PITTSTON — For the past four years Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library have held a “Meet the Author” event, but this year will be different.
Instead, they are sponsoring a “Meet the Artist” event and Maria Capolarella-Montante, president of Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library, said it’s a way to embrace the artistic culture surrounding Pittston.
“We’ve been promoting authors but this year we thought since all of the art is going up in Pittston, that we would promote an artist,” she said.
The artist, Piera Santi-Marotto, of Pittston Township, specializes in paintings and pencil work.
Capolarella-Montante said she reached out to Santi-Marotto through a mutual friend because she was familiar with her work and wanted to promote a local artist.
“We were looking for a hometown artists because after all, that’s what we’re about — hometown,” said Capolarella-Montante. “I had remembered Piera in the paper many years ago when she was painting houses and that impressed me. I thought, ‘Well, she’s right here in our backyard.’”
The “Meet the Artist” event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 in the library’s John P. Cosgrove Center and is open to the public.
The event is free of charge.
Santi-Marotto said she’s been painting she was a kid as it was just something she enjoyed doing.
Her work includes paintings, pencil drawings, acrylics, note cards, painted glasses and more, all of which will be on display at the event.
Her work is also on display during the Second Friday Art Walks in Pittston.
Santi-Marotto said enjoys drawing portraits of houses, but that’s not the extent of her artistic talents.
Her experiences from traveling around the world with her husband when he was a member of the Air Force diversified her work.
“In a lot of artists, which I admire, they focus on a certain media,” she said. “You’ll always recognize certain things from an artist because they focus on one particular way of painting. I have a real hard time with that because I have a lot of different interests. I’ve traveled all over the world and I just have so many interests and you’ll see that in my art.”
After Santi-Marotto’s husband retired from the Air Force, she said it was only fitting for them to return home to the Greater Pittston area, where their friends and family live.
Santi-Marotto said it’s hard to choose her favorite medium, but she loves the detail involved in pencil drawings.
“I love sitting down and doing a very detailed pencil drawing,” she said. “A house portrait takes hours to do; it’s about 20 to 30 hours. I’ll do a couple hours and then go onto something else, and then come back and just keep going. But, it’s very detailed the way I work with a pencil.”
Library Director Patricia Joyce looks forward to the change of scenery with the “Meet the Artist” event.
“I think it’s incredible,” she said. “Anytime we can get our local community in here is wonderful. To show off Piera’s work as well as our library is great.”
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