Monday, July 21, 2014

City of Pittsburgh Vacant Lot Survey

City of Pittsburgh Vacant Lot Survey

The City of Pittsburgh, through the Department of City Planning (DCP) is undertaking the production of a Vacant Lot Toolkit. The toolkit is a recommendation of OPENSPACEPGH, which is the open space, parks, and recreation component of PLANPGH, the City of Pittsburgh's first-ever comprehensive plan. The public process for OPENSPACEPGH showed that the process for reusing vacant land in the City is problematic. There was no consistency in process from one project to another, multiple departments were managing similar vacant lot projects, and there was no policies helping guide residents, community-based organizations, and non-profits to what drives a successful project.

The City, implementing a separate recommendation of the Plan, is beginning to create a single point of contact for all vacant land reuse inquiries. That position is charged with “interacting with community groups and the public, maintaining a current database of opportunity properties, identifying suitable properties for proposed uses, making recommendations on properties with the highest priority for title clearing, and navigating (and helping the public navigate) the internal City processes for reusing land.”

The Vacant Lot Toolkit will include but not be limited to policy changes around vacant land and the development of a resident guide to the reuse of vacant property within the City of Pittsburgh.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Help Restore the Randyland Map on the North Side, Kickstarter Campain Til July 22, 2014


Randy Gilson is a great person who has done a tremendous amount to beautify the North Side for over 18 years! Help him renovate the North Side map on the Randyland Building!

This year, I'd like to focus on refreshing and restoring the map of the Northside on the Jacksonia Street face of the Randyland yellow building. 
This is one of the main attractions of the building and it has become outdated and has been worn down and beaten by the weather. Many of the labels have faded or peeled off. Much of the paint has worn off and many other pieces and markers have been lost. 


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1406090564/randyland-northside-map-restoration

 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1406090564/randyland-northside-map-restoration
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Eyes on Pittsburgh
Formerly the Pittsburgh Art Blog, Eyes on Pittsburgh focuses on cultural aspects of the region, including visual and performing arts, as well as locavore, development and environmental issues through original, analytical writing and interviews. Pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site www.PghGalleries.com. The blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and Pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection Threatens Lawsuit to Remove Lawrenceville Urban Garden Fence

So what happens when someone tries to construct an urban garden using existing pallets for the fence which would be otherwise be heading to a dump or a fire? Well, if enough people complain to the Bureau of Building Inspection it will get shut down with the threat of a lawsuit from the City of Pittsburgh.  

This happened specifically in Lawrenceville at the corner of 52nd St and Holmes across from the 52nd Street Market.  It appears that the Bureau of Building Inspection received "enough" resident complaints that the inspector cited "aesthetic" reasons and no other code violation along with a possible lawsuit if the pallets were not removed. My call is that "they" didn't want to deal with the complaints any more.

One of the complaints was a resident who called in and complained about a strong manure smell but none was ever used. It turned out to be a neighbor who let their garbage go rancid.

People are encouraged to complain via 311

Note: The owner of the lot was not involved in the construction of the pallet garden. The above photo was taken in the middle of deconstruction and as of now the lot has been cleared.

Rick Byerly


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Treading Art in Pittsburgh, Art Events Listings

Check out Treading Art in Pittsburgh! They are doing a great job over there.

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Formerly the Pittsburgh Art Blog, Eyes on Pittsburgh focuses on cultural aspects of the region, including visual and performing arts, as well as locavore, development and environmental issues through original, analytical writing and interviews. Pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site www.PghGalleries.com. The blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and Pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Call to Pittsburgh Artists: Market Square Public Art Program

Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals
Budget: Varied
Received By Deadline: September 20, 2013 5pm EST
Information: Download full RFQ/RFP ( http://pittsburgharts.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=bH93GQGhAAEAAAJbAAdS-w )

The City of Pittsburgh has launched the Market Square Public Art Program, which will locate temporary works of art in Downtown Pittsburgh-s central public plaza during February - April 2014, 2015, and 2016. The City is working in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Office of Public Art to manage the artist selection process and implement the program.

The Market Square Public Art Program will commission artists to exhibit existing works of public art or commission artists to create new works of public art. Artists or teams of artists are invited to submit qualifications for new works of art or proposals to site existing works of art. There is a range of possible project budgets. The budget for newly commissioned artworks is $50,000 - $75,000. The budget to install existing artworks is $10,000 - $50,000.

The selection process will select artists for all three years of the program.

Please see above link to download complete application requirements and project details, or visit publicartpittsburgh.org ( http://pittsburgharts.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=bH93GQGhAAEAAAj2AAdS-w ) .

Local and regional artists are encouraged to apply. An information session will be held on September 4, 2013 at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 810 Penn Avenue, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 from 6-7pm. The purpose of the session is to review the project and submission guidelines and to respond to artist-s questions. Attendance is not mandatory. RSVP is not required.





The Office of Public Art is a partnership between the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the City of Pittsburgh funded by The Heinz Endowments.

For more information, please visit publicartpittsburgh.org ( http://pittsburgharts.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=bH93GQGiAAEAAAFcAAdS-w ) .


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Eyes on Pittsburgh
Formerly the Pittsburgh Art Blog, Eyes on Pittsburgh focuses on cultural aspects of the region, including visual and performing arts, as well as locavore, development and environmental issues through original, analytical writing and interviews. Pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site www.PghGalleries.com. The blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and Pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Arbor Aid 2013 Call for Artists

Arbor Aid 2013 Call for Artists

Source

Deadline: September 1st, 2013


Future Tenant and Tree Pittsburgh announce a call for artists for work to be presented at Arbor Aid 2013 to be held at Future Tenant from Saturday November 2 to Sunday December 1, 2013 – with the opening night Arbor Aid celebration on Saturday, November 2nd.
The exhibition will be part of Tree Pittsburgh’s activities related to the 2013 Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry National Conference.

We are looking for artwork that is made out of, or relates to, reclaimed urban wood. The call is open to all artistic disciplines. 

Submission requirements
“Reclaimed urban wood” can come from downed or removed trees, from fixtures, flooring, beams, etc of once-occupied homes or from other urban reclaimed sources.
Each artist can submit at least one and at most 3 pieces for consideration. Due to space constraints; we recommend that the work does not exceed 9 x 9 feet and for installation purposes, all pieces should be able to fit thru a 6'7"(h) door.
In addition, artists are encouraged to submit one piece that would fit inside a 12 x 12 inch box.
Selected artists will be able to put their work for sale, with a 20% sale commission for Future Tenant. Artists can choose to donate another portion of the sale to Tree Pittsburgh.

Submission instructions:
This call is open from June 3rd  and closes September 1st, 2013
The following materials are required:
-Artist Bio
-Complete piece information (author, title, medium, size, approximate weight and year)
-At least 1 image of each work, in case of three dimensional pieces we recommend at least two images per piece.
-Brief description of each project/piece
-  If available a photo of and story behind the raw material (where did the tree stand, where did you find the floor boards,etc.)


A jury comprised of recognized artists/woodworkers and community members will select the participating projects. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up within the established time frames.

About Tree Pittsburgh  
Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization formed in 2006 and dedicated to enhancing the city of Pittsburgh's vitality by protecting and growing the urban forest. Tree Pittsburgh is to be a leader in creating a healthy, attractive and safe urban forest by inspiring and engaging citizens to maintain plant and protect trees. Tree Pittsburgh works collaboratively with the City of Pittsburgh, community groups, and residents to make a positive impact on the urban forest.

About Future Tenant
Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s cultural district, at 819 Penn Avenue, Future Tenant provides a laboratory setting for artists, arts managers and audiences to explore the limits of the creative expression, presentation and interpretation of various art forms.

History of Arbor Aid
Arbor Aid was conceived by Tree Pittsburgh and late local woodworker John Metzler, founder of the Urban Tree Forge. Arbor Aid celebrates the possibilities presented to us by trees as resources within our city. Rather than make mulch or firewood from urban trees that need to be removed, Tree Pittsburgh encourages giving them a longer life by repurposing them as art, furniture, flooring and everything in between

Arbor Aid is a one-evening event and has historically enjoyed an audience of over 500 people. Art is available for purchase at the event, and attendees enjoy live music, food, and libation. With the inception of its annual fundraiser, Arbor Aid, Tree Pittsburgh has developed an opportunity for artists and craftsman to showcase their talents and the beauty of reclaimed wood by re-purposing urban waste wood into art and fine craft for the past five years.

For more information or questions, please contact Cheli Kahn at gkahn@andrew.cmu.edu.

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Formerly the Pittsburgh Art Blog, Eyes on Pittsburgh focuses on cultural aspects of the region, including visual and performing arts, as well as locavore, development and environmental issues through original, analytical writing and interviews. Pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site www.PghGalleries.com. The blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and Pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.

Treading Art: Check it out, Pittsburgh


 Treading Art: Check it out, Pittsburgh

They have a rundown on events this weekend as well.
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Formerly the Pittsburgh Art Blog, Eyes on Pittsburgh focuses on cultural aspects of the region, including visual and performing arts, as well as locavore, development and environmental issues through original, analytical writing and interviews. Pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site www.PghGalleries.com. The blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and Pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.

Lawrenceville: 52nd Street Market Needs Your Input


Update: Here is the funding page.
52nd Street Market Needs Your Input

Deirdre Kane and Dora Walmsley, two residents of Lawrenceville, are in the process of reopening the corner store at 52nd & Holmes Streets in Upper Lawrenceville. The 52nd Street Market will focus on grocery staples, such as milk, eggs, cheese and bread and fresh fruits and vegetables. They do not plan to sell cigarettes or lottery. The Market will also feature some prepared foods, free wi-fi for customers, a brewed coffee bar and limited seating for patrons.

They want this to be YOUR corner store and hope that you'll take a few minutes to answer some questions via the survey link below. If you'd like to learn more, please feel free to email dora(AT)52ndstreetmarket.com or deirdre(AT)52ndstreetmarket.com.


http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HJFQMVR
 The location will be at 601 52nd St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.


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Formerly the Pittsburgh Art Blog, Eyes on Pittsburgh focuses on cultural aspects of the region, including visual and performing arts, as well as locavore, development and environmental issues through original, analytical writing and interviews. Pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site www.PghGalleries.com. The blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and Pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Bill Curry Art Scam, emadamirudo1@gmail.com

This person was a little more creative with his approach.

1st Email:

Hi,

I'm Bill Curry from California. I was going through your works and my eyes
caught this particular piece,I want to purchase it as I am moving to a new
apartment next month. Kindly let me know if you still have the piece
available and also let me know it's final price and more information about
it. I will be waiting to read from you.
Regards,

Bill.



2nd Email:

Thanks for your prompt reply. I would prefer 12" x 16".

Unfortunately, I'm on my way to France on an official trip(I'm a marketing
Executive) and wont be back for another two weeks.

If you'd like to know, I'm relocating to South Africa soon and I'm trying
to gather some good stuff for my new abode.

However, I'll have to notify my shipper who's helping me move my stuff to
get set for the pick up of the piece from your place as I MIGHT be delayed
depending on how things goes.

PS: In the mean time, kindly get back to me with your contact address and
phone# so I can get a check prepared and have it mailed out to you right
away.

 
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Formerly the Pittsburgh Art Blog, Eyes on Pittsburgh focuses on cultural aspects of the region, including visual and performing arts, as well as locavore, development and environmental issues through original, analytical writing and interviews. Pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site www.PghGalleries.com. The blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and Pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pittsburgh Galleries Updated With Notes on Closings

 I have been remiss as far as updating PghGalleries.com over the year but I spent a few hours combing through the files and removed quite a few galleries which have either closed or are closing soon.  The list includes Michael Berger Gallery, Fein Art Gallery, Fe Gallery among others.  For those that don't know keeping a gallery afloat can be next to impossible without other revenue such as framing or other related retail sales so it's no surprise that more are closing.  The traditional gallery model has largely been absent from Pittsburgh for quite some time or arguably never really existed here.  Many venues in Pittsburgh, like the majority on Penn Avenue in Garfield, don't even have regular hours so that further complicates the goal of artists selling their work.  

I wouldn't be surprised to see more hybrid stores like Wildcard in Lawrenceville where they sell craft products along with visual art on the walls or some adaptation on that with a possible flat file system where a larger array of art could be marketed to people.  There will most likely always a be a handful of successful art galleries in Pittsburgh due to framing needs and other sales but it will never show the variety and depth of visual art here.  And neither will art crawls or similar events with the regular presenters.  I believe entrepreneurs on multiple levels will take Pittsburgh art to the next level with the right support.

Pittsburgh as a whole needs to look at how larger cities support their artists.  Think of what the URA could do as far as allocating larger properties for artist studios to show their work instead of making The Buncher Company richer.  Cities like Minneapolis and beyond have large factory buildings allocated for studios where customers can come by and see the work they want to purchase.  Pittsburgh claims it is a city for artists but when it comes to visual artists the proof is just not there yet.

Rick Byerly

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Formerly the Pittsburgh Art Blog, Eyes on Pittsburgh focuses on cultural aspects of the region, including visual and performing arts, as well as locavore, development and environmental issues through original, analytical writing and interviews. Pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site www.PghGalleries.com. The blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and Pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.