With picture windows for sunlight and comfy chairs to relax, the new Jefferson Hills Library Community Living Room is an art exhibit's ideal venue.
The 100-member South Hills Art League will display from Oct. 28 through Nov. 10 some 65 artworks by two dozen artists in the area adjacent to the library in the borough building, 925 Old Clairton Road, Jefferson Hills,
Exhibit hours are the same as library hours: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
A reception hosted by the library to kick off the show and welcome artists will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1.
Most of the pieces are for sale and prices range from $200 to $800.
"I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil,'' league president and webmaster Anne Trimble said.
The Mt. Lebanon woman, 59, who works in pastel, graphite, oil, and digital, does mostly portrait work in pastel.
She will display paintings using family members as models. "Sunday Morning'' portrays her father as he reads the comics; "Grumpy Old Man,'' her husband reading a newspaper; and "Southpaw,'' her granddaughter drawing with her left hand.
"I love being able to capture a person's essence, especially the vibrance of one's personality,'' she said.
Another board member exhibiting will be Jan Pini, 60, of Peters. She does landscapes and portraits, and works in watercolor, oil, pastel, and graphite.
Her show selections will include: "Only the Best,'' done in oil and depicting the dessert case at Papa J's Restaurant; "Lake Placid Sunset'' in pastel; and "Peters Lake No. 1'' in watercolor.
"My biggest thrill is to have someone see our show and enjoy the work,'' Ms. Pini said.
The nonprofit league was founded in 1955 by the late Idabelle Kleinhans, who instituted the practice of requiring screenings for league membership.
Screenings are held in April and September. Prospective members bring three pieces of art, and are given points in criteria such as strength and originality of ideas, composition, technical skill and presentation.
The organization was approached by library director Jan Reschenthaler about staging the exhibit in the new room that was dedicated March 15.
The area was made possible through the generosity of the family and friends of the late George C. Stoicovy, who worked for West Jefferson Hills School District for 35 years. When he died in December 2010, mourners were asked to donate to a memorial fund benefitting the library in lieu of sending flowers.
The room comprises two areas furnished with new carpeting, chairs, end tables, lamps, and a conference table and is Wi-Fi connected.
Mrs. Trimble, a retired technical writer, said her biggest challenge as an artist is making subjects in commissioned pieces look good while capturing their fundamental nature.
Ms. Pini, a retired software developer, said her battle is finding the time and getting the image to appear on the canvas the same way she imagined it.
But she is determined to follow her dream.
"This is my creative outlet, something I put on hold while working and raising kids,'' she said. "Now it's my turn.''
Details: visit: www.southhillsartleague.orgneigh_south
Margaret Smykla, freelance writer: email@example.com