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Art association to meet Nov. 20

November featured artist Diana Holcombe -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Art Association, because of fort preparations for the Steubenville Nutcracker Festival, will hold its next meeting and workshop on Nov. 20 in room 2534 at Eastern Gateway Community College instead of at Historic Fort Steuben, its usual spot.

The meeting will include a moment of silence in memory of Mary Householder, a long-standing member of the association who died Oct. 20.

At recent meetings of the association, besides promoting new art techniques of guest speakers, President Judy Schmidt presided and announced upcoming events at Historic Fort Steuben that may be of interest to the membership, including a gingerbread competition, and the holiday art displays at the fort and EGCC from Nov. 18 through Dec. 6. Both displays will include a number of members’ works of a winter, holiday or Nutcracker theme.

Reports were presented by Fran Veltri, secretary, and Suzan Corder, treasurer. Bob Watson gave the “Celebrate Steubenville” show report.

The association’s Christmas dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 at DeeJay’s Restaurant in Weirton. The date for the women’s covered-dish Christmas gathering at the home of Mark and Gina Judy will be announced.

The featured fort artist for November is Diane Holcombe, whose favorite subjects are animals and Western and Native-American themes. She works in pastels, acrylics, oils and colored pencils and has taught in most of the drawing media. Holcombe taught art at the Center for Music and Art for 12 years and has taken workshops from well known artists such as Jerry Yarnell, Kristy Kutch and Cecile Baird. Her award-winning work has been shown in art galleries in Canton and in various art shows.

The workshop and meeting on Nov. 20 will feature artist Michael Schiavone of Pittsburgh.

Schiavone is a painter who lives and works in the North Side of Pittsburgh. His work has been featured in several private collections and galleries, locally and in New Orleans. His other artistic endeavors include designing and implementing displays for national retailers American Eagle, Anthropologie and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. He participates in several juried art festivals in the Tri-State Area, including Three Rivers Art Festival, Shadyside, A Fair In The Park and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. He was selected for the Emerging Artist Scholarship by Three Rivers in 2017 and 2018 and received the Outstanding Artistry Award from A Fair in the Park in 2018. 

Schiavone earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in fine art/art history from Edinboro University.

His current body of work explores the interaction of light and glass and the textures of nature’s bounty.

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