An oil painting of the landmark Hill Engineering building that faces Gibson Park will be among six works of art featured in the window display at the North East Historical Museum.
A total of six paintings by Edith King Pierce Archer and Sue Mohnkern will be showcased in the museum’s second installment of artwork by members of the former North East Art Club, a group of local artists who got together to paint together, glean ideas and for fellowship more than 50 years ago.
In addition to the Hill Engineering painting, three other works of art by Pierce will be featured: a wildflower arrangement in a vase, a winter scene depicting a farm, a red barn and a split rail fence, and a row of English cottages. The red-brick Hill Engineering building, located at 8 Gibson St., is now occupied by Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
A Greenfield Township native, Pierce graduated from North East High School and Erie Business School and attended Westminster College.
Formerly employed at Bliley Electric and Pierce Motors, she enjoyed painting, needlework, gardening and jigsaw puzzles.
Pierce, who passed away at the age of 95 in 2010, was also a member of the Park United Methodist Church and North East Garden Club.
Mohnkern was invited by Emelyn Olson to join the art club in 1970, shortly after the Mohnkern family moved to North East. She thoroughly enjoyed the activities and camaraderie of the women.
With an interest in art and the fine arts, Mohnkern graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where she majored in music and graphic design. Mohnkern, who is director of music at Faith Lutheran Church, uses her artistic talent at the church and was a paste up artist at the former North East Breeze newspaper.
All six paintings are on loan to the museum, located at 25 Vine St. They will be on display for the next three weeks, and will be followed in the weeks and months ahead by paintings by other art club members.
The historical society is seeking information and artwork by members of the art club for these future displays. For more information, contact 814-403-8709 or 814-746-5706.