Artist Ron Donoughe’s works on display at Cal U to feature paintings of Mon River towns



Pittsburgh artist Ron Donoughe finishes a painting of the caboose at the California Public Library, California, Pa. The painting will be featured in the exhibition “Brownsville to Braddock: Paintings of the Monongahela Valley” in the Manderino Library, Cal U, from Nov. 8 thru Dec. 3, 2021

Cal U Communications

CALIFORNIA, PA. (Oct. 25, 2021) — An art exhibition postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic is slated to open at California University of Pennsylvania this fall.

“Brownsville to Braddock: Paintings of the Monongahela Valley,” featuring the works of Pittsburgh artist Ron Donoughe, will be on display on the third floor of Manderino Library from Nov. 8 through Dec. 3.

Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public.

Donoughe will give a free gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4, followed by a reception with the artist at 6:30 p.m.

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Donoughe is known for his realistic landscapes, painted outdoors in the plein air style. His work captures details of towns such as Brownsville, California, Charleroi, Monessen, Monongahela, Clairton, Duquesne, McKeesport and Braddock, as well as the Mon River itself.

While on campus Nov. 4, Donoughe is expected to meet with art students, who will paint, draw and make monotypes outdoors.

At 3 p.m., students will assemble their works in the painting studio, located in Vulcan Hall, for an exhibition and sale of the campus scenes completed that day. The exhibition also will include drawings and paintings of landscape scenes from campus and architectural drawings of Old Main completed earlier this fall.

The campus community is invited to the sale and exhibition, which will end just before Donoughe’s talk at 4:30 p.m. in Manderino Library.

The artist also will speak to students in Dr. Christina Fisanick’s digital storytelling class at 2 p.m. Nov. 4.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by the College of Education and Liberal Arts, the Mon River Towns Program, the National Road Heritage Corridor, Touchstone Center for Crafts and Rivers of Steel.