Category Archives: Art

South Side Works Exposed

Be sure to check out a full weekend of local crafters & artisans at ‘I Made It Market’ happening outside on 27th St in South Side Works. Pittsburgh Magazine just included ‘I Made It Market’ in their ‘Best of the Burgh 2011′ as the most easygoing craft fair.There’s a full lineup of other family friendly activities and live music going on as well…schedule here. Starts tonight at 5pm!

Friday, July 15th : 5 – 10 pm
Saturday, July 16th : 12 – 10 pm
Sunday, July 17th : 12 – 5 pm

We’ll be vending our furniture & wood home goods all weekend (Cenzo Design), so stop by and say hi! You can check out the full list of the other awesome vendors here. Continue reading

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RECHARGEABLE : Jorge Luis Santana

‘RECHARGEABLE’, the personal exhibition of visiting Cuban artist Jorge Luis Santana will be having its opening reception on Friday July 22nd at the Brew House Space 101 Gallery in the South Side, from 6pm to 9:30pm. The exhibition will feature installations, video, paintings and photos from the artist.

The official press release:

With RECHARGABLE, the Camagüeyan artist closes a cycle of work for more than 20 years of creation. The exhibition brings together a set of very current ideas and projects, together with others that Santana has been in process of during his artistic career, casting in about 25 pieces, including installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs and video art, giving it a unique generic and technical feel. Here the artist focuses more attention on the effectiveness of the materials, finishing and cleaning in the execution of the works, giving more value to the conceptual and offering a sharper look the its recurrent, but always original sociological concerns, on the influence of context on the behavior of the individual, the environment and its relation to the cultural fabric of society and the Soliloquy of the interior of the human being with different choices of destination, the history and time.

In this regard, we will notice how Santana is interested more and more by the approach of the everyday and the problem of the image and its contents. Iconographies and purposes outlined in various creative periods converge, revealing the relationship as a whole, a cultural statement, visually in a way that is characteristic and representative of the artist.

Santana gives great importance to the creative process, the final selection, multiple solutions to internalize and investigate, as well as linkages with other materials and techniques often outside the artistic practice. This allows you to establish a kind of feedback which incorporates his work contents and knowledge by way of support where the speech is based.

Opening reception is Friday July 22nd : 6-9:30pm.
Weekly Gallery hours through August 13th:
Wednesdays & Thursdays : 6-9pm
Saturdays: 12-6pm

The Brew House Space 101 Gallery is located at 2100 Mary St in the South Side (15203). Continue reading

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Diamond Diamonds

The opening reception for artist Carin Mincemoyer’s Diamond Diamonds, a new work of public art on Market Street in Downtown Pittsburgh, happening next Thursday, the 14th. The evening starts with the artist’s talk, followed by the opening reception.

From the press release:

The sculpture has two parts made of steel, acrylic, and LED lighting, and mounted on City of Pittsburgh light poles on opposite sides of Market Street. Activating the street during the day and night, it enhances the pedestrian experience and visual connection between the Cultural District and Market Square. The title of the work refers to Market Square once being called “the diamond.”

Diamond Diamonds was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and made possible through the work of the Office of Public Art and the City of Pittsburgh. The artwork is the most recent addition to the City’s public art collection.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
6:00 PM Artist Talk + 7:00 PM Reception
Buhl Building, 204 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor, Downtown Pittsburgh
Free and open to the public. Reservations requested. Continue reading

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Artist-Gallery Relations Workshop & Portfolio Reviews

Artist & Gallery Relations Workshop and Portfolio Reviews with Michael Foley at the Silver Eye Center for Photography.

Official Press Release:

Chelsea comes to Pittsburgh this summer as we welcome Michael Foley of Foley Gallery to Silver Eye. This is your opportunity to learn about gallery relationships and representation from a notable art world “insider” and to get individualized feedback on your work.

If you register for both sections, you will receive an additional 10% discount!

Artist-Gallery Relations Workshop

Saturday, July 30,10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: $35 for Silver Eye members; $45 for non-members

Location: Silver Eye Center for Photography

Instructor: Michael Foley, Owner, Foley Gallery, New York

What is the best way to approach a gallery about exhibiting your work? What are common mistakes an artist might make in their presentation? What expectations should you have of a gallery and what should the gallery expect of you? Is a contract really necessary? This workshop, led by leadingNew Yorkgallery owner Michael Foley, will answer these questions and many more about gallery representation and relationships.

Individualized Portfolio Reviews

Saturday, July 30,1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $40 for Silver Eye members; $45 for non-members

Location: Silver Eye Center for Photography

Limited to 8 slots, 20 minutes in length

Take advantage of this great opportunity to get individualized feedback on your work from Michael Foley, whose gallery is especially focused on building careers of lesser-known artists and promoting the work of ones who have been under recognized.

Meet the Teacher
Michael opened Foley Gallery in the fall of 2004 after several years of working with notable photography galleries including Fraenkel Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery. The gallery specializes in the representation of contemporary artists who work with photography, painting, sculpture and works on paper. He is on the faculty of Parsons School of Design and theSchoolofVisual Artswhere he teaches and lectures on issues in contemporary photography. He is also the co-founder of the Exhibition Lab inNew York, a study center for people involved in various aspects of fine art photography.

Click here to register and for full descriptions and teacher bios.

Become a member of Silver Eye today and enjoy discounts on course fees, plus other exclusive benefits.

Full and partial tuition assistance is available to eligible students.Click here to download the scholarship eligibility requirements and form. The Bigger Picture is made possible in part through a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund and the support of The Fine Foundation and Epson.

Questions? Contact Aaron Blum, Silver Eye’s Education Coordinator at 412.431.1810, ext. 11 or by e-mail at Aaron is available for consultation on which courses to select and to answer any other questions you may have. Continue reading

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There have been a lot of really good art shows the first half of 2011, and this one looks like no exception. ‘Substrates’, a group show, will be held on July 30th @ UnSmoke Systems Gallery in Braddock.

Featured Artists:

Strawberryluna –
A silk screening power house from Pittsburgh

Silk screening, collages, hand drawn awesomeness

Shannon Gustafson –
Photography, detail, detail, detail!

Stephanie Towell –
Assemblage & Collage

Emil Industries –
A new silkscreen artist in Braddock

Featured Performers:

Hooley – Pittsburgh’s premier Traditional Irish Music band,
brings alive the ancient and contemporary tunes and
songs of Ireland, with flute, whistle, concertina, banjo,
guitar and percussion. And a little poetry thrown in for
good luck. Get ready to dance, or just kick back and
enjoy. 7 til 8pm

Paul Dang – 720 records
House to hip hop. Erase your expectations.

Tom Cox – what you feel
Disco/house and everything inbetween

C-Town – Rocking Horse Gallery
Experimental sounds

Low Space –
Down tempo goodness

Pizza Oven – 6 til 7pm
Free event poster for the first 50 guests
Visual installation by C-Town
720 Records booth

Free event
21+ to drink and/or byob
starts at 6pm

UnSmoke Systems Gallery
1137 Braddock Avenue
Braddock, PA 15104
(415) 518-9921

FB event page:!/event.php?eid=167720103288455
UnSmoke Systems:
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Want it? Have It!

We’re always looking for new and exciting arts happenings to post…not always the usual big museum stuff (which we still love)…and this event fits perfectly into our line of thinking. ‘Want It? HaveIt!’ is happening this weekend in White Oak.

“The borough of White Oak will be turned into a pop-up gallery on the weekend of June 18 & 19.* Creative works of all sorts will be on display at various random outdoor locations — if you see a piece you like, keep it! All works on display are free for the taking.”

What a great idea! Based on the works of some of the submitting artists..i.e. Stephanie Towell ( and Brad Towell, there is some awesome artwork to scavenge. Continue reading

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The Distillery Program at the Brew House is looking for new applicants for D6…the next iteration of the artistic and professional development incubator is having a call for artists. The applications are up and emerging artists are wanted. Only a very limited number of applicants are selected (6-10) so apply now!

What you get:
-8 Months of artistic and professional development
-Common Studio Space provided for artists: size dependant on the needs
of participating artists, modest subsidized rental fee on space
provided (cost to be determined by size)
-Weekly critiques, artist talks & studio visits
-A final exhibition show

Your credentials:
-Artists working in any visual media (not open to students)
-Must be able to attend all scheduled sessions
-Applications will be reviewed by quality of work, and potential
impact of program on artistic career

To Apply:
1. 10 images: 150 dpi jpegs with image list information emailed to
2. Current CV + 2 references
3. 1-2 paragraph statement explaining how participation in this
program could enhance your artistic practice
4. Current artist statement (limit 1 page)

Complete Application Online at
If you have questions or if you are unable to complete the online
applications please contact
Deadline: July 15th, 2011 for Fall Session!
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Steel City Artist Collective

While City Creative will be heading to NYC this weekend for ICFF, there’s plenty to do back here in the Burgh. Steel City Artist Collective will be having their first exhibition tonight and tomorrow. SCAC, a group of over 20 artists, will be holding the show at 2700 Jane St in the Southside.

From SCAC:

“We feel art is an important aspect of our culture today and hope events like this will further cultivate creativity in our community,” says Denman Rooke, one of the founding members of the collective. The artists involved range from professional to amateur and work in a variety of media. Works on display will include drawings, paintings, prints, and photography, as well as video, sculpture, and installation. Each artist will be exploring the theme “something from nothing.” Many works will be on sale. Continue reading

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I Made It! Market : April Events

I Made It! Market has April showered with events (horrible pun, I know..sorry). The month kicks off this Saturday the 2nd at The Glass Lofts in Garfield as part of the GA/GI festival. Come check out awesome handmade wares from local artisans, including us! We’ll be there as our alter egos, Cenzo Design, at the events on the 2nd and 16th. We’d love to see you all there (and you can wish me a happy birthday on the 2nd, if you feel so inclined). And don’t worry, we’ll remind again as the 16th approaches. :) Continue reading

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Jim Shearer : Opening Day

While the current Pittsburgh Pirates don’t give us much to cheer about anymore, here’s something that will. To coincide with the Pirates first game of the season, Wildcard in Lawrenceville is hosting Jim Shearer’s art opening “Opening Day: Yinz Luv ‘Da Buccos”, this Friday, April 1st from 8-10pm.

From the official press release:

“Jim Shearer, the mastermind behind the web-series “Yinz Luv ‘Da Guins” and “Yinz Luv ‘Da Stillers,” is answering a question he’s been asked ever since he started his homemade, YouTube sports shows three years ago: Do yinz luv ‘da Buccos? The answer is “yes.” In “Opening Day: Yinz Luv ‘Da Buccos” exhibit on display at Wildcard through the month of April, Shearer pays homage to the Pittsburgh Pirates of his youth (back when it was somewhat customary to end a season with more wins than losses) in a series of portraits of beloved players. Using the same art tools he wielded as a youngster, each image is created with colored pencils, crayons, magic markers, and watercolors.”

You can check out Jim’s blog here: Continue reading

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Ragnar Kjartansson: Song

The new Ragnar Kjartansson exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art kicks off this Thursday night, the 10th, at the Culture Club series. The event also marks the start of two upcoming weeks of live performance by the artist himself. And on March 24th, A one-night-only, vaudeville-style concert starring the artist, members of his family and his friends. I’m definitely going to have to get down there and check this out. If you don’t know Kjartansson, you should. (To get acquainted, here’s a good article on the artist I found from 2009.) The video installation runs through September, but Ragnar himself is only through the 24th of March.

More about the event from the Carnegie:

“Ragnar Kjartansson: Song is the first solo US museum exhibition of the work of Ragnar Kjartansson. A musician as well as artist, Kjartansson (b. 1976) has been drawn to the theater and performance since he formed a band in his teenage years. The exhibition will include a selection of video works from the last decade as well as a newly created three-week-long performance for the museum’s Hall of Sculpture. Kjartansson’s videos reflect an interest in music and theater and the personae of its performers, often coupled with extreme environments. The End (2008) features two musicians in a mountainous snowy landscape, while Satan is Real (2005) finds the naked artist buried to his chest in the lawn of a public park, playing a guitar.

In addition to his video work, Kjartansson has become known for inhabiting galleries and more unexpected locations where he performs live, often for extended periods. For the 2009 Venice Biennale, he painted portraits of his friend, day in and day out, for six months, in a crumbling palazzo on Venice’s Grand Canal. The ornate stone room was eventually filled with hundreds of oil paintings and the aggregate ephemera of days spent in each other’s company. A “social sculpture” emerged from the accumulation of painting, palazzo, friends, trash, musical instruments, and exhibition visitors watching the artist and subject at work.

Kjartansson’s approach wavers between a besotted optimism and a deadpan, sometimes unnerving, directness. Ritual, repetition, and an almost hallucinogenic reverie share the stage with humor, levity, and a charismatic impulse to entertain.”

For more on the event, and to order tickets for the show on the 24th, click here. Continue reading

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The Dead Engineer

Boxheart gallery in Bloomfield will be hosting an opening reception for Deanna Mance’s show ‘The Dead Engineer – a collection of works by Deanna Mance’ this Saturday from 5-8pm. Our friend and last year’s recipient of ‘Best in Show’ at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Deanna’s new exhibition runs through March 26th.

You can check out more of her work, both new and old at

And get more info about Boxheart gallery here. Continue reading

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Distillery 5 : Final Show

The Distillery 5 Exhibition, a culmination of the Brew House Association’s six-month professional development program, showcases the innovative work of five artists, Aimee Manion, Meghan Olson, Jaci Rice, Kara Skylling and Ryan Woodring. The Distillery 5 Exhibition will be held at the Brew House’s newly reopened gallery space at 2100 Mary Street in the South Side (2 blocks off Carson on S. 21st).

The opening reception is this upcoming Saturday March 5th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The closing reception will be on March 26th, 7-11pm with live music.

“This is the fifth year of the Distillery Program hosted by the Brew House Association. Known by some as an artist in residency, the Distillery Program is truly designed to support the careers of emerging artists living in Pittsburgh with artistic and professional development seminars. The program offers a series of bi-monthly meetings, lectures and critiques for emerging artists over a six month period of time. There are five artists in this years program who have been given studio space at the Brew House and paired up with a one on one mentor. The group has two exhibitions in the course of the program, the show on March 5th will be the capstone of this years program.”
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Fear The Beard

The South Side’s Commonwealth Press has done it again. They keep putting out some of the best Pittsburgh themed T-shirt designs in the city and this one is no exception. Illustrated by Paul Zdepski, I think this may be my favorite Steelers themed shirt designs of all time. I honestly don’t know what would be scarier in a Steelers uniform…Brett Keisel and his beard or the actual Kraken.

You can pick up a shirt online here or at their shop on Carson St. in the South Side. Continue reading

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Hothouse 2010!

It’s time once again for The Sprout Fund’s annual Hothouse benefit gala extravaganza party etc, etc! The event, annually one of the hottest not-to-miss events in Pittsburgh, takes place Saturday August 28th at the Old Don Allen Building at Baum & Liberty in Bloomfield. Tickets are now on sale, as well as volunteer registration. Get all the info you need at . We had such a great time last year, we can’t wait to see what they do this year! And while I thought last year’s poster was awesome…OMG do I love this year’s!! Continue reading

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