From the time its modern edifice was built in the midst of Warren's Victorian core as a residence, to the minor brouhaha over its new sign, the Crary Gallery has been exceptional, unique in many ways.
It's very existence in a town the size of Warren, tucked into a corner of the Allegheny National Forest, is exceptional in itself. Very few towns in Pennsylvania or elsewhere in the northeast can boast an art gallery like the Crary. From its unique architecture, which now seems to have been built with a gallery in mind, to the superb visiting shows and permanent collection it hosts.
Currently, the gallery is hosting the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's 34th Annual International Juried Exhibition, a collection of more than 100 works by some of the most notable watercolorists across the United States and from several foreign countries. They were selected by judges from hundreds of paintings submitted. The show's first place winner is from China.
To say they include some breathtaking images might be an understatement.
This is not the first time the gallery has hosted the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's annual show, and we're sure it won't be the last, given the gallery's ever-growing stature in the visual arts and the quality with which artists' works are displayed.
The show officially opened Saturday, with a reception for the artists and visitors, and will run through Nov. 15.
During that time, the public is invited to vote for their favorite piece for the honor of People's Choice. Prepare to be challenged as you select that one extraordinary work from among the dozens of pieces on exhibition.
As always, admission to the gallery is free.
It is open extended days for this exhibition: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.