Out & About: Palace ‘paint night’ focuses on recovery
There were many layers to Paint Night at the Palace, and not just the layers of paint that went on the canvases.
True, guests at the Sept. 13 event at Greensburg’s Palace Theatre could opt to paint fall scenes guided by artists Sarah Hunter and Suzanne Panchura .
Or they could opt to watch artists Pamela Cooper, Carolyn Walker Taylor and Ryan Morrison working at their own easels.
And they started the evening with a tour of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Art in the Alley project with guides Barbara Ferrier, Malinda Sherid , Cooper and Hunter.
But what brought layers of meaning to the event was what it signified. Paint Night marked National Recovery Month, sponsored annually by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate those who recover.
Local event sponsor was Strive Health.
It also put a spotlight on the late Demetre Josebeck , an artist and recovery advocate who lost his battle with addiction July 4. Josebeck curated the local Art for Recovery and Transformation project and worked to help others obtain and maintain sobriety.
His mother, Toni Antonucci , a therapist with Strive Health, was on hand to “continue his mission” by displaying her son’s artwork and talking about the jazz saxophonist (a self portrait) he painted for Art in the Alley.
She noted that artist Morrison was working that night with Demetre’s easel, paints and paintbrushes as a tribute to his longtime friend.
The evening, which benefitted Art in the Alley, included music by Cameron Taylor and light bites from Sun Dawg Cafe.
Seen: WCT President Mike Langer, Kay Shupe, Liz Vasinski, Steve Dansak, Tim Phillips, Laurie Barnett Levine, Cindy Capozzi, Sarah Younger, Joyce Kozain, Rhonda Pegg, David Volpe, Will Fuller, Greg Bizup, Nate Jurkiewicz, Betsy Hoeldtke, Byron Kohut and Kalona Foster .
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via