Tuesday, July 8, 2008

MCG's Sculptural Summer Family Day July 25,2008


Pittsburgh, PA, July 7, 2008—Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) Youth & Arts is pleased to announce its Sculptural Summer Family Day event in conjunction with the exhibition reception for Space and Place:SOS@MCG.

Join us Friday, July 25 from 4-9 p.m. at 1815 Metropolitan Street and enjoy creative fun for all ages!

FREE and open to the public, Family Day activities include opportunities to view our featured exhibition, watch a live iron pour, beat the summer heat creating works of your own as well as meet MCG Youth students and instructors.

To highlight our visiting artist workshop led by members of Hot Metal Happening (HMH)—a nine-day intensive with a group of MCG’s Summer Studio students—the afternoon will begin when students complete a small cast iron piece of their own creation and members of HMH lead a live iron pour to conclude the experience.

Through 7 p.m., open studios allow you to get hands on in Photography using traditional darkroom and new digital equipment to compose images with your own ten digits, or transform yourself into a monster or superhero using Photo Booth in the Digital Arts lab.

To round out the evening, the reception for Space and Place will celebrate the first collaboration between MCG and the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors (SOS). The sculptural showcase includes works that span mixed-media to traditional object-making and video within and outside our 1815 Metropolitan Street facility, as well as a site-specific installation by Ed and Carley Parrish at our satellite gallery in the cultural district—MCG@800 Penn Avenue.

MCG and SOS are both excited to see this local rendition of a nationally recurring exhibition come to fruition: “We are especially enthusiastic about MCG’s history and reputation in arts education and the opportunity for us [SOS] to encourage new interest in sculpture. It is incredible to have our reception combined with MCG’s summer community programming and we are looking forward to sharing and creating new audiences for each organization,” said SOS president James Shipman whose work is included in the show.

Other featured artists include Atticus Adams, Jan Barone, Peter Calaboyias, Yi-Chuan Chen, Dennis Childers, Laura DeFazio, Elizabeth Asche Douglas, Tom Estlack, Ilena Finocchi, Sarika Malik Goulatia, Adrienne Heinrich, Stanley Koepke, Michael Leahy, David W. Martin, Duncan MacDiarmid, Kyle Milne, Ronald Nigro, Terri Perpich, James Rettinger, Cydra Vaux, Hugh Watkins, Paula Weiner and Gary Zak.

Space and Place will remain on view at 1815 Metropolitan Street through September 5, 2008; the gallery is open free to the public Mondays–Fridays 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Hot Metal Happening is a performance series that utilizes the flow and manipulation of molten iron to engage audience members with one of the most relevant industrial processes to the city of Pittsburgh.

Founded in 1935, Society of Sculptors is a community for sculptors in the Pittsburgh area, a forum for those who are passionate about sculpture and where artists with common interests can unite.

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.

MCG is a subsidiary of Manchester Bidwell Corporation. Learn more at www.manchesterguild.org.

Media Contact
Brittany Colatrella, Communications Coordinator, MCG Youth & Arts
412-322-1773 Ext. 378


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