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Ross show to display works done by local artists

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
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“Moonlight” and “Junked Mail,” two watercolors created by Sue Ann Driscoll, chairwoman of the art show committee at Christ Episcopal Church, North Hills will be on display during the church’s second annual Fine Art Fest, which will be Oct. 24 to 26, 2013.

Landscapes and portraits will hang side by side during the second annual Fine Art Fest at Christ Episcopal Church, North Hills from Oct. 24 to 26.

Local artists once again will vie for awards selected by the two jurors, Angelo Ciotti, a former instructor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and Kim Freithaler, president of the board of the North Hills Art Center in Ross Township.

Winning artists will receive gift cards to an art-supply store.

The free show will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25 and noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church, 5910 Babcock Blvd., Ross Township.

Freithaler, who attended last year, said she was impressed with the scale of that show, which showcased 105 pieces of artwork from 45 artists. For this year, 129 pieces from 53 artists will be featured.

“I'm from New York City, and I have pretty high standards,” said Freithaler, now of Franklin Park. “I was impressed with the amount and caliber of local artists.”

She has seen many of the artists because they took her painting classes over the last 11 years at the art center.

As Freithaler judges this year's work, she'll be looking for “the artist's strength and comfort level in the medium and the command of colors and composition.”

She credits “a buzz among the artist community” for the quality of the pieces submitted this year.

Marcia Kaminski, 57, of McCandless, is new to acrylics. She has been a student of Terri Geever's at the Community College of Allegheny County for the last three years.

Kaminski did not enter last year's show but submitted three pieces this year. She has entered three pieces. One is a painting of derby hats. She made it for her brother.

Her creativity happened quite by accident, she said, when she and her children were home from school one winter.

“Twelve or 15 years ago, there were snow days, and we were at our wit's end.”

So out came the “inherited boatload of acrylic paints.”

Kaminski, who has been a member of the church for 12 years, picked up her brushes years later. In her home studio, she's working on a painting of the Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach in California. While she had hoped to enter it in the exhibit, it wasn't quite ready.

Before the judging and the presentation of awards before the show opens, Freithaler looked at the pieces. She was pleased about the “mixed bag of pieces,” she said.

“Here in Pittsburgh, you can enter the art world without hassle,” Freithaler said. “It's so accessible here. It doesn't take a month of planning or guerilla warfare to get there.”

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353 or ddreeland@tribweb.com.

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