The Portal Art Gallery | About the Artists

Located in the thoroughfare through Bakery Office One from Bakery Square Boulevard to East Liberty Boulevard, The Portal Art Gallery is a space dedicated to showcasing captivating, local artwork. The inaugural exhibition features pieces crafted by members of the Bakery Square family: Nellie Lou Slagle, Susie Perelman and Danielle Perelman. The program is set to grow further in 2024, fostering ongoing collaboration with the community and showcasing an array of talented artists.

The exhibits are changed throughout the year and all of the art in the galleries is for sale. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Larimer Consensus Group. 

More information on the Art Gallery here.

Nellie Lou Slagle

Nellie Lou Slagle graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1959 where she studied studio painting with Kurt Roesch. After graduation she returned to Pittsburgh to begin her artistic career as a teacher, a painter and a weaver. She continued her education throughout the years taking many master classes, workshops, and individual studio studies. She has worked using different mediums including acrylic, oil, ink, collage, encaustics, fiber, clay and paper. She has studied with some of the best in their fields: Samuel Rosenberg, Louise Pierruci, Miroslav Antic and Kurt Roesch. Her work has been collected by individuals and companies from all over the USA. She has been an active member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) for 50 plus years as well as the Weavers Guild of Pittsburgh. During the years she has been juried into many of their exhibitions. In 2003 she participated in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s citywide event, Dinosaurs for DinoMite Days. Her “Steppin’ Out in the Burgh” and “Tennissaurus” were displayed in Pittsburgh and at the Arthur Ash Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York. Nellie Lou Slagle primarily lives in Pittsburgh. Her studios are in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh and West Palm Beach, Florida.She is represented by Michael Hertrich Gallery, Somerset, Pa.


2019/2020 - Westmoreland Museum of American Art. “107 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh”
2019 - Opening Gallery Exhibit, Michael Hertrich Gallery, Harrisburg
2019 - Harrisburg Artists Association, new member exhibit, “Best of Show” award
2019 - “Moving On”, Pittsburgh exhibit, MIchael Hertrich Art and Frame
2018 - Joseph F. Weiss, Jr. US Courthouse, Pittsburgh - celebration of their 200 th Anniversary
2017 - Cohen and Grigsby - “Impact”
2016 - “The Gift of Art - 100 years of art from the Pittsburgh Public Schools
Collection - Heinz History Center
2016 - “An affair with Vermeer” - Michael Hertrich Art and Frame
2016 - “Something out of Nothing” - Cultural Council of Palm Beach Exhibit
2015 - “Food for Thought” - live presentation Pittsburgh Gold Club - “Studio to
Salon”, learning to see with a glimpse into the artist’s studio and creative process
2015 - “Studio to Salon” - Michael Hertrich Art and Frame
2014 - “Sometimes I See Before I Paint” - Michael Hertrich Art and Frame
2014 - “The New Collection, Energy Unfurled”- Studio Foti, Palm Beach Florida
2014 - AAP 103rd Annual exhibition, Greensburg Museum of Art
2012 - “Expression-ism” - Michael Hertrich Art and Frame
2011 - AAP - Society for Contemporary Crafts, award winner 101st Annual
Friends of Art Pittsburgh Pubic Schools and Latrobe District Auction
2011 - “Giving”, La Fond Gallery
2011 - “A Painter’s Legacy” Perlow/Fine/Weiss Gallery
2010 - “ARTragious” - La Fond Gallery
2009 - “New Works on Paper Summer 2009” - La Fond Gallery
2008 - “Rekindle” - Heimbold Visual Arts Center, Sarah Lawrence College,
Bronxville, NY
2007 - “Discovering on my Own…Anew” - La Fond Gallery
2005 - “Cultivating my Garden” - La Fond Gallery

Susie Perelman

Susie Perelman is an artist and the owner of Mosaic, Inc, a national specialty linen and décor
rental company based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Susie started her creative path at Brown University, where she received two bachelor’s degrees (in Studio Arts and Biology). Through Mosaic Perelman has the opportunity to express herself creatively as she and her team contribute to events taking place throughout the country over the past 23 years. Fabrics, color, texture and spatial composition come to life when working on these events to create unparalleled artistic vision in events. Perelman continues building her creative exploration in her studio in Lawrenceville which she shares with her mother, Nellie Lou Slagle. Drawing inspiration from the world around her, she uses palettes that range from earthy and organic to boldly saturated hues in her works. Her materials over the decades have ranged from oils, acrylic and collage materials to found objects and photography. For decades she has experimented in layering photos with paint, twisting perspectives and scale to make works that are both hyper-real and other-worldly. For these mixed media pieces, the inspiration and actual photos are often founded in travel, a passion Perelman shares with her husband and 3 daughters. Using photos that recall real visual experiences and memories of place, Perelman creates a foundation for exploration on the canvas or paper works, and ultimately a springboard for pushing artistic limits.


Associated Artists Annual Exhibit– Carnegie Museum of Art: Pittsburgh PA
Private Collections throughout the US including Pittsburgh PA, Austin TX, Los Angeles CA, New
York City NY, East Hampton NY, Boston MA, Nantucket MA, Boca Raton FL
List Art Gallery, Brown University: Providence RI
La Fond Gallery: Pittsburgh PA
Michael Hertrich Art/Frame: Pittsburgh PA
Group Exhibit Gallery: Bridgehampton, NY
Cows on Parade – “Utterly Mysticow” displayed on Fifth Avenue at 61 st St entrance to Central
Park: New York NY
Dinosaur for DinoMite Days – “Tennissaurus” displayed in Pittsburgh PA and Flushing
Meadows at Arthur Ashe Stadium NY

Danielle Perelman

Danielle Perelman is New York-based creative whose photographs have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, Inside Higher Education, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her work has been featured in Joe Biden's "Promise Me, Dad" 42-city book tour, Ark Media's "Back to Broadway" screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, and in the permanent collection at Brown University's John Hay Library. Danielle currently works with Oscar, Grammy, Tony, & Golden Globe Award-winning creators Pasek & Paul, helping to produce content for theatre, television, film, and emerging media. Danielle has served as a producer on Broadway's "Just For Us," WP Theater's "The Appointment," and Soho Playhouse's "JOB" (upcoming September 2023). Danielle previously worked in the CAA Theater & Motion Pictures group and at The New York Times. Danielle has trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Socapa Summer Arts and Bologna Cineteca. Across all mediums, she aims to create work that is both message-driven and commercial, with the guiding belief that art is an empathy-driver with the power to produce real change.