I'm pleased to welcome talented artists from the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL) for their annual art exhibit at Gilberti Fine Art. Over 40 pieces of original artwork are on display and offered for sale at the Gallery through April 30th.
The collection includes landscapes, portraits, abstract art and more from beginners as well as internationally known professionals.
PPAL is a member-supported art organization and member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), which exists to “unite pastel societies around the world in support of the fine art of pastel”. PPAL is dedicated to the promotion, use, understanding and enjoyment of the medium of soft pastels and to pastel artists.
To learn more about the league, visit https://www.ppal-artists.com/
The Gilberti Fine Art Studio & Gallery is pleased to present “Reflections”, an exhibition by local artist, Ash Robles.
Working at large scale, “Reflections” highlights her oil painting work capturing emotional and vulnerable moments in life. On view until February 28th, this exhibition has us brave what we feel and hide of ourselves. “We don’t always have the words to describe what it is that we are feeling and sometimes we bottle it up to keep ourselves from being exposed. With ‘Reflections’, I wanted to create an atmosphere that gives the viewer the opportunity to say “Yes, I have been there! I know exactly how that feels.”
Ash Robles has created artwork that resides in collections around the world and has appeared in television shows and theater productions. She studied fine art at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, graduated from the Douglas Education Center’s specialized art program and currently serves as President of the West Hills Art League.
Gilberti Fine Art is pleased to present Katie Koenig, a local artist from the Pittsburgh suburbs. Katie shares her nostalgic interpretation of the places, food and objects that impacted her most growing up in Western Pennsylvania. She has that keen ability to make your mouth water as you view her large acrylic paintings on canvas of familiar subjects we can all relate to; an open Heinz ketchup bottle, an ice cold I.C. Light Beer or a giant martini, complete with glistening green olives.
Katie is a full-time artist who sells her work at art festivals throughout the country. This past June, Katie was honored with the 2017 Festival Award at the Three Rivers’ Arts Festival; her first year participating in this well known local event.
Join us Friday night, August 11th from 6-8pm to meet Katie to view more of her beautiful artwork. Original paintings, along with signed and numbered museum quality prints on fine art paper will also be available for purchase.
Are you struggling to write an artist statement? Do you need an artist statement, but are unsure where to begin writing one?
Pittsburgh and surrounding area artists are invited to participate in an Art Marketing Round Table Discussion, hosted by Gilberti Fine Art Studio and Gallery located at 1030 Fifth Avenue, Coraopolis, PA. Artist and gallery owner Cindy Gilberti and I will lead a discussion focused on writing an artist statement. We have scheduled the round tables on two different dates, to accommodate schedules.
The round tables will begin with a short 15 minute overview of the topic, followed by group discussion with an opportunity for artists to ask questions, share ideas and listen to what other artists have to say about the topic.
The events are free of charge. Size is limited to 15 participants per session and pre-registration is required. Please register for one of the free sessions at
If you have an artist statement that you’d like to share or review, bring it along. If not, that’s fine too! Just come prepared to take notes.
Sign up for one of the sessions
Tuesday June 20th
10 am – 12 pm
Saturday June 24th
10 am – 12 pm
SCRATCH Solo Exhibition Featuring Kim McAninch - Palette Knife Oil Painter
I'm pleased to announce our first solo art exhibition featuring Pittsburgh artist, Kim McAninch with opening celebration Saturday night, March 25th from 6 - 8pm at Gilberti Fine Art. This coincides with other events going on in town.
Anchor & Anvil will be hosting the musical group 'The New 52' and Emma Jeans Attic will be joined by Lucinda Wade and Ed Pitassi (both running for council) for a meet and greet from 6-7pm.
Below is a recent article about Kim and her artwork published on Ugallery:
Kim McAninch - Set Sail on a Visual Journey
Kim McAninch's paintings are a glide into a glinting seashore’s tranquility. The patches of color are like the sail of a sailboat: they propel a voyage of the eye. The viewer navigates from shade to shade, negotiating the composition’s shifting oceans and beachy shores.
Her style is efficient. She captures solid form and shaded depth through juxtaposing colors. Rectangles of green become palms. Lines of blue and green become tufts of grass. Overlaid dabs of violet, pink, orange, and yellow become the sun’s reflection on the water. The brilliant coalescence of her color swatches, both naturalistic and not, harmonize into images of peacefulness.
She offers this as her mantra of inspiration: “Loose but accurate and then looser but more accurate. That’s the goal. In other words, I want to offer more information, with less detail.”
One of the most important lessons she has learned through her artistic career is the value of education. She studied at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she earned a B.F.A. with a concentration in Surface Pattern Design. Her studies can be applied to designs for flooring, wallpaper, fabric, dishes, tablecloths, vinyl shower curtains, and wrapping paper. “Although I was too young to fully appreciate the gifts of my professors at the time, I certainly recognize them now and repeat the same truths now that I have students of my own” she says.
Through her interior and pattern design, she was exposed to nearly every style. This gave her stylistic range and agility. The transition to full-time artist was seamless because, as she puts it, “the very same elements are at play.”
“Only now, I am free to use my own innovation with no justification, to explore that balance between representation and design.”
There are many talented, innovative artists and while I get a pang of jealousy when I see something I would like to tackle that was executed perfectly, I will be most successful if I let my own odyssey take place” she says.
McAninch works in her studio in Downtown Pittsburgh, where the view of Point State Park is, “always captivating and inspirational".
What a whirlwind the past few days have been putting the finishing touches on the studio & gallery and preparing for our grand opening celebration. This has truly been a dream come true for me to be able to share what I love with the community.
I was overwhelmed by the reception we received Saturday night. Standing room only from start to finish was a humbling experience. I am grateful to share these memories with my wonderful and supportive family and friends not to mention my mentors who have been behind the scenes supporting me all the way.
The excitement is palpable; some many are thrilled to see the art experience here in town (perhaps the first art gallery ever in Coraopolis?). Brisk sales following the event confirm people weren't only coming for the free food and wine; they were here to support the arts. For that, I'm truly grateful.
Check back often to see what art classes and workshops are being offered.
I am pleased to announce the opening of my new gallery and studio, gilbertifineart.com in nearby Coraopolis, PA. With the encouragement of family, friends and fellow artists, this dream has become a reality. In addition to being my personal studio, gilbertifineart.com is a location where art enthusiasts can view and purchase original artwork created by regional artists, participate in a quality workshop close to home and share artistic energy with fellow artists during open studio time.
The studio is already off to a great start following a week of activity with the first oil painting class with Artist in Residence, Dianne Bauman and students.
Check back frequently to learn about upcoming events and exhibits planned for the new year.