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The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley is excited to be celebrating its 25th Anniversary! The Museum will celebrate, SAMA’s “25th Anniversary Birthday Bash” on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. at the Ligonier Valley Museum. The event will be filled with delicious food, live entertainment, silent auctions, games of chance, and more.

SAMA has come a long way in twenty-five years. In the early 1990s, a group of Ligonier Valley residents led by Tina Thoburn approached SAMA’s Board of Trustees to request the Museum’s assistance in establishing an art center in Ligonier. The group worked closely with Director Emeritus Michael Strueber and the SAMA staff to create the Museum, which twenty-five years later, has become an integral part of Ligonier’s energetic art scene.

Today, SAMA Ligonier has dynamic and enlightening exhibitions which change throughout the year. SAMA also offers children’s programming, workshops, lectures, and educational programs for the entire family. While visiting, guests can enjoy the stunning gardens which bloom throughout three seasons and admire the grand sculptures in the Donald M. Robinson Sculpture Park. SAMA has come a long way in twenty-five years. We could not have done it without the support of our wonderful Ligonier Valley community.

Join SAMA for a night of celebration. Guests will be treated to a delightful exhibition titled, “As Everywhere of Silver” to coincide with the silver anniversary. This amazing exhibition features noted artists Rita Haldeman, and Nicole Ryan. Enjoy these lovely works that will delight the senses and lift your spirit.

Outside the Museum, you will enjoy the sounds of jazz from the Pittsburgh group, RML Jazz. You will also delight in delicious hors d’ oeuvres and drinks throughout the evening. Enjoy games of chance and bid on fabulous silent auction items from local businesses and organizations. You can even get your face painted with gems to glam up your night! And there is a birthday cake waiting for you as well. This is a birthday party after all. So, wear something silver and come celebrate this amazing evening with SAMA.

“SAMA’s 25th Anniversary Birthday Bash” will start at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at the Museum. Tickets are $75 per person. This event is open to the public and reservations are required by July 11. This wonderful event is sponsored in part by Somerset Trust Company. Additional sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. For more information and to make reservations, visit or call (724) 238-6015 or email and like us on Facebook and Instagram @SAMAligonier. 


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