Scaife Gives 2 Paintings to Westmoreland Art Museum
Loeffler, William, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Trib publisher Richard Scaife has a keen and discerning eye for art.
That much was evident in his recent gift of two paintings to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, director and CEO Judith O'Toole said. She could hardly have chosen two better works herself.
"He has an insatiable curiosity about art and artists," O'Toole said. "He has a really good memory, too, about things he's seen in different places. That's probably why he's so good at thinking about what might belong in the museum here."
The paintings are "Grouse Going to Roost," a '40s-era watercolor by Alden Lassell Ripley, and "White Screen," by Pittsburgh artist Elizabeth L. Rothwell. Scaife bought the two works from Pierce Galleries in Nantucket after a visit earlier this month. Co-owner Patricia Pierce said Scaife has been a client for about 10 years.
"He called me up after he left the island," Pierce said. …