The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

May 2, 2013

Winner arts center opens with auction

The Herald

SHARON — The work of John L. Lloyd, renowned impressionist landscape painter, will be displayed and a select number will be auctioned Friday at the grand opening gala for the James E. Winner Jr. Arts & Culture Center.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the center, 98 E. State St. in Sharon.

The event will include food, cocktails, entertainment and dancing as the center unveils its newly renovated “Theatre on 3” and the 2013 calendar of events. Guest will be served champagne at the door and will be able to peruse the newly equipped art gallery space featuring many notable works, including an attributed Van Gogh pencil study valued at more than $23,000.

The mid-evening art auction will include fine art pieces from regional artists and work from Lloyd. There will also be a small exhibit of Lloyd’s work on display.

Lloyd was born in Coaltown, Pa., in 1884. His family later relocated to Warren, Ohio, where he lived until his passing in 1967 at age 82. Lloyd exhibited artistic abilities early in life and studied at the Cleveland School of Art where he received a degree in decorative design. He made extensive educational travels to art colonies and schools including summer painting classes in Woodstock, N.Y., in 1915 and 1919. He also visited artist colonies in Chester Springs, Pa.

Lloyd is primarily known for his landscape paintings in oil, but he was accomplished in watercolor and pastels and produced numerous quality works in portraiture and still life.

Lloyd was associated with the Butler Institute of American Art for many years. His work was frequently exhibited at the Butler, where he also taught painting classes. Other prestigious exhibition venues for Lloyd’s paintings included the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Art Club of Philadelphia.

Named after the late James E. Winner Jr., Sharon businessman and philanthropist, the center hosts theater and art gallery space, a reception area and a gift shop. Their mission is to support and further tourism for the region while nurturing interests in the arts.

Tickets are $45. Info: Doug DiPreta, or 724-981-1152 ext. 3495.