Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Art Event MCG at 800 Penn Ave July 11,2008

LOCAL SCULPTORS STIR UP TRASH SOUP
AT MCG@800 PENN AVENUE GALLERY IN THE CULTURAL DISTRICT

Pittsburgh, PA, July 7, 2008—Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) Youth & Arts is excited to announce its first collaboration with Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors, which includes a special site-specific installation at MCG’s satellite gallery—MCG@800 Penn Avenue—in the Cultural District. Selected from proposals submitted through an open call for entries, partners Ed and Carley Parrish transform this highly visible yet intimately scaled space to convey notions of consumption, adaptation, mutation and the causal relationships between earth’s inhabitants.

Visit MCG@800 Penn Avenue on Friday, July 11 from 6–9 p.m. during the Cultural District Gallery Crawl and step into a cross section of the North Pacific gyre!

FREE and open to the public, the Gallery Crawl is a quarterly showcase of art and entertainment that takes place at various galleries and spaces throughout the Cultural District. You may start crawling at any location, but be sure to stop by 800 Penn Avenue for a surreal underwater experience—plus food and refreshments will be served!

Located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and San Francisco, and widely considered one of the world’s largest trash dumps, the North Pacific Gyre is estimated to be at least the size of Texas. Through a multimedia, sound and light installation made of various recycled and found materials, Ed and Carley Parrish recreate what is more popularly known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Stop back at the gallery nearer to the close date and witness changes in this “living” exhibition.

Space and Place:SOS@800 Penn Avenue will remain on view through September 7, 2008. The gallery is located at 800 Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and is open free to the public Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This site-specific installation is an extension of Space and Place:SOS@MCG, a local rendition of the Society of Sculptors’ annual open exhibition. The sculptural showcase features more than 20 regional artists whose work is displayed within and outside MCG’s North Shore facility at 1815 Metropolitan Street.

The Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Department of Education and Community Engagement. For a complete schedule of events visit www.pgharts.org/education/gallerycrawl.aspx.

About MCG Youth & Arts
Through nationally recognized and acclaimed year-round programs, MCG Youth & Arts strives to educate, inspire and support positive change among Pittsburgh youth by engaging students and their communities in learning through visual arts.

In collaboration with the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) and with support from various grants, foundations and individual donations, MCG Youth & Arts is a center for arts and learning that serves approximately 2,000 unique students in grades K–12 annually. Students may participate in courses in various media including ceramics, photography, design and digital arts; career and college exposure activities; and workshops with internationally renowned artists who also exhibit work at MCG’s galleries. Additionally, MCG Youth & Arts hosts a number of educational opportunities for principals, teachers and the community, and offers public access to its two galleries at no cost. MCG is a subsidiary of Manchester Bidwell Corporation. Learn more at www.manchesterguild.org.

Media Contact
Brittany Colatrella (bcolatrella@mcg-btc.org)Communications Coordinator, MCG Youth & Arts
Phone: 412-322-1773 Ext. 378
Fax: 412-321-2120



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