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North Huntingdon woman featured in center's art exhibit

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norw
'Harrison' the cat is a little more than just curious about what Cheryl Kirsch is abput to do. Kirsch, a North Huntingdon artist, is working a new watercolor featuring her favorite subjects, her Maine Coon cats. 'Harrison' regularly sits next to the paints and watches Krisch as she works. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Norwin Star

A North Huntingdon woman will be one of three artists featured at the Greensburg Art Center's Rowe Gallery, beginning Saturday.

Cheryl Kirsch plans to display her work in an exhibition titled “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” alongside fellow Westmoreland County artists Helen Thorne and Cathy Rosensteel.

The exhibition features several different types of art, ranging from paint and watercolors to textiles and jewelry, Kirsch said.

Art has been a lifelong passion for Kirsch, who considers herself an experimental artist.

“I began drawing as a child and learned how to use a lot of different mediums, including oil paints, watercolor and collage work,” Kirsch said. “I like to try new things, like using a variety of mediums together and creating expressionistic interpretations of things, rather than realistic portrayals.”

The exhibition, which runs through June 21, is one of six the Greensburg Arts Center offers each year, according to President Renie Pollock.

Its use of a variety of styles appealed to the center's organizers, Pollock said.

“The work isn't limited by a certain medium or theme, which makes it a more stimulating gallery,” Pollock said. “Each of these artists take different approaches to art.”

She described Kirsch's art as “splashy and bold,” with strong geometric shapes and designs.

Kirsch's four cats serve as her muses and often are the subject of her work.

“I've got a great love for cats, so they show up in a lot of my work,” Kirsch said. “My studio is full of light, colors and cats, and so are my paintings.”

Kirsch plans to display about 50 pieces of art in the exhibition, along with several prints, cards, scarves and jewelry, which will be on sale, she said.

“All Things Bright and Beautiful” isn't Kirsch's first exhibition, but it is one of the most colorful in which she has participated.

“We all love color, and this is our interpretation of the beauty around us,” Kirsch said. “It's going to be full of multidimensional art, with lots of vibrant colors and images.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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