Meet the Artists

Meet our 3 Art Show Artists!

Diane K. Pontoriero – Biography

Diane Pontoriero is an artist and art educator. She has been teaching art in the North Hills and at the art center for over 20 years. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. She has a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Carlow University, art education certification K-12 and science certification 7-12. Diane is a member of the National Council of Ceramics Arts Educators and the Potter’s Council. She has served on the board of directors at the North Hills Art Center since 1990’s and is the current President.
Diane enjoys exploring all forms of art which she incorporates into her teaching. She teaches the adult pottery classes at the art center. She specializes in alternative glazing techniques; such as, Raku and Obvara firing. She offers workshops in Shibori silk scarf dying and fused glass bowls. She also organizes and plans the children’s summer camps.

Jessie Wills Loverti – Biography

Jessie Wills Loverti, like most people, has many facets to her life. She is a professional singer/composer/lyricist, an artist, a housewife, a mother and a grandmother. In addition to painting and singing, she loves to cook, garden and decorate, all of which she approaches like an art form.
Although she has always had an affinity for painting, it’s only since she began taking classes at The North Hills Art Center a little over a year ago that she has rigorously pursued it.

Kim Freithaler – Artist Biography

Kim Freithaler is originally from New York City and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from St. John’s University, where she completed an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan.
She taught art in Manhattan public schools and currently teaches at the North Hills Art Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she is the Executive Director. She is an award winning painter who exhibits her work in galleries, as well as local businesses. Her murals are installed in public buildings both here and in Georgia. Oil portraits are done by commission.
A wider selection of her artwork may be viewed at


Larry Brandstetter is a 1972 graduate of Ivy School of Professional Art, which was located in Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh.

A very active and prolific artist from 1971 to 1982, specializing in whimsical storybook style illustrations using pen and ink, colored pencil or graphite. At that time, he was an active member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists and the North Hills Art Center. His first “One Man Show” was held at the Monroeville Library in 1971. Was accepted into the Three Rivers Arts Festival’s juried competition, 1971 to 1982 selling all 33 accepted pieces over the eleven years. The many shows and sales ended when he started a small business in 1982 he retired thirty-three years later in 2015. Since retiring, he re-entered the artist community in mid-2016 and has been overwhelming accepted back.

Larry has entered many shows and exhibits in the past three years and was honored with 14 + awards, including three “Best in Show” (June 2016 to July 2018.) He is a current member of the North Hills Art Center, East Suburban Artist League, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Greensburg Art Center and Latrobe Art Center.

Working with black pens and/or colored pencils his fun illustrations are characterized by whimsical characters, lines, patterns and simple things. All of this creates a composition of a magical world. The drawings take your eyes on a fun, complex journey of hidden treasures and some pretty cool creatures.

“Hope you enjoy my fun drawings as much as I enjoy creating them.”

Miranda Pavelle – Animator, Illustrator
Miranda is a recently graduated animation major who also loves illustrating and is currently writing a book series. She is a lover of all animals, but dogs have a special place in her heart, especially Labradors, German Shepherds, and Huskies. She herself currently owns a Labrador-Rottweiler mix named Freya. Her Instagram is @mirandathehybrid, where you can check up on doodles and world-building progress!