Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Natural Distortions at La Vie Gallery in Lawrenceville 2 events, runs Feb 19 to March 22 2008


La Vie hosts show for the NCECA Invitational

3609 Butler St in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, 412-253-7365

February 20, 2008- Pittsburgh- La Vie welcomes “Natural Distortions”, curated by Merrie Wright and part of the 2008 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, a ceramics conference that will attract thousands of people to Pittsburgh. A soft opening, on February 29th will coincide with the monthly Final Fridays on Butler Street when local businesses in Lower Lawrenceville stay open late, offering drinks, food, music and discounts.

Mark Burleson, Kim Greene, Timothy VanBeke and Merrie Wright are ceramic artists from various parts of the country. Aesthetically delightful, their work examines organic forms and contemporary iconography. Greene’s ceramic balloons float about the space, while Wright’s whimsical animals are photographed in urban spaces, and the scientific beauty of Van Beke’s glossy ceramic panels charmingly challenge your concept of ceramic art.

La Vie will host a closing reception in for “Natural Distortions” on March 22, 2008, during the NCECA conference. The exhibition will be accessible at Stop 3 on the Strip District Bus Route on Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thu- Sat 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., with a reception on March 22, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. Tickets for the shuttle cost $20 and will provide transportation between galleries.

La Vie consistently offers fine art by local artists in carefully selected shows every 45 to 60 days. Bronwyn Loughren and Thommy Conroy use the gallery as a studio, providing graphic design services, hand-made cards and invitations, floral arrangements and specialty event planning. The shop purveys prints, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and publications. La Vie exclusively carries hand-painted clothing by Mary Margaret Stewart of Iman B, formerly located on Ellsworth Street in Shadyside, as well as signature t-shirts by Ladyboy and Budai. La Vie is open Wednesday thru Saturday 12 – 6, Sunday 12 – 3 and conveniently by appointment.

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