Art league members to display works at Jefferson Hills library

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

For the second year, Jefferson Hills Public Library will host artists from the South Hills Art League for a holiday exhibit from Dec. 4 through Jan. 4.

During regular hours, library patrons can enjoy art – all ready for purchase. The event started when Jane Milner, library program and event coordinator, discovered the league's website last winter. She was impressed by what she saw.

“I was looking for new programs to make the library the center of community activities,” Milner said. “I wanted to plan as many as possible to get people in to use our services and enjoy our programs.”

A partnership was formed, she said, as the art league members displayed their show in the library's gallery-like space.

Bill Ceriani, a member of the league for 25 years, will participate in the holiday show once more.

As exhibition chairman, he has priced all 56 pieces, “a broad mix of media and affordable for their size and quality,” at $250 and less, he said.

The exhibit will spotlight oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and photography. The most unusual piece is a painting on silk.

A self-taught artist, the Mt. Lebanon resident has painted for 58 years, working in oils and pastels on landscapes, still lifes and figures and dabbling in portraits. This year, he has entered his “Goldenrod & Corkscrew Willows.”

Since age 8 and with no formal training, Ceriani has balanced his career as statistician and data systems manager for the state with the flow of colors and creativity.

“I'm never happy without a painting on the easel,” he said.

Today, Ceriani has blended his talents with those of the 90 others in the organization.

“The members of the league come from all walks of life,” he said. “Some pursue art full time and some, as an avocation.”

This season, they all have the opportunity to show off artistry. If one of their pieces sells, they can replace it with another, guaranteeing the public decorated halls for the holidays.

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or

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