The Manos Gallery in Tarentum showcases student, professional artwork; benefits free hospital care


Talentum Arthouse has partnered with UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh to raise money for a month to benefit the Free Care Fund.

The Manos Gallery is exhibiting the “Artist of Tomorrow,” which features the work of 65 student artists from western Pennsylvania.

Paintings, drawings, mixed media and other works of art by young people aged 8 to 18 are on display from 320 E. Fifth Ave. Until May 28th.

It is on display on the wall and on the stand next to the work of a local expert. The exhibition held on Saturday afternoon is the second year.

“I feel like there is no age limit for art and talent,” said Ernesto Camacho Jr., Harrison’s art director. “When I was a kid, I didn’t have the resources or ability to show my artwork in a real gallery. Everything was always related to the school. Show my kids in a real gallery. Giving opportunities is almost always giving children some light and exposure. ”

This is the first time the exhibition has become part of the UPMC fundraiser. The Free Care Fund helps cover the cost of health care for children in needy families.

Fees from sales, money from art raffle, and other donations will be used to support the effort.

Camacho said he would like to host such an event following the Howard Hannah Real Estate Fundraiser for the Free Care Fund in the Lawrenceville district of Pittsburgh in November.

“We asked the artist to donate artwork for that particular exhibition and raised over $ 10,000 for the fundraiser,” he said. “The main thing is that children are our future …. Anyone who does all sorts of fundraising for children needs to be careful. You give back to children who really need help. It is. ”

The first Artist of Tomorrow event featured the work of 50 students out of 120 submissions.

There were more than 200 applications this year.

The works on display were selected by Pittsburgh artists Debbie Killer and Donna Weckerley.

Chippewa Township’s Sydney Stanislawski, 16, won the Best in Show for a mixed media work titled “Gorgo.”

It’s Medusa, a take of a beautiful monster in Greek mythology who had snakes for hair that turned into stone for anyone who made eye contact with her.

The artist said he was inspired by his mother, Jody, using charcoal, graphite and colored pencils to paint Sophia Loren’s face and the northern viper snake.

“When I wake up in the morning, my hair is crazy and they call me Medusa,” Mama said. “She thought it would be interesting to be a Medusa.”

Jody said he stabbed a little less nickname.

“I’m very proud of her,” Jody said. “She has good work ethic and spends a lot of time and effort on her work … it’s her divine talent and she can do it without training. about it.”

Sydney submitted a portrait to the gallery last year. She said she was happy to be able to relax and participate in her fundraiser by doing her art.

“People will be willing to pay more for artwork, including those that go for a legitimate purpose,” Sydney said. “Then you can collect more money for those who actually need it.”

Abpercent Claire’s Sibby Shrivastava, 9, won the Best In Show for her acrylic painting “Little House on the Prairie,” based on the book of the same name.

“It makes me proud, and it makes me feel happy, yes, I’m very happy,” Sibby said. “I love nature, and when I see it, I feel very calm. I am calm and relieved.”

Eisenhower Elementary School students said they were excited to see their work selected and displayed next to a professional teenage work.

“I’m proud to have done this when I was so young,” Sibby said. “I was also happy with others who were able to achieve this at their age.”

Her father, Sisir Shrivastava, said that helping others through art fits the nature of his daughter.

“She was always looking for some kind of philanthropy,” he said. “Sibby is very caring and kind to such a job. Last year, they exhibited at UPMC for the elderly. It’s like motivating her more. ”

South Fayette’s Thirumurugan, 10, earned an honorable mention in an acrylic painting of a dancing woman called “Nobody Sees”.

“I did that last year and got an honorable mention, so I wanted to start over and draw a better picture,” Diya said. “I like to make things. I like to draw animals, plants, and sometimes people.”

Her mother, Jency Manohara, said that making art with Diya was a family activity for many years.

“Every year, we try to draw one picture as an activity of the two,” she said. “That’s what we’ve been doing since she was little.”

Manohara said it was heartwarming to see Diya’s diligence and talent on display with other artists.

“I really wanted to win this time, so I did a lot of extra work this time,” Manohara said. “I really didn’t want to give it out. I wanted to keep it. This was a very good result. I hope she sells the painting this time. I’m very proud of her. increase.”

Talentum’s Joan Bonnett is taking an art class at the Manos Gallery.

She was one of the hundreds of people at the opening of the exhibition and was impressed with what she saw.

“I’m amazed at the talent of these kids,” Bonnett said. “Who can say something different? It’s incredible and I’m very happy to see them encouraged. (Camacho) doing this for the community (and) I think it’s great to support these kids. It’s very important. ”

You can also donate to UPMC at the gallery.

For more information on the Free Care Fund, please visit

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Tribune Review. You can contact us via Michael (412-871-2367, [email protected]) or Twitter. ..


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