“You use a glass mirror to see your face. You use works of art to see your soul.” — George Bernard Shaw
PITTSBURGH LOST AN exceptional visual artist this week, Natiq Jalil, who died suddenly at age 47.
Next week, it will lose an exceptional visual art space when Lawrenceville’s Christine Frechard Gallery closes after 20 years of showcasing international and local artists.
Alabama-born Natiq Jalil first exhibited his paintings in Pittsburgh in 2010 at East Liberty’s Shadow Lounge, moving permanently to the city in 2013 to become an anchor and catalyst to the local arts community. He brightened Pittsburgh with murals, gardens and a steady stream of imaginative paintings and drawings that embodied themes of equity and social justice. Along with his wife, spoken-word poet and jewelry maker Crystal Noel Jalil, Jalil was a co-founder of The Coloured Section: A Black Artists’ Collective.
A native of Champagne, France, Christine Frechard brought a global salon sensibility to Pittsburgh that embraced every genre of contemporary art. Her gallery (in each of its incarnations) served as a true community arts center incorporating music, tarot readings, yoga, poetry circles, fundraisers for social causes.
The gallery (5126 Butler St.) is having a closing reception Dec. 10 from 1-4 p.m. for the current exhibit A Collaboration: Annette M. Gloomis & Mark Muse that will also feature live music by OrangeG, Brad Yoder and Alex Meleshenko. Art sales continue to Dec. 12.
707 Penn Gallery. Dec. 31-Feb. 19, 2023: The Crest of the Ridge. Solo painting exhibition by former Carnegie Mellon University School of Design adjunct professor Rick Landesberg. 707 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.
820 Liberty Gallery. To Jan. 8, 2023: Black on Black Love. BOOM Concepts presents work by Norman Brown, Sakony Burton, Dominick Mcduffie, KINSELLAND, Camerin “Camo” Nesbit, atiya jones, Staycee Pearl, Junyetta Seale, Marce’ Nixon Washington. 820 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.
937 Liberty. Dec. 21-Feb. 19, 2023: Rising Voices 2: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters, work by Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Tanmaya Bingham, Chloe Chiasson, June Glasson, Holly Keogh, Lavely Miller, Rebecca Orcutt, Susu, Ayana Ross, Aneka Ingold, Amy Werntz. 937 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.
Andy Warhol Museum. To Feb. 20, 2023: Andy Warhol’s Social Network: Interview, Television and Portraits examines intersections between Warhol’s longest running project, Interview magazine; his ventures in television with his original series Fashion, Warhol TV, and Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes; his portrait commissions of the 1970s and ’80s. 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh. (412) 237-8300.
Atithi Studios. To Dec. 3: SEEN/SCENE: The Black Body Consciousness. New work by 12 members of The Coloured Section Black Artists’ Collective. Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m: Holiday Market featuring 12 studio artists. 1020 N. Canal Street, Sharpsburg. (412) 301-5374.
August Wilson African American Cultural Center. To Jan. 29, 2023: Radio Golf. Ricardo iamuuri Robinson presents an sound installtion ode to August Wilson’s final work of art (Radio Golf). To Jan. 29, 2023: Post No Bills. Multimedia works by Houston, Texas artist Robert Hodge. To Jan. 29, 2023: OPTICVOICES: Mama’s Boys. Interactive photography by Emmai Alaquiva. On permanent exhibit: August Wilson, The Writer’s Landscape. 980 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 339-1011.
Brew House Association. To Jan. 14, 2023: SOMA GROSSA. A multi-media survey of painting, installation, soft sculpture, video, jewelry and photography by10 fat artists explicitly making work about fatness; Zoom Talk with SOMA GROSSA artist Katie Rauth and curator Anna Mirzayan Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. 711 S. 21st St. Pittsburgh. (412) 212-6650.
Carnegie Museum of Art. To Apr. 2, 2023: 58th Carnegie International: Is it morning for you yet?. Historical works from the collections of international institutions, estates, and artists alongside new commissions and recent works by contemporary artists. 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 622-3131.
Christine Frechard Gallery. To Dec. 10: Annette M. Gloomis & Mark Muse. New work by painter Gloomis and photographer Muse; closing reception Dec. 10, 1-4 p.m., gallery sales continue to Dec. 12. 5126 Butler St. Pittsburgh. (724) 766-0104.
Concept Art Gallery. To Dec. 9: Women of Visions. New works by artist collective spanning painting, fiber art, collage, mixed media, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry-making, three-dimensional works. 1031 S. Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 242-9200.
The Frick Art Museum. To Jan. 8, 2023: American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection. Paintings, sculpture, other objects demonstrating the diversity of American life and experiences over the last 150 years. 7227 Reynolds St. Pittsburgh (412) 371-0600.
Heinz History Center. To Jan. 8, 2023: Pittsburgh’s John Kane: The Life & Art of an American Workman. 37 original works of art by Scottish-born Pittsburgh painter John Kane. 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh. (412) 454-6000.
James Gallery. To Dec. 22: In the Moment, solo show by painter Joyce Werwie Perry; Different Strokes, paintings by Judith Kruger, Paul Rosenblatt, Micheal Madigan, Katy Mixon, Scott Sandell, Ken Schiano, Chuck Olson, Michael Smithhammer, Susan Palmisano, Joyce Werwie Perry. 413 S. Main St. Pittsburgh. (412) 922-9800.
Johno’s Art Studio. Dec. 3, 10, 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m: Art Open House, new works by painters Johno Prascak, Maria Desimone Prascak, jeweler Joanie DeSimone. 1705 Arlington Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 481-4208.
Ketchup City Creative. Dec. 3, 6-9 p.m. Out of the Ashes: Jared Quinteros Solo Show. New work by painter Jared Quinteros. Dec. 10, 4-7 p.m. The Positive Painting Project Art Show Fundraiser by Paint Positive. 612 Main St. Sharpsburg. (412) 593-4386.
Mattress Factory. Dec. 2- Fall 2023: HalfDream: Another Room. New solo exhibit by Hong Kong and US-based artist Doreen Chan in which users around the world can describe their dreams, add them to a database which matches common dreams of participants and connect to “dreammates.”; opening reception Dec. 2, 6-8 pm. To Dec. 30: Shrine, features new works by Naomi Chambers, Renee Cox, Mary Martin, LaKeisha Wolf, Alisha B. Wormsley, sarah huny young. 516 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh. (412) 231-3169.
SPACE. To Jan. 29, 2023: #notwhite collective 2016-2022. Retro/prospective exhibition of the past/current, individual/collaborative works by 13 Pittsburgh women artists. 812 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 456-6666.
Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Dec. 2-11: Holiday mART 2022. Holiday-themed works by local artists in ceramics, fiber art, wood, metal, paper, glass, fine art. 200 Broad St. Sewickley. (412) 741-4405.
University Art Gallery. To Dec. 9: Greer Lankton: Science Fictions. Sculptures and drawings from the Mattress Factory’s Greer Lankton Archive. To Dec. 9: Andrey Avinoff: Fantastic Visions. An exhibit exploring the life and art of Andrey Avinoff (1884-1949), émigré artist, scientist, professor and museum director in Pittsburgh. Frick Fine Arts Building, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh. (412) 648-2400.
VaultArt Studio. To Dec. 31: Holiday art by Maggie Kambic, Lee Kennedy, Tafara Bundridge, Charlie Wallace, Edith Sullivan, Wendy Davis, Darian Johnson, Sarah Harris, other frequent First Friday on Penn Avenue exhibitors. 5100 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 404-2895.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art. To Feb. 15, 2023: Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America. 60 works from leading collections across the country tell the story of Outsider Artists like John Kane, Grandma Moses, Horace Pippin, Josephine Joy, Victor Gatto, others. Forest of Symbols. Artists from the 19th-century European Symbolism movement. Gavin Benjamin: Break Down and Let It All Out. New photography by multimedia artist Gavin Benjamin. 221 N. Main St. Greensburg. (724) 837-1500.