Saturday, June 21, 2014

Artwork in the Library: Fritz Keck

If you've stopped by the Library lately, you may have noticed some new artwork gracing our walls.  You can find these new additions outside of the Wean Family Group Study Room and next to the rear double doors leading out to the Welcome Garden.

These prints are from a series of oil paintings  of "distinctive vintage Pittsburgh scenes" by hometown native Fritz Keck.

Fritz is a recent retiree who grew up in Edgewood but now lives in Harmar Township after many years away.  He has partnered with Cooper-Siegel to allow our patrons to view his unique vision of days gone by.  Using old black and white photos on loan from the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and the Senator John Heinz History Center, Fritz enlivens them with a rich color pallet and distinctive brush strokes.

These prints will be on display in the Library for several months and a catalog of prints as well as original paintings are available to be ordered from Fritz.  For more information, visit or call the Reference Desk at 412-828-9520 ext 215.  A portion of the proceeds from any print on display that is purchased will go to Cooper-Siegel Community Library.  For further reading on Fritz and his art, check out the article "Past Life: The Artistry of Fritz Keck" in the Summer 2014 issue of Shady Ave Magazine.