Hockey Player PORTRAITS BY ROBERT EDWARDS
“It’s…A…Hockey Night in Sewickley!”
After five Stanley Cups, a 50th Anniversary, and the first back-to-back NHL championship in 19 years, the 2017-18 Pittsburgh Penguins yet again are set to defend their grip on Lord Stanley’s Cup. To cheer on the team, Sewickley Gallery & Frame Shop, along with renowned local portrait artist Robert Edwards, plan to celebrate and commemorate both Pittsburgh and Sewickley’s hockey dynasty. All Penguin starters and coaches (Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Kessel, Murray, and their teammates – plus Coach Sullivan, GM Rutherford, and an additional Penguin alum or two) have been immortalized in portrait drawings via limited edition prints; each framed and signed by the artist, and available for purchase.
“This exhibition is our way of saluting both the Penguins and every one of our customers who is a die-hard hockey fan,” says Mark Rengers, Sewickley Gallery owner. “When I took over the gallery 17 years ago, Mario Lemieux had become the first player-owner in NHL history, and management was about to sign Crosby and Malkin. Now the Pens are the most successful franchise in hockey, and at the very top of their game. It’s an honor for us to celebrate them in this way.”
Artist Robert Edwards adds: “Like so many Canadians, I laced up my old Tacks many years ago as a young hockey player in a very cold Edmonton, Alberta. Since I fortunately traded in my stick for chalk and paint, I can now do justice to The Game. To support the Penguins like this in Sewickley is a privilege!”
About The Artist
Robert Edwards has held international solo exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic, and his portrait subjects have included politicians, British royalty, religious figures, business personalities and assorted arts, sports, and entertainment celebrities. He is a former Graphics Editor of Reuters News Agency in London; a former Director of the British Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, and an artist-editor of various publications by Simon and Schuster, Dow Jones Irwin, and Reuters Publications. He has been published as a portrait artist in over 150 international magazines, journals, and newspapers, including The Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Reuters Magazine, Barron’s, New York Post, New York Newsday, Crain’s New York Business, Business Week, Daily Telegraph of London, Le Monde, South East Asia Economic Review, and The Toronto Globe and Mail. Visit his website.