Spring show May 16, 17, 18!

The 56th annual McKeesport spring art show and sale will be held Friday, May 16, Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, in Renziehausen Park at Jacob Woll Pavilion, McKeesport.

$50.00 Judges Ribbons and $15.00 Honorable Mention Ribbons will be awarded.  Up to five Judges Awards and 3 Honorable Mention Awards each will be awarded in the categories of Amateur, Experienced and Professional. The student category will have up to three $20 ribbons awarded.

This show will be open to the public on Friday from 5 to 9 PM, Saturday from Noon to 8 PM and Sunday from Noon to 6 PM.

In conjunction with the show, the WIP Arts project will be hosting a display of Digital & New Media works—with no entry fees and no commissions—along with artists’ demonstrations and musical performances. They will also be presenting the 3rd WIP Arts WANT IT? HAVE IT! free art giveaway!

The WIP Arts portion of the show will feature art and performances by John Roulic, Nikki Noll & Emmy Boczar, Charlie Reed, Trevor O’Brien, Rich Ermlick, Mango West, Anthony Horner, Jim Platts Rhythm Innovation, Dewey Gurall, Glass Kissin Creations by Beth Larosa, Nick Romeo, Charleigh Box, Abbie Cypher, Mose Berymon, Luis Enrique Castillo Jr., Ashcroft, the Ad-libbing Digital Poet, Paul Bowers, Lucas Hay, Effect of the Letter, Heather Kropf, Janice Catalogna and more!

Interested artists can contact WIP Arts via Facebook or email jenni@wiparts.org. Submission deadline is May 14.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

Next meeting: March 17

Our demonstrator will be Dave Coulson. Dave is an accomplished artist in many mediums but his demonstration at the  March 17 Art Club meeting will be on calligraphy.  He will talk about how the art is created and how calligraphy can be applied to other projects.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. March 17, 2014, in the art room of McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd. The public is invited!

Next meeting Feb. 18

Come join us on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Room at McKeesport Area High School. All are welcome; you do not have to be a member to attend. Our guest will be Elayne Eckman, Caricature Artist.

This should be a fun night as Elayne will describe what goes on in her artistic head when she looks at the person she will draw.

News items for October

Remember, we hold weekly meetings at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

So far we’ve worked in colored pencil, acrylics, and practiced making 2D collages from paper torn from magazines.  This was a fun project!

Even if you don’t want to participate, please stop by to watch and learn!!

Festival of Trees

The Art Group will again participate in McKeesport’s Festival of Trees at Renzie Park’s Jacob Woll Pavilion.  Our theme this year is “The Games People Play.”

The tree will be covered in actual board games and pieces.  I’ve been accumulating them over the summer at garage sales.  The tree skirt will be an old Twister vinyl mat;  garland will be playing cards, dice, Yahtzee score sheets, monopoly money, etc.

Set up will be Tuesday, Dec. 3 from noon to 8 p.m., and the Festival runs from Thursday, Dec. 5 through Monday, Dec. 9, from noon to 9 p.m.  WE WILL NEED HELP!


—Jan Catalogna

Next meeting Oct. 21

McKeesport Art Group welcomes local artist Ann McCartney at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 for a demonstration of how to paint from photos.

Her demonstration will include how to choose the best part of the photo and make it read on the canvas, how to lay out a subject, and how to get the colors that you want from the photo to your canvas.

The meeting is in the art room of McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd., and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

McCartney has been actively painting for nearly two decades, beginning in the Tidewater region of Virginia, concentrating on seascapes and the wide variety of bird life and sailboats along the Atlantic shore.

She was an active member of the Chesapeake Bay Artists Association and participated in numerous juried art shows, including the Chesapeake Bay Academy, Norfolk Academy Halizo Show and the Virginia Beach Contemporary Art Center’s “New Wave Show,” where she was named one of the “Top 100 local artists” in the Tidewater Region.

McCartney now resides in Pittsburgh’s South Hills, where she is currently an active member of the Upper St. Clair, McMurray and South Hills art leagues. She has participated in juried art shows sponsored by each of those organizations and was a featured artist at the Bella Arte Gallery in Shadyside from 2005 to 2010.

McCartney also has been actively sharing her enthusiasm, as well as her knowledge, of oil painting techniques to interested, budding artists for over 15 years in small, weekly sessions held in her home. She is currently employed as the resident artist and instructor for the Life Span Senior Resource Center in Dormont, where she has 25 motivated students.

Next meeting: Sept. 16

McKeesport Art Group hosts artist Sue Levy at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.

Levy was born and raised in Ohio. She always had an interest and love for art from the time her mother, an artist herself, taught her to draw.

Sue moved to Pittsburgh in 1960 to continue her art education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  She specialized in Fashion Illustration.  After graduation she did illustrations for several small local publications.

After working in oil, pen and ink and acrylic medium for many years, she decided to try watercolor in 1984.  Although she does still work in the mentioned mediums, watercolor seemed most rewarding to her.  Sue states:

“I love to paint, especially historical buildings and locations.  I strive to invite the viewer into my paintings, and hopefully I am able capture a memory of a place or time for the viewer.  I also love to do house and animal portraits.”

Sue’s paintings have been shown in various area galleries and in group shows.  She has had solo shows at the Westminster Gallery, Gallery on the Square & Framers Gallery. Sue is a member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Upper St. Clair League for the Arts, and McMurray Art League, where her work can also been seen during their shows.

Most recently Sue has begun teaching watercolor and loves to help those who also have a great love for art.

The meeting is in the art room of McKeesport Area High School and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.