Pat Slavek is a PA native and a graduate of Boyertown Area High School. She moved to the Telford area in 1966 and then to Center Valley in 2019.

She has studied with many local and nationally known artists. She attended Montgomery County Community College and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Pat finds the challenge of watercolor most interesting. She also paints in acrylic as well as pen and ink.

She is a member of the Perkiomen Art Center and the Lehigh Art Alliance. She also continues to paint ‘plein air’ with the Peace Valley Plein Air Painters.

She has owned her own art gallery and facilitated art workshops.

Come see Pat’s work on display in the children’s wing September 7 through October 4!

When did you know you were an artist? 

In high school.

When and why did you decide to pursue art as a career?

In the 1980s when the children were in high school. I then decided to go to college.

What’s been your biggest challenge?

Staying focused.

What successes or achievements are you most proud of?

First, winning a ‘Best of Show’ award. Second, owning an art gallery and running classes and workshops.

What’s your advice for anyone who wants to explore art, but can’t seem to find the time or feels intimidated by a blank canvas?

You just have to start.

Did the pandemic have an impact on your work or how you worked?

The pandemic closed two of the four galleries I was in, so I didn’t paint as much.


ART@EPL is the library’s exciting partnership with the Lehigh Art Alliance and the Lehigh Valley Arts Council. The series is funded through a grant from PA Partners in the Arts, making it possible for area residents to enjoy free art lectures and workshops from local artists working in pastels, charcoal, sculpture, and watercolor among others.

Visit the ART@EPL page to see all the artists who have led workshops and exhibited work at the library as part of ART@EPL.