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Focus On The Arts showcases magic of photography, painting

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
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These are photos taken by Aleesha Kelly, of Vandergrift, whose Model Mothers Project is an empowering photojournalism project which highlights the resiliency of mothers throughout the struggles of mental health and violence. A member of the New Kensington Arts Center and New Kensington Camera Club, Kelly is a teaching artist who focuses on fine art portraiture with creative natural light sessions that allow her to capture the candid emotion of her subjects. The pictures are part of the exhibit ‘Focus On The Arts,’ a collection of creative works from Southwestern Pennsylvania showcase the talent of the New Kensington Camera Club, the Allegheny Valley League of Artists and East Suburban League. This show is being held weekends in March at Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Frazer.
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The picture of this American bald eagle was taken by Harry Shipman, president of the New Kensington Camera Club and is part of the exhibit Focus On The Arts.
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The picture of this osprey was taken by Harry Shipman, president of the New Kensington Camera Club.
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Harry Shipman, president of the New Kensington Camera Club, poses by some of the pictures he has taken which are part of the exhibit Focus On The Arts.
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Pittsburgh sports artist Larry Klukaszewski created this work of former Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Larry Bird.
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Myra Maslowsky of Creighton poses by some of the oil paintings she’s done which are part of the exhibit “Focus On The Arts.” This show is being held weekends in March at Pittsburgh Mills Mall.
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Eileen Yeager of Murrysville straighens one of her etchings as she sets up her area of the gallery where her work is part of the exhibit “Focus On The Arts.”
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Artist Ted Scanga works with various types of exotic woods. He created this piece called "Girl With Fan." It is part of the exhibit ‘Focus On The Arts.’ Scanga is one of the artists whose collection of creative works from Southwestern Pennsylvania showcase the talent of the New Kensington Camera Club, the Allegheny Valley League of Artists and East Suburban League. This show is being held weekends in March at Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Frazer.
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Pittsburgh sports artist Larry Klukaszewski created this work of former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis.
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“Focus On The Arts” is a collection of creative works from Southwestern Pennsylvania that showcases the talent of the New Kensington Camera Club, the Allegheny Valley League of Artists and East Suburban League. This show is being held weekends in March at Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Frazer.
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Joyce Shellhammer
Photographer Joyce Shellhammer captured this image called "Bridge at Sunset." Her work is part of the exhibit ‘Focus On The Arts.’ She is one of the artists whose collection of creative works from Southwestern Pennsylvania showcase the talent of the New Kensington Camera Club, the Allegheny Valley League of Artists and East Suburban League. This show is being held weekends in March at Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Frazer.
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Artist Peter Cehily creates acrylic on canvas such as this piece called "Suzu’s Candles." It is part of the exhibit ‘Focus On The Arts.’ Cehily is one of the artists whose collection of creative works from Southwestern Pennsylvania showcase the talent of the New Kensington Camera Club, the Allegheny Valley League of Artists and East Suburban League. This show is being held weekends in March at Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Frazer.
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Photographer Joyce Shellhammer captured this image called "Winter Waterfall." Her work is part of the exhibit ‘Focus On The Arts.’ She is one of the artists whose collection of creative works from Southwestern Pennsylvania showcase the talent of the New Kensington Camera Club, the Allegheny Valley League of Artists and East Suburban League. This show is being held weekends in March at Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Frazer.
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Cindy Downard
Artist Cindy Downard works with colored pencils and other medium to create pieces such as this one called "Girl on Swing. " It is part of the exhibit ‘Focus On The Arts.’ Downard is one of the artists whose collection of creative works from Southwestern Pennsylvania showcase the talent of the New Kensington Camera Club, the Allegheny Valley League of Artists and East Suburban League. This show is being held weekends in March at Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Frazer.

Photographer Harry Shipman still appreciates the purity of using film.

“I have a dark room in my house,” says Shipman, as he stood in front of his work for the Focus On The Arts exhibit at Pittsburgh Mills. “With digital you can see if you got the shot, but with film you don’t know what you have until it is developed.”

Shipman has a way of getting the shot, whether it’s with film or with a digital camera, and people can see that when they view the exhibit.

What is it?

Focus On The Arts is a collection of creative works from Southwestern Pennsylvania artists, brought together by New Kensington Camera Club, Allegheny Valley League of Artists, and East Suburban Artist League.

The works are available for purchase.

It’s happening weekends through March 31 at Pittsburgh Mills, across from the food court.

This is the first time they are doing this kind of event at the mall, but have held similar happenings at over venues such as Arts, Beats and Treats last August.

“I think of them as three sister groups,” says Tami Sudy, event coordinator who is on the board of directors for the New Kensington Camera Club. “I am excited for everyone to see this exhibit because we have some very talented artists here. And this is a perfect space for a gallery. Our goal is to bring art to the people. Some can’t make it to a show in Pittsburgh or maybe can’t afford some of the art at those shows. This way, they get to experience art and our artists gain exposure.”

Say cheese

One of the photographers is donating his time for the candid shots photo booth where a $5 donation for a picture will be given to the Alle-Kiski Area Hope Center, an organization in Tarentum whose mission is the elimination of domestic violence through intervention, prevention and collaboration.

Meet the artists

Myra Maslowsky of Creighton, who has curated exhibitions at national embassies in Washington, D.C., is known for her oil paintings. She credits her mother for believing in her and supporting her love of art.

Pittsburgh sports artist Larry Klukaszewski will showcase his work of athletes such as Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis and Hall of Fame Boston Celtics player Larry Bird.

One of Klukaszewski’s signed sports print paintings has been donated for the winner of the scavenger hunt. Guests will be given a list of 20 businesses in the mall to visit and once they get a stamp from all, they will be entered in a drawing for the print on March 30.

Photographer Harry Shipman, president of the New Kensington Camera Club, enjoys taking shots of wildlife and landscapes and has recently ventured into portraits.

“This art and photography exhibit is a wonderful way to meet new people who may not know about our work,” Shipman says. “There are so many talented artists and photographers here in this one room. There are treasures in this room.”

Eileen Yeager of Murrysville said it’s great to meet everyone and she’s looking forward to talking to them about her work. She does etchings where she takes herbs, rolls them in ink and puts a wet piece of paper over the piece before running it through a printing press. She includes information each work on the back of the art.

“I like to educate with my art,” she says. “I love teaching about art because it’s a wonderful way to share what I’ve learned with others who have a passion for what we do.”

Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 am. to 5 p.m. Sundays

Meet the artists and photographers from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 9, including a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. which features acoustic music and light refreshments

Details: newkencamera club.org or esalart.org

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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