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New gallery to be featured during Sewickley art walk

| Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 8:12 p.m.
Brandy Bock-Tott, who owns Sewickley Studio, created this portrait of her husband, Jeff, which will be available for viewing during the gallery walk.
Artwork by Jay Grassel will be featured during Sewickley Fall Gallery Walk, and exhibited at 424 Broad St., formerly Party Ants.

Brandy Bock-Tott of Sewickley Heights hopes to show people in the area what all she can do during the Sewickley Fall Gallery Walk this year.

Her new gallery, Sewickley Studio, on the second floor of 507 Beaver St. — which opened in June — will celebrate its grand opening during the walk, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 throughout the Village.

Bock-Tott said the gallery is her work space, where she displays her art and the art of a few friends and through which she offers one-on-one art classes and plans to give group lessons for adults and children. She is planning to host events, such as Girls Nights Out.

During the walk, Bock-Tott will display some of her artwork, which includes a large Marilyn Monroe oil painting; oil paintings of landscapes and scenery of various locations to which she has traveled; and charcoal animal and portraits.

Bock-Tott, who does graphic design, industrial design and point-of-purchase design, will exhibit works by artist Chris Visgitis, and the late Frank DeAndrea, her mentor. Refreshments will be served.

Bock-Tott, 41, who studied industrial design at Carnegie Mellon University, said she is in the process of creating a series of wine and vineyard paintings, for which she plans to have another showing.

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Other gallery walk events will include:

Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad St.: “Oasis,” featuring work by Leslie Ansley, artist in residence, paying tribute to the Pittsburgh's Hill District's heyday and Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition will run through Nov. 2.

Sewickley Gallery & Frame Shop, 549 Beaver St.: “Recent Works 2013” by Mark Mentzer, featuring painting, drawing and sketches inspired by objects he sees every day while traveling around Pittsburgh and around the world.

Sewickley Public Library, 500 Thorn St.: Exhibit of dog portraits from Seth Casteel's book “Underwater Dogs” and Valerie Shaff's book “If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You,” with accompanying text by Roy Blount Jr. The exhibition will run through Oct. 31.

International Images Ltd., 514 Beaver St.: works by Christian Wolfgang Breitkreutz, featuring “I Grew Out Of A Flower,” “Shed My Skin, and “Turned Myself Into a Skeleton.”

Sewickley Arts Initiative, 424 Beaver St., former Party Ants location: “Jay A. Grassel: New Works,” concentrating on distinct groups of contemporary paintings that overlap in chronology and which demonstrate the breadth and originality of his explorations as an emerging artist. Grassel also works in sculpture and photography.

Cuttings, 524 Locust Place: Celebrating its 20th anniversary with creations by Linda Breen and watercolors by Kit Paulsen.

A street party will begin at 5 p.m. outside the store with live music, catered hors d'oeuvres and drinks, and a Chinese auction with items from the store, including gift certificates and a custom fall wreath.

HABITAT Hardware, 519 Locust Place: Paintings by Claire Hardy of Sewickley.

Clearview Federal Credit Union, 510 Beaver St.: Hand-drawn animation artwork by Mike Schwab, co-founder of Kensington Falls Animation Art Work, who has created animation for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, TV commercials and corporations.

D. ZIGNZ Studio pop-up gallery, 613 Beaver St.: Artwork and jewelry by D. Zoe Shutka's private art students, ages 4 to adult, and assistant teachers and artistically restored furniture and jewelry by Shutka, a traveling art teacher.

Sewickley Confectionery, 600 Beaver St.: Spoon art by John Whiteside and photos by John Doucette.

Vita Hair for Life, 421 Walnut St.: Eclectic artwork by Deborah McLaren, including artistically painted instruments, such as guitars, ukeleles, clarinets, French horn and trombone, along with painting and drawings.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or

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