Event offers Halloween activities for parents and kids
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Halloween fun can be had at Bottle Works—Arts on Third Avenue from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18.
The public is welcome to attend the non-profit organization’s 2nd Annual Oh So Artsy Halloween Party and Third Thursday Gallery Night. The Halloween party is suitable for children, and the Gallery Night for adults.
"The Oh So Artsy Halloween Party provides a fun, safe night for the entire family, " said Melody Tisinger, advancement and operations director at Bottle Works. "Most people are looking for something do, but have the challenge of childcare. The party provides an opportunity for parents to get a well-deserved break while their kids can create and play in a fun and safe place. But you don't have to have a family to come. We encourage art lovers and people who are looking for a good time to come as well."
Children between the ages of 5 and 12 are welcome to attend the Halloween party, which is to be held on the second floor of the Art Works building. Inside the AmeriServ Learning Center, children can play games, make crafts and participate in a safe trick-or-treating event by visiting the resident artists’ studios. They can also decorate pumpkins.
“This year, Bottle Works artists will be painting cool, expressive eyes on the pumpkins in advance of the party,” said Holly Lees, youth coordinator at Bottle Works. “Children will get to choose which pumpkin to decorate, so it makes for a sort of collaborative artist project between Bottle Works artists and the kids.”
Parents are welcome to drop their children off upstairs, and then attend the Gallery Night. An opening reception will be held for the latest exhibits on display in the Bottle Works and Art Works galleries. The reception includes a meet-and-greet with some of the artists.
The Sirofchucks: Generations Family Show is located in the Art Works main galleries, and Nora Thompson’s Monochromonsters Exhibit in the Art Works. Reflections by Katey Ladika is just steps away, in the Tulip Building.
The Sirofchucks show features Paul Sirofchuck’s award-winning woodworking; his wife Mandy’s stained-glass art and their daughter Clair’s oil paintings. Sirofchuck considers his furniture to be built in an “organic contemporary style.” His wife’s stained-glass pieces are inspired by the art of stained-glass windows. Their daughter says she enjoys working with oil due to the “rich opacity of the covers and the flexibility provided by the long drying time.”
Thompson’s exhibit features illustrations of creatures she labels The Rots. She is an illustrator, graphic designer, fine artist and writer who has been illustrating professionally since 1992.
Ladika’s photography exhibit showcases her passion for storytelling and still photography.
Adults can also enjoy adult trick-or-treating and an extreme pumpkin carving demonstration presented by Michael Allison. At the end of the night, Allison’s pumpkin will be auctioned off, with proceeds to benefit Bottle Works.
Two guest bartenders, James Vasilko of Johnstown Construction and James Carthew of CJL Engineering, will be serving refreshments. Adults are encouraged to tip their favorite bartender, as Vasilko and Carthew will be competing to see who can receive the most tips.
“With the completion of our capital projects — The Green Roof at the Bottle Works and the Pop Plaza (formerly the Bottle Works parking lot) — we thought it would be fitting to ask our project managers at CJL and our contractors at Johnstown Construction to participate in this fun fundraising event,” Tisinger said. “In 2018, we hosted our first bartender challenge with the two Melissas (Melissa Komar and Melissa Radovanic). This time around, we are hosting a battle between the two Jims. At the end of the night, we will see who raised the most money.”
Proceeds are to benefit programming at Bottle Works.
Both children and adults are encouraged (but not required) to dress in their Halloween costumes.
Attendees can pre-register online at bottleworks.org or by calling 814-535-2020. Tickets can also be purchased at the door that evening.