Cohen & Grigsby Invited Plein Air Mt. Lebanon Artists to Paint on Firm’s Patio on September 30

Patio Provided Sweeping Views of the City to Inspire Local Painters

PITTSBURGH, PA – October 3, 2013 – Cohen & Grigsby, Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Naples, FL, was pleased to host artists from Plein Air Mt. Lebanon on Monday, September 30 on the outdoor patio of the firm’s Pittsburgh headquarters (EQT Plaza, 625 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA). From this location, the artists had the opportunity view and paint cityscapes of downtown Pittsburgh. The visit to Cohen & Grigsby’s offices on Monday was part of a weeklong celebration of the arts for Plein Air (September 30-October 6, 2013). During the week, the artists will paint at various locations around the city of Pittsburgh. On Friday, October 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the artists will then showcase their works at a special gala at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building (710 Washington Road Pittsburgh, PA 15228). During the event, attendees can meet the artists and will have an opportunity to purchase paintings.

“We were pleased to serve as a host venue for Plein Air Mt. Lebanon and hope our patio provided these artists with views of downtown Pittsburgh that inspired their work,” said Jack Elliot, president and CEO of Cohen & Grigsby. “Inviting these artists to paint at our offices is reflective of the firm’s continued commitment to the arts in our region. Through the firm’s ongoing support, we hope to help the local art community flourish.”

“During the first week of October, our group of Plein Air artists will be celebrating the beauty of our city and its people through plein air painting,” said David Csont, member of Plein Air Mt. Lebanon. “We enjoyed exploring the views of downtown Pittsburgh from Cohen & Grigsby’s offices and thank the firm for letting us use their space for inspiration.”

Plein air is a French expression that translates to “in the open air.” It is used particularly to describe the act of painting outdoors. Though artists have long painted outdoors, working in natural light was especially important to the Impressionism movement of the mid-19th century.

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