FOXBURG - Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts announces the re-opening of the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop located at 17 Main Street in Foxburg.

The gallery opened its 2020 season with a new exhibit called "Image and Word A Fanciful Journey." The exhibit is on display from noon to 5 p.m. from Saturday, June 27 through Sunday Aug. 2 at 17 Main Street in Foxburg.

This exhibit will feature Donna Edmonds as painter and illustrator; Andrew Johnson as professor, poet and writer and Cheri-Lee Anderton Yarnell as ceramicist.

Never has an art exhibit celebrating western Pennsylvania's natural beauty and forest creatures been more welcome than after being sequestered in our homes during COVID-19.

Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, the RBG cancelled its first show and an exhibit of A-C Valley High School art students. The RBG, an arm of Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts, is reopening compliant with Pennsylvania state guidelines and with precautions for the health and wellbeing of its patrons and artist personnel.

All patrons are required to wear masks upon entering the RBG and to maintain social distancing

requirements. Gloves and hand sanitizers will be available and masks for customers if they do not have them. Special care will be given to cleaning and sanitizing the building to maintain a safe environment.

Collaboration between three of its cooperative artists is the hallmark of this exhibit, which starts the season.

Vivid watercolor illustrations of botanical artist Donna Edmonds capture the whimsical excursion of a young boy in the children's book, "Sid's Backyard," written by poet and author Andy Johnson. Ceramic artist Cheri Lee Yarnell incorporates images of plants and animals in her pottery, providing dimensional reality.

After retirement from a career as a corporate executive, Donna Edmonds studied botanical art and illustration at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden and has been an instructor there, teaching classes for the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program.

Andy Johnson is a poet, writer, editor, and teacher of creative writing, philosophy, and theology. His professional career has centered on psychotherapy, guidance counseling, and teaching philosophy in college.

He currently leads the "Writer's Circle" through the Slippery Rock University Institute for Learning in Retirement. He also, publishes and produces spoken word CDs.

Cheri Lee Yarnell lives in rural northwest Pennsylvania where the sounds and sights of her environment influence her work in clay.

Yarnell's work is represented by several galleries and she is a juried member of the Pittsburgh Guild of Craftsmen. She has taught ceramics for 25 years, exhibits in a few juried events each year and has published her work in two Lark Books, 500 Teapots and 500 Animals.

For more information about the exhibit, visit

http://www.alleghenyriverstone.org or call (724) 659-3153.