original culturally encompassing pieces are installed and featured on the alley side of the Union Trust Building facing The Palace Theatre’s S&T Bank Courtyard and will soon launch various pop-up exhibits tied to the TGIS summer concert series.  The project creates an additional destination spot in Greensburg, improves and enhances the artistic climate of the community, and adds color to the local landscape in the growing downtown cultural district, all the while giving local artists exposure and a new audience for their work.

The art initiative is well underway thanks to grant funding, individual donations and city support.

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Pop-ups in the Alley

Savannah Butler – Savvy Shots Photography
July 30 – September 7
             

From July 30 to September 7, WCT’s Artist in Residence Savannah Butler will display a pop-up photography exhibit, featuring photos of local musicians, on the fence in Art in the Alley. Savannah is the owner of Greensburg-based photography and videography company Savvy Shots Photography, specializing in portraiture, event, and commercial photography.

Michael Riggs
July 9-18
             

Michael Riggs is a skilled welder, fabricator, metal artist, and owner of Riggs Custom Welding and Fabrication. Originally from Greensburg, PA he has recently returned to raise his children with his loving wife after spending the last fifteen years in Southern California. Always an artist at heart, Michael has discovered the hidden artistry within welding. Using metal as a form of expression seemed to come natural to him. He takes pride in his work, loves spending time with family and friends, and looks forward to sharing his work with everyone in the community.
“Creativity is contagious…pass it on” – Albert Einstein

You can find more art by Miachael Riggs — Instagram: @mrriggswelder7171 Facebook: Riggs Custom Welding and Fabrication LLC

 

 

Kayla LaVerde
June 29 – July 9
             

Kayla LaVerde is an artist from Irwin, Pennsylvania. As a child, drawing was an obsession. She continued with art classes throughout her middle school and high school career. After graduation Kayla began attending courses for the Dental Hygienist program and then shortly after, she switched to an Art Therapy program. With two unfulfilling ventures between programs, she finally found her interests in the Fine Arts program.  Currently, Kayla is fulfilling her requirements to earn her Associate of Fine Arts Degree.  Typically, she works in a variety of media to create abstract paintings, textiles, and mixed media pieces. In everything she creates, there is an influence from nature. Kayla’s objective is to reach beyond her art works and to strongly provide a voice for our natural surroundings; and to look deeper into mother nature and to express what the surroundings cannot express themselves.  

You can find more art by Kayla on Instagram: @art_by_kayla

 

Art in the Alley Opening Reception

On April 12,  participating and local artists, donors and supporters gathered together for Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s official launch of Art in the Alley with a reception sponsored by the Law Firm of QuatriniRafferty.  It was a spectacular evening at The Palace Theatre that included special performances, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an official ribbon cutting ceremony lead by Chad Amond, Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce President.  Sue Trout, former city representative, presented the Trust with a proclamation from the city of Greensburg.

Recognized at the event was donor Malinda Sherid, founder of Second Chance Fund in memory of Fred & Kimberly Cecchini, and many local artists who contributed pieces to the alley. Stage Right! Sensations were “Dancing in the Street” while Susan Yadamec Dance Company gave a heartfelt tribute to Kimberly Cecchini through an interpretation of “I Hope You Dance” sung live by Breanna Deutsch.

It was a night to remember and a spectacular kick-off to an initiative that will give back to the community in so many ways.


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The Greensburg ArtsWalk

On Saturday, April 14, Art in the Alley and Incubator for the Arts studios were featured stops during the inaugural Greensburg ArtsWalk! The event — presented by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Westmoreland Cultural Trust, Think Greensburg, and Seton Hill University — highlighted multiple visual and performing arts activities throughout downtown Greensburg.

Art in the Alley was filled with more than 2,000 eager “art-walkers” on a spectacularly sunny day.  Guests enjoyed music, caricatures with artist Ray Kuchinka, a face-painting station by Celeste Daisher, and live painting from Art in the Alley artists Sarah Hunter, Stacey Pydynkowski, Demetre Josebeck & Travis Reis. For some, this was their introduction to Art in the Alley and a first peek into the Incubator for the Arts studios.

Susan Yadamec Dance Company and Stage Right! Sensations kicked off the entertainment followed by Norwin High School student and songbird Rachel Leigh with an assortment of acoustic cover songs. Victoria Morgan Band took the stage next, keeping the crowd entertained throughout the afternoon with The Moment bringing a relaxing vibe to conclude the day with jazzy, funky jams. A special thanks to Elegant Catering, our tent sponsor, who provided shade for our bands.

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ART IN THE ALLEY SUPPORT:

– $500 and up –

Second Chance Fund in memory of Fred & Kimberly Cecchini
Dominion Foundation
Greensburg Rotary – Madeline Nichols Memorial Fund
Kelli Brisbane Facebook Birthday Fundraiser
MaryLou Hugus in memory of Brad Hugus
Maxwell Elementary Student Council
S&T Bank
Strive Centers for Recovery & Community Health
Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks & Recreations

 

– $100 to $499 –

John & Natalie Debich

Angelo & Pamela DeMezza

James Joseph Heinz & Sharon L. Heinz in Memory of Samuel E. Shaffer, Jr.

 

– under $100 –

Kevin & Jeannie Bock

Latrobe Business & Professional Women’s Club

Maggie Mullennix, Shirley Remaley, Connie Ventura & Grace Zimmerman

 

 

 


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