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Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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Celebrating 60 Years of Art! 1959-
(scroll down for brief Art Center History)
The North Hills Art Center (NHAC) was founded in 1959 as the Artists' and Craftsmen's Guild by a group of dedicated artists who understood the importance of having a permanent haven where people throughout the North Hills and surrounding areas could come and learn, express themselves, and appreciate all forms of art.
Today, amateurs and professionals alike enjoy that vision in the North Hills Art Center, where they can exhibit their artwork and benefit from the camaraderie found in our classes and open studio sessions.
Classes range from pottery to painting to jewelry making to weaving and more for adults, teens and children.
Additionally, the center offers after school and home school classes for children and teens. Other special offerings for young art lovers include our popular summer camps, scouting workshops and themed birthday parties.
The North Hills Art Center instructors are specialists in their areas of interest and many have advanced art degrees. All are highly dedicated to our mission of providing quality, affordable art enrichment to everyone. Click here to read their biographies.
The center features approximately five shows per year, including five Gallery Shows (two are fundraising shows with other non-
These are just a few of the exciting reasons to join the North Hills Art Center. We continue to expand our offerings and improve our facility and are optimistic about a bright future.
NHAC is a 501(c)3 Non-
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The North Hills Art Center offers gift certificates in any amount you choose! Gift certificates can be used for art classes/ workshops/camps, for yearly memberships, in the gallery for artwork and for merchandise at our Artisan Markets. Gift Certificates can only be purchased at the Art Center during business hours, in person or by phone.
Benefits of Membership:
Student: $20 Individual: $35 Family: $50 Patron: $100
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Celebrating 60 Years of Art!
(a brief Art Center History)
The ‘Guild’ began meeting in Mrs. R.C.Milsom Jr.’s living room in 1959, and became incorporated as a non profit that same year. The need for the guild was evident when private classes being held in the Glenshaw basement of Mrs. Emily Karlen in the late 1950’s with the original 20 members, left no room for expansion. Because so many North Hills artists and children wanted classes, but distances to established art centers in Pittsburgh made travel inconvenient, the Guild sponsored a workshop once a month for exchange of ideas among members as they worked on their own projects, as well as, guest artists series, films, exhibits and classes in oils, watercolor, art history, sketching, commercial art, sculpture, ceramics, flower arranging, life drawing and jewelry-
In April, 1960, the Guild’s temporary officers and committees were made permanent. Those officers were: Pres-
Art exhibits were held at Rogers School, area businesses, new home developments, and North Park Skating Rink, while the Guild looked for a building. The Annual Beaux Arts Ball became their only fundraiser for the building fund, until the first Annual Holiday Handcraft Sale was held in 1964 in the Northway Mall Community room. In 1968, they found the former White Heating Co. (the Center’s current location) and started a drive to raise $75,000 for its purchase from their 215 members and public contributors, and held a public auction of 100 works donated by artists held at Northway Mall . The North Hills Art Center opened May 16, 1969 with 352 members. Renovation labor (except plumbing), was donated by members and their families. Guild members, including Emily’s husband, Paul, an industrial designer, redesigned the building into a gallery and classrooms.
Mrs. Emily Karlen, one of the co-
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