ART WORKS in Johnstown
Our local arts community is on the rise, and one of the places this is most apparent is ART WORKS in Johnstown. The offshoot of BOTTLEWORKS now stands on its own in its Cambria City location. And whether you are interested in seeing art or making it, ART WORKS has something to offer. ART WORKS includes four artist studios, a gallery, and areas for classes and performances.
Theresa Gay Rohall, Executive Director at ART WORKS, tries to have something new in the gallery at least every six weeks. The next gallery show, opening on January 21st and running through February 26th, is titled “Making It Better: Folk Art in Pennsylvania Today.” The show is a traveling exhibit about art and tradition in our state being brought to Johnstown in conjunction with BOTTLEWORKS.
“We’re going to have three of the five [displays] in ART WORKS,” says Theresa. The displays in ART WORKS will cover topics including “creating social changes and awareness,” “practicing spirituality,” which will be about Native American culture, and “living creativity in your world.”
The following gallery show, opening on March 11th, will feature recent IUP graduate Heather Thompson showing jewelry she created for her Master’s thesis.
The gallery shows are free to the public.
In addition to the gallery shows, ART WORKS offers art programs to the public. “We’re working on things for young children; a mother-and-me kind of art program,” says Theresa. This program will be run by James and Beth Elston. James is also one of the current studio artists at ART WORKS.
The Elstons will also be setting up events called “Spontaneous Combustion” about once a month, which will give local artists a chance to come together. “There will be music and snacks. Artists work independently on their projects, but in the collective creative atmosphere,” says Theresa.
ART WORKS is located at 413 Third Avenue, Suite 100 in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood. Click here for a map. Regular hours are: Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Saturday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.