Works by SAA members at the Summit Art Gallery in Weirton – The Daily Times | Candle Made Easy




Front row, from left: Bob Watson, event originator; Judy Schmidt, SAA President; Michael Swartzmiller, member of the Top of West Virginia Arts Council; and Rachel Keeney, executive director of the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau. – contributed

WEIRTON – The work of 21 members of the Steubenville Art Association will be on display as part of a special exhibition at the Summit Art Gallery, located at 3539 Main St., Weirton.

The gallery is managed by the Top of West Virginia Arts Council, which operates under the umbrella of the Top of WV Convention and Visitors Bureau. New exhibitions open in the gallery every two months.

Top of WV CVB is an independent non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.

The opening reception for the SAA Members Exhibition was held on July 7th. The exhibition lasts until August 27th. The opening hours of the gallery are Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parking spaces are available behind the building.

Bob Watson is Events Chair and Coordinator of the WV Arts Council and Trustee of the SAA. He created the event and appointed Gina Judy, also a member of TWVAC, as show coordinator at the SAA. The two were part of the Art Hanging Committee, which included Judy Schmidt, SAA President, and member Paula Siebieda.

Fran Veltri, left, SAA Trustee and Records Secretary, and Llelia Buffone, Social Affairs and Membership Chair, with Bob Watson, Trustee and originator of the WV Arts Council event – contributed

The 66-piece display features a variety of two-dimensional mediums including pencil, relief, pen and ink, oil, acrylic and watercolors by SAA members

Alysia Basluke, Llelia Buffone, Jon Cooper, Linda Craig, Jeanne D’Anniballe, Dianna L Garner, Paul Hornung, Gina Judy, Mary “Sister” Keenan, Diane Kessler, Debra Kimball, Bill Koch, Robert J. Martin, Cecy Rose, Tammy Rogers, Judy Schmidt, Paula Siebieda, Greg Starr, Gerald Van Scyoc, Fran Veltri, Jim Watson, and Bob Watson.

The SAA, a nonprofit organization of people interested in advancing the fine arts, began more than 70 years ago to provide opportunities for local artists to nurture their creative abilities. Workshops and demonstrations are offered to encourage artistic improvement with art shows showcasing the fine arts and offering social engagement from artists.

The membership consists of local artists who express themselves through a variety of mediums. The SAA is supported by annual subscriptions, sales commissions from shows and external contributions. It has made scholarship fund donations to local high school graduates who are continuing their education in a four-year arts program.

Molly Mossor, Chair of the Top of West Virginia Arts Council, welcomes attendees to the July 7 opening reception. — Contributed

SAA members and exhibitors Mary “Sis” Keenan, left, and Jeanne D’Anniballe stand in front of a large-scale painting by Greg Starr of Follansbee – contributed

SAA President Judy Schmidt (left) and Diane Kessler, member of the Top of WV Arts Council, are both exhibiting in the exhibition. — contributed

Bob and Jane Watson look at some of the works. — contributed

Jeanne D’Anniballe talks to Pete Spencer. — contributed





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