Twin Valley Rotary's Tri-County Art Show kicks off with Gala Grand Opening

Record photo by Linda Oatman High Artist Jere Brady of Morgantown with his exhibit.

The 19th annual Tri-County Art Show & Sale kicked off Friday with a Gala Grand Opening at the Caernarvon Community Center.

This show is the primary fundraiser for The Rotary Club of Twin Valley. Proceeds from the event benefit community and charitable activities in the Elverson, Morgantown and Honey Brook areas. The art show, free to the public, continued Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6.

Friday night, the Community Center in Morgantown was transformed into an art gallery exhibiting and celebrating the work of 30 artists, with this year’s featured artist being Joseph McGraw of Honey Brook. McGraw, a native of Philadelphia, now lives at Tel Hai Retirement Community, which was the sponsor of the 2014 Art Show.

Manning the food tables were Tel Hai executives Cathy Yoder, Teresa Long, and Sue Verdegem, along with the facility’s dining services manager Dot Perry.

“It’s a great event,” said Yoder, who lives in Lancaster.

Attendance was good at the Gala, from which funds are used to support efforts of the Rotary Club of Twin Valley.

Chris Mulhall, president of the Twin Valley Rotary Club, stated that proceeds from the event would go toward supporting “all the good works of Rotary International. We recently were involved in an international clean water project, and locally, we purchased an emergency defibrillator for Hay Creek.”

Mulhall, sporting a white shirt and black bowtie, was manning the drinks table at the Gala.

Artist Joseph Hoover, a gardener whose paintings are mostly of florals, said that he’d been participating in the event for a long time, and that he enjoyed the community spirit and the chance to show his work.

Another long-time participant was Morgantown artist Jere Brady, a well-known local teacher, artist and writer. Brady, 82, said that he is still substitute teaching and painting every chance he gets. Brady also enjoys collecting the art of others, and the walls of his home are lined with paintings of fellow artists.

“I think it’s amazing that there is so much local talent,” said attendee Patricia Beaton of Morgantown. “I love to come to this as a show of support for our artists. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.”

Artist Mary Button said that she enjoys the camaraderie of getting together with other artists, and that she was enjoying time with her friends Elaine Briner and Joanne Dietz.

Photographer Red Hamer of Elverson was displaying his photographs, with one of the most popular and eye-catching being a colorful shot of Luciana Pavarotti from a parade in Philadelphia.

Hamer, who has published several books including his photos, said that the Pavarotti picture was one of his favorites, as it showed the singer’s joy and spirit.

Attendees and artists alike had the chance to bid on a lineup of silent auction items, including donations from Diane Percetti of Professional Massage and Bodyworks, Mary Ellen Farber of Sunnycrest Habilitation Program – who donated a caned and roped chair – and Please Wash Me of Elverson, who donated a package of deluxe car washes.

The Show consisted of 30 local artists and potters plus about 25 Twin Valley High School students.

Participating artists included Alita Abruzzese, Carol Beard, Jere Brady, Elaine Briner, Mary Button, Arline Christ, Catherine Colsher, Joanne Dietz, Ken DiPretoro, Diane Dobbins, Red Hamer, Bill Harkins, Joseph Hoover, Linda and Carol Horner, Chris Lanser, Carol Lauer, Joseph McGraw, Robert Moore, Susan Moore, Trudy Moore, Jill Moyer, Beverly Nuzzo, Ellie Pfautz, Lisa Prinzo, David Quigley, Marilyn Shafer Bush, Don Shoffner, Carol Sumner, and Gum Ran Youse.

Twin Valley High School student winners were first place Brianna Bonaduce, Grade 10, Graphite; second place Makayla Labik, Grade 11, Mixed Media; third place Kelly Geedy, Grade 12, Fibers; and fourth place Kylie Wilson, Grade 11, Mixed Media.

These four were selected as the best students. The cash prizes are $250 and will be awarded at Rotary’s April 23 Breakfast meeting.