Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Acclaimed Regional Artist Gets Exhibit in Washington Gallery

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Acclaimed Regional Artist Gets Exhibit in Washington Gallery

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Charles Clinton Pitcher has a resume any artist would be proud of.

A member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the organization juried his work into every Annual Exhibit from 1971 through 1998. In 1987, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts honored him with the title Artist of the Year. A year later, he was named Master Visual Artist of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Pitcher, who died in 2009, taught art in the Pittsburgh city schools from 1957 to 1965, was Buhl Planetarium director of education from 1965 to 1971 and operated the Charles Pitcher Gallery in Shadyside from 1970-73. In the early '80s, he gave up art education except for a few lectures and an occasional workshop to devote his time to creating art.

From 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, the World West Galleries, located 56 N. Main St. in Washington, is hosting a reception, free and open to the public, for an exhibit of 62 of the late artist's works titled "The Last Pitcher Show: Charlie Pitcher and Friends."

"I first met Charlie more than 35 years ago fresh out of grad school," said Peter West, gallery owner from Washington. "I was having a show at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and overheard him and his wife, Susan, discussing one of my works and went over and introduced myself.

"Charlie was already famous at the time, and we became friends. I soon learned that he was very supportive of young artists. When I opened World West Galleries [in late 1999], he was one of the first artists to be included and had a solo exhibit in 2010, a year after his death."

Currently, World West Galleries has the largest collection of Pitcher works in the tri-state area, and they make up approximately 75 percent of the gallery's works on display. The Pitcher exhibit, up indefinitely, also includes the work of several other artists, including close artist friends, Ray Forquer and Jeffrey Moyer.

All the Pitcher paintings in the exhibit are for sale in the $500 to $10,000 range, although Mr. West said many fall in the moderate range of between $500 and $2,000. As the paintings are sold, they will be replaced by others held by his widow.

"At least half the works in the gallery are his signature watercolors of sycamore and birch trees," he said. …

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