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!

Finally: PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR ART GROUP BY ATTENDING MEETINGS!

—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.