The treasures of the Greater Latrobe School District’s permanent art collection aren’t all hanging on the walls.
They include the people who have helped expand and preserve it since the first pieces were acquired in 1936, according to Superintendent Michael Porembka.
Among those he considered priceless gems were Barbara Tiltlong-time chairman of the GLSD Art Conservation Trust, who was honored at the annual edition Gala 100 friends of art on Thursday night at Greater Latrobe High School.
The school principals formed the Trust in 1991 to oversee the care and preservation of the collection, at the behest of the school’s solicitor, the late Sun Tilt. His wife Barbara was involved from the beginning as historian and archivist, and from 1999 to 2021 as chairman. She continues to serve as receiver.
Taking the stage to a standing ovation, Knuckles said, “It’s hard to read these remarks with tears in my eyes.”
She added that she wanted to share the recognition with everyone involved in the collection over its 86 years, and was more than happy to have her sons in the audience to hear the accolades she received.
In addition to recognizing an individual supporter of the Trust, the gala serves as an opportunity for Trust members, called the 100 Friends of Art, to vote on a new addition to the collection.
Works on view are selected by high school student council members from among those included in the Mr. Fred Rogers Regional Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts at the Latrobe Art Center and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Arts Council’s annual regional juried exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Art Museum in the Ligonier Valley.
After presenting the student-viewed docents, the students and gala guests vote on one top choice. The top five chosen from each group are presented to the student council, which selects one work to join the collection.
During the voting, guests were treated to musical selections from the high school jazz ensemble.
Students and guests agreed on two paintings: Elizabeth Roseborois “Down the Lane” and Rachel Kling“The presence of
Other student picks were “Red Brings Happiness” by Robert Hackstein; “Caught in the Clouds”, by Cora Smith; and “All Together Now” by Mark Welsh.
100 friends also like Coke Coal by Paula Martino; “Tiger Tiger”, village Lydia Mac; and “Hands of the Future” by Diana Williams.
The winner will be announced after the next student council meeting.
Docents presenting the included works Alexis McMichael, Henry Crome, Shae O’Barteau, Rachel Little, Isabella Muir, Nina Schultz, Kyle Shafer, Emma Cowan, Kiro Shaker and Cameron baker.
Other featured artists are also included Adalberto Ortiz, Robert Bowden, Ronald Nigro, Joseph Riznar, Elizabeth Sickles, Jack Meyer, Cathy Sartoris Rafferty and Patricia fat man.
The program included a welcome from the gala chairman Nicole Gooder and remarks by the Chairman of the Trust Keith Visconti.
Seen: Jessica and Jo Golden, Amy Balko, Georgia Teppert, Helen Conway-Long and Tom Long, Doug Evans, Linda Earnest, Ken Shimko and Molly Rob Shimko, Michael Tousai, Joe Bellak, Anthony DiVitis, Marty Singer, Ginny Hutchinson, Sandra Marks, Richard and Eileen Stoner, Keith and Shirleah Kelly, William DeBernardi, Alexis Dillon, Ramie Ortiz, Bibiana Boerio, Linda McKenna Boxx, Annie Urban, Bill and Judy Sheeren and gen and Barbara Kravitz.