Spring has began indoors on the Artwork in Bloom picture present in Pittsburgh Mills

Spring is more than in the air with 60 photos and artwork featuring spring flowers at the Art in Bloom flower and photo show at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall in Frazer.

The art will be on display in the Focus on the Arts Gallery in the mall until May 15th. The works of 10 photographers and artists from the Alle-Kiski Valley are exhibited.

Gallery visitors who cast a ballot for their favorite work of art can enter a drawing. First place prize is a $ 25 gift card for each mall. The price for second place applies to two tickets for the GQT cinema and a price for third place of 20% discount on theater concessions.

Residents can visit the large, airy studio in the mall for free on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The New Kensington Camera Club has been hosting the spring flower and art exhibition for at least six years, said Joel Varga von Harmar, club president.

With more people vaccinated against Covid-19 after a long year of pandemic restrictions, “people are itching to get out,” he said. The gallery provides an ornate space large enough for residents who have to wear masks to tour safely.

The spring photo show is a convenient and convenient way to see the work of local photographers and artists.

“My vision is that the gallery becomes a place where people can meet and network,” said Varga.

Harry Shipman from New Kensington, former club president and photographer, is one of the exhibitors. He frequently photographs wildlife, flowers, and landscapes in Burrell Lake Park, Northmoreland Park, and Crooked Creek.

“Half the fun of taking a picture is sharing it, and that’s exactly what this gallery and spring show do,” he said.

“We couldn’t imagine how bright and cheerful this gallery space could be,” Shipman said. It’s all about lighting, lots of lights, thanks to Varga’s guide.

West Deer’s Mark Flowers could get some attention given his name for a spring photo contest. But wait: there are two relatives in the line of photographers submitting work – his daughter Diane Flowers from West Chester and his daughter-in-law Marie Flowers from Springdale.

Flowers uses a Nikon digital SLR and thousands of dollars’ worth of camera equipment, while his family competition uses an iPhone.

“I hope you don’t hit me with an iPhone,” he said.

Flowers like to shoot in Deer Lakes Park, especially in the spring, to catch the trees in bloom.

In addition to membership in the camera club, the spring show received work from members of the Allegheny Valley League of Artists in Murrysville and the East Suburban Artists League in Lower Burrell.

The gallery has more than 500 original photos and artwork from local residents, priced between $ 25 and $ 1,000.

Mary Ann Thomas is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Mary at 724-226-4691, mthomas@triblive.com, or on Twitter.

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