Kathleen Zimbicki of Collier Township is president of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with more than 70 exhibits in museums, galleries and other art spaces throughout the Pittsburgh region, showcasing the talents of its more than 450 members. Being president during such a special time with the organization "means a lot," says Zimbicki, who has been a member of Associated Artists since the '70s and was president in 1993. Art has been her life, she says. Her medium is watercolors and most of her works are "fantasy-related." Zimbicki has been teaching watercolor painting for a long time and had her own gallery, Studio Z, in the South Side for 30 years. Zimbicki's paintings have been shown in galleries all over the world. Zimbicki received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 2006. When she isn't painting, Zimbicki spends time with her husband, four children and eight grandchildren.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:
Dame Judi Dench or Meryl Streep (when I was younger), as she can play anybody
Childhood hero and why:
Gene Autry and Brenda Starr, so I could be a reporter on horseback, really.
A. Jack Bauer of "24"
B. Angus MacGyver of "MacGyver"
C. James West of "Wild, Wild West"
D. Sydney Bristow of "Alias"
B. Angus MacGyver because I love the name Angus, Scottish
In five years, I'd like to:
Get my pilot's license.
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:
All the friendly people.
If the TV is on at 2 a.m., I'm watching:
A great movie or True Crimes.
Star I'd like to dance with on "Dancing with the Stars":
How about Robert Duvall in a tango
Three people I'd love to have dinner with:
Picasso, Churchill and Max
My quirkiest inherited trait:
Not much patience
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Love Subways' Italian sub with black olives, cukes, onions, everything.
One word your mother would use to describe you:
Who doesn't love George Clooney?
The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:
I never look in there; it's Mikes domain.
My required snack in a movie theater is:
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
Again: cowgirl and reporter; didn't change much.
My favorite comfort food:
Exercise I hate most:
Treadmill. Our machine holds 156 of my paintings flat.
Vegetable I won't eat:
Stewed tomatoes -- sorry, they look too scary.
I'm deathly afraid of:
Missing a bus, therefore, I never ride them, truly
If I was auditioning for "American Idol," my song would be:
The first band I saw in concert (when and where):
When Bro Charles played with Bobby Vinton
TV marathon you could watch all day and why:
"American Pickers. …