The BOTTLE WORKS has several signature events and fundraisers throughout the year, but our longest and most notable event is our Artists’ Hall of Fame. This November 5, 2016 the BOTTLE WORKS’ will celebrate its 16th Annual Artists’ Hall of Fame. The Artists’ Hall of Fame is a special evening which showcases and honors individuals who have climbed the ladder of artistic excellence or had a positive impact on the arts. Last year, over 200 people attended the event in which we honored Dr. Donato and Nancy Zucco, and George Griffith and Tom O’Brien.
2016 Artists’ Hall of Fame Honorees
A native of Loretto, Pennsylvania now living in Pittsburgh, Ron Donoughe is best known for his spirited realistic landscape paintings. He has a B.A. in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California (now California College of the Arts). Previous jobs include: landscaper, gravedigger, chicken catcher, art teacher, museum installer, graphic designer, and college instructor. In 2011 the office of the PA Governor invited Ron to exhibit his work at the Governor’s residence and last year he completed murals for the Cambria County Courthouse. His work can be found in many corporate and private collections as well as the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, The Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. His recent collection of 90 neighborhoods has been acquired by the Heinz History Center as a permanent exhibition.
He will be having a solo exhibition at The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, April 2017. The show will be titled Labor and Landscape and will be comprised of 100 paintings created over two years. The subjects are from the Cambria and Blair county region.
He has published three books of his work: 90 Pittsburgh Neighborhoods, Paintings of Indiana County, Pennsylvania, and Essence of Pittsburgh, The Paintings of Ron Donoughe in the Plein Air Style
Ron’s Artist Statement expresses his passion for the arts and the history he is preserving through his work, “Painting from life has become a ritual for me. Everyday I go somewhere to make a painting without knowing exactly what will happen. I seek an intensity of feeling that comes from being in a particular place at a particular time. I’m creating a body of work that will serve as a time capsule for future generations.”
Marianne was born and raised in Bedford, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with an Associate of Arts, which prepared her for teaching in the Bedford City Schools. During that period, she also attended Case Western Reserve University and earned a Bachelor’s in Education with a minor in art. After raising six children, she attended St. Francis in Loretto and received a Master’s in Education.
Marianne’s late husband, Bob, was employed by U. S. Steel and relocated to Johnstown In 1975. It was then Marianne discovered a thriving artistic community through the Log House Festival. She met local art teacher, the late Harriet Goff, which led to her joining the Allied Artists, participating in shows and winning several awards.
One of Marianne’s pieces was accepted by the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. The oil-on-canvas depicts two Douglas Skyraider aircraft flying over the carrier USS Corral Sea. She created the piece as a tribute to her husband’s service as a U.S. Naval Aviator.
When her youngest child was in second grade, Marianne began teaching at the then-Our Mother of Sorrows. For fifteen years, she taught eighth grade language arts and art. But her legacy at OMOS became the annual outdoor Shakespeare play, which she adapted and directed. The productions continued for 17 years after Marianne’s retirement. Marianne has inspired many young artists to identify and pursue their artistic talents.
In 1994, Marianne received the YWCA Tribute to Women in Education, and in 2002, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Service to the Arts award. She also contributed illustrations to a few books, including “Johnstown: The Story of a Unique Valley.” Marianne has been a member of the Allied Artists for close to 35 years serving on its board of directors in several capacities and currently as Secretary. Marianne’s involvement with Allied Artists led her to co-chair the collaborative exhibit with the Garden Club of Johnstown titled, ‘A Masterpiece in Bloom.’
Rachel Allen, B.A. Political Science/Sociology, is a Certified Music Practitioner, Sound Healer, Reiki Master, and Registered Yoga Teacher with a trauma informed/social justice framework. She has 20 years experience of working with some of the most amazing people on the planet: hospice patients and their families, patients in a variety of health conditions, survivors of sexual abuse, adults with mental illness and most recently, incarcerated women. Rachel is also passionate about supporting and working with caregivers to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue. Locally, Rachel teaches Creative Movement at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. Regionally and nationally, she teaches and presents at conferences and retreats, weaving live music, yoga, and creative movement into themes of compassion, self-acceptance, and transformation. Rachel is committed to engaging people from all walks of life in the healing arts to create healthy, diverse, and joyful communities.
Rachel is a member of Give Back Yoga, Yoga Service International and is a rostered healing arts practitioner with The Breathe Network, an organization dedicated to serving survivors of sexual violence through the holistic arts. Rachel co founded the Community Connection Team creating holistic opportunities for community building in marginalized neighborhoods and with survivors through the arts. Rachel partners with The BOTTLE WORKS, Victim Services Inc, and Women’s Help Center facilitating trauma informed expressive arts and yoga to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Rachel serves as an Executive Board member of the Music for Healing and Transition Program, an international certification program for therapeutic musicians.
Rachel has received many awards and accolades including NOW Ellen D. Hoffman Person of the Year and the YWCA Tribute to Women Arts and Letters Award.
BOTTLE WORKS seeks to honor individual(s) possessing some or all of the following standards:
• Who is native or resident of this region
• Who has achieved artistic excellence in his/her field of visual, performing or literary arts
• Whose contribution is of enduring value (on a regional, national or international scale)
• Who leaves a legacy or continuation through education or financial help to those following in their fields of endeavor
• Who has a positive impact through their lives, actions and writings
• Possess leadership qualities that can serve as an inspiration to young people entering arts fields
• Demonstrates the diversity of artistic accomplishments that comprise the rich cultural tapestry of the region
Past honorees have been: Don Aliquo, Band of Brothers – Brad and Laura Gordon, Mike Bodolosky, Glen Brougher, Peter Calaboyias, Carmel C. Coco, Frank Cunsolo, CTC Foundation, Sister Maria Josephine D’Archangelo, Rodney Eatman, Jeanne Gleason, Harriett Goff, Istvan Jaray, Claudia Jones, Ron Madison, Carla Prucnal, Jim Richey, Sally Stewart, Winnie and Kathy Voytko, Donna Maria Zapolla, Barbara Zivkovich, Rosemary and Ed Pawlowski, Dr. Donato and Nancy Zucco, and George Griffith and Tom O’Brien.
Every year BOTTLE WORKS hosts Artists Hall of Fame, which honors local individuals who have made a significant impact on the arts or the community. If you would like to nominate someone for this year’s event, please submit the following form.
Please click below for BOTTLE WORKS video about George Griffith and Tom O’Brien.