And the walls came tumbling down! Around midnight Saturday in the final hours of The Wrecking Ball at Westmoreland Museum of American Art, a determined guest's sledgehammer swing was the symbolic beginning of a renovation and expansion project that will be completed in 2015. During the gala and after party, approximately 300 guests watched graffiti artists transform pristine spaces, popped a bubble-bath layer of white balloons floating across a gallery floor, danced in black-light rooms among beaming glow sticks and Keith Haring imagery, and splashed paint on T-shirts, their surroundings and each other. They were fortified by a scrumptious repast by Bob Sendell's All in Good Taste Productions, which included grilled Jamison Farm lamb sliders, summer vegetable rolls, paella and signature Toffee Taboo. The real draw was the chance to be naughty in the usually pristine galleries: eating, drinking, channeling your inner Van Gogh to create a painting within hanging empty frames and rocking to DJ Mr. Owl in a nightclub environment that once housed 19th-century paintings. Among the delighted and bemused guests were Fallingwater director Lynda Waggoner with Thomas, Judge James and Pat Kelley, the Mattress Factory's Michael Olijnyk and Barbara Luderowski, First Commonwealth's Jason Yuhas, Linda Boxx, former Greensburg Mayor Karl Eisaman with Carmen, Dr. Michael and Lilli Nieland and Westmoreland director/CEO Judy O'Toole with Kevin and daughters Sarah and Rachel and mother Betty Hansen.
First Published July 16, 2013 4:00 AM