East Suburban Artists League to hold annual show at CCAC Boyce

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East Suburban Artists League will hold its 34th annual art show at the Community College of Allegheny County Boyce campus in Monroeville next month.

All entries for the Aug. 5-23 show weren't in yet, but league president Pamela Price said she expects works from a range of mediums, including watercolors, oils and acrylics.

Members who specialize in photography, fabric art and other mediums might also submit works for the show. At least 15 members are expected to have each submit two works.

A number of artists in the group, including Ms. Price and league vice president Linda Galati, specialize in watercolors. Both said it is a challenging medium. If you make a mistake while painting, "you can't paint over it, like an oil," Ms. Galati noted.

"It's the only medium I've been really interested in looking at or doing," Ms. Galati said. "I really like the transparency of it."

One of her paintings is of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, in shades of magenta and green. Another is of two little girls at the end of a garden path with sunlight shining through the edges of their dresses.

Ms. Galati said she used a method of painting watercolor on a slanted board on wet paper for one painting.

She takes classes in watercolor painting every week during the year from watercolor artist Marci Evancho Mason, who has 57 works of art on display at Shadyside Hospital.

Ms. Price said painting in watercolor is "an ongoing learning process."

When it works, "it's great, and you're excited," she said. When it doesn't, "you move on," she said.

Members of the East Suburban Artists League create art in a variety of forms, including glass painting and wood burning.

The league first met in 1965 in the home of Pittsburgh-area artist Mary Ann Clarke. Members come from Monroeville, Plum, Delmont, Murrysville, Export, Turtle Creek, New Kensington and Washington Township.

In addition to the show at the Boyce campus, artists from the club display their work yearly in a show at Penn State, New Kensington; in the gallery space in Monroeville Public Library; and at Redstone Highlands senior living community in Murrysville. The group has 64 members and meets at Christ Lutheran Church on Route 286 in Murrysville at 7 p.m. on the first Thursdays of each month.

The gatherings normally include a meeting, social hour and an artist's demonstration. New members are welcome and need only show up to join, Ms. Price said.

"We encourage people to bring whatever they're working on," she said. "It's a wonderful group of artists who support one another."

The club is in recess for summer and will resume meetings in September. Details: www.esal.wikispaces.com


Anne Cloonan, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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