In conjunction with the National Road Festival, the Frank L. Melega Art Museum presents 2015 Artist of the Pike exhibition by painter Laurie Longenecker titled “The Half Time Show”. The acrylic and oil paintings in the show are larger than life portraits of fans of Pittsburgh sports teams. The title refers to the number of paintings in the show. The 11 paintings exhibited in the show are the first half of a planned series of 22.
Opening reception weekend will be held Saturday, May 16 and Sunday May 17, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. The public is invited, free admission and free parking. The exhibition will run from Saturday, May 16 until Sunday, July 19. The Frank L. Melega Art Museum is located at 71 Market Street, Brownsville, PA 15417
Special events are planned for the National Road Festival weekend, May 16 and 17, including door prizes and museum tours conducted by Frank R. Melega (son of Frank L. Melega) from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A door prize will be awarded Saturday and Sunday. This year’s door prize is a signed original poster by Laurie Longenecker. The poster “Brownsville” depicts some of the noteworthy features of the city including the First Cast Iron Bridge, Nemacolin Castle, St. Peters, and the historic Flatiron Building (home of the Frank L. Melega Art Museum). The poster was created for the event and is on display with five other poster designs depicting the uniqueness of the region.
In 2014, Laurie Longenecker was the recipient of the Best of Show Award at the National Road Festival Juried Exhibition. The Best of Show recipient is also asked to be the following years “Artist of the Pike”. It is our great pleasure that Ms. Longenecker has accepted our invitation.
The Frank L. Melega Art Museum is open weekdays 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. The museum is also open by appointment. More information is available on the museum’s website, melegaartmuseum.org
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