Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in downtown Bedford has added two new exhibits.

The new exhibits are “The Not So Common Thread,” and “A Century of Women in the Arts: Selections from the Permanent Collection.”

“The Not So Common Thread” features Bedford artists: Mari-Pat Beene, Jen Judd, Nancy Hershberger and Shana Andrews.

The exhibition opened on Nov. 6, and will run through Jan. 10 in the Ashe and Regional Galleries on the second level of the Anderson House.

“Each artist brings their gifts in different arts mediums,“ said Morgan Young, SAMA-Bedford coordinator.

Jedd is a self-taught abstractionist with work showing colorful and moody spaces.

Andrews is a photographer who captures sharp and detailed subjects.

Hershberger is a master quilter and fabric artist.

Her work almost looks like a painting, but it is made with thread and fabric.

Beene is a sculptor, potter, and painter with work that ranges from artisan pottery to whimsy sculptures.

“A Century of Women in the Arts: Selections from the Permanent Collection” honors the work of women artists of the past century with SAMA Bedford.

Showcase work was selected from the permanent collection covering the period from 1920-2020.

Through art the exhibition looks at politics, women’s rights, and the changing dynamics of our country to the present.

The exhibit opened on Oct. 24, and will run through Jan. 31.

It can be viewed in the Titleman and Lemley Galleries on the main level.

The Lemley Gallery features Sue Severson’s urbanscapes and abstract paintings where people blend into the world around them.

Severson is a native of Brooklyn, New York her subject matter in many of her paintings present the life of the regions busy streets and bustling sidewalks.

Severson attended the Brooklyn Museum of Art School and the Art Students League of New York. She earned her MFA from Brooklyn College.

After she and her husband retired to the Altoona area, where she became a member of an organization called Art in Common and is active in Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

In addition, works by the following: Mary Cassatt, Glenna Goodacre, Colleen Browning, Barbara Hollander, and Helen Srankenthaler, are included in the celebratory exhibition.

Guests are welcome to visit the exhibits in the historic Anderson House at 137 E. Pitt Street, Bedford.

The art museum is open 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed Sunday, Monday, and holidays.

Admission is free for visitors over 65 and under 21 and $10 for all others.

Visit Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Bedford online at and find more information about workshops and event details on Facebook @SAMAbedford and Instagram #samabedford #SAMAzing.

You can also reach us at 814-589-3020 or by email at

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