Wednesday, March 12, 2008

East End Garfield NCECA Pittsburgh Art Events Exhibits Guide March 2008

East End, Garfield, Bloomfield, East Liberty Pittsburgh NCECA Art Related Events:
It's the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts. Pittsburgh Convention? It's their national convention happening from Wednesday March 19 through Saturday March 22, 2008. It means there's a lot of art to be seen during March of 2008 and beyond. Over 5,000 visitors will be in Pittsburgh to participate in the conference and many art groups, galleries, and artists are taking part by displaying art work.
The following art exhibit information was adapted from the NCECA schedule in order for anyone in the Pittsburgh area to find out what's happening during this exciting time for the NCECA and for Pittsburgh art. Conference members will most likely be on a tour bus on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 seeing these exhibits throughout the area.

Check the home page of the blog to see the other area guides for March 2008. Each listing has start and end dates as well as hours for the venue so you'll know when you can check out all the art.

You can download the pdf with all the area art exhibit info and conference activities here .To learn more about the NCECA Pittsburgh Conference check out .

Brought to you by photographer Rick Byerly, has daily lists of Pittsburgh art events. His photography websites are and and his Pittsburgh Art Gallery Directory is .

Union Project, 801 North Negley Avenue, 412-363-4550 ext.22.
· Tableware from the Neighborhood, Justin Rothshank, Saeeda Brown, Lindsay Ford. Functional ceramics. Organized by Justin Rothshank. Mar 3-28.
· Union Project Co-op Member Show, Joe Delphia, Tim Stavenger, Erica Bertke, Susan Lane and others. Ceramics – functional and sculptural by co-op members. Curated by Justin Rothshank. Mar 3-28.
· Wood Fired Ware: Ceramics by Kiln Build Workshop Instructors, Dale Huffman, Eric Knoche and others. Wood fired ceramics. Curated by Justin Rothshank. Mar 3-29.
· Cryptae: An Environmental Installation, Pandra Williams. Installation of Sculpture and greenspace. Organized by Pandra Williams and Justin Rothshank. Mar 19-22. 24 hours (Outdoor installation). Above shows: Wed-Sat 7:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Reception Mar 21, 6:00-9:00p.m. Area restaurants: Eat Up Café @ Union Project, Tazza Doro Café.

Spinning Plates Gallery, 5720 Friendship Avenue, 412-400-8800.
· A Micro-Macro Lexicon, Beverly Fisher, Nicholas Kripal, Debbie Sigel, Greg Stahly. Organized by Debbie Sigel. Mar 19-22. Wed 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Thu 11:00a.m.-7:00 p.m., Fri.11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sat 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Area restaurants: Red Room, Casbah, Kelly’s.

Pittsburgh Glass Center’s Hodge Gallery, 5472 Penn Avenue, 412-365-2145 ext. 206.
· Recollection, Michael Rogers and Richard Hirsch. A collaboration between glass artist Michael Rogers and ceramic artist Richard Hirsch. Now- Mar 30. Wed 9:00a.m.-7:00p.m., Thu 10:00a.m.-7:00p.m., Fri-Sat 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Area restaurant: Quiet Storm Coffee Shop.

Modernformations Gallery and Performance Space, 4919 Penn Avenue, 412-362-0274.
· Americana Refigured, Pavel Amromin, Renee Audette, Thaddeus Erdahl, Magdalene Gluszek, Tammy Marinuzzi, Beau Raymond, Matt Shaffer, Michael Schmidt. Ceramic figurative show focusing on contemporary ideals and what it means to live in todays American society. Organized by Beau Raymond. Mar 7-28. Wed-Sat 9:00a.m.-7:00p.m. and by appointment. Reception Mar 20, 7:00-9:00p.m. Area restaurants: Peoples Indian Restaurant, Pho Minh Vietnamese, Calabria’s Italian, Envy, The Quiet Storm Vegan Café.

Imagebox Gallery, 4933 Penn Avenue, 412-441-0930.
· Raku Dreams, John Dorinsky. The works in this exhibition are part of an ongoing series devoted to the expression of dream imagery using the Raku ceramic firing process. Raku firing is like trying to capture a dream. The artist must gaze vigilantly through on rushing billows of smoke. He awaits the decisive moment to yank the ware from the blackening shadows. Upon awakening, the dreamer scurries to seize fugitive images with paper and pen before they dart from conscious memory. Dreams and Raku plunge their practitioners into a universe that is accidental, chaotic, unknown and momentary. They emerge from their trials, however, richly rewarded by the surprise and delight of unforeseen revelations. The designs are conceived as a planned series of resists to the one undeniable reality of Raku: the reduction fire. This occurs when the ware is taken from the kiln glowing hot and placed in a chamber where it catches fire and is promptly smothered. The trapped smoke from the fire will permeate the unglazed surface of the clay with black carbon. The glazed areas of the design resist the carbon completely. They will shine iridescently against the matte black of the areas that have absorbed carbon. In a process that Dorinsky calls “sand pattern resist,” the plate is placed face down in the sand and set on fire from the back. Wherever the sand touches the plate, it blocks the carbon. This creates a contrapuntal pattern of black and white that accompanies the glazed areas with surprisingly beautiful results. Working or cooperating with the elemental forces: fire, earth, air and water is one of the great attractions of Raku. For Dorinsky, Raku is a spiritual process. It is a means of putting mental images from the unconscious into play with the elements. “As the artist, I become the intermediary of these conflicting and disparate forces. I direct the process. In my work, I orchestrate fire, earth, air and dreams.” Mar 17-22. Tue-Sat 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Reception Mar 20, 6:00- 9:00p.m. Area restaurants: Pho Minh Vietnamese, People’s Indian, Tram’s Kitchen Indian, Graziano’s Pizza.

The Clay Penn, 5111 Penn Avenue, 412-361-2540. no handicap restroom.
· Decalcomania, Recent Ceramic Work by Laura Jean McLaughlin. Decalcomania (with no pre-conceived notion) was a game that the surrealist artists played in which they would spread gouache, ink or oil paint onto a non-absorbant surface and then press it onto a canvas or paper and then pull out imagery much like the Rohrschach used by psychologists. The Clay Penn was purchased by Laura Jean in 2002 and was formerly a paint your own pottery business that left behind hundreds of slip cast kitschy molds from the 60’s-80’s. The solo exhibition of Laura Jean McLaughlin’s current work includes hand-built figurative sculptures as well as funky slip cast sculptures and teapots that are constructed from parts of these molds using the technique of relying on her subconsious to construct and embellish the forms she creates . The Clay Penn houses Laura Jean McLaughlin’s studio and collection which also includes an eclectic mix of work by artists such as Matt Nolen, Yih-Wen Kuo, Peter Gourfain, Ron Meyers, Matt West, George Bowes, August Rolin, Jenny Lind and Louise Radochonski. Mar 1-28. Wed 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m., Thu 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m., Fri 6:00- 9:00p.m., Sat 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m. Reception Mar 21, 6:00-9:00p.m. Area restaurants: People’s Restaurant, Pho Mihn, The Quiet Storm Café.

Box Heart Gallery, 4523 Liberty Avenue, 412-687-8858.
· Michael Smithhammer also featuring paintings by Steve Boksenbaum. Curated by Nicole Capozzi. Mar 4-29. Tue-Sat 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m. (Wed 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.). Sun 1:00- 5:00p.m. Reception Mar 8, 6:00-9:00p.m. Area restaurants: Tessare, Dels, Mezzanote, Grasso Roberto, The Pleasure Bar, D’Amicos, Lombardozie, Alexanders.


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