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Thank you to all who made the 2022 event a GREAT success! 

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2022 Program

July 23, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Ligonier Valley celebrated the silver anniversary of the museum at this year's Garden Party. Guests enjoyed wine, beer, and a signature drink with delicious hors d'oeuvres by Myriam’s Table, and no birthday party would be complete without cake. Silent auction featured art, gift baskets, home décor, and more from local businesses and organizations. We had big winners with cash from the 50/50 raffle and prizes such as a 43" smart TV, Bluetooth earbuds, drone, and HD camera from the games of chance. 

Outside the Museum, guests enjoyed the sounds of jazz from the Pittsburgh group, RML Jazz. Guests also could get painted with gems to glam up the night! Everyone wore something silver to celebrate this amazing evening with SAMA sponsored by Somerset Trust Company. 

Thank you to those who supported this initiative! Returning advertisers and sponsors can review their ad from last event, or new sponsors can see what to expect from their donation when you click on the 2022 program. 

"As Everywhere of Silver" Exhibition

The featured exhibition will be on view in the main gallery and the artists, Rita Haldeman and Nicole Ryan, will be present to greet visitors and discuss their work. To attend the opening reception at 5:00 p.m., guests must have tickets to the Garden Party event, or the exhibition can be viewed for free April 29, 2022, through August 7, 2022 during regular museum hours of operation.

“As Everywhere of Silver” coincides with the 25th anniversary of SAMA Ligonier Valley. Silver is a color both Rita and Nicole used often in their paintings to commemorate this occasion. The title, “As Everywhere of Silver”, was chosen from the Emily Dickinson poem of the same name. A common initial interpretation of this poem associates it to the ocean and how the beaches are the only obstacle holding it back from taking over all land. Rita and Nicole infer the poem to mean so much more. They see the meaning as the changing of the season, the movement of the landscape over time, with only thin threads of similarity holding the landscape as being in one place. Both Rita and Nicole’s work represent the changing of time, weather, and season in their landscapes; though, in each, they have their own unique individual painting styles.

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