'Shakin' but not Stirred' event benefits the National Parkinson Foundation
July 30, 2013 4:00 AM
Artist James West gives a hot patina demonstration on a bronze sculpture.
Cally and Raymond Vennare.
Barb Farrell, Rick Sebak, and Jill West.
James West, Frank Ferraro and Scotty Grill.
By Patricia Sheridan Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Situated in a quiet cove on the Allegheny River in Blawnox is the studio of sculptor James West. It became the perfect party spot Saturday night for "Shakin' but not Stirred" to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, which Mr. West and his wife, Jill, hosted. Martinis, morsels and multimedia performances made for a memorable evening. Pastry chef Kim West, daughter of the hosts, was just back from France and provided delectable bite-size desserts. The festivities began with a VIP reception that featured a performance by Maria Caruso's ballet company, Bodiography, and a demonstration of how to add patina to a sculpture by Mr. West. WQED's Rick Sebak emceed. Organizing the party were Frank Ferraro, a local artist living with Parkinson's disease, and Scotty Grill. Among those delighted with the turnout and venue were executive director Barbara Farrell with Michelle Amato, board president George Mitchell, Dr. John and Denny McCarthy, Sean McDowell, Cindy and Skip Goettman, Netta West, Nancy Furbee, Toni Pais and Becky Friday.