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Presentation of the Westmoreland Society’s Gold Medal resumes after hiatus

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(from right), Judith Hansen O’Toole, The Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO, joins Distinguished Gold Medal Award recipients, museum supporter, Charles H.Booth, Jr., of New Kensington, and artist, (work shown left), Vanessa German, of Pittsburgh, at the Annual Westmoreland Society Dinner, held at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 4, 2015.
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(from right), Chief Curator, Barbara L. Jones, joins WMAA Board of Trustees President, Bruce Wolf and wife, Sheryl, at the Annual Westmoreland Society Dinner, held at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 4, 2015.
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(from left), Christopher Nakles joins his mother Barbara Nakles, outgoing Westmoreland Society president, Bud Gibbons, incoming Westmoreland Soicety president, and his wife, Patti, at the Annual Westmoreland Society Dinner, held at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg on Friday evening, December 4, 2015.

The Annual Dinner Meeting and Presentation of the Westmoreland Society’s Gold Medal took place Dec. 4 in the stunning “new” Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.

The black-tie event brings together a distinguished group of museum supporters dedicated to the collection, preservation and advancement of American art.

During the two years that the museum was closed for renovations, gatherings were a bit more casual and presentation of awards took a hiatus.

This year, all was back to normal, as attendees sat at table for an elegant repast of Ballotine of Chicken with Duck Confit and Roasted Herb-Crusted Tenderloin of Veal, and then presented the awards.

Honorees were longtime museum patron Charles H. Booth Jr. of New Alexandria, for promotion of both contemporary and historical regional art; and self-taught Homewood artist Vanessa German, for artistic vision, work with children and the arts and the entering of her 2013 mixed-media work, “Parade to the Baptism,” into the museum’s collection.

Another yearly task for society members is voting on the purchase of an artwork for the collection. Topping the ballot was “Cloud,” a walnut and cherry sculpture by another self-taught Pittsburgh artist, Thaddeus Mosley. Worthy competitors were “Melrose Diner,” colored pencil on paper by Charles Biddle; and “Prophet Messenger,” cast silicone with embedded objects by Adrienne Heinrich.

On the VIP list: the Westmoreland’s Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO Judy O’Toole withKevin O’Toole, Chief CuratorBarbara Jones, Trudi Booth, Bud andPatti Gibbons, Bruce andCheryl Wolf, Barbara Nakles, Christopher Nakles, Peter andDiana Jannetta, Richard andSande Hendricks, Dee Briggs, Linda Boxx, George andJane Greer, Margaret DiVirgilio, Linda Earnest, Bob andArlene Kendra, Marion andPhyllis Kluska andJo Ellen Numerick.

— Shirley McMarlin

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