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3rd Street Gallery in Carnegie to feature collaborative works of two artists

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
3rd St. Gallery owner Philip Salvato.

When artist Phil Salvato started painting on the streets of Carnegie, passersby looked at him curiously — until they realized what his work was all about.

“It started to brighten people's lives,” he said. “(Art) has to do with happiness, and when people are happy, things begin to turn around. “Art itself is joy and it's creative, and people are drawn to that.”

Salvato's building, 3rd Street Gallery, hosts a variety of arts, including belly dancing, jazz and paintings, all of which, Salvato says, “magnify beauty.”

For the month of April, 3rd Street Gallery will be hosting an exhibit to showcase the works of artists Nan Hought and Pat Patterson starting with an opening event April 6.

The exhibit, “Visions of Nature,” will feature paintings by the two long-time friends that are similar in subject matter but different in style.

“It's kind of a contrast,” said Salvato who has been a professional artist for more than 50 years.

He explained that Hought's art — much of which is done “en plein air” or outdoors — contains broader landscapes, while Patterson chooses closer images to replicate which, Salvato said, brings stylistic differences that complement one another.

The opening reception will go from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will include live music featuring Salvato on bass and Haywood Vincent playing piano. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free.

“The opening is always fun…it's like a party,” Salvato said. “It's a celebration of two people who put a lot of energy and thought to try to produce (beauty).”

There will be more than 30 paintings in “Visions of Nature” that will be available for sale through the month of April.

For details, visit www.3rdstreetgallery.net or call 412-276-5233.

Matthew DeFusco is a reporter with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2311 or mdefusco@tribweb.com.

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