Fran Megerdichian may spend her days working on information technology projects at Pace University, but when the computers get powered off, the pencils come out and she becomes a pet portraitist.
Megerdichian is just one of the staff and faculty members whose talent is being showcased this month at the Choate Art Gallery on Pace’s Pleasantville campus.
The show, which is free and open to the public, includes paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics.
It runs through Oct. 5, with a reception on Sept. 18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Gallery hours are: Monday through Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m.; Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
The gallery is at Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, Entrance 3 in Choate House.
Specializing in canine and equine portraits, Megerdichian uses graphite, charcoal, and colored pencil to make the animals come to life.
“I love seeing an image come out through the paper,” she says. “That’s my inspiration.”
What started as a request from someone to draw a dog to surprise her husband for his birthday has now turned into a part-time business.
“People say it’s never too late,” Megerdichian says. “When I picked the pencils up again, I was 43 or 44. They were from third grade. But I picked them up.”