The Community Arts Center of Cambria County will be holding a celebratory award dinner to honor the legacy of Dr. Rodney Eatman, SALLY FINK, & SALLY STEWART 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, October 1st 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.
Sally C. Fink began drawing and making up stories to go with those drawings when she could first pick up a pencil. Many sketches, many stories and many years later, she wrote her first Lalloure novel in 1988. Two more books in the same series quickly followed. Nearly twenty years later she published those books, then wrote and published the fourth and fifth books and completed the series.
Sally is also an internationally award-winning costumer whose writings reflect her love of historical and fantasy clothing. She began costuming in 1973 when she entered a “Futuristic Fashion Design” contest sponsored by the convention Equicon. Nearly 50 years later, she is a many-times-over Master costumer in the International Costumers Guild, and a Baroness, a Laurel and a Pelican in the Society for Creative Anachronism. In 2020 she was awarded the International Costumers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award for her costumes and contributions to the costuming community.
Known for her large, elaborate headpieces and love of purple and glitz both fannishly and in the SCA, she has had over a dozen one-woman costume and art-to-wear shows at local venues in western Pennsylvania, including three at Laurel Arts and seven at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County. From 2004 to 2011, one of her fantasy costumes, “The Iron Orchid,” was on exhibition in the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, WA.
Sally was born in Somerset, PA, in 1951. She went to college, hated it, and dropped out after one semester. She then went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, loved it, and graduated at the top of her class in 1972. She worked as a department store fashion illustrator at Glosser Bros., manager of a local fabric store, and copywriter/layout artist for the Tribune-Democrat where she was eventually promoted to art director.
Now retired, she is either at the sewing machine or the computer. After many years of making adult costumes, she turned her sewing skills to costuming ball jointed dolls, and over about seven years collected and costumed around 60 dolls. Costumes and clothing also figure prominently in her novels. Recently she has returned to constructing full size costumes with the intention of competing again in 2022.
"I have been making some kind of artwork since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Throughout my life, my interests segued from drawing to designing and sewing costumes to writing fiction. My imagination is fertile, often explosive, and refuses to be contained.
For forty years the Community Arts Center has showcased my costuming history from my very first fantasy and science fiction competition costumes, through the historical costumes that reflected my involvement in medieval and renaissance re-enactment, and most recently my interest in ball-jointed dolls.
I am humbled and honored to receive the Arts Patron Award as part of Celebrating a Legacy 2021."
Rodney Eatman is Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts at Pitt/Johnstown, where he directed 101 plays and musicals. He’s lost count of his total since he previously taught and directed at Lon Morris College for seven seasons, Texas State University at San Marcos, University of Michigan, and the University of Texas at Austin, with the addition of nine plays at Westmont High School, two at Cresson Lake Playhouse, and one for Fondren Street Theatre, Houston. In addition to three theatre degrees he did further study at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco and performed for Michigan Rep, Actors Studio, Austin, and Mountain Playhouse. He was production assistant Off-Broadway for two plays at the Abingdon Theatre and has appeared in television commercials nationally and locally.
The Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh awarded him the Distinguished Teaching Award and he received an Artist of the Year award from Johnstown Bottleworks. Dr. Eatman is the author of William Ball: In Search of Directorial Style.
He is Music Associate at Westmont Presbyterian Church and provides music for Westmont Farmers Market, the Conemaugh Hospital Atrium, and the Community Arts Holly Bazaar. He played four seasons at Garbo’s piano bar, Puerto Vallarta.
Mr. Eatman is currently the Artistic Director of Johnstown’s downtown theatre, the Stone Bridge Players, alongside Producer David Ward. Under the auspices of Johnstown Area Association the Players are emerging from Covid to offer their thirteenth production, Tracy Letts’ comedy drama Superior Donuts, October 13-23.
Beginning as a young child able to hold a crayon and make scribbles, the artist has been continuously involved with art. As she grew and the scribbles were more controlled, she developed a love of drawing which has lasted a lifetime.
To learn more about art, she enrolled in art education at Indiana State Teachers College where she was introduced to a great variety of media, many of which she used throughout her career as an artist. Her major enabled her to be both artist and art teacher for 30 years. It was a successful marriage. Through invitations and opportunities to connect her art to the community, she learned the value of sharing her art. Exhibiting continuously made her a member of a dedicated art group while growing more proficient as an artist.
During this time, a choice to learn a new media, wood carving, opened up new opportunities and wood became a favorite medium for the rest of her life. She still loved to draw and paint too.
As new opportunities broadened her art venues, she was challenged to more difficult levels using this new media in new ways and combining it with other media. One such challenge later resulted from an unexpected world event, the terrorist attacks in 2001 which quickly shocked the artist into a greater examination of her ability to speak with stronger and harsher images in the attempt to express deep reactions to such events when words could not.
Her reaction as an artist to the terror attacks was a year-long experience creating a sculpture using several media, primarily wood pieces from world sources, and this experience and the emotional involvement led to a 20-year effort of creating multi-wood crosses. Over 200 crosses have thus far been made.
During the years in which she developed her wood skills, she received the invitation to become involved in the furnishings for a new nave in her church and carved panels for the altar and baptismal font. Out of this experience, she chose to create a body of faith-based carved art. This collection provided a new opportunity to share and teach about art and faith in new venues in churches and seminaries in a larger area. She also competed for the chance to create art work which the bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America gave as gifts as he traveled and met with world dignitaries. Her work from this experience can be found in over 30 countries.
An invitation to collect and exhibit family creations along with the artist’s work resulted in a showing of over 200 creative activities from 50 family members from several generations.
The focus of the artist has constantly shifted from faith to family to community to simply a love of expression in many media. The artist has celebrated her life with art as a close companion as she “scribbled” in many media for over 80 years.
“How amazing that people would honor me for doing something which I love – creating art in many ways, for many reasons and for over 80 years!”
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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