Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gloria Plemmons Oct. 14, 1924 - July 5, 2012 Enthusiastic Artist, Teacher 'Was a Natural'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gloria Plemmons Oct. 14, 1924 - July 5, 2012 Enthusiastic Artist, Teacher 'Was a Natural'

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Ever since she was a young girl, Gloria Peterson Plemmons had a pencil or paintbrush in hand, enthusiastically working on her newest creation.

Her ability to bring about beauty in the countless works of art was accomplished with seemingly little effort, according to her son, Erik V. Scully of Wexford.

"She was a natural," he said. "I am so proud of her work."

The Economy resident, who was also accomplished in the swimming pool, died Thursday at the age of 87.

She was born in Chicago on Oct. 14, 1924.

Ms. Plemmons received significant schooling to expand her inherent artistic capabilities, including art degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as stints at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and The Art Students League of New York.

Eager to share her tricks of the trade with others, Ms. Plemmons also taught throughout her career. She did so locally at the Pittsburgh Public Schools from 1970 to 1971 and at the Universal Art Academy in Pittsburgh from 1971 to 1973, where she served as art director.

This willingness to help others perfectly exemplified the type of woman she was, said her daughter, Joni Scully.

"She was so sweet and very caring," she said. "She didn't get angry, even in tough situations."

As a figurative artist, she had the ability to produce a diverse range of pieces, such as landscapes, still lifes and her favorite type: portraits.

"She made her living primarily from pastel portraits," said Ms. Scully of New York City. "That was her specialty."

Ms. Plemmons' artwork can be found around the globe, with private pieces as far off as Europe and Sweden. Nationally, she has a landscape painting at the University of Notre Dame and other works at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield.

She dedicated much time and effort to several art associations, including The National League of American Pen Women, a group that supports female professionals in the art community. She served as president of the Chicago chapter from 1990 to 1992 and of the Pittsburgh chapter from 1995 to 1996.

Ms. Plemmons was also an active member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and Pittsburgh Society of Artists. …

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