Tyrone Hospital launches art gallery

The public is invited to attend a kick-off event to launch the Tyrone Hospital art gallery.
The gallery kick-off will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the main lobby at Tyrone Hospital. The gallery, to be located on the hospital\’s first floor, will feature the work of artists from Tyrone and other areas in Central Pennsylvania.
The hospital\’s art gallery was organized by several hospital employees. Steve Stoner, President of the Tyrone Regional Arts Council served as an advisor.
\”The Tyrone Arts Council is very excited about this new venue in which local artists can be recognized. We appreciate Tyrone Hospital\’s commitment to the residents of our area,\” said Stoner.
The first exhibit will feature the photographic works of Douglas Castagnola and Katie Raffetto. Their exhibit will be on display from September 7 through October 30. Both are students of the visual arts at Penn State University and both are from Tyrone.
\”It seems fitting that these two artists are the first to exhibit in our gallery,\” said Theresa Yanchetz, spokesperson for Tyrone Hospital. \”This is the first official exhibit for both artists. We are pleased they chose to do so in our new gallery.\”
\”This is exciting to me because it is my first official art exhibit,\” said Castagnola. \”I think the in-hospital gallery is a great way to show the community how much local talent there is in the arts.\”
Castagnola will display color photographs many of which are beach and summer scenes. \”I am a huge fan of nature,\” said Castagnola. \”I only found it natural to combine photography with nature. Nature is a big inspiration to me.\”
Raffetto will display a combination of color and black and white photography.
\”I decided to take pictures of the outdoors and different scenes from places I have been,\” said Raffetto. \”I\’ve always been inspired by the world around me, especially people. I\’ve always had a love for photography. I appreciate the opportunity to show my art in my hometown.\”
The gallery kick-off is free and open to the public. Those who attend can enjoy refreshments while viewing the first exhibit. In addition, some of the artists who are scheduled to exhibit the first year will be present and will display a sample of their work.
\”This will be a great opportunity to meet the artists, learn more about their work, and at the same time get a preview of upcoming exhibits,\” said Yanchetz.
Over the course of the year, gallery visitors can enjoy exhibits submitted by professional as well as amateur artists. Scheduled exhibits include: Andrew Moore, well-known Blair County Hall of Fame watercolor artist; Yong Sook Kim Lambert, a highly recognized neo-expressionistic watercolor artist; award winning works submitted by art students from the Tyrone Area High School and Tyrone Area Middle School, works of Grier School students, oil and acrylic paintings by Doris Garber and pen and ink illustrations by Michael Edward Kensinger.
Artists have been scheduled to display their work at Tyrone Hospital on a first come first served basis. Each exhibit will remain on display for an eight week period. The response to the gallery has been very positive with the first two years already booked.
\”We are currently booking artists for exhibit space for year number three, \” said Yanchetz.
Artists interested in reserving an exhibit time in advance may do so by calling the hospital at 684-1255 ext. 539.