Works by SAA members exhibited at the Summit Art Gallery in Weirton | News, Sports, Jobs


From left to right, Bob Watson, event creator; 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 – Works by 21 members of the Steubenville Art Association are featured in a special exhibition at the Summit Art Gallery, located at 3539 Main St., Weirton.

The gallery is operated by the Top of West Virginia Arts Council, which works under the auspices of the Top of WV Convention and Visitors Bureau. New exhibitions open at the gallery every two months.

Top of WV CVB is an independent, not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The opening reception of the SAA Members’ Exhibition was held on July 7th. The exhibition continues until August 27. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Parking is available behind the building.

Bob Watson is chair and event coordinator for the WV Arts Council and a trustee of SAA. He initiated the event and appointed Gina Judy, also a TWVAC member, as the show’s coordinator with 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 recording secretary, and Llelia Buffone, president of social and membership services, with Bob Watson, trustee and initiator of the WV arts council event – Contributed

The 66-piece display showcases various two-dimensional mediums, including pencil, relief, pen and ink, oils, acrylics, and watercolors, from 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 non-profit organization of people interested in advancing the fine arts, began more than 70 years ago to provide local artists with the opportunity to advance their creative skills. Workshops and demonstrations are held to encourage artistic improvement with art exhibits showcasing the visual arts and providing social engagement of artists.

The membership consists of local artists expressing themselves through a wide variety of media. The SAA is supported by annual dues, commissions on show sales, and outside contributions. He has donated scholarship funds to local high school seniors who are continuing their education in a four-year arts program.

Molly Mossor, president of the Top of West Virginia Arts Council, welcomes those in attendance to the July 7 opening reception — Contribution

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 Top of WV Arts Council member Diane Kessler, both exhibitors in the exhibit. — To contribute

Bob and Jane Watson discover some of the works — Contribution

Jeanne D’Annibale speaks with Pete Spencer. — Contributed

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