In October, Gabrielle Nastuck unexpectedly resigned as director of the Latrobe Art Center, a post she'd held for about seven years.
During her tenure, the center grew in both size and influence in the community, with innovations such as new programs for children with special needs, along with children's summer art camps and many adult workshops.
Good Evening! What are you Thankful for this Thanksgiving? Perhaps family? Friends, of course. Health, obviously. But, what about Art? Art is all around us in some form or fashion. It binds us together as one, we all take part in it in some form, right? It is really a unifying force in the world. Take a look at this video and see what art is to the ladies at Clelian Heights an Exception Place for Exceptional People. Tomorrow at the dinner table, GIVE THANKS FOR ART!! HAPPY ARTSGIVING (THANKSGIVING)!!!
Watch the video of how Miss Gabi brought the Puzzle Art Project to Latrobe.
The man who greeted generations of children by asking them to be his neighbor will be memorialized in his Latrobe hometown with two days of special events this month.
Fred Rogers was known for teaching legions of children how to be compassionate and love themselves as the gentle host of the Public Broadcasting Service show “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.”
Gabrielle Nastuck, director of the Latrobe Art Center, was looking for a new project for her younger students when she came across the Puzzle Project. She immediately realized that the project’s concept—uniquely designed pieces that fit together to make one large display—was the perfect addition to an upcoming Bringing Fred Home event designed to honor Mister Rogers.
There was dinner and dancing in the streets of Latrobe June 10 during the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Gala.
Red trolleys and roses were the centerpieces of tables on Ligonier and Main streets, and, after dinner, Dr. Zoot played at the intersection.
The memory of Fred Rogers will continue to live on as many in Latrobe celebrated his life and contribution to the community by installing a marker in the center of town near the Latrobe Art Center on June 11.
Watch video of the Puzzle Project installation and pieces at the Latrobe Art Center
When Gabrielle Nastuck became its director in 2010, the Latrobe Art Center was a nice little place — with emphasis on the “little.” It had one room with a small cafe and a corner display case offering jewelry and other objets d'art.
Six years later, it has doubled in size, added numerous programs and annual exhibitions and become a hub for community activities.
“We've added a lot, because I like to have something for everyone,” she modestly says.
What would you say most motivates you to do what you do?
My Art Students... My Students with Special Needs... My Clelian Heights Women... My Drawing Students when they realize I can draw...
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Among Gabrielle Nastuck's art collection inside her neatly kept home on Laveen Street in Latrobe, one of the framed works is particularly personal.
She commissioned Butler County artist Bill Perry to paint a watercolor portrait from a 1940s photograph of Nastuck's grandmother, Adelaide Naccarato, next to her grandfather, Orlando “Lundy” Naccarato.
Gabrielle Nastuck says her one-woman exhibit at the Latrobe Art Center -- La Vita E Bella or Life Is Beautiful -- shows her progression as an artist.
But the exhibit shows much , as anyone can see who views the drawings of people who have meant a lot to her and photographs of still lifes that have fascinated her.