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Grand re-opening of Westmoreland Museum of American Art ‘a proud moment for Greensburg’

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Diana Thompson, Jayne Reilly, Barbara MacQuown Tucker and Becky Jarold stroll through the galleries of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. during its grand re-opening gala. Oct. 24, 2015.
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CEO Judith O'Toole and her husband, Kevin, greeted guests during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Museum patrons Dr. Peter and Diana Jannetta were among the guests attending the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Chief curator Barbara Jones was on hand for the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015. 5.
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Teri Bowes provided a modern fashion statement during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Trib Total Media president and CEO Jennifer Bertetto and her husband, Keith, were among the co-chairs for the grand re-opening gala of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Lilli Nieland joined her husband, Dr. Michael Nieland, during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Maria McCalister makes an artful fashion statement during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Anna Kate Payha sparkled during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Museum board president Bruce Wolf joined his wife, Sheryl, during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Dennis Bergevin models a jacket hand decorated by Randyland creator Randy Gilson during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Dr. Patricia Sheahand adds some pop to the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Guests viewed artwork from the collection of the late Richard M. Scaife during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Laura Miller paid more than lip service to fashion during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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A guest veiws a painting hanging in a gallery composed of work from the private collection of the late Richard M. Scaife during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Michel Franklin and Barbara Barry were among the guest attending the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Guests viewed contemporary art during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Adrienne Walnoha and Justin Clawson were among the guests attending the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner joined Concept Art Gallery owner Sam Berkovitz during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Jay and Rannie Ferguson were among the guests attending the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Sarah and Rachel O'Toole stand in front of Cello Fury during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.
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Laura Jordan joined her husband Charlie Humphrey during the grand re-opening of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. Oct. 24, 2015.

So much anticipation had been building around the Westmoreland Museum of American Art‘s two-year, $38 million renovation and expansion that a guest list of 830 ensured its Oct. 24 grand reopening celebration was a sellout before the ink dried on the invites.

“It was so much worth the wait,” said Judith O’Toole, Richard M. Scaife director and CEO. “We’re over the moon.”

As were the glitterati who crossed multiple counties to get there, including a Pittsburgh collective led by Children’s Museum director Jane Werner, Mattress Factory co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, Frick Art & Historical Center director Robin Nicholson, and Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner.

With a collective jaw-drop practically drowning out the ambient sound wafting from the strings of Cello Fury, a beeline was made for halls decked with three feature exhibitions by chief curator Barbara Jones: “A Passion for Collecting: Selections from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest,” “All About Color and Geometry: Selections from the Diana and Peter Jannetta Gift of Art,” and “Making the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.”

“It’s just a proud moment for Greensburg to have all this,” said board chairman Bruce Wolf.

From there, the serenade of champagne bottles lured people into the tented parking lot for the Sky’s the Limit Dance Party with DJ Gordy and Beauty Slap.

By eve’s end, the verdict was in.

“This is another wonderful hidden secret of Pittsburgh,” Bob Sendall said.

On the list were co-chairs Jennifer andKeith Bertetto, Maria andJon Cavalier, Summer and Duffy Friedlander and Alyssa andClayton Kunselman; Dr. Peter and Diana Jannetta, Dr. Michael andLilli Nieland, Yale Gutnick, Laura Gutnick and Dan Bogesdorfer, Harley Trice, architects Susan Rodriguez and Timothy Hartung, and Sam andDebbie Berkovitz.

Kate Benz is the society columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at [email protected], 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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