Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Through August 9
Pittsburgh is known worldwide for its authentic neighborhoods, breathtaking views and unique topographies. If there’s one local artist who has dedicated his craft to documenting the region’s locales and immortalizing them on canvas, it’s Ron Donoughe.
From underneath bridges to inside cemeteries, experience all 90 of Pittsburgh’s distinct neighborhoods via Donoughe’s observant eyes when Pittsburgh Center for the Arts opens its latest lineup of exhibitions on Friday, May 15th.
On view through August 9th, Donoughe’s highly-anticipated exhibition, 90 Pittsburgh Neighborhoods, features one view from each neighborhood painted by the Loretto, PA native, who is now based in Lawrenceville.
Over a period of 12 months, Donoughe visited and painted each of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods in alphabetical order. Creating two or three paintings per week, Donoughe captured the city’s dramatic textures, juxtapositions and seasonal changes while also documenting his experiences with the people he met throughout the painting process.
Acclaimed for his realistic plein air landscapes, Donoughe can be spotted working outdoors around the region with his signature easel and palette in hand. Before becoming a full-time painter, Donoughe did stints as a landscaper, chicken catcher, museum installer and even a gravedigger.
Also opening at the PCA on Friday are seven solo exhibitions showcasing new work by a talented pool of contemporary artists, including Danny Bracken, Haylee Ebersole, B A Harrington with Chele Isaac, Brett Kashmere, Derek Reese, Mark Schatz and Steven Sherrill.
Curated by Adam Welch, the solo and collaborative shows span a wide range of media, from immersive installations to mixed media sculptures.