During her 38-year career in education, Elizabeth Roseborough was strictly left-brained.
“I taught advanced mathematics,” she said. “I taught really high-end, smart students for many years, and loved it.”
The analytical thinking involved in such pursuits tends to run counter to the creativity attributed to right-brained folks.
Yet Roseborough has plenty of examples of her work on display at the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon’s Spring Art Show, which runs through March 15.
“In high school, I studied art. In college, I did art as an aside. After that, I got a job teaching math, and art went away because I had to earn a living and raise a family,” the Upper St. Clair resident said. “Then when I retired, it was like, OK, enough math. I want to do art.”
She showed some of her sketches to Kathleen Frost, owner of Frost Fine Art Studio in Crafton, who told her: “You come to me in my studio. We will get your hands dirty and turn your brain around.”
“With charcoal,” Roseborough recalled. “I really did get dirty.”
Eventually, she added to her artistic pursuits with photography, with some of her more stunning examples featuring rare, colorful flowers.
During the Galleria’s show, which features displays by members of arts groups throughout the South Hills, Roseborough also has offered postcards for sale, many depicting her paintings of birds.
Also part of the show is work by members of the Primary Colors Art Guild. The group is based at Chartiers Senior Resource Center in Carnegie, which is operated by the support-services nonprofit Lifespan.
Instructor Ann McCartney offers oil-painting classes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.
“You can start the classes if you’ve never painted before, or if you just want to get back into it,” she said. “My philosophy is that everyone has a different take on something. So I get them started and help them along, and they find their own style.”
A Dormont resident, McCartney has been leading the sessions for seven years. And regarding her own artistic pursuits, she has an exhibit of her work throughout March at the Jewish Community Center, 345 Kane Blvd., Scott Township.
Primary Colors’ own spring show is scheduled for the first weekend of May at the Chartiers center, 300 Lincoln Ave., Carnegie.
Regarding the classes, beginners can attend the first three classes for $20 per session, with all supplies included. Students can purchase their own supply for subsequent classes, which cost $5.
For more information, call McCartney at 757-635-7933.