Fayette County Historical Society celebrates art with its newest exhibit, “Coming Home for the Harvest,’’ focusing on artists, authors and musicians who harvested their talents in Fayette County.
The exhibit is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 20 at the Abel Colley Tavern and Museum, Route 40, Menallen Township.
“The criteria is it’s either about Fayette County or by a Fayette County artist,’’ explained Jo Lofstead, historical society secretary. “Our goal is to show the extensive depth of creative talent in Fayette County. We’re known for heavy industry, but we really wanted to show the quality of our artists.’’
“Coming Home’’ includes a variety of genres by artists as far back as David Gilmour Blythe, (1815-65) who lived for a time in Uniontown where he painted portraits of area residents and carved the “General Lafayette” sculpture that stands in the Fayette County Courthouse.
The show also features examples of architecture, domestic and decorative arts and illustrates the artistic side of industry.
Music is represented with a number of artists, including Alice Cooper, whose grandparents lived in Fayette County. The society also discovered Cooper is a seventh cousin to Marquis de LaFayette for whom the county is named.
Some exhibit highlights:
n Entry room: Pieces include chimney lamps and shades from Point Marion Glass Novelty Company and a painting by Dr. Ronald Dillow.
n Stewart Room: Featuring portraits of 19th century U.S. Rep. Andrew Stewart, the room includes a display of authors, such as Dr. Jean Braun, who writes as Jean Gottlieb Bradley, and horror writer Mark Mihalko, whose books include “Searching for the Abyss.’’ Stoneware and glass can be seen. Works by Edna Evans, Mary Kay Karolewics, Charles Kovach, Paul Schiffbauer, Joseph Brant, Mary Tickner and Ellen Carroll are here as well as local architecture.
n Blythe Room: Blythe’s art is displayed along with carvings by Richard Bobincheck, Peter Pasqua and Michael Avera and works by Robert Little, Patrick Daugherty and Ellen Daugherty.
n Hall: Cabinetry by Tom Buckelew can be seen as well beside paintings by Monica Sweet, Madelyn Cindric and Joyce Stewart.
n Staircase: See a portrait of historical society member Vince Karolewicz in re-enactment uniform by David Lupes and a pointillism technique acrylic by Harry Shine.
n Upper hall: A music section calls attention to local musicians and bands - including high school. A piece on Alice Cooper is here.
n Bedroom: A mixture of styles includes a papier mache sculpture by Beverly DeMotte, stained glass by Dorothy Ann Gruskowski, pysanky egg painting by Joy Buckelew Leach, a handmade baby outfit by Tickner and baby shoes by her mother, Virginia Lewis.
n Upstairs main room: Mining life is represented in works by Max Varnak, Betty Jane Ingraham, Heleen Karpel and Betty Colbert. Other pieces include a landscape by Rose Blout along with examples of folk and domestic arts, such as weaving by Barbara Campbell and a gathered skirt by Gruskowski, who won a blue ribbon while a 4-H youth.
A grouping showcases images of local waterfalls by artists including Dorothy Seese and Mary Suda. There’s also a display on author Ashbel Hill, a German Township native and Civil War veteran whose works include “Our Boys Army.’’ told from a soldier’s view.
Recreated scenes include a harvest setting where visitors can find a scarecrow - another example of domestic art - as well as a still, a reference to the “spirits’’ of the season.
Admission is $5, adults; $3, students; and free to children under 12. Searights Tollhouse, located one mile east on Route 40 and also operated by the historical society, will be open at the same time.The society will host Thursday night talks from mid-September through mid-October.
Details will be released on the society’s website at www.fayettehistoricalsociety.org.