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Venue Of Merging Arts (VOMA) - 305 Chestnut Street, Johnstown PA, 15906

VOMA is a non-profit community center for the arts in Western PA, featuring a standing Art Gallery, Performance/lecture hall, and Recording Studio.

Located in a former church structure, VOMA has transformed the space into a center for the community once again, but this time, through the arts. Your continued support and attendance of classes and events at VOMA help us to maintain this wonderful space for the community. Thank you!

UPCOMING EVENTS As of May 20, 2019
Become a VOMA VIP!
Have you purchased a 2019 VIP Membership?
A $25 annual membership runs thru 12/31/2019 and entitles you to discounted admission for all "VOMA Presents" events including monthly Jazz Series & Blues Gatherings, Spring & Fall Folk/Bluegrass Series and more!
It also provides reservation privileges and discounted private rental rates! VIP's can be obtained at the door or by calling VOMA.
GALLERY OPEN Every Friday 11am-2pm & During all music events.
Come upstairs and check out the latest show in the gallery!
TUES May 21st Noon - 2pm VOMA Presents:
Lunch with the Arts
In celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month, Board Certified Art Therapist, Certified Trauma Therapist, Certified Peer Specialist and PA Council on the Arts Rostered Artist Susan Novak will be exhibiting her artwork and presenting an art therapy lecture titled "From Coloring Books to Clinical Art Psychotherapy".
Lunch is included.

ADMISSION: $15
WED May 22nd 6pm - 8pm VOMA Presents:
Open Mic Cabaret
This is an opportunity for you to share your talent and inspire a new audience with spoken arts. Perform your poetry aloud, a public story or skit, comedy routine, a favorite song or rift or jam.

Come and perform or be part of the audience.
Donation requested.
FRI May 24th 7:00pm Mesaros Arts & Entertainment Presents:
VOMA Guided Art Party
Take Home Masterpiece: Peacock Painting
Ticket includes, step-by-step art instruction, supplies and light snacks.
BYOB, ages 21+.

Check us out on facebook or call 412-418-5996 for more information.

Advance reservations ARE REQUIRED for this event.
SAT May 25th 2pm - 5pm Art Exhibit Opening Reception
"Out of the Blues" Art for Insight, Hope & Growth
Showcasing the evolution of artist Susan Novak's paintings over the past 20 years and how such reflects the role of art in her own recovery from traumatic brain injury, PTSD and a horrific treatment experience that left her fearful to ever make art again. View the exhibit, meet the artist and enjoy complimentary snacks.

Exhibit will continue through June 7th.

FREE admission.
SAT May 25th 7:30pm VOMA Presents: The Blues Gathering
Join us for our monthly celebration of blues music the last Saturday each month!

This month Hosted by: Scott Jeffreys Blues Band

VOMA is proud to welcome back the "Founding Father" of VOMA's Blues Gathering Mr. Scott Jeffreys and an all-star band that includes Randy Penrod, Ian Jeffreys and Jack Martin.

These guys will be serving up some great blues music..... You don't want to miss it!

Doors at 7pm - Music at 7:30pm
$10 General Admission - $8 VOMA VIP or Student ID
BYOB is welcome with proper I.D
SUN June 2nd 1pm - 4pm
Silk Scarf Workshop
Instructor: Susan Novak ATR-BC, CTT, CPS

Crafts can be a creative way of coping with stress. Shibori is an inspiring craft accessible to most anyone and a great metaphor for taking something broken and abandoned and finding new beauty and purpose in it. Participants will learn quick and easy methods to create their own Silk Scarf and Silk Gift/Wine Bottle Bag.

Cost includes all materials.
ADMISSION: $25
WED June 5th 5:30pm
Cursive Writing Workshop
This is the first of a six-week workshop with instructor Jo Novelli-Blasko that will take place every Wednesday through July 10th.

For more information call: 480-452-5758 or email: jonovelli@gmail.com.
SAT June 8th 7:30pm VOMA Presents:The Renegades (Oldies Show)
The original Renegades were a band made up of Cambria City musicians in the 1960's.The majority of the original members have gotten back together and will be playing some old time Rock and Roll by your favorite artists from the 1950's & 1960's. Members of the band include: Jim Brown, Joe Evans, Ed Solecki, Harv Rawlins and Darrin Reese.

Doors at 7pm - Music at 7:30pm
$10 General Admission - $8 VOMA VIP or Student ID
BYOB is welcome with proper I.D
FRI June 14th 7:00pm 7:00pm Mesaros Arts & Entertainment Presents:
VOMA Guided Art Party
Take Home Masterpiece: Flower Blooms
Ticket includes, step-by-step art instruction, supplies and light snacks.
BYOB, ages 21+.

Check us out on facebook or call 412-418-5996 for more information.

Advance reservations ARE REQUIRED for this event.
SAT June 15th 7:30pm The VOMA Jazz Series Presents:
The Don Aliquo Quartet with Frank Filia
Featuring the Pittsburgh based quartet with Don Aliquo on saxophone, Mark Perna, bass, Kevin Moore, keys and Mark Weakland on drums. They will be joined by Johnstown's own former Vegas performer Franky Filia on vocals.

Doors at 7pm - Music at 7:30pm

$10 General Admission - $8 VOMA VIP or Student ID
BYOB is welcome with proper I.D
SAT June 22nd Noon - Dusk
The Children's Corner during Thunder in the Valley 2019
VOMA will be hosting The Children's Corner at the Library parking lot during Thunder-in-the-Valley. We will have a bounce house, inflated obstacle course, paint ball booth, face painting kid-friendly food and more.

If you are interested in volunteering to help, please call Janet @ 814-536-7952.
FRI June 28th 7:00pm 7:00pm Mesaros Arts & Entertainment Presents:
VOMA Guided Art Party
Take Home Masterpiece: Flower Blooms
Ticket includes, step-by-step art instruction, supplies and light snacks.
BYOB, ages 21+.

Check us out on facebook or call 412-418-5996 for more information.

Advance reservations ARE REQUIRED for this event.
SAT June 29th 7:30pm VOMA Presents:
The Blues Gathering
Join us for our monthly celebration of blues music the last Saturday each month!

Hosted this month by: Black Cat Moan
Black Cat Moan is a musical crossroad. A collaborative juncture. A brotherhood of four distinctive musicians forging a unique sound from a palette of Blues, Jazz, and their wild child, Rock and Roll.

TK Mundok's soaring, rock inspired vocals, harmonica melodies, and extraordinary stage presence brings a rush of excitement to audiences of all ages. Guitarist (Saint) George Byich's piedmont fingerstyle harkens back to the authenticity and emotion of early field recordings with the smooth hooks and power of a Zeppelin riff.

Originally a duo, Black Cat Moan took first place in the Northern West Virginia's inaugural Blues Challenge in 2015 and was invited to perform on Beale Street in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, TN. This in turn led to opening for contemporary blues hero Tab Benoit and blues legend Buddy Guy.

Recently their distinctive musical style has continued to evolve by taking on a larger sound with a rhythm section consisting of drummer Rob Bonsell and bassist Brad Jamison. Rob and Brad have brought with them unparalleled musicianship and energy. Combined with TK and George's original vision, Black Cat Moan is bending, shaping, and creating an eccentric and authentic groove-rooted blues sound worthy of your attention.

Black Cat Moan continues to garnish a following, performing at festivals and venues across South Western and Central PA. They are currently putting the finishing touches on their second LP, scheduled for release summer 2019.

This is a MUST SEE show!

Doors at 7pm - Music at 7:30pm

$10 General Admission - $8 VOMA VIP or Student ID
BYOB is welcome with proper I.D
 
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