NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR 2017 WESTMORELAND ART NATIONALS
Every year, the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival holds the Westmoreland Art Nationals, a juried fine art and photography competition, featuring art from all around the country. Artists are permitted to enter as many pieces as they'd like to be considered in both of our exhibits.
The first exhibit will be held at the Westmoreland County Community College from Saturday, May 20 through Wednesday, June 7. The Opening Reception will take place Saturday, May 20 from 6-8pm. The second exhibit will be held Thursday, June 29 through Sunday, July 2 onsite at the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival with the Opening Reception set for Saturday, June 24 from 6-8pm. Both shows are free and open to the public to attend.
A total of $4,000 in prize money will be awarded in the following categories:
Best of Show, Painting, Graphics, Sculpture, Photography/Digital Art, Craft, New Entrant, and People's Choice
Winners are selected for each exhibit and are not announced until the night of the Opening Receptions. Both shows provide excellent exposure and serve as wonderful networking opportunities to meet other distinguished artists.
Meet Our 2017 Jurors!
Amy Worth - Orient, NY
Amy is a painter, designer and educator. She received BFA in art and education from Queens College/Cuny and her MFA from CW Post/LIU. Her work in textile design is part of numerous collections including Paloma Picasso, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. She taught high school art for 13 years where she created a three year fashion design program. In 2012 her students were recognized, and honored in a ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, by first Lady Michelle Obama for their Inaugural Ball gown designs. Amy opened The South Street Gallery in 2006 with her husband Tom Payne. The gallery represents local and regional artists and hosts shows, art classes, workshops and talks.
Mary Ellen Wehrli - Flower Mound, TX
A native of San Francisco, Mary Ellen Wehrli began her formal art studies at San Jose State College and the College of San Mateo. She has received many awards in both abstract and representational art and has been selected to show in juried shows throughout California. She has been a member of the San Francisco Women Artists, the Marin Society of Artists, the Terra Linda Art Association, Art-A-Fair Festival of Laguna Beach, and the Seal Beach Art Association. She has also served as the Fine Arts Supervisor for the Orange County Fair and as the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Fair in 1990, 1991, and 1992. Her paintings are found in many private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Many of her commissioned pieces are also found in business and public settings throughout California including the Alcoa Building in San Francisco, the Bank of America Building in Anaheim, the Art-A-Fair Festival Building in Laguna Beach, the City of Santa Paula, the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, and the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona.