Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pittsburgh Art Blog: 4 Years. Now What?


After 4 years of promoting Pittsburgh art events on a volunteer basis I'm considering what direction to take (if any) with the blog. The majority of the hits still come from search engine related traffic (as opposed to direct vistits/referring links) and after 4 years I'm wondering if it's worth the effort. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Rick Byerly

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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, August 19, 2011

“Forever Ago,” a show of new works by multi-talented local designer, artist, and blogger Mundania Horvath

WildCard will be hosting the world premier of “Forever Ago,” a show of new works by multi-talented local designer, artist, and blogger Mundania Horvath (www.steeltownanthem.com). This is Mundania’s first show since 2002, and it ties in with the launch of her new magazine, Steeltown Anthem, which has its first print issue in August.

Mundania, who grew up in the Pittsburgh area and moved back to the city in 2009, has long been fascinated with the images of industry surrounding the Three Rivers region. Says Mundania, “I enjoy taking apart found objects, using images from the past and typography to construct art that evokes a genuine reaction.” Incorporating pop culture elements, text, and vintage photography, She is creating original collages on wood using paint and mixed media for this new show. Wildcard will also have Mundania Horvath’s prints for sale, along with the first issue of Steeltown Anthem.

Opening night is Friday, August 26th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, featuring free drinks, refreshments, and music from Lawrenceville DJ Llamo. Pieces will be available for viewing as well as for sale. The show will be up in WildCard’s gallery through September.

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

WildCard
4209 Butler Street
Lawrenceville, PA 15201

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Pittsburgh Parking Day Sept 16, 2011


PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh

September 16th, 2011

Follow PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh on Facebook


What is Park(ing) Day?

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, international event in which artists, designers, activists and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces.Mission:

The event is an opportunity to have people think about how important public spaces are and how parks improve our communities. These park installations aim to transform urban environments designed for vehicle use into a communal space for public use.PARK(ing) spaces come in all sizes and styles. It could be an art installation, interactive demonstration, place to sit, or showcase for urban farming and gardening. A park bench, tree and grass works too! There are countless of imaginative ways to transform a metered parking space. For inspiration, you can view images of previous-year spots at http://parkingday.org/.


Join this annual celebration of transforming parking spaces into temporary public parks!
Build your own park
Help others build parks
Visit Park(ing) Day parks near you

Who participates?
National Park(ing) Day is an all-volunteer effort. All are welcome to participate.

To learn more about National Park(ing) Day:

National Park(ing) Day

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Standard Realty Group in Lawrenceville is looking for a Mural Painter

Standard Realty Group in Lawrenceville is looking for a Mural Painter to paint the sides of 2 buildings in the Strip district. It has great exposure on Penn Avenue. Please drive by the property at 2900 Penn Avenue and then come by our office at 4124 Butler St Pittsburgh with your portfolio and ask for Peter. Email or stop by. We do not take calls about this position.

Go here.

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Fumino Hora's exhibition 'ILLUD TEMPUS' at Christine Frechard Gallery Squirrel Hill




Fumino Hora's exhibition 'ILLUD TEMPUS' will open at Christine Frechard Gallery in Squirrel Hill, this Saturday, August 20, 2011. The opening reception will be 5-8 pm.
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The Pittsburgh Art Blog
The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Mexican Painter Luis Castellanos Valui

James Simon Presents
Mexican Painter Luis Castellanos Valui

Oils and Watercolors

Opening Reception
At The Mendelson Gallery, 5874 Ellsworth Avenue

Friday August 26, 2011 6:00 to 10:00 PM

With Live Flamenco Music, Dance and Food

Art on Gist Street invited painter Luis Castellanos Velui to exhibit work and paint a colorful mural in Pittsburgh. In a unique community collaboration with the Pittsburgh Deaf Club, Luis will paint a 10'x15' work on their building on Gist Street in Uptown. The painting will incorporate American Sign Language, "signing", into the composition. Luis' work can be found worldwide in prestigious public and private collections. Luis is based on Lake Chapala near Guadalajara, Mexico.

With a special sneak preview at the Mendelson:
Photography by Colter Harper and Carolina Loyola Garcia.

On September 7th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm Luis will give a lecture:

Forty Years of Painting in Mexico at University of Pittsburgh, Posvar Hall
(Next to the HIllman Library), Room 4130 This project was partially supported by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts through a Project Stream grant.

Show runs through Saturday September 3rd.


Mendelson Gallery 5874 Ellsworth Avenue 15232
Gallery Hours Wed-Sat 12-5 pm or by appointment at 412-361-8664

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Brian Holderman at Gallery 4, Shadyside



New Work from Brian Holderman

Opening Saturday, September 3, 2011 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Gallery 4
206 S. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA

Show runs until Saturday Sept 24 2011

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

The International Show at Most Wanted Fine Art


The International Show

Pittsburgh, PA Sept. 2, 2011- Most Wanted Fine Art Features International Women Artists


Pittsburgh artist Sam Thorp brings emerging artists from around the globe to Pittsburgh For many of these artist it will be the first time in America. These women met online in a music forum and over the years developed their creative talent and ability as well as friendships. Styles and content vary among the ladies who come from such places as Scotland, Italy, Holland and Norway. This is an exciting opportunity to see new talent from around the world. Music by Grand Snafu will fill out the evening.

Opening Reception: Friday 2nd of September 6pm- to 11pm

Exhibition runs from: Friday September 2nd to September 25th, 2011.

Most Wanted Fine Art
5015 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15224
http://www.most-wantedfineart.com/


Facebook Event is here:
http://tinyurl.com/3ztk46t

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

*Confluence** Opens September 2nd at UnSmoke Systems Artspace*



UnSmoke Systems Artspace

1137 Braddock Avenue

Braddock, PA 15104

unsmoke@gmail.com

415.518.9921 /612.940.9747

*Confluence** Opens September 2nd at UnSmoke Systems Artspace*

*Braddock, PA (August 18, 2011)*. *Confluence*, a nationally touring photography exhibition by Ross Mantle and Jim Korpi, opens Friday, September 2nd from 7pm – 11pm at Braddock's UnSmoke Systems Artspace. Admission is free.

*Confluence *merges the works of Jim Korpi and Ross Mantle from two American river valleys. The exhibition showcases the irony of the American Dream and what it means to settle in the United States. Using the Monongahela and Ohio River Valleys as geographic guides, Mantle and Korpi document the people and landscapes from Pennsylvania to Kentucky.

The photographs in *Confluence* touch on issues affecting post-industrial America. The work captures the sense of home, our disconnect from the land, squandered prosperity, pride, traditions and the effects of ingrained ideals on generations to come. The images draw from a deep reservoir of historic relevance and the photographers' personal connection to the regions. *
Confluence* portrays dignity and understanding while reflecting on the complexities of U.S. society.

*Confluence *has also been exhibited at Exposure Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Gallery 510 in Dayton, OH and Case Nueva in Athens, OH.

In addition to the opening event, the exhibition will be available to view on weekdays by appointment only through September 24th. Opening reception drinks courtesy of brillobox.

Ross Mantle is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa and a graduate of Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. His personal work often looks at contemporary American life and the quirks in our social landscapes. Ross currently splits his time between Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and on the road in a white truck. www.rossmantle.com

Jim Korpi grew up in between two pig farms on the East Coast. One is now a 3000-square-foot home subdivision, and the other is soon to be an 18 hole golf course. Jim has just finished his master's degree in photography with Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. He is currently living in Saudi Arabia and trying to grow vegetables in sand. http://www.jimkorpi.com/

UnSmoke Systems Artspace, a project of Braddock Redux, is a former Catholic school building that has been repurposed into a gallery/events venue and artist studio spaces. Inspired by the industrial character and the historical importance of Braddock, UnSmoke Systems seeks to further open the community to those with unconventional and forward-thinking notions about the reuse of urban space and to help reinvigorate this once-bustling town. For more information, visit www.unsmokeartspace.com or email unsmoke@gmail.com.

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Steel City Derby Demons art auction fundraiser August 27 2011

You’re invited to
A Black Eye Affair!

On August 27th The Steel City Derby Demons will be holding an art
auction fundraiser.

There will be 30+ art items to bid on, created and
donated by local artists and SCDD skaters themselves, and a small
exhibition of new photos by Rob Larson.

Food and beverages will be provided by our event sponsors Three
Rivers Under Ground Brewers, Boyd & Blair Vodka, Avenue B, Harris
Grill, Square Cafe, and Burgatory.
Come and peruse our silent auction, enjoy some drinks and good food,
and mingle with the ladies and gents of the SCDD!

Price: $25 per person, $40 per couple -
TICKETS NOW ON SALE via PayPal! Visit our home page, top right corner, http://www.steelcityderbyd​emons.com/home/

ID REQUIRED to drink, as there will be complimentary alcohol served.

For more information, email SCDDartauction@gmail.com

Some Participating Artists include:

Rob Larson

Ben Oddi

Dan Kuhn

Aasta Deth

Alyssa Stokes

Alicia Kachmar

Just Seeds

Adam Kenney

Jewelry N’at

Paul Schifino

Spoke Punchers

Tom Hughes

Tim Pisano

Blake Ghan

Kirsten Lowe-Rebel

Mary Tremonte

Shaun Slifer

Jessie Purcell

Gerry Florida

Nicole Musser

Daisher Rocket

Participating Derby Artists include:

Dresta Kill

Elsie Thudd

Moxie Crimefighter

McShovin’

Colin Shenanigans

Refholio

Spanky

Betty Bonecrusher

Whiskey Mick

Sugar Plum – retired skater

Michael Frighten’d

Me-Oww Kitty – retired skater

Wrexie Mae Hughes

J-Bomb

damage dahl

Penny Ante

Cheeseburger

Batterfly

ModernFormations
Gallery and Performance Space
4919 Penn Avenue,
Pittsburgh PA. 15224
412-362-0274

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Sprout Fund - Downtown Public Art Project: Call for Artists + Pgh/NYC Info Session dates

Call for Artists:
The Sprout Fund seeks to commission an artist or artist team to create a signature work of permanent public art on fa├žade of a building in a prominent Downtown Pittsburgh location. Artists must be a current or former Pittsburgh area residents or able to demonstrate a relationship with the city. Work in a variety of media and forms will be considered. 3-5 artists or artist-led teams will be invited to submit design proposals.

Project Budget: $100,000
Deadline for Submissions: September 12th, 2011
Installation: Spring 2012

Pittsburgh Artist Information Session:
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 6pm
Sprout Fund office - 5423 Penn Avenue, Garfield

New York Artist Information Session:
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 6:30pm
Open Air Modern - 489 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn (between Powers and Grand St)

More information at: http://www.sproutfund.org/publicart/
Apply online: http://www.callforentry.org

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Mid Atlantic Arts Org Newsletter

Sign up here to check it out.

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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 16, 2011

Call For Artists: Pop Up Pittsburgh: Downtown

Pop Up Pittsburgh: Downtown

Request for Proposals
Budget: $1,500 to $10,000
Deadline: September 13, 2011 at 5:00pm EST

Looking for place for an innovative project Downtown? Project Pop Up: Downtown is a program designed to incubate pop up art and retail projects to activate vacant storefronts.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is seeking proposals from individual artists, collaborative artist teams, commercial retail businesses, arts and culture related businesses, and other for-profit or non-profit organizations or entities that will provide the most high quality and innovative approaches to activating vacant storefronts in Downtown with both a daytime and nighttime presence.

The most innovative, feasible, and creative proposals will be selected to participate in the program. Activation will range from 6-12 months, with the potential for long-term occupancy. Shorter terms will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Applicants are welcome from the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

For complete details, download a copy of the RFP or visit the project website.

The selection process will be managed by the Office of Public Art, a partnership between the City of Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.


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Information Session: August 22, 2011 at 5pm
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is hosting an optional information session about -Project Pop Up: Downtown- on August 22, 2011 at 5:00pm. The session is located at the Greater Pittsburgh Art Council, 810 Penn Avenue, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA.

At the session, project partners will answer questions and review the application process. A list of available Downtown properties will be presented. Following the meeting, the list will be presented on the project website, www.projectpopuppittsburgh.com.

Please contact Lynda Fairbrother at (412) 566-4190 or lfairbrother@downtownpittsburgh.com to reserve your space.




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

810 Penn Avenue, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
www.publicartpittsburgh.org

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Call For Mural Artist: Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC)

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) is excited about its upcoming mural project in the city's Idora neighborhood and would like to extend a call for artists to submit qualifications for producing a large outdoor mural!

PROJECT DETAILS
Empty parking lots line both sides of Sherwood Avenue at the intersection with Glenwood Avenue--a major traffic corridor on Youngstown´s South Side. Just one block south on Glenwood a multi-million dollar project is underway to build a new grocery store, which will increase traffic along the corridor. YNDC will improve the intersection at Sherwood and Glenwood to serve as a gateway to the Idora neighborhood and a continued sign of revitalization. The mural project will be one phase of the improvements to the Sherwood and Glenwood intersection. Specifically, the mural will be painted on the north side of the former Park Inn building approximately 150 feet from the intersection of Sherwood and Glenwood (see image below). The mural wall is one-story constructed primarily of brick with a concreteblock addition on the back. The dimensions of the wall are 15 feet by 90 feet (1350 square feet).

For more information, please download the YNDC Call for Artists document below.

QUESTIONS

Please direct questions to Liberty Merrill or Ian Beniston by phone (330.480.0423) or by e-mail (lmerrill@yndc.org; ibeniston@yndc.org).

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

"The Night: A Creative Nonfiction Release Party and Reading"

CREATIVE NONFICTION ANNOUNCES SUMMER ISSUE LAUNCH PARTY

Pittsburgh Writers and Visual Artist to be Featured

PITTSBURGH, PA, AUGUST 8, 2011: "The Night: A Creative Nonfiction Release Party and Reading" celebrates the creation of new writing and art in and about Pittsburgh, on Saturday, September 10, 2011, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.

The event marks the release of #42, CNF's summer reading issue, and is a true testament to the strength and scope of Pittsburgh's creative talent. The event features a reading by two writers—former UPMC surgeon Bud Shaw and former University of Pittsburgh student J.C. Hallman—and an exhibit of the issue's original illustrations, created by Pittsburgh artist Seth Clark.

Admission is free to the public, and the first 100 guests to arrive will receive a free copy of the issue. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods and other area caterers. The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination is located at 5006 Penn Avenue.

Creative Nonfiction #42 is the first of three issues, funded by a Small Arts Initiative grant from The Heinz Endowments, to feature original illustrations by Pittsburgh artists. Seth Clark, a Lawrenceville-based artist and designer, was chosen from over 60 applicants to illustrate the issue. His work, layering paint, pastel, charcoal and graphite, will be on display.

Clark earned his BFA in Graphic Design, focusing primarily on print design and alternative typography, at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has lived in Pittsburgh for almost three years and says the city's endless row houses and abandoned buildings continue to serve as an honest and readily available inspiration. Clark's work has been displayed in various galleries, locally and nationally, and was recently featured on the poster for the 2011 Three Rivers Arts Festival.

The event also marks the return of renowned surgeon Bud Shaw and writer and professor J.C. Hallman, each of whom moved to Pittsburgh as a student and left with tools sharp enough to carve a successful career in his chosen field. Now selected as the winners of "The Night," a themed creative writing contest, Shaw and Hallman will be published by Creative Nonfiction and will return to Pittsburgh to read from their winning pieces.

“The Night,” a writing contest co-sponsored by Creative Nonfiction and The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, based in Portland, Maine, presented $7,500 in prize money for the top two essays, chosen by contest judge Susan Orlean from a competitive pool of nearly 350 submissions. Susan Orlean is the author of The Orchid Thief, among six other books, and is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

Bud Shaw won the $5,000 Prize for Best Essay about The Night and publication in Creative Nonfiction #42/Summer 2011. In his winning essay, “My Night With Ellen Hutchinson,” he recounts one sleepless night spent as a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s transplant team in 1983.

“This piece describes a chance but momentous encounter between a young doctor and a patient one bleak night. Told precisely, with spare elegance, it is both dry and haunting, a model of restrained but intense storytelling,” Susan Orlean says.

As a surgical fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, Shaw worked under Dr. Thomas Starzl during the early 1980’s, when the world-renowned doctor was pioneering techniques to perform liver transplantation surgery, then still considered experimental. Shaw left Pittsburgh in 1985 to found the liver transplant program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The former chairman of the surgery department there, Shaw now teaches and develops software for use by surgeons and other clinicians. He lives in Ponca Hills, just north of Omaha.

J.C. Hallman received the $2,500 Runner-up Prize for Best Essay about The Night for “Spate and Spite,” which will be published this fall on CNF’s website, www.creativenonfiction.org. The essay reports on a series of suicides as experienced through the eyes of a young casino employee.

“Evoking the tattered world of Atlantic City, a place of perpetual night, this piece fused reporting (about a ‘spate’ of suicides in town) with a vivid first-person narrative,” Susan Orlean says.

J.C. Hallman studied creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Iowa. He has published three books of nonfiction and one collection of short stories and will teach creative writing at Oklahoma State University, beginning this fall.

Creative Nonfiction #42 also features an Encounter with Susan Orlean; the winner of the 2011 Norman Mailer College Writing Award; columns by Phillip Lopate and Ira Berkow; a new Pushing the Boundaries essay by Paul West; and much more.

Edited by Lee Gutkind, Creative Nonfiction has been devoted exclusively to publishing vividly written literary nonfiction since its first issue, in 1994. In March 2010, with the publication of issue #38, the journal re-launched as a quarterly magazine with an updated look, larger size and expanded content. Known today as “the voice of the genre,” Creative Nonfiction is an essential resource for anyone with an artistic, professional or critical stake in the genre–or for anyone who simply enjoys true stories, well told.

For more information, please contact Creative Nonfiction at (412) 688-0304 or email knezovich@creativenonfiction.org.

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About the Creative Nonfiction Foundation: The Creative Nonfiction Foundation pursues educational and publishing initiatives in the genre of literary nonfiction. Its objectives are to provide a venue, the magazine Creative Nonfiction, for high quality nonfiction prose (memoir, literary journalism, personal essay); to serve as the singular strongest voice of the genre, defining the ethics and parameters of the field; and to broaden the genre’s impact in the literary arena by providing an array of educational services and publishing activities.

About The Heinz Endowments: The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

About The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies: The Salt Institute's mission is to educate and promote documentary storytellers. Documentary at Salt is, at its core, journalism; students seek the truth and report it. The Salt approach, however, differs from daily journalism in the depth of its reporting, the intimacy of its stories and its de-emphasis on spectacle and celebrity. Through fieldwork, collaborative critiques, and guided discussion of relevant work, students learn how to ethically research and gain access to a story, collect information, edit their work, and return to the field to refine the process. Borrowing from a variety of disciplines—art, sociology, anthropology, oral history—students produce a professional, intimate, humanistic body of work and leave Salt better equipped to work in their chosen fields.

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Stephen Knezovich
Associate Editor / Mentoring Director
Creative Nonfiction
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412.688.0304
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www.creativenonfiction.org

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pittsburgh's First Ever Zine Fair September 1, 2011


The Pittsburgh Zine Fair will feature over 30 local vendors, including zine distributors, small press publishers, writers, comic book makers, illustrators, book store zine collections, and even the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s very own zine library! You’ll be able to browse their work, buy it, or swap zines.

Thursday Sept 1 2011 from 5 to 10pm at Air.

About AIR:

AIR’s 10,000 square foot facility includes an Intaglio (etching) shop, a Lithography shop, a Screenprinting shop, a Digital Imaging lab, exhibition and archive spaces. AIR provides a resource for work in relief, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, digital imaging, photography, bookbinding, papermaking, letterpress and other related arts.

Artists Image Resource is located at 518 Foreland Street, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15212 (in the Northside)

Here's the info.

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Giclee prints from Masha Vereshchenko


Giclee prints from Masha Vereshchenko

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Pittsburgh’s FIRST Annual Festival of Fire Arts: Pyrotopia

Help them out on Kickstarter!

Pyrotopia: Pittsburgh’s FIRST Annual Festival of Fire Arts

Watch the flames come to life at Pyrotopia, a two-day celebration of humankind’s fascination with fire! See fire performances, sculptures and demos; play interactive fire games; watch fabulous fireworks; learn about fire as a scientific and artistic medium; marvel at costumes and installations using electricity, LEDs and EL-wire; and more. This event is free and open to the public. A safe, spectacular viewing experience for all!

Friday, October 7, 6pm - midnight
Saturday, October 8, noon - midnight
UnSmoke Artspace
Braddock, PA (map & directions)

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

No 2011 Sprout Fund Hothouse Event

for 2011:

No Hothouse this summer. We are, however, planning a number of exciting events later this year. Details will be made available as the dates draw closer.

Sprout Fund

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rust Melt: New Abstractions from Pittsburgh



Fe Arts Gallery
4102 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 254-4038
Exhibition Dates: August 12 - September 17, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, August 12th, 7 - 9pm


Rust Melt: New Abstractions from Pittsburgh

curated by Julie Leidner and Elizabeth Mooney


Two painters from different parts of the country found themselves living in Pittsburgh, and had a conversation about the state of abstract painting in the Rust Belt. They observed the history of the region’s rise and fall of industry embedded within the complexities of the landscape. They wondered whether those features were in turn reflected in the abstract language of the city’s painters.

The result of this exploration is Rust Melt: New Abstractions from Pittsburgh, an exhibition at Fe Gallery curated by Julie Leidner and Elizabeth Mooney. The eight artists in this exhibition have an intimate connection with Pittsburgh, each creating work that prioritizes the human gesture through an investigation of landscape, place and time. These artists choose to question and defy logic, making work that challenges functionality in favor of chaos. As paintings, these works are non-machines.

This exhibition is the most recent installment of the Fe Gallery Guest Curator Program, and features new abstract work by eight artists with ties to the city of Pittsburgh: N Sean Glover, Jessica Langley, Dana Lok, Clayton Merrell, Meghan Olson, Karen Seapker, James Schaffer, and Adam Welch. You can read more about the exhibition on the Facebook event page, http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=229739877070951.

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

The Gallery 4 presents "Soldiers as Travelers" + Other Works by Ryan Woodring


The Gallery 4 presents "Soldiers as Travelers" + Other Works by Ryan Woodring

"Soldiers as Travelers" opens Saturday, August 6th, 2011 and runs through Saturday, August 27th, 2011 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050).

The opening reception will take place Saturday, August 13th, 2011 from 7-11PM and will be open to the general public with complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1-8PM .

Ryan Woodring, born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, graduated in 2010 from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied Fine Arts and French. Since graduating, he has worked as a freelance animator for such projects as Doug Cooper’s Pinburgh and as a mural artist and painter. He was nominated for Pittsburgh Center for the Art’s Emerging Artist of the Year 2012 and won Best Emerging Artist at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in June of 2011. Woodring was the first place winner of The Gallery 4's salon-style art competition, Release. Soldiers as Traverlers is Woodring’s first solo show and he is proud to present two developing series: Soldiers as Travelers and Drying: Tsunami Youtube Monoprints.

Artist's Statement:
"Soldiers as Travelers, a series of mixed media paintings on paper, linen, and wood focuses on the relationship between outfitted men and the unidentifiable landscapes to which they submit their final moments. I have chosen to plant their ominous portraits amongst nature's vast displays of anonymity. In separating the soldier from his mission, his battle is no longer waged against other human beings, but the human condition of uncertainty and mortality.

A soldier’s mission ties him or her to a certain land but also isolates him from it by making it a place in which distances are measured in relation to a human enemy. The soldier rarely fights in his backyard, is seldom surrounded by the people that make up his normal life, and yet often finds himself in someone else’s fields passing someone else’s grazing sheep or sleeping pets.

Having no war experience and no political message to convey, this series, while paying homage to the precious lives that are lost during a conflict, is more focused on the poetics of a human on a defined mission. The certainty of this mission is placed in contrast with those things that are unconquerable: not a human enemy but time, a fading memory and a magical, uncolonized sky. "

Visit Ryan Woodring's personal website to see more examples of his work including his animations: www.ryanwoodring.com.

Press Release


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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Nathan Mazur and Lauren Toohey at Artform Gallery and Tattoo on August 13 2011 6-10 pm.

Nathan Mazur and Lauren Toohey will be showing at Artform Gallery and Tattoo on August 13th from 6pm to 10 pm.

It is located on 2603 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, Pa 15068 and you can contact them at 724-212-3153.








Images from Lauren Toohey

Artform Gallery and Tattoo 2603 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, Pa 15068

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The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. 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.