Neither glass slippers nor fairy godmothers are necessary to attend this year's 59th annual Spring Art Show by the McKeesport Art Group.
But a little bit of the magic from McKeesport Area High School's production of "Cinderella" will be on display. Handmade, full-size paper gowns that were created as props for the recent school musical will be exhibited at the art show, which opens at 5 p.m. today at Jacob Woll Pavilion, Renziehausen Park.
Jan Catalogna, president of the art group, says the gowns --- made by the school's art department --- are "gorgeously crafted." Few of the people who attended the high school's production of "Cinderella" got to see the gowns up close.
"It's a shame that so few people saw them during the running of their play," she says. "Needless to say, we are excited to be able to share this work with the public."
The gowns are scheduled to go on display in 2018 at The Frick museum in Pittsburgh's Point Breeze neighborhood in conjunction with their show "Isabella de Borchgrave: Fashoining Art From Paper."
Other art works on display at this year's Spring Art Show span the gamut from pen and ink drawings, to paintings, sculptures and photographs, as well as fabric art. The show includes amateurs as well as professionals and prizes are awarded.
Hours for the art show at Renzie are 5 to 9 p.m. today, 12 noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
In addition, this year's show will include an instructional painting class at 1 p.m. Saturday. No previous art classes or training are necessary, Catalogna says, and participants of all skill levels are invited.
An instructor will show all participants, step by step, how to create a beautiful painting. All supplies will be provided along with a light lunch, Catalogna said, and the cost is $20 per person.
Space for the class is limited and reservations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, call Catalogna at (412) 469-2710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to an exhibit of art works entered by contestants, there also will be art available for sale from McKeesport Art Group members, she says.
Originally published May 19, 2017.