Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wash Arts Shines Spotlight on 30 Regional Artists

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wash Arts Shines Spotlight on 30 Regional Artists

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The Washington Community Arts & Cultural Center appears to be joining the "buy local" movement.

From now through Dec. 30, the nonprofit known as Wash Arts is spotlighting the work of 30 regional artists. The juried work in the center's first Holiday Art Market includes paintings, prints, photography, pottery and ceramic art, jewelry, glass, handmade soaps, fiber art, knitted goods, scarves and more.

Sales from the market support the artists as well as Wash Arts, which has a core mission to provide children with affordable instruction in the arts. The center gets 35 percent of the sale price of market items to support its scholarship fund and arts programming.

"Students in need who can document their inclusion in a free or reduced [price] lunch program at their school can take Wash Arts classes at a reduced rate of up to one-third the regular class fee," said Wash Arts director Becky Keck of Greensboro, Greene County. "For low-income families with more than one child, our reduced-rate scholarships are a godsend."

The items at the market span a wide price range, Ms. Keck said, with many priced between $8 and $45. "Prices start even lower at $2.50 for a single handmade card up to $4,500 for a framed oil painting by acclaimed artist Ray Forquer of Washington. We hope the market is the first of many in years to come."

Kim Stocker of Scott, one of the featured artists at the market, where she has sculptures and pottery pieces.

She teaches sculpture and ceramics classes for children at Wash Arts and is an interdisciplinary studies graduate of Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. At Holyoke, she studied bronze sculpture with Leonard DeLonga, originally from Canonsburg and best known as a metal sculptor, specializing in welded steel and bronze. Her work includes faces cast with items such as leaves and stems.

"I've also included in the market a large platter with a high relief of a dog that sells for $75, a footed pedestal bowl with fluted edges in green, blue and white that sells for $60, and a lidded box with feet and a blue glaze for $60," she said. …

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