Associated Artists Annual Exhibition Continues at The Westmoreland; Nak Won Garden Serves Korean Food Favorites (Fri., 1/10/20)

'Candyman,' by Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, casts a sly eye or two on visitors to the Associated Artists' 107th Annual. Acrylic on canvas.

‘Candyman,’ by Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, casts a sly eye or two on visitors to the Associated Artists’ 107th Annual. Acrylic on canvas.

1) It is rare to see a “107th Annual” anything, since most things are not good enough to continue for so long. Those who enjoy visual arts should thus be visiting the 107th Annual Exhibition of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. AAP, one of the country’s premier regional artist groups, was founded in 1910—a time of great ferment in art, when Cubism was new and other movements were incubating. AAP artists over the years have explored many forms, on up through mixed-media and installation art. The Annuals have shown works by Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and more, in venues ranging from the long-gone Grand Opera House in downtown Pittsburgh to Carnegie Museum of Art. This year’s 107th AAP Annual is at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wed-Fri and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat-Sun through January 26, 2020.  Admission is free. (MV)

2) Perhaps you’ve seen the line for seating stretched out the door. Nak Won Garden, located next to Giant Eagle’s Market District, is one of the hottest Korean restaurants in the city right now. It’s also a family affair. Chung-Chu Yi and his sister and her daughter all help to run the establishment. They promise more traditional dishes, but, no worries, they have plenty of kimchi and that Korean BBQ Americans love. Pittsburghers, meanwhile, love Nak Won Garden. As for vegetarians, the menu asks to simply “Lettuce know before ordering.” Gotta love a restaurant with a sense of humor. 5504 Centre Ave., Shadyside. (CM)