Monroeville Public Library
4000 Gateway Campus Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146


Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED Through Labor Day
Elaine Biondi Gallery Space

Gallery Space

Elaine Biondi Gallery Space is operated by volunteers of the Friends of the Monroeville Public Library, an association of people interested in libraries and the promotion of the services of the Monroeville Public Library. The Friends help with Library projects in addition to operating Gallery Space. Income from sales of art in Gallery Space is one of Friends main fundraisers. Art makes wonderful gifts!

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Gallery Space is run by volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome to help hang shows and set-up for receptions. Can't make a commitment for every month? Just come when you can! No experience necessary! Sign-up for the E-Newsletter for current volunteer opportunities or contact the Gallery Manager if you have questions.

The Pittsburgh Pastel Artisits League
July 2015

Pond's Edge by Karen Ferrick, PPAL Member

Gallery Space of Monroeville Public Library will be hosting a group exhibition by The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL). This exhibition featuring works of art by several PPAL members will run from July 1-28, 2015. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours. All are welcome! Come celebrate the arts in Southwestern Pennsylvania! And remember, art makes great gifts. A portion of all sales supports Library programs.

The PPAL was started in 2002, and is a diverse group made up of members of all levels of experience. Members are from Southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The PPAL is dedicated to promoting the medium of pastel and the artistic proficiency of its members through workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, group critiques, informative meetings and paint-outs in the plein air tradition. Although they hold formal meetings several times a year, members often get together in locations throughout the areas surrounding Pittsburgh to share ideas, materials and techniques for working with the pastel medium.

Pastel is powdered pigment rolled into a binder and comes in varying degrees of softness. It can be blended or left with visible strokes and can be used both dry and with wet techniques on a ground. The ground is the surface to which the pastels are applied and can be paper, sanded surfaces or prepared boards. If the ground is covered completely with pastel, the work is considered a pastel painting, whereas a pastel drawing shows some or much of the ground. When protected by glass, pastel is very permanent, for it never cracks, darkens, or yellows.

IMAGE: Pond's Edge by Karen Ferrick, PPAL Member

Visitor Information

Gallery Space is open during library hours:

  • Monday through Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday 2 PM - 5 PM (CLOSED - Memorial Day through Labor Day)

Email the Gallery Manager if you have any questions


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