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Godin promoted to executive director at arts center

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Johnstown resident Angela Godin was recently named executive director for the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

Godin started her new position June 1. Before becoming executive director, she had served as the nonprofit art center’s development director since February of 2015.

Godin said that her experience as development director allowed her to learn the ways in which the arts center can grow and reach broader audiences.

“I’ve been integrated into the growth and enhancement of adding events and updating things,” Godin said. 

“I want to continue with that. We already have some really exciting things that are taking place in 2017. To say the least, it’s really going to be exciting moving forward.”

Godin, a North Star High School graduate, said she is confident that her role as executive director will help move arts center forward.
“I’m open to fresh ideas,” she said. “It’s exciting because I want to see and be part of the evolution. This place is 48 years old, and I couldn’t be more proud and honored to be affiliated with it.”

She added that it’s rewarding to have the support of community members and co-workers alike.

“I think people are excited that I’m the new executive director,” she said. “There have been so many wonderful and positive changes at the arts center and there is a constant awareness of what we can do. Our goal is to get integrated into the community and show them how much we care.

“Our staff is truly a team. Whatever needs to get done, gets done. We also have a very supportive volunteer board of directors. Even if they all don’t agree on something, they’re willing to give things a try. They’re willing to allow changes to take place.”

Prior to working at the Westmont arts center, Godin was most recently employed by the Somerset-based nonprofit arts center, Laurel Arts, where she served as a dance and theater instructor.

Throughout her life, Godin has been positively affected by art.

“I love everything having to do with art,” she said. “I have a degree in theater art, so theater is very important and dear to my heart. Because of that, I really want to help strive to make sure that the arts center has a performing arts aspect so that we truly are a complete arts center that offers anything and everything that anyone could ever want.”

Godin earned her bachelor’s in theater in December of 2007 from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She has starred in more than 30 plays and musicals, and has served as a director, assistant director and choreographer for many others. Most recently, Godin was using her theater background to help direct annual performances at Johnstown Christian School.

Godin said she hopes that the art center will afford people of all ages opportunity after opportunity to express themselves.
“Art is so expressive,” she said. “It’s a perfect outlet.”

Teachers’ work to go on display in Westmont

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is to honor local and regional teachers with the advent of their latest exhibit.

“The Teaching Artist Exhibition,” which opens to the public July 9, features work created by teachers and instructors working in a variety of mediums.

“We’ll have a little bit of everything — paintings, some 3-D pieces, photography and mixed media,” arts center Executive Director Angela Godin said.

Submitted photo. A piece of art made by Steve Mrosko.
Submitted photo.
A piece of art made by Steve Mrosko.

Some of the works will be made available for sale.

An opening reception is scheduled for July 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. Beginning at 2 p.m., participating artists plan to offer a gallery talk, during which the artists are to discuss their work. Q-and-A sessions are also to take place.

“Depending on how many participating artists show up, we want to break them into groups and divide them according to mediums,” Godin said. “That way, the people who have their eyes on certain styles can get the information they desire.”

Godin said that this exhibit will allow teachers to shine.

“We want to show what these teachers can do because so often it all becomes about the students,” Godin said, “and although many students are amazing artists, the teachers don’t really get a chance to showcase their own work.”

Arts center Education Coordinator Lida Hood said that she’s excited to share this exhibit with the community.

“This is the first time that we’ve had a ‘teacher-as-artist’ exhibit, one that includes not only ‘our’ community arts center teachers, but teachers from around the area as well. I think it’s going to be a great show, one with a lot of variety,” she said.

The exhibit is to remain on display inside the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery through July 29. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is located in the Westmont section of Johnstown at 1217 Menoher Blvd.

For more information about the nonprofit arts center, call 814-255-6515 or visit the arts center’s official website at www.caccc.org.

Godin said that she hopes community members, especially the teachers’ students, will embrace the exhibit.

“This exhibit will be a way for students to really see how fortunate they are to have the teachers they have,” Godin said.

Westmont to host outdoor artist festival

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Community Arts Center of Cambria County’s second-ever “Artists on the Lawn” event is scheduled for June 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Artists on the Lawn” is an interactive event designed to engage artists and art lovers alike by gathering in an outdoor, friendly atmosphere that will encourage artists to create and others to participate.

“I want this event to feature and capture the wonderful talents of artists as they’re creating,” arts center Development Director Angela Godin said.
Godin brought the event to fruition last year after thinking about college courses in which she learned about street artists, who are known for sharing their art with the masses by creating their art in public areas.

“This all came from my theatre and art history courses,” Godin said. “It seems so exciting to watch people watch artists, doesn’t it? If you’re observing a painter, you come back in an hour or so and suddenly there’s more color on the canvas. The art changes and transforms literally before your eyes.”

Artists who sign up to participate in this event will be able to share their work with the public by working on a piece of art publicly, by offering live demonstrations, or both. Those in attendance will be welcome and encouraged to talk to the artists as they work, and even inquire about the methods and techniques they are employing.

Godin and her staff at the arts center are still looking for local artists who would like to participate. The registration deadline is June 21. Artists are required to pay a nominal fee for their demonstration area, and will have the opportunity to sell the art they make.

“The idea is to emphasize the artists showing off their art form and, as such, we encourage them to offer items for sale because if they are making things that people want to take home, that’s a great opportunity for the artists and great souvenirs for the buyer,” Godin said.

Any and all types of artists are welcome to register, from dancers and painters to potters and jewelers.

“Even if a theater group wants to show a breakdown of how they work on a script, we’re totally open to that,” Godin said. “We want all forms of art.”
Godin added that “Artists on the Lawn” will likely be inspiring for the artists who choose to register to participate.

“It’s always a great opportunity for artists to network, and you can always learn something from other artists,” she said. “There are so many wonderful opportunities to be had when you get people together because it opens avenues for conversation and creativity to flow.”

She added that the nonprofit arts center, located in Westmont along Menoher Boulevard, offers a unique, scenic landscape that could serve to inspire artists as well.

“We have so much on our property, and not just the aesthetic and iconic log house that people think about when they think about the Community Arts Center of Cambria County,” she said. “We also have the beautiful Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center that is surrounded by lovely flowers. It looks really attractive outside, plus you have wonderful vegetation with the trees and pond. It’s an all-encompassing destination.”

“Our education coordinator, Lida Hood, came up with some really great workshop stations this year — ‘Angry Birds’ puppets, a community mural, coffee art, create-a-kite and wheel-thrown pottery. We can’t wait to share these workshops with the community.”

Food and drinks are to be available for purchase from Clark’s Corner Store, and a 50/50 drawing will be held. Live acoustic performances are also to be held throughout the event.

“Artists on the Lawn” is purposely taking place in conjunction with Johnstown’s annual motorcycle rally, Thunder in the Valley, in order to beckon people to Westmont and away from the downtown area, if only for a little while.

“’Artists on the Lawn’ is a way to take a break from all the stuff going on downtown, and then go back later,” Godin said.

Last year’s inaugural “Artists on the Lawn” turned out well, she added, even though it rained.

“Last year was really great overall, even though we had to move everything inside,” she said. “It still worked out wonderfully, and the artists shared a wonderful sense of camaraderie.”

This year’s corporate sponsor is Dr. Robert and Martha Nelson.

“Martha is one of our pottery instructors, and she’ll be there that day demonstrating her art,” Godin said. “She and her husband are fabulous people, and they are always giving or doing something for our arts center. We appreciate them helping us to offer this great event to the community once again this year.”

For more information about “Artists on the Lawn,” or to register to become a participating artist, call 814-255-6515.

Godin said that this is an event that definitely should not be missed.

“This is something that’s such a one-of-a-kind event because so often when you go to galleries or craft shows, it’s a lot of hustle and bustle,” Godin said. “This is a relaxed, laid-back way to pay attention to the process of creating different art forms, and that’s why I think it’s so exciting.

“I believe, as a culture, we continue to evolve through art and creativity in every medium. Sometimes it’s forgotten that the past is what makes us who we are today. The arts are a direct reflection of growth as the world changes. In every renaissance era, whether it was during, between or after, it is plain to see what was motivating the surrounding cultures by what the artists developed. Art has always been a way to express and tell the world a message . . . especially at times when people weren’t allowed to say it with words.”

Arts center bringing back car cruise

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Staff members at Community Arts Center of Cambria County are hoping for a sunny day June 11, the day the nonprofit art center is scheduled to host its Classic Car Cruise. The event was initiated last year and was met with acclaim from participants and spectators alike.

“‘When’s the next one?’ That was one of the questions we received most often, which, to me, said we must have done something right,” arts center Development Director Angela Godin said. “We had a wonderful response — so much so that we actually wanted to do another one the same year, but it just didn’t work out.”

Godin said that around 50 cars were on display last year.

“That was a pretty impressive number for our inaugural year,” she said. “And what was nice for the car enthusiasts was that they had an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful grounds since we have some amazing scenery on our property.”

This year’s cruise is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the community arts center grounds, located at 1217 Menoher Blvd. in the Westmont section of Johnstown. If there is inclement weather, the cruise will take place the following Saturday, June 18.

Beginning at 10 a.m. that morning in front of the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center, classic car owners are invited to register for the show for a nominal fee. The first 30 car owners to register are to receive a dash plaque and T-shirt.

The family-friendly event is to cater to children as well. Beginning at 2 p.m., a coloring contest is scheduled to take place inside the community arts center. In addition to the coloring contest, children and their families can enjoy both live and recorded music featuring oldies tunes, participate in a 50/50 raffle and purchase a variety of food and drinks.

Godin said that she and her staff are committed to offering unique events for people of all ages and interests.

“We want the community arts center to be able to offer something for everyone,” she said. “These classic car shows are another avenue we are pursuing to enhance our well-rounded sense of community.”

She added that much like the artwork hanging in the arts center’s galleries, these cars are pieces of art in and of themselves.

“These vehicles are truly a masterful art form,” she said. “There are so many kinds of art, and classic cars are just another; with their various colors and designs from interior to exterior, it’s truly an amazing sight. The time and detail to create the results can be years, much like any other art medium. We are excited to see the diverse styles of classic cars and hope the community enjoys the experience.”

This year’s corporate sponsor is Thomas Lawn.

“We reached a different demographic last year, and we hope that this year’s event will be even bigger and better,” Godin said. “This event is really about showing off these wonderful vehicles to the community. It’s going to be great.”

Locals returning home to perform ‘Sky Dance’

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By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Community Arts Center of Cambria County is scheduled to host a unique fundraising event that will feature performances by aerial silks group Bombyx Collective.

The Pittsburgh-based group is to perform at Pasquerilla Conference Center in downtown Johnstown on May 21. The event, titled “Sky Dance Theatre,” features a full lineup of entertainment.

“Guests are going to have something that they can experience or enjoy from the time they arrive until the time they leave,” said arts center Development Director Angela Godin. “I really think it is important to continue promoting the performing arts through our arts center, and this is also a great opportunity to have a fundraiser at the same time.”

The event is to commence at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour. A dinner, featuring two meat entrees, is to be served beginning at 7 p.m. During dinner, Bombyx Collective is to perform a lyrical “sky dance,” with one person on a silk at a time while the other four members perform a choreographed routine on the floor. After dessert is served, they are to altogether perform a number of aerial tricks.

“This is something that you’d have to go somewhere else to see,” Godin said. “The audience is going to be absolutely awestruck.”

Bombyx Collective consists of a diverse group of artists — dancers, aerialists, gymnasts, actors, yogis, performance artists and athletes — seeking to explore social and ideological questions through creative and experimental movement, according to their mission statement. They strive to use their skills and athleticism to offer a thought-provoking and emotionally affecting performance.

“We decided pretty early on that we don’t really just want to do tricks, even though that’s a lot of fun,” Bombyx Collective co-founder Kristin Garbarino said. “We really want to say something with our work.”

Garbarino, who grew up in Westmont, is one of two Johnstown natives involved with the collective. McKenzie Warshal of Richland Township is also a member.

Garbarino founded Bombyx Collective two years ago with co-founder Betsy Wack. Ever since, the group has performed at various events and locations throughout Pittsburgh. May 21 will mark their first time performing in Johnstown.

“It’s really exciting for everyone to come to mine and McKenzie’s hometown,” said Garbarino, who is to be joined at the Pasquerilla Conference Center that evening by fellow Collective members Wack, Warshal, Patricia Petronello and Lamar Williams. “I don’t think that there’s a lot of this kind of movement being performed in Johnstown, as far as aerial silks go. There’s a certain appeal to it as an audience member — an element of fear, I would say.”

Garbarino said that she’s glad that the group’s involvement is part of a fundraising effort for an arts center that she and her family admire.

“I have so many wonderful memories from the Community Arts Center of Cambria County,” Garbarino said. “I went to their annual festival growing up; I took art classes there; I was in a musical there in eighth grade. It definitely had a big impact on me. They do such great work, and their presence is a really big benefit for the community.”

Magician Richard Benninghoff is to round out the evening’s entertainment by serving as a strolling performer and the master of ceremonies.
“We’ve worked with Richard in the past,” Godin said. “He’s wonderful — extremely talented and very personable.”

The corporate sponsor for “Sky Dance Theatre” is Laurel BMW. Two BMW’s will be on display at the event, including one parked inside the ballroom.

“We are really excited to have Laurel BMW in a partnership capacity as a corporate sponsor because they are a great business,” Godin said. “Laurel BMW tries to support a number of community events and organizations. They’re so involved in the community and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with them. Plus, a BMW in the ballroom is pretty exciting.”

Tickets for “Sky Dance Theatre” are available now. In addition to individual tickets, table sponsorships can be purchased for groups of eight or more. Sponsorship recognition includes a full-page ad in the Playbill, as well as mentioned in the e-blasts, listed on the Community Arts Center’s social media outlets and on the event page of the Center’s website.

All proceeds raised from “Sky Dance Theatre” will benefit CACCC.

“When we do fundraisers like this, the money goes into our general operating budget so that we can, in turn, offer more events to the public,” Godin said. “The idea is that all the money goes back into the community for another event or opportunity in the future.”

Anyone interested in attending should call a staff member at CACCC at 814-255-6515, or visit www.caccc.org. The deadline to purchase tickets is May 17.

Student exhibit set to open in Westmont

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County, in conjunction with Allied Artists of Johnstown, is preparing to unveil their annual Greater Johnstown Young Artists Exhibit.

This exhibit is to feature artwork created by sixth through 12th graders in schools throughout Cambria County. It will be displayed inside the arts center’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center.

“These students are our future van Goghs and Monets,” said the arts center’s Development Director Angela Godin. “There’s so much variety in this exhibit, and the kids are so creative because they’re so young and they have no fear.”

Kathleen Kase-Burk, president of the Allied Artists of Johnstown, is to serve as this year’s juror.

“Both Allied Artists of Johnstown and the community arts center have a long history of supporting arts education in our region, and the young artists’ exhibit is a great way to celebrate the creativity of area students, as well as the dedication of their art teachers,” Kase-Burk said. “Viewers are always amazed at the talent and imagination across all grade levels that is on display in this show.”

This year’s Exhibit Committee consisted of arts center Education Coordinator Lida Hood and arts center volunteer David Pundzak.

“I really enjoy hanging this show more than any other,” Hood said. “I’m always amazed at the quality and variety of the artwork that the students create each year.”

To celebrate the exhibit’s opening, a reception will be held May 11 beginning at 6 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony a half hour later. All students who have artwork on display as part of the exhibit will have an opportunity to win Merit and Achievement Awards, and those prizes include a ribbon and cash prize.

Greater Johnstown Young Artists Exhibit will continue through May 27.

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is located in Westmont along Menoher Boulevard.

Annual used book sale scheduled

Book Sale

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is to host its 11th annual used book sale April 28-30.

“These books have already been read, enjoyed and cherished,” arts center Development Director Angela R. Godin said. “We’re making it possible for these books to be read, enjoyed and cherished all over again.”

The book sale includes gently read hardbacks and paperbacks donated by members and friends of the center. The selection encompasses a wide variety of genres and topics of interest for both children and adults. Audiobooks and CDs will also be available.

“We greatly appreciate all the donations because these books are from our community, members and friends, and even people we don’t even know,” Godin said. “We have ‘how-to’ books and a few hundred cookbooks this year. We always have a great group of children’s books and a lot of religious and inspirational books, too. Romance novels and Amish books are popular, and we always get such a high volume of those kinds of books. We really try to make sure there’s a little bit of everything for everybody.”

Godin, who joined the organization last April, said that her first experience at last year’s book sale put into perspective how much people look forward to this annual fundraiser.

“Last year, during my first year, there were people outside the building, lined up, waiting to get in,” she said. “It was wild to see, and just amazing. I was thinking, Wow. These people are coming because they want something . . . they want knowledge. It’s truly a refreshing reward to see people want to read a ‘real’ book — not just one on a tablet or Kindle.”

The arts center is also to hold an attic sale in conjunction with the used book sale. The attic sale is to feature items belonging to the arts center; these include thimbles, craft items, material, Christmas decorations, items that had been displayed as part of galleries and more.

“It’s amazing how things accrue at the arts center,” Godin said. “But suddenly they appear and we have all these items. As they say, one person’s useless item is someone else’s treasure.”

The attic sale is to give shoppers an opportunity to acquire items that are no longer in use by the organization. In turn, it provides more space for the staff to store newly acquired items.

Thursday’s and Friday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County is located in Westmont along Menoher Boulevard. For more information, call 814-255-6515 or visit www.caccc.org.
“I encourage people to stop by because this helps the community arts center, and this is just one way to show your support,” Godin said.

Arts center to hold American Girl doll-themed event

Submitted photo An American girl doll set up outside of the log cabin at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Westmont.
Submitted photo
An American girl doll set up outside of the log cabin at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Westmont.

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Community Arts Center of Cambria County is to host its inaugural “American Girl Doll Family-A-Fair” April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sunnehanna Country Club in Westmont.

Angela Godin, the arts center’s development director, anticipates strong attendance.

“A lot of people are excited about this,” Godin said. “It’s going to be an all-encompassing, wonderful event that will reiterate arts, American Girl and family fun.”

“American Girl Doll Family-A-Fair” is designed to give American Girl doll fans an opportunity to bring their dolls and enjoy a fun-filled “girlie” afternoon.

“Girls aren’t required to bring their dolls, but the dolls are meant to be included in the event,” Godin said.

A buffet luncheon is to be available beginning at 1:30 p.m. Throughout the event, those who attend are to be able to enjoy free arts and crafts, participate in hair and beauty stations, and browse vendor booths that will feature American Girl doll clothing, accessories and more. At 2:30 p.m., girls and their dolls are to participate in an American Girl Doll parade.

“They can parade around the Sunnehanna ballroom, show off their dolls, wave to everyone and just have a fantastic time,” Godin said.

Those who attend may also register to win door prizes such as the 2016 American Girl Doll of the Year, Lea Clark, as well as miniature American Girl dolls and American Girl doll movies.

Anyone interested in attending “American Girl Doll Family-A-Fair” can call the Community Arts Center of Cambria County at 814-255-6515, or visit the arts center’s website, www.caccc.org, for more information or to purchase tickets. 

There is limited seating, and the registration and payment deadline is April 13. Pre-registration is required. No tickets will be sold at the door.

“American Girl Doll Family-A-Fair” is partially funded by the Alan Gordon Memorial Fund, and proceeds from the event will benefit the arts center.

“I honestly think that from the moment the girls and their families get there to the moment they leave, they’re going to wish that they could stay longer. That’s how jam-packed this event is going to be. There will be so many things to see and do and awesome food to top it all off,” she said.

Godin said that if “American Girl Doll Family-A-Fair” goes as well as she’s expecting, it will likely become an annual event for the nonprofit organization.

“What we’ll do is just expand it year after year,” she said.

Annual Great American Auction scheduled

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

April 1 might be April Fool’s Day, but it’s no joke that the Community Arts Center of Cambria County will have many items up for grabs that day as part of the nonprofit’s 27th Great American Auction.

“The auction has been very popular for a number of years, but I found that some people didn’t know that it existed. My goal for this year was to give a fresh take on our unique auction, in the attempt to attract a larger crowd by offering more big-ticket items,” said Angela Godin, the arts center’s development director. “The items generously donated by members, friends, businesses and business leaders really make the difference. We received some really special items.”

Some of the “big-ticket” items to which Godin was referring include: an autographed Arnold Palmer baseball cap, an autographed photo of Antonio Brown, old fabric quilts, Omni Bedford Springs Golf for Two and Glengarry Golf Foursome of 18 Holes. 

Tickets for live shows and sporting events are also part of the auction. These include tickets to the Arcadia Theater, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Opera, Children’s Museum Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center, Andy Warhol Museum, and four one-day park-hopper passes for Disney World.

Nearly 80 miscellaneous gift cards and certificates from Cambria County businesses round out the items part of this year’s auction. The live auction will be made possible by auctioneer Dale Mishler of Mishler Auction Services. Mishler is to start the bidding at 5:30 p.m.

“Dale Mishler gives us a true live auction,” Godin said. “It’s a wonderful experience to be part of and to participate in.

“The bottom line is, the Great American Auction is an extremely important fundraiser. We need as many people as possible to participate by attending the auction. It benefits the Community Arts Center as we continually strive to grow the arts of our community. We get such a variety of items. No matter who attends, everyone can find something they just can’t live without.”

The auction will be held inside the center’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center. Those who attend can register at the door, and a preview is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Clark’s Corner Store.

“It’s going to be a perfect evening,” Godin said. “People can come after work, relax a little bit, take a look at what we have to offer, get some food from Clark’s and then attend the live auction.”

A list of businesses who donated items, as well as pictures of a few of the items up for bid, is available at www.caccc.org.

Community Arts Center of Cambria County is located at 1217 Menoher Blvd. in Westmont. For more information, call 814-255-6515 or visit the arts center’s official website.

Arts center hosting Ed’s encaustics exhibit

Submitted photo.
Submitted photo.

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County’s first exhibit of 2016 will open to the public Jan. 30. “Encaustics by Mark Ed” features Ed’s wax and oil paintings as well as pastel drawings.

“I am grateful to be featuring my work at the community arts center,” Ed said. “I am including between 15 and 20 never before seen, new encaustic paintings for this show.”

Encaustic paintings are typically made using hot wax such as beeswax. Artists shape the wax before it cools, but today’s tools make it possible to further manipulate the wax once it has cooled.

“One of the things that we try to do here at the arts center is bring in different types of art, something that is different and that people haven’t seen before,” said Lorie E.G. Singer, Community Arts Center of Cambria County executive director. 

“It’s good for us and for the community to see new things. Having the chance to experience something new is great.”

Ed, a Johnstown native and Westmont School District graduate, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Philadelphia College of Art, now known as the University of the Arts. His work has been part of exhibits in big cities such as Philadelphia and New York City. 

In addition, Ed has served as an art therapist and a community college art instructor. He is the music director, organist, pianist and vocalist at Visitation Church.

“We’re really excited to feature such a well-known and talented local artist like Mark Ed as our first show in 2016,” Singer said. “We usually don’t have an exhibit on display in January and February, but this year we decided to start our exhibits a little bit early, and since we decided to do that, we wanted to start out with a really great show. This unique exhibit is a must-see.”

An opening reception is scheduled for Jan. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Beginning at 2 p.m., Ed will host a gallery talk for those interested in learning more about how he creates his encaustic artwork. He will also play the piano for those in attendance.

“It’s great to have somebody come in who is so talented in so many different ways and to share that talent with people,” Singer said. “We know that Mark loves to play piano and we’re excited to give him that opportunity. It seems like it’s going to be a great, holistic kind of moment for him to channel to his musical talent while sharing his art with us.”

“Encaustics by Mark Ed” will remain on display through Feb. 27.

For more information about this and other upcoming exhibits, visit www.caccc.org or call a staff member at 814-255-6515.

Community Arts Center of Cambria County is located at 1217 Menoher Blvd. in Westmont. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Arts center to host murder mystery dinner

Submitted photo The scene of a past performance of “Pajama Party Murders.”
Submitted photo
The scene of a past performance of “Pajama Party Murders.”

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Those interested in trying to solve a mystery are invited to attend Community Arts Center of Cambria County’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. The event is scheduled for Jan. 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Sunnehana Country Club in Westmont.

“Pajama Party Murders” will be performed by Mystery Theatre Pittsburgh. The event will give those in attendance an opportunity to be part of an interactive performance and enjoy a three-course dinner.

Angela R. Godin, development director for the arts center, explained how the evening will be set up.

“Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m.,” Godin said. “Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and, after the entrees are served, Act I will begin. Dessert will be served during intermission, and then after dessert, Act II will begin.”

The plot for “Pajama Party Murders” is as follows: Following the death of Bartholomew Cosmo, an inventor and millionaire, Cosmo’s lawyer gathers his heirs in order to distribute the inheritances. Before Cosmo’s heirs can each receive their inheritances, however, they are required to spend a night in the Cosmo Manor to locate both a patent to a secret project and $10 million in cash.

Cosmo’s heirs include Bertha, Melanie, Myrtle, Dexter and Eddie. While in pursuit of the patent and the money, one or more characters will be killed.

“This is going to be a lot of fun,” Godin said. “This is such an exciting way to do a fundraiser and raise awareness for the performing arts.”

At the end of the evening, audiences will have the opportunity to win awards based on their answers. The awards include: “CSI Award” will be awarded to the person with the most correct/best answers; “Super Sleuth Award,” awarded to the person who offered too much detail in his/her answers; and “No Clue,” awarded to the person whose answers are most off-base and incorrect. The prizes are being supplied by Sunnehanna Country Club.

“We will also have a variety of consolation prizes for various people — some funny and some nice,” Godin said.

Tickets for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre (as well as table sponsorships) are still available and can be purchased in advance by calling the arts center at 814-255-6515. More information can be found online at www.caccc.org. The deadline to purchase tickets is Jan. 18.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the arts center. Stifel is serving as the corporate sponsor for Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.
“This murder mystery is funny, interactive and entertaining,” Godin said, “and it’s going to be a great evening. I am just so thrilled to bring more theater and culture into our community.”