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.

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.


Next meeting: April 15


McKeesport Art Group hosts artist Barry Shields at 7:15 p.m. Monday, April 15.

Barry grew up in the Pittsburgh area and received his degree in fine arts from The Philadelphia College of Art.  His Masters Degree in Art Teaching is from Carnegie Mellon University.

He specializes in plein air work (outdoors) in the gouache-painting medium.  Cityscapes are his routine subjects.

Barry taught art in Pittsburgh public schools before coming to both the University of Pittsburgh and the Penn State University ten years ago.  He has been teaching introductory studio art courses to college students at these schools ever since.

He has had many exhibitions in western Pennsylvania and his work is part of numerous private and corporate collections.  Presently, he is teaching drawing and painting at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

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

March meeting: Welcome Paul McMillan

Our demonstrator for the March meeting will be painter Paul McMillan. Everyone is welcome!

The meeting is at 7:15 p.m. Monday, March 18 at McKeesport High School.

Paul was born in Kansas, raised in Texas, lived in Taos, NM and Ithaca, NY, but now resides and works in Pittsburgh.  He is a self-taught artist best known for his landscapes and still life paintings.

Paul’s style ranges from classical to abstract and has occasionally included his original poetry and music as subject matter.

His artwork is strong in light, shadow and atmosphere, with deep, rich colors.  Most of Paul’s paintings are created with a wet color technique, using stand oil mixed with small amounts of beeswax and mastic resin as a medium. This adds to the depth and luminosity of pigments and works well for both impasto and smooth surfaces.  A very thin coat of varnish is used to protect the finished painting without altering the sheen or texture.  Many of the frames for his paintings are made from scratch and are hand carved and gilded.

Paul began pursuing art as a profession in 1978 and has received numerous awards including:

  • 1995 — Best of Show at Taos Spring Arts
  • 1999 — Second Overall, “25th Anniversary Taos Fall Arts Festival,” Taos, NM
  • 2001 — First Place, “20th Annual Art Exhibit,” Lewisburg Festival of The Arts, Lewisburg, PA
  • 2011 — Jurors Choice, “Halo Exhibit” Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2011 — Best of Show, “Westmoreland Art Nationals,” Latrobe, PA
  • 2011 – Peoples’ Choice, “Westmoreland Art Nationals,” Latrobe, PA
  • 2011 — Merit Award “Hoyt Mid Atlantic Juried Exhibition, New Castle, PA
  • 2012 — Joan Swanson Macey Award, 2012 Annual Exhibit, Pgh. Society of Artists, Pgh., PA


Next meeting: Feb. 19, 2013

MAG_logo_sm_BWPlease note that the meeting is on Tuesday this month, and not our usual Monday.

At this meeting, Larry Gilbert will pose for us in Indian garb. This should be a lot of fun, as we have never before sketched from a live model at a meeting.

Bring your sketch pad or paper, charcoal or pencil!

Yours truly (your humble president) will attempt to show you how to tackle the sketch. I have to warn you that portraits are NOT my forte, so don’t expect great end results! I will, however, be able to show you how to lay out the figure on the paper; how to use forms, i.e., squares, rectangles, circles, etc., to achieve the proper proportions, etc. If you have never attempted this before, now is the time to give it a try! —Jan Catalogna

This summer

We usually don’t meet in June, July or August, but this year we will begin adding outdoor painting and sketching sessions in local areas in these months. One trip will be to Mingo Creek Park covered bridge. This is about 45 minutes away and is a beautiful setting … we’ll pack a lunch for this one. There are rest room facilities there and ample parking.

Nov. 2012 meeting

McKeesport Art Group will hold a meeting tonight at 7:30 to discuss the future, direction and plans for continuing the organization.

All interested local artists, regardless of skills or background, are urged to attend. The meeting will be held in the art room at McKeesport Area Senior High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd.