Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Westmoreland @rt 30...

Last week I had some errands to do in Greensburg and had a little bit of time before my appointment.  I decided to stop in and check out the new temporary home of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.  They've dubbed the new space as, "Westmoreland @rt 30".  (Their permanent home is currently being renovated and expanded.  CLICK HERE to read more about their plans.)

I was really impressed with the new space.  They took a former furniture store that sat empty along Route 30 and transformed it into a fantastic venue to showcase art.  One of the things that I loved about the selection from the permanent collection is that they opened up the vaults and brought in parts of their collection that I have never seen before.  They still have some of the much loved local favorites like the pieces done by the Scalp Level painters, but there's also newer work on display.

Not only did they do a great job putting together the galleries, but they also did a wonderful job on the gift shop.  It's bright and airy and features a bounty of work from American artisan craftspeople.  Our neighbors (across the street from Allegory Gallery) at G Squared played a major role in getting it set up beautifully.

Not to be missed is the massive Pop-up Exhibition featuring works by Brian McCall, Ryan Taylor and Joe Wos.  A good portion of the bottom half of the temporary museum holds the new group show.  The pieces are edgy, playful, and colorful.  The Pop-up Exhibition is up until September 1st and is definitely a must see.

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