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Arts center readies for annual auction

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

The 28th Great American Auction will take place inside Community Arts Center of Cambria County’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery April 7.

The Great American Auction gives people an opportunity to win an array of items that will be part of the evening’s live auction. Angela Godin, executive director for the arts center, said that the list of items is as impressive as ever.

Some of the items up for bid include: autographed Arnold Palmer memorabilia, autographed Steelers gear, antique fabric quilts, golf outings, a Sabika necklace, Arcadia Theater tickets, Sight and Sound Theatre tickets and four one-day park hopper passes for Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Gift baskets, gift cards, collectibles and more, which have been donated by the arts center’s members and friends, are also to be auctioned off. Cambria County businesses have pitched in to help make the event a success, too, by donating nearly 100 gift cards and certificates.

A preview of all the items is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. At 5:30 p.m., Dale Mishler of Mishler Auction Services is to begin the bidding.

“Dale has been donating his time and services for pretty much the past 28 years,” Godin said. “He’s so generous, so thorough and so professional. We’re truly blessed to have him partner with us again this year.”

Local business Clark’s Corner Store is to offer food for purchase both before and during the auction.

As in years past, proceeds from the 28th Great American Auction will benefit the arts center.

“All the proceeds from this event go into our general operations fund so we can offer more exciting programming and events to our community,” Godin said. “The money we raise during this auction definitely helps to offset costs for many of the free events we host.”

Godin said she’s hoping that this year’s auction will be as successful as last year’s, which turned into a standing room only event.

“We actually had people backed up into the hallway of the arts center,” Godin said in regards to last year’s auction. “It was literally two and a half hours of non-stop bidding, and that was wonderful for the arts center.”

Last year, Godin said, she worked hard to make some positive changes to the auction that were well-received.

“Last year, we were able to get more high-ticket items,” she said. “Plus, we had such a variety of eclectic and antique items. I think that’s why it was so successful.

“Basically, our auction was packed with a variety of exciting merchandise. My objective is to continue offering the new attractions that prompted more individuals to attend and keep adding additional big ticket items. For example, once again this year I have four Disney passes.”

Godin said she’s proud of the variety of items that are part of this year’s auction, including those Disney passes.

A list of businesses that donated items, as well as pictures of items up for bid, is available on the community arts center’s website at www.caccc.org. The list and items will be updated regularly up until the event takes place.

The 28th Great American Auction is free to attend. For more information, call an arts staff member at 814-255-6515 or visit the organization’s official website at www.caccc.org.

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

“People are going to find some wonderful items that they could really use or just can’t live without and, at the same time, help a nonprofit that’s a staple in our community,” Godin said.

Westmont arts center to display Bergstrom’s work

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Elaine M. Bergstrom’s exhibit, “A Glimpse Into an Artist’s Journey,” is set to be unveiled Sept. 10 inside the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center at Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

This exhibit features three themes: unleashed, untangled and contemplated, and is inspired by Bergstrom’s interest in chakras, kabbalah and Asian culture. She has created her artwork using watercolors, Sumi ink and mixed media.

“This exhibit is so unique,” arts center Executive Director Angela Godin said. “Some pieces are so simplistic and others are intricate and full of wild, beautiful colors. We can’t wait to share this exhibit with everyone.”

An opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Sept. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Bergstrom will offer a gallery talk beginning at 2 p.m. The talk is to feature a question-and-answer segment at the end.

Though Bergstrom is originally from Chicago and serves as an art instructor within the Pittsburgh area, she is no stranger to Johnstown. Bergstrom has taught workshops at the arts center, sharing her love for art with community members and employees of the nonprofit.

“Elaine has taught several workshops in Traditional Oriental Brush, all of which I have taken,” arts center Education Coordinator Lida Hood said. “I can’t wait to see this new direction in which Elaine has taken her work. It will be intriguing, to say the least.”

Godin added that Bergstrom’s classes and workshops have always been well-received.

“People really enjoy her particular style because it is so unique,” she said.

Bergstrom has a bachelor’s in design from the University of Illinois, and earned a Botanical Illustration Certification from the Morton Arboretum. She completed her teaching education certification from Carlow University.

She is also a professional member of the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Society Chapter, and a volunteer docent for Beechwood Reserve.
Godin said that she is impressed by this exhibit and thinks that others will be, too.

“Elaine is a uniquely diverse artist while still emphasizing all her works with an influentially specific theme,” Godin said. “In each series, the pieces flow beautifully. However, when you look at her other mediums, the style is extremely different. 

“To me, that shows an evolved artist who has honed in on her craft. We look forward to the entire show being hung, especially, over the Log House Arts Festival weekend.”

Bergstrom’s exhibit, which features between 60 to 70 pieces of art, will continue through Sept. 30. Those who wish to view it can do so for free during the arts center’s regular gallery hours, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 814-255-6515 or visit www.caccc.org online.

The arts center’s exhibitions are partially supported by state arts funding through grants provided by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.