East Suburban Artists League prepares for 35th annual show

| Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, 9:04 p.m.

The best work of some talented local artists will be on display when the East Suburban Artists League holds its 35th annual show at CCAC Boyce campus in Monroeville next weekend through Sept. 5.

Easily accessible just off the main entrance of the Boyce building, the show will include paintings, photographs and pastel drawings as well as three-dimensional works of pottery and fabric art. The 57 items in the show represent 30 artists, all members of the league. The exhibit is available for viewing any time the Boyce campus is open.

An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16, with awards presented at 6 p.m. Richard Rauso, an award-winning member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, will judge the show.

“People are always thrilled and impressed with the work exhibited in the Boyce show every year. It's excellent work,” says show coordinator Linda Galati.

Joyce Clohesy of Natrona Heights will have two very different watercolor paintings in the show. “Springtime” is a realistic rural landscape featuring a red barn under a blue sky dotted with clouds. By contrast, her second piece is composed of abstracted silhouettes arranged one behind the other. The work is titled “Umbras,” which means “shadows.” The painting is done in pink-and-red tones with one off-white silhouette.

Clohesy has been a member of the Artists League for about seven years.

“It's amazing how many talented people are out there,” she says. “It's not just oil or watercolor painting. There are artists who are photographers, artists who do sculpture or painting on glassware. You have a mix of people that love art.”

Like Clohesy, Pam Price was an oil painter until she took her first watercolor class.

“It just sort of grabbed my imagination,” she says. “The immediacy, the transparency, the potential for beauty. I really love the clarity and the transparency.”

Two of Price's paintings will be included in the show. “The Artist” is a portrait of a friend from California. The painting was inspired by a photograph that captured Price's imagination. “She's very lively and she has a beautiful big hat on,” Price says.

The other painting is “Wellfleet Fiddler,” based on a photograph taken in Wellfleet, a small town on Cape Cod. “One evening, we saw this group of people playing music, and the lighting was beautiful,” she says.

Price has been a member of the East Suburban Artists League for about five years.

“I find it very inspiring to be with a group of other artists of varying mediums,” she says. “It keeps your eyes open for possibilities. We support and encourage each other to produce our art.”

The Artists League meets monthly at Christ Lutheran Church in Murrysville September through June. The club will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Anyone with an interest in art is welcome to attend the meetings.

Price encourages artists and nonartists alike to attend the Boyce show. “You get a chance to see the variety of what people in the local community are doing,” she says. “It's eye-opening.”

Cynthia Bombach Helzel is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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