Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Academy of the South Side now The Conservatory of Oil Painting

(check them out this unblurred friday oct 7, 2011)

from Academy of the South Side now The Conservatory of Oil
Painting and moving to *5001 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224*

Hi everyone!

It's been awhile since we've had much going on, but we've been busy in the meantime and are ready to get back into action. We have lots of fun stuff coming up and are hoping for a great close to 2011 in anticipation of a banner year in 2012.

First up, we're holding a class this fall! Many thanks to Jason and Mel at Artisan Tattoo Gallery, an upcoming brand new addition to the Penn Ave arts district, for their generosity in providing us a studio space in their building! Yes, we are moving out of the South Side after a long run, and our studio for the upcoming term will be located at *5001 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224*. We will be holding one class, Portrait Painting, taught by Academy instructors Tim Meehan and Shervin Iranshahr, to get back into the swing of things and get ready for many more to come. We are going to have a brand new model every week, so we're really looking forward to some exciting and interesting paintings. As always, the class is available to all skill levels, and feel free to pass this on to others who may be interested.

The details:
*Portrait Painting*
October 15th through December 3rd
Saturdays, 3-6PM
8 week class - $200

For additional details and registration, please visit our website at

Next, in celebration of our return to teaching classes and the move to Penn Ave, we will be participating in the *October 7th* First Friday gallery crawl! More details will be announced in the coming weeks, but mark your calendars for an evening of art, music, and good times. We're honored and excited to be holding the first show at Artisan and hope to see lots of old and new friends there.

And last but not least, we can officially announce that we will be rechristening The Academy under the new name of *The Conservatory of Oil Painting*! It has taken some time but we have filed our paperwork and are awaiting confirmation of our nonprofit status, which will allow us to pursue new and exciting opportunities and develop into a permanent resource for artists and art lovers in our community.

Here's our mission statement:
The mission of The Conservatory of Oil Painting is to consistently deliver a supportive and inspiring experience of the highest possible quality devoted to the instruction, creation, and exhibition of representational art.

With your help, we are excited to try to live up to that mission. We'll have more changes and developments to announce in the coming months, but we wanted to let you all know the exciting news and get a feel for what you can expect in the future.

As time goes on, we will be going through transferring our website, email address, branding, etc., but in the meantime, please continue to use this email address and our current website ( for all correspondence and information.

A sincere thank you to everyone for your patience and support. We are really looking forward to this new chapter in our history and hope you are all a part of it.

-Tim, Shervin and Dan
*The Academy of the South Side / The Conservatory of Oil Painting*


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