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Boulevard Gallery in Verona to feature works by local artists

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Hills Progress
Rhoda Worf, owner of Boulevard Gallery in Verona hangs pieces for an East Suburban Artists' League exhibit this past fall. The gallery will add two new spaces, the Different Strokes and Virtual galleries, in 2014.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Hills Progress
Joyce Frost of Murrysville is among the local artists to exhibit their work in the annual fall show at Boulevard Gallery in Verona this month.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Hills Progress
'The White Picket Fence', a watercolor by Turtle Creek resident Marci E. Mason is one of the many original pieces in the East Suburban Artists Leagues annual fall show at Boulevard Gallery in Verona this month.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn Hills Progress
Black-and-white nature photographs by Gordon Sarti of Plum are featured at Boulevard Gallery in Verona this month.

The Frost family knows a little bit about photography.

The Murrysville family's patriarch, Lawrence Frost, began snapping pictures at 15 years old.

“He spent so much time in the darkroom that we had to have an intercom installed so I could talk to him,” said his wife, Joyce Frost, 92.

She and her son Steve, who are both photographers as well, will have their work featured this month as part of an East Suburban Artists' League (ESAL) exhibit at the Boulevard Gallery in Verona.

Frost has been snapping her own photos for more than 60 years.

She was raised in Fredonia, N.Y., near Lake Erie and said she became interested in taking pictures around the lake.

Her younger son moved to Cape Cod, Mass., after getting married. On family visits, Frost fell in love with the landscapes in New England.

Frost contributed a photo of the Frost family mansion in Fredonia, and a shot of her neighbor's children playing with rakes. Frost's son Steve prefers nature photos.

“Shapes, colors, it could be anything,” he said. “I really like flowers, so I take a lot of floral photos.”

Nature is also the photographic inspiration for art-league member Gordon Sarti of Plum.

“I've learned that there's so much detail you can concentrate on in nature, from up-close photography to the sunset, the way the world works and revolves around nature,” he said.

After a career in microfilming, Sarti retired and decided he wanted to take some larger photos.

“I bought myself a good camera, some lenses, and joined ESAL about 10 years ago where I met more photographers. I just got a real passion for it,” he said.

Sarti prefers black-and-white photographs, and his contribution to the gallery includes a shot of a bridge he saw while hiking in Murrysville's Duff Park, as well as a boat marooned on a beach, which he shot during one of many hiking trips.

But photography is by no means the sole medium on display.

ESAL Vice President Linda Galati will have watercolor paintings included in the exhibit.

“I've always been drawn to (watercolors),” she said.

“Now, I am a water sign, and I love the beach, but really, I love the transparency of watercolor, and it's more difficult than acrylic or oil in the sense that you can't cover up your mistakes. But I love the vibrancy of the color.”

Galati has been “painting seriously” since the mid-2000s.

Her works at the Boulevard exhibit include “Sun-Kissed,” a painting of watermelons and sunflowers at a market, and “Old McLaughlin's Farm,” a painting of her grandfather's family farm in Overbrook.

Joy Anglin of Murrysville also will have watercolor paintings hanging at the exhibit.

Anglin has been painting for about a decade as a hobby, but only recently began submitting her work to shows.

“I like the look of watercolor,” she said.

“It's soft, sometimes it's a little more challenging, and at the same time, relaxing.”

Anglin, 67, said her favorite subject is flowers.

“I've tried greater landscape, and I've tried portraits. I enjoy painting people because it's a challenge to get it to look like the person. But I like the color and texture of florals,” she said.

Anglin said she loves creating art because it gives her an outlet for expression.

“When you're putting colors down, part of it, at least with watercolors, is luck, but it frees you from thinking in terms of the way the world is all the time. You're able to think in terms of something nice and pretty.

“I guess I see it as an escape.”

The Boulevard Gallery's East Suburban Artists' League exhibit will run through Sept. 27 at the gallery, 736 Allegheny River Blvd., Verona.

For more information, call the gallery at 412-828-1031.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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