Approximately 130 works of art were on display for the third annual Allegheny West Art Show, with the majority of the artists hailing from the Northside. Our neighborhood welcomed art in all shapes and sizes, and artists of all professional levels and backgrounds, working in a number of different mediums, including an Ikebana floral design (by neighbor Ritsu Shimizu). SMARTsolution Technologies, owned by neighbors Elaine and Mitchell, once again generously provided the perfect venue, newly expanded and improved this year. Two hundred and fifty guests enjoyed the diverse array of art. There was also delicious food provided by skilled neighborhood chefs, sandwiches from the Allegheny Sandwich Shop, and additional food and beverages, as well as retro DJ music made possible by a generous donation from Joe and Linda Ianotta. The Allegheny West Civic Council hosted this unique neighborhood event. Beyond being an enjoyable evening, an art raffle on opening night (benefitting the Northside Common Ministries) raised over $400.
Dennis Bergevin (show founder and producer) and Sara Beck Sweeney (co-producer) would like to thank all of the hardworking friends and neighbors that made this event possible, including: Doug Schreck, Cheryl Towers, Jonathan Steinhauser, Dan Bolick, Catherine Drapkin, Holly Pultz, Catena Bergevin, Eleanor Coleman, Shannon Pultz, Heather White, and the senior fine art students at CAPA. A special thank you to City Books and K. S. Kennedy for distributing art applications; F. L. Haus for printing our wonderful poster; and neighbors Doris Short and Greg Coll, of Gc Graphic Design, for skillfully designing it.