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Annual Show at The Artists Hand:

Drop off will be 
Monday, June 5th, 2023  10:00am-2:00 pm.

The reception is 
Friday, June 9th 6:00pm-8:00 pm.

Pick-up will be 
Monday, July 3rd 10:00am-2:00 pm.

This show formerly know as the ‘Spring Show’ 



IAA holds two exhibits a year: The Annual Exhibit in the Summer at

The Artists Hand and the

Open Arts Exhibit held in the fall of each year for any artist- you do not need to be a member. Any artist can enter the Open Arts exhibition. You do not need to be an Indiana County Resident nor an IAA member, but we hope you join IAA!

 It is held every November at the Historical and Genealogical Society at

621 Wayne Ave. Indiana, PA 15701

November 2022 : 18th annual Open Arts Exhibit. The Indiana Art Association (IAA) announced the following winners:

Best of Show - Beth Wheeler, White’s Woods: Early Spring, oil on board 

1st Place - Jen Caruso, Reflections of Fall, photography

2nd Place - Betty Chan, Coming Home from the Mines, oil on canvas

3rd Place - Joy Fairbanks, Remember, collage

David Young Memorial Award - Colleen Wakefield, Magic at Dusk, photography

Judge’s Merit - Diane Canale, But My Dreams They Aren’t As Empty, acrylic on board

Honorable Mention - Gavin Caruso, Timeless, photography



Winners of the Indiana Art Association’s Annual Show were announced at the group’s recent opening reception held at The Artists Hand Gallery. Award winners in the 79th annual members’ exhibit were:


Joy Fairbanks—Best of Show, Riomaggiore (Digital photography)

Pam Sagely—1st Place Professional, Spring Greens (Mixed media)

Faye Kershishnik—2nd Place Professional, Yappy Happy (Oils)

Jan Miles—1st Place Non-Professional, Untitled #1 (Wet cyanotype)

Bobby Avery—2nd Place Non-Professional, White Fighter (Acrylic resin overlay)


Tom Arthurs, IAA vice-president and exhibits chair, said he was pleased with the outstanding artwork exhibited by local artists and the support given for the show.  He also thanked artist Chuck Olson for judging the show.  


Olson, an abstract expressionist painter, has had his work featured in over 300 solo, group and juried exhibitions throughout the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Bermuda, Scotland and Japan. An Indiana resident, Olson was an art professor at Saint Francis University in Loretto from 1976 until his retirement in 2018.  


IAA President Janie Grela said, “Our organization provides opportunities for members to create, exhibit and collaborate in unique ways. This exhibit, like each IAA exhibition, is an example of creative individuals coming together as a community. This exhibit space, The Artists Hand Gallery, has a special collaboration with the IAA that began years ago—with an idea and a desire to create something special and lasting.”

Award winners of the 2021 Open Arts Exhibition:

The exhibit ran through January 7th, 2021 

Congratulations to the winners! 

Winner: Best of Show 
Lois Linnan    Mixed Media       

Winner: First Place  
Pam Sagely    Oil*       
Rain Clouds Over Spring Fields

Winner: Second Place
Cheri Widzowski*    Photo  Print      
First Beach at La Push, WA

Winner: Third Place
Emily Lasinsky    Mixed Media    
A Welcomed Awakening


Indiana Art Association Announces Spring Show Awards 2021

After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, The Indiana Art Association recently held its 78th Annual Spring Show at The Artists Hand Gallery in Indiana.  The  members only exhibition was juried by Kim Williams, a Johnstown painter and journalist. Janie Leck-Grela, new IAA President, thanked the membership and community for their support of local artists. She said, “As we are finally able to come together and celebrate each other and showcase our talents, I know there will be many opportunities for us to grow as an organization and as individuals.”

The following awards were announced:

Best of Show—Candace Joseph—“Bang”

Professional 1st Place—Jolene Joyner, “Peonies and the Pink Cup”

Professional 2nd Place—Lou Ann Gallaner, “Thunder Cloud”

Professional 3rd Place—Janie Leck-Grela, “Cacti”

Non-Professional 1st Place—Elle Wood, “Heart Akimbo”

Non-Professional 2nd Place—Sharon Boykiw, “Skeptical”

Non-Professional 3rd Place—Faye Kershishnik, “Two Apples”

Professional Photography 1st Place—Cheri Widzowski, “Swana’s Violin”

Professional Photography 2nd Place—Joy Fairbanks, “Anthurium”

Non-Professional Photography 1st Place—Matthew Bartus, “Spain #1”

Non-Professional Photography 2nd Place—JD Varner, “Americana”

David Young Memorial Photography Award—Fred Hummel, “Perserverance”


Congratulations to all!

Thank you to Cheri Widzowski Photography for the excellent photos of the exhibit. 

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