In high school, Brian McCall of Greensburg didn’t take art classes, despite having a seemingly natural ability to draw.
Instead of delving into a creative career path, he signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox. But when injuries cut short his baseball career after just four years in 1964, he had to find another profession.
McCall, 76, enrolled in the California Arts College, graduating in 1969 with a degree in illustration and photography.
Today, his sculptures, bursting with color and sometimes appearing to burst from the walls on which they’re hung, can be seen at businesses throughout the region, and he will be the featured speaker at the East Suburban Artist League’s April 4 meeting in Murrysville.
McCall was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif. He grew up in a creative family: His mother was a writer and his brother was a musician.
McCall has created sculptures for the King Street Blues restaurants in Virginia. Locally, his work has been displayed at DV8 Espresso Bar and Gallery, Oliver’s Pourhouse and Robokyo Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi in Greensburg and Keynote Cafe in Jeannette. He has exhibited work in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh at Gallerie Chiz.
He has also worked in the past as a courtroom artist in Washington, D.C., and as an illustrator for the Washington Post.
McCall’s presentation will be at 6:30 p.m., April 4 at Christ Lutheran Church, 5330 Logan Ferry Road in Murrysville.
There is no cost to attend, and guests are welcome.
For more, see ESALart.org or call Nancy Dalverny at 412-373-0711.