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Nemacolin Emphasizes Art with New Curator, New Exhibits and Interactive Classes
FARMINGTON, PA. (Jan. 31, 2017) – One of the more interesting and lesser known aspects of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is the art collection pieced together over the last 30 years by resort founder Joe Hardy and owner Maggie Hardy Magerko. The collection, valued in the tens of millions of dollars, runs the gamut from one-of-kind-works by famed artists to whimsical pieces that caught the eyes of the Hardys.
Now under the guidance of new curator Melanie Werner, the collection will play a more prominent role in 2017 as Nemacolin ushers in a new era for its art program. Werner, an elite curator from Galerie Werner in the Pittsburgh area, is spearheading a renaissance of the arts at Nemacolin.
“Art has always been a part of the resort’s history and this year we have several interesting things taking place, including a commitment to bringing new and exciting forms of art to the resort,” said Werner.
First up on the art calendar is a Feb. 11 unveiling of dual exhibits by noted Pittsburgh artists Atticus Adams and Mia Tarducci. Adams is a sculptor who forges aluminum, copper and other metals into abstract pieces that resemble flowers, clouds and other natural objects. Tarducci is a painter whose colorful abstract work earned her the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year award by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Adams’ exhibit is an installation on the exterior of the 98-room Lodge at Nemacolin. The idea for such an installation came from Joe Hardy, who was inspired by a hotel in Spain adorned with metal-crafted flowers. Hardy decided to bring a similar concept to Nemacolin and a nationwide search for an artist led to Adams, who is only coincidentally located an hour away in Pittsburgh.
“Flora Contempo” is the name given to the exterior installation by Adams, who describes the work as a collection of biomorphic shapes that “seem fragile but are actually quite resilient – like nature itself.”
Tarducci’s vibrant paintings will be on display in the Nemacolin Gallery on the ground level of the resort’s Chateau Lafayette through March 31. Tarducci is also the first Guest Artist invited to exhibit in the Chateau’s recently created Club Level Gallery, which is available to those guests registered on the resort’s most exclusive floor.
“Passionate and ‘in the moment,’ Tarducci shares common ground with action abstractionists such as Jackson Pollock, Norman Bluhm and Franz Kline, although much more colorful than the latter,” Werner explained.
Nemacolin guests and the general public are invited to an artists’ reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Nemacolin Gallery. Wine will be served and guests will have a chance to meet both artists.
Other exhibits by noted artists will follow throughout the year. Meanwhile, Nemacolin also offers a steady slate of classes at the resort’s studio. These classes range from ceramics to painting to wearable art to summer sessions especially geared toward children.
New this year, Werner will lead a class for art lovers interested in curating their own collection. Offered by appointment, the class will be tailored to the needs of each individual and last from two to six hours.
“The syllabus I have prepared gives new, or even existing, collectors some very good tips on how to get started, how to create a budget, what to look for and where to look for it,” Werner said.
The overall idea, Werner notes, is to share the Hardy family’s love of art with guests and the public. The Hardys truly believe art is to be shared and enjoyed, which is why they exhibit so much of their collection at this luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
“It’s the beginning of a new era of what we’re doing in the art program,” Werner said. “Our goal is to make people aware of all there is to do on the property that entails art.”
For information on Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, call 866.344.6957 or visit: nemacolin.com.
ABOUT NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS RESORT
Nemacolin is one of North America's premier luxury resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Nemacolin features 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes. The resort offers championship golf, including the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock golf course. In July 2017, the property will open Shepherd’s Rock, its second Dye-designed signature course. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Shooting Academy; Wildlife Academy that features everything from safari tours to dog sledding; Adventure Center, complete with zip lines and climbing wall; and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy. Guests can test their luck at Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. Nemacolin also boasts an internationally acclaimed spa collection and 15 restaurants and lounges, including Lautrec, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant experience. For meetings and events, Nemacolin's 32,000 square feet of conference space includes three ballrooms, a lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.