Sirani Gallery Hosts "Three in Good Company"

Pittsburgh, PA, September 01, 2007 --( Sirani Gallery kicks off its Fall 2007 exhibition schedule with “Three in Good Company.” Featuring the work of three well-known local artists - Lila Hirsch Brody, Kathleen Zimbicki and Zivi Aviraz – the show is destined to be a must-see destination.

The show runs from Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 30. All of the works are original and unique works of art. The public is invited to attend two opening artists’ receptions on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. During the receptions, the artists will personally dedicate all works of art.

All three artists are members of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society for the Arts. Recognized for their colorful palettes, original compositions and sense of style, these three artists are recognized throughout the city and have exhibited in numerous shows and galleries, not only in Pittsburgh, but also in New York City.

Kathleen Zimbicki, an instructor at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ (PCA) school and an active member of several PCA artist guilds for more than 30 years, has been described as is a tireless champion of working artists in the city. In 2006, PCA awarded its first ever lifetime achievement award to Zimbicki. The award was based on ZImbicki’s artistic merit, accomplishments, and contribution to Pittsburgh arts. In addition, Zimbicki is the only living artist honored in a 100-year survey of American Master Watercolor Painters. She is a member of Artists' Equity and Pittsburgh Watercolor Society. Besides PCA, she is a popular teacher at other locations, such as Sweetwater Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Mellon University.

Lila Hirsch Brody’s contributions to this community’s art scene cannot be overemphasized. Her highly-sought after work is exhibited in the permanent collections of Pittsburgh National Bank, Duquesne Light Company, Prudential Reality and in important private collections too numerous to mention. For 30 years, she has been the Art Program Coordinator and Acrylic Painting Teacher at the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh. Hirsch Brody had the honor of being selected for the Associated Artist’s traveling exhibition, when her work was on display at museums throughout Pennsylvania. She has participated in many group and one-person exhibitions in and around Pittsburgh and, most recently, was represented in New York City at Amsterdam Whitney Gallery.

Zivi Aviraz was born and raised in Israel. After serving in the Israeli army, she was sent as a temporary emissary to the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh. What was intended to be a three-year commitment was extended for a lifetime when she met her husband, and subsequently settled and raised a family here. Aviraz started to paint when she met Lila Hirsch Brody, and her art reflects that influence as well as that of many other local and international artists. Aviraz describes her work as an eclectic mix, and she uses a variety of media including collage, ceramic, tile, paper and canvas. The resulting works of art reflect her passion for life as depicted through faces, flowers and even her original home, Jerusalem.

Sirani Gallery is located in Squirrel Hill. After just more than a year of operation, Sirani Gallery was chosen as Gold Medal Winner for Best Art Gallery in Pittsburgh in the Tribune Review’s annual poll of their readers’ favorites in diverse categories. “With so many galleries on the Pittsburgh art scene, I’m really thrilled by the honor of being named the best,” said Barbara Krause, owner of the fine art gallery.

Sirani Gallery (5875 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill) is open daily. Special appointments and home visits also can be arranged. For more information, please call 412-422-2121 or visit

Where: Sirani Gallery
5875 Forbes Avenue
When: September 7-30
Artists’ Receptions September 7 and 8 from 7-10 pm
Contact: Barbara Krause, Sirani Gallery
412 422-2121

Sirani Gallery
Barbara Krause
412 422-2121