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Ligonier Valley Garden Party
Woodstock: An Aquarian Experience
June 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Ligonier Valley is taking guests back to the 60’s with its nineteenth annual Garden Party. The Museum will celebrate, “Woodstock: An Aquarian Experience”. The event will be reminiscent of the late 1960s with delicious food, live music, silent auction items, and games of chance. Come have a groovy time at our SAMA Garden Party hosted on Saturday, June 12th starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Ligonier Valley Museum.
During the event, guests will enjoy two special exhibitions this year. The featured exhibition, “Looking for the Light in Dark Times” will be on view in the main gallery and the artists, Jonelle Summerfield and mother, Jolene Joyner, 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 30—July 31 during regular museum hours of operation. An accompanying exhibition, “Back to Woodstock” of 1960’s memorabilia and posters from the Collection of Mark Del Costello will most certainly bring back memories. Step back in time and enjoy these authentic music posters from noted artists including Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead. These featured posters represent the original 1969 Woodstock held August 15-18 on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York.
Inside the Museum and under the tent, guests will be treated to live music performed by Acoustic Fingers. Games of chance will be offered as will a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Dig the delicious “Woodstock-themed” trendy food menu served by the Ligonier Country Club. Work together with artists in interactive artist booths to create and purchase artwork from the vendors. You can even sit and enjoy the view while getting a henna tattoo! Can you dig it?
“Looking for the Light in Dark Times” Exhibition
The featured exhibition, “Looking for the Light in Dark Times” will be on view in the main gallery and the artists, Jonelle Summerfield and mother, Jolene Joyner, 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 30—July 31 during regular museum hours of operation.
Jonelle Summerfield is an oil painter from Indiana, PA. She received a degree in Interior Design from The Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2001. She began painting as a hobby shortly thereafter while she worked as a full-time kitchen designer, taking lessons from her mother, Jolene Joyner. Like her mother, she began her artistic career participating in the New Growth Arts Festival and the Indiana County Open Arts Studio Tour in the early 2000s. After taking workshops with other artists she admired, she began to paint full-time in 2012. Aside from her mother, she has taken workshops with Qiang Huang, John Del Monte, Darren Kingsley, Kerry Dunn, and Robert Liberace. Her paintings are impressionistic, and her subjects include interiors, street scenes, animals, and still lifes, among others. European travel is one of her biggest influences, and she travels to obtain her reference photos for each painting. The goal of her work is to depict the good things in life and to provide relief from a chaotic world.
Jolene Joyner of Clymer, PA has had an interest in art since childhood. Though she went to nursing school after graduating from high school and established a forty-year career as a surgical nurse, she resumed her artistic pursuits in her mid-twenties. She has been a member of the Indiana Art Association since the mid-1980s where she met many friends, instructors, and mentors that encouraged her artistic growth. She entered juried exhibits in the region and won many awards while she honed her skills. She later participated in the annual New Growth Arts Festival and the Indiana County Open Arts Studio tour as she gained a following. Notable artists with whom she studied are James Sulkowski, John Del Monte, Darren Kingsley, and Kerry Dunn. Many subjects inspire her, and she is always adding subjects of interest to her repertoire. Favorite subjects include felines, still lifes, scenes from her travels to Europe and beaches of the Caribbean and America's east coast, as well as rural landscapes that include horses and cows.