South Arts Pittsburgh, founded in 1984, was designed to bring education, cultural outreach, and networking opportunities to the community through various art
South Arts is home to over 70 members, ages 18 to 100+, from the beginner hobbyist to professional artist, living in Pittsburgh's South Hills and surrounding
The nonprofit hosts a weekly Open Studio Session on Friday mornings, bi-weekly figure drawing classes on Wednesday evenings and Open Studio/Demonstrations on opposite Wednesdays all at the Schoolhouse Art & History Center building on South Park Road in Bethel Park. For more information please see our Sessions/Classes page. Although these sessions are free we do have a suggested donation of $5 and when there is a model there is a $10-12 fee to pay the model.
In addition, South Arts helps artists promote their work in local exhibitions at the Galleria Mall and at the Schoolhouse.
The organization is funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Chapter.
Parking: Reminder that the construction on the Splash Pad has begun behind the Schoolhouse and parking is limited in our lot. There is additional parking between the Schoolhouse and the Community Center. This project should be completed by September.
Social Media: Please follow us on Facebook (South Arts Pittsburgh) and Instagram @southartspittsburgh. Check us out! Help us increase our engagement by looking for our posts and then like, comment, and share these postings. Facebook: it’s helpful if you post your own artwork or events on the SA Facebook page. Instagram: tag us @southartspittsburgh and we will add you to our story! For both use the hashtag #southartspittsburgh. A hashtag is a label used on social media sites that makes it easier to find information with a theme or specific content.
Art supply discount: The Artists and Craftsman Supply art store (5603 Hobart Street, 15217) gives a 10% discount to members of art groups. Just let them know you are part of South Arts to get your discount. They have a variety of art supplies including frames.
August 2: Alcohol Inks by Jeanie Slater. They are wildly colorful and vibrant medium done on non-porous surfaces. We painted them with brushes, dropped, and blew with a straw on ceramic lids and used stencils on yupo paper to create some fun and colorful artwork.
March 29: Pan Pastels by Diane Murray. They are a fun medium that you can mix on paper like watercolor to create tansparent layers. We played with her set of 80 colors with sponge applicators to apply the pastels on small sheets of different papers.
Spring Galleria Show Artists reception
June 21: This was a huge success! We had 14 artists bring some of their art and share their process and background. We brought in wine and snacks. It was a great opportunity to celebrate our successful show and we decided to hold a social gathering quarterly and ecourage all memers to bring in their recent work to share.
Wednesday Evening Figure Drawing Session On June 7 we had a great session with model Barbara in costume. Thanks to our Figure Drawing liaison, Dale Gregg, who coordinated the evening. We plan to do this quarterly, there will be a $10 fee to pay for the model. Here are a few photos of our artist’s work.
Member’s Meeting: 202 Years of Artists was held on Monday, December 12, 2022
We celebrated 202 years of artists hearing from two very talented members
Jean Benson (age 104) and John Delmonte (age 98).
Thanks to Harry Funk of the Tribune Review who took these wonderful pictures.
2022 South Arts Scholarship
Jeanie Slater, co-president of South Arts and members of the Bethel Park Community Foundation presented Julia Marshall, a senior art student at Bethel Park High School with a $1000 Scholarship. Julia plans to major in Art Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This is South Arts first scholarship and we hope to make this an annual scholarship.