The Community Arts Center of Cambria County will be holding a celebratory award dinner to honor the legacy of Mark Ed, Natalie Kurchak, Dan Helsel, and Rosie Sida for their years of dedicated service to the Community Arts Center.
Celebrating a Legacy was established in 2015 with the retirement of the Community Arts Center’s long-term Executive Director, Rose Mary Hagadus. This event is CACCC’s way to show acknowledgement to a group of individuals who have made an impacting difference in the history of the Community Arts Center of Cambria County and the surrounding community.
Celebrating a Legacy will be held at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Friday, September 30th, with awards beginning at 6:00 PM.
Special thank you to this year's Corporate Sponsor, Ameriserv Financial!
Tickets are available for $45 for CACCC members, and $50 for non-members. Table Sponsorships are available for $500, which include 8 tickets, full page ad in playbill, listed as table sponsor in program, the Community Arts Center’s website, weekly Eblast, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
To purchase tickets, give us a call at (814) 255-6515, or use the PayPal option below on this page! Please note, all online ticket purchases have a small surcharge included for processing fees.
Mark Ed is a Johnstown native who received a degree in fine art and illustration from the Philadelphia School of Art in the 1970’s and is a prolific artist in the local community. Many of his works are housed in private collections throughout the country as well as the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art permanent collection. He is also well known for his original music compositions on piano and as the past long-time music director at Visitation Church, as well as a local hair stylist. The Ed family is widely known and admired for their artistic and musical talents. Mark works out of his studio in Westmont, where he lives with his wife and their two cats. He has performed at the Community Arts Center in several Log Art Theatre productions, such as Catch Me If You Can, An Evening With Mark Ed, and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also an enthusiastic instructor at the Community Arts Center, often teaching classes and workshops within various artistic mediums for the general public, as well as workshops for different outreach initiatives through CAC’s Outbound Art division.
Natalie las been involved in the arts from a very early age. Her love of music, art and theatre has taken her through an artistic journey spanning over 40 years.
From high school musicals including "Hello Dolly" and "Godspell", to performing with the Penn Wood Players in "The Odd Couple", and the Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company appearing most recently as Queen Margaret in "Richard the III" and the First Murderer in "Macbeth".
Her love of music continues through today as she is the lead female vocalist of "Flood City Brass", "Midnight Acoustic" and "Midnight Graffiti".
Her commitment to the arts and positivity for the Johnstown area is evidenced by her roles as Executive Secretary for the Community Arts Center, Executive Secretary for Visit Johnstown, member of the VOMA Advisory Board, Board of Director's for the Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company, Secretary of the non-profit Brownstown Volunteer Fire Hall, and the United Way of the Laurel Highlands board.
Natalie is a recognized professional in Marketing, Sales, Public Relations and Customer Service spending 36 years in broadband internet and cable television with Atlantic Broadband.
Natalie is married to John E. Kurchak, Jr. and has two sons, John D. Kurchak and Marshall Kurchak. She also has two rescue pups, Ace and Irish. She is a lifelong Johnstown resident.
Dan Helsel resides in Davidsville, PA and started painting in 1995 after retiring from business. He enjoys painting in the Old Masters Style, such as the works of Chardin, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Velazquez. He feels they have lasting quality and beauty. Dan works with actual setups in the studio not from photographs. His paintings can be found throughout the United States and have been purchased by Mount Aloysius College, Community Arts Center of Cambria County, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and Somerset County Artists Association.
He studied at the Sulkowski Academy of Fine Art in Canonsburg, PA; focusing on the texture of silver, brass, gold, glass, and porcelain. Dan has studied in workshops with James Sulkowski in Maine, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania: Tom Nicholis NA in Maine, and T.M. Nicholis in Vermont. Dan paints on oil primed linen canvas and prepares his own panels from Gesso using a Renaissance formula. He has won several awards with local art associations. He also designed and patented a painter’s box.
Dan is one of three Artists to exhibit at the Greensburg Art Association in Greensburg, PA and has had solo exhibitions at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA, Bedford Art Association in Bedford, PA, Gerald Weaver Gallery located at The Village at Morrison Cove in Martinsburg, PA, the Blair County Arts Foundation in Altoona, PA, the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center Gallery at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Johnstown, PA, the Jenner Art Gallery at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, PA, Garrett County Arts in Oakland, MD, (3 solo exhibits) Laurel Arts Center of Somerset, PA, Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown, PA, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona, PA, and a 4 person exhibit in Loretto, PA the Briar Valley Winery in Bedford, PA, and the Alleghany Arts Association Saville Gallery located in Cumberland, MD.
He has taught still life classes for the Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Johnstown, PA, Bedford County Arts Center in Bedford, PA, Garrett Arts in Oakland, MD, and the Bottle Works of Johnstown, PA. Dan has also demonstrated at the Pennsylvanian Artists Professional Association, Ebensburg, PA, Somerset County Artists Association, Somerset, PA, Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, Johnstown, PA, Garrett County Artists Association, Oakland, MD, and at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.
Rosie Sida has been playing music since she was twelve years old and for the past twenty five (25) years has been the leader and manager of Rosie and The Jammers a local five piece band that has been a staple at local events and festivals. Along with her band, she has been promoting and preserving the ethnic music that is a part of the Johnstown area, while expanding the bands musical talents to play a wide variety of music.
Rosie has always been willing to share her time and talent and she said the first big break for the band happened when Rose Mary Hagadus invited her to play at the Log House Arts Festival. That forged a bond between Rosie and the Community Arts Center that continues to this day. Additionally, she has supported many charities and events to raise money for various causes throughout the community.
When not on the road performing with the band, Rosie and her husband Rob enjoy gardening and traveling. They live in Richland along with their two dogs, Molly and Gigi.
These three individuals have given a large part of their lives to the mission of the Community Arts Center. Their efforts have touched many lives, impacting the community, region, and on a national level. They exemplify CACCC’s moto of keeping the Arts Alive!
Thank you to Ameriserv Financial, Corporate Sponsor for this year's Celebrating A Legacy!
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