Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Helma Groot, GROOTMOBILES, at Gallery Chiz

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5831 Ellsworth Avenue Shadyside Pittsburgh PA 15232

Ellen Chisdes Neuberg, owner/director Ryan Miller, manager Phone: 412.441.6005

Tues – Fri 11-5:45 Sat 11-5 Sunday hours, please phone

GROOTMOBILES = suspended, kinetic

commentaries & more by Helma Groot”

Opening Reception & FirstFridayArtWalk 9.7.07, 6-9 pm

thru 9.29.07


Helma Groot lives in Columbus, Ohio. She was recently featured on HGTV making a mobile for the show 'That's Clever'. She graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1989, and studied furniture-making in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Helma has been making art mobiles since 1992. Her imagery often deals with ideas that are relevant to current societal issues. Helma has completed public and private art commissions in Hoorn, the Netherlands, Chicago, IL, Del Mar, CA, Atlanta, GA,

Austin, TX, and Columbus, OH. Helma is working on a large mobile commission for a hospital in Toledo, OH and will have a solo show at Ohio Dominican University in March '08. We are pleased to have her solo show at GALLERIE CHIZ. We hope you can attend and enjoy her uniquely entertaining, thought-provoking work.

Shadyside… The Arts Festival on Ellsworth

Yes!!! We ARE having an arts festival this year. The dates are SEPTEMBER 14, 15, 16.

This year we are increasing the performance spaces to 3 stages. Local musicians, DJs, spoken word artists, and dance companies will comprise the entertainment and our fabulous local restaurants will provide outdoor dining for your gastronomical gratification!

Art installations created specifically for this event, artists’ demonstrations, interactive art creations, chalk street murals, a children’s activities tent, Friday night dancing in the streets, Divas of Drag, and the Pittsburgh Dance Showcase, and more will be included this year. Katherine Talcott (former visual arts curator of Three Rivers Arts Festival) and Michael LaManna (of Le Launch Group) are organizing the event, produced by Richard Parsakian and Ellen Chisdes Neuberg.

The Pittsburgh Dance Showcase will highlight the talents of local choreographers and dance companies including, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Dance Alloy Theater, Attack Theatre, The Pillow Project, Labco Dance Company, Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Kyle Abraham, Gia T. Cacalano, Oxygen Dance Company, Jennifer Keller, Denise Azzari, plus more.

Please lock in those dates and come to enjoy the many offerings here on Ellsworth.

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blue ice thurs aug 30 and connections coffeehouse fri aug 31

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Blue Ice and Figure Photography by Rick Byerly

the last scheduled reception for rick byerly's blue ice at imagebox this thursday from 5-7 pm. 4933 penn ave in garfield. show ends sept 5 and can be seen by appointment by calling john at imagebox 412-441-0930.

Imagebox Gallery 4933 Penn Ave Pittsburgh 15224 Garfield 412-441-0930 Open during the Unblurred Gallery Crawl (First Friday of Every Month) and by appointment (you can also knock on the door during regular hours to see the art for sale). Imagebox Gallery is a pro-bono effort by graphic designer John Mahood of Imagebox Productions.

Connections Coffeehouse Art Opening Friday August 31

featuring art from jay del greco, matt gondek, jeremy jerome murray, and rick byerly at connections coffeehouse in south oakland. opening is friday august 31 with music from Jenny Jean Love starting @at 8:30PM. Hours are Mon-Sat from 10am to 10pm. the work will be on display starting at 8 pm friday aug 31 through the month of september.

Connections Coffeehouse 3495 Bates St Pittsburgh 15213 South Oakland myspace page Hours During School Season: Mon-Sat 10am to 10pm. Summer Hours: Tues-Sat 5 to 10pm Sun for Special Events. An Oakland hot spot: free wifi, fresh coffee, some snacks, and pro-level foosball. We have a fireplace, and have several comfy couches and chairs too. Art on the walls for purchase.

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American Caricature at TRAF Sept 14- Oct 20

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American Caricature
September 14 - October 20
Opening Reception 5:30 - 9pm with curatorial talk at 7pm

TRAF Gallery, Downtown Pittsburgh
937 Liberty Avenue
m-f: 10am - 5pm | sat: 1-4pm

American Caricature is an international collection of political cartoons commenting on US domestic and foreign policy as seen through the drawing pens of cartoonists from 12 different countries. Featuring work by the political cartoonists of publications such as The GuardianLa Jornada (Mexico), and The New Yorker, the show reflects a unique view of how the world sees America, sometimes conflicting with how America sees itself. (England),

Tim Hooper featured in Perspectives
.....Influenced by American folk art, underground comics, and popular culture, Tim Hooper cites his exposure to the comics of R. Crumb as an early inspiration for his current work. "The first time I ever saw a Robert Crumb comic book was in high school. I had no art influence at all before that point. His comic book was the first thing that grabbed me, and I said, 'This is what I want to do.'......

Read More in Perspectives

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"I Made It" Market in Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 29, 2007, 12 - 5 pm, 2100 Mary Street, South Side, Pittsburgh\

"I Made It" Market in Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 29, 2007, 12 - 5 pm, 2100 Mary Street, South Side, Pittsburgh.

I Made IT! NEWS --- ANNOUNCING a special SATURDAY Southside Market - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, Brewhouse Association, 2100 Mary Street, South Side, Pittsburgh.

I MADE IT! - October - STAY TUNED......

Pittsburgh, finger paint, sewing, robots, yarn, hammers, waffles, coffee, brunch, comics, drawing, wood, design, buttons and pins, creative genius, enthusiasm, partnerships, connections, Pgh's 2 degrees of separation, ...

Visit Some of the Crafty Vendors You'll Meet at the Next I Made It!


Amos Levy

the plumcrazytree



Cosy Knits (literally)


Subu, Inc.

Gallery G Glass

eeni-ren designs


On The Rocks Designs


breadmonster collective

disquieting designs


geimiki designs

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BarkerBell Herbs and Heirlooms

Troop Jazzercize Radical Pittsburgh

Tugboat Printshop

Msonsei Design

John Li Pottery


Kingy and Dee Dee

Pin-Up Girl Designs

Mosaics by April

DD's Designs

Jane Whitmore

Jann Kwasneski

Vivienne Shaffer

fighting zebras

Lauren Cormier

PaperHouse Miniatures & More

Mark Babich

Craft Wacko

Robin's Recycled Crafts

Boolittle Beads


dreamydays printing and crafts


The Robyn's Nest


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Artist Christo Braun at Elan Gallery in Sewickley

Resin on Steel: A new painting medium delights the eyes.

Sept 14 reception at Elan Gallery Sewickley, PA. September, 2007.

Artist Christo Braun will exhibit new paintings at Elan Gallery 427 Broad St. Sewickley, Pa. Public reception during Sewickley Art Walk Sept. 14, 6-9 pm. Artist Talk Sept. 30, 3 pm. Hrs: Tues-Sat, 11 am-6 pm.Inspired by nature, Braun?s luminous paintings straddle the border between abstraction and representation, allowing the viewer to participate in the emotion of the image rather than its interpretation. "Painterly distillations of remembered perception and emotion," writes Dewitt Cheng of, "they operate as metaphors for nature's operations: they breathe and flow."

One must stand in front of these near "holographic" images in order to appreciate them. The translucent glazes of pigmented resin on the reflective stainless steel shimmer and change as one's point of view changes. Selections from his breakout "Open Water" and "Riverwaters" series will accompany new work created since his arrival in Pittsburgh one year ago. Braun's work is collected internationally.
? Contact: Joan Barenbregge, 412-749-0427,


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Steel City Pour Sat Sept 15 get yo tickets ahead of time!

Construction Junction Presents:
The 1st Annual Steel City Big Pour

3 Hours of Beer, Live Art & Music

Saturday September 15, 2007

Being held at the CJ facility, located at:
214 N. Lexington St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
in North Point Breeze

Event will be held inside the CJ facility, rain or shine.

A Craft Brewing Experience Featuring:

  • Beer Samples From 24 Craft Breweries
  • Live Music by Hoodoo Drugstore
  • Food From 10 Local Restaurants
  • Deluxe Kegerator Art
  • A Not So Silent Auction
  • Hot Metal Happening
  • Plus Much More!

The Steel City Big Pour hosts two 3-hour sessions:

Session One: 12pm to 3pm
Session Two: 5pm to 8pm

Ticket prices per session are $30 in advance, $40 at the door

Food, music, live art and free beer tastings are included in the ticket price

Designated driver tickets are available for $10

Buy Tickets Online!

>Click Here for the 12:00pm Session
>Click Here for the 5:00pm Session

Tickets can also be purchased at Construction Junction and East End Brewing Company

Confirmed Breweries:

Brewery Ommegang Church Brew Works
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery East End Brewing Company
Great Lakes
Brewing Company
Hereford & Hops
Restaurant & Brewpub
John Harvard's Brew House Johnstown Brewery Company
Lancaster Brewing Company Legacy Brewing Company
Marzoni's Brick Oven
and Brewing Co.
Mountain State Brewing Company
Otter Creek Craft Ales Peak Organic Brewing Company
Penn Brewery Rivertowne Pour House
Rock Bottom Brewery Southern Tier Brewery
Sprague Farm & Brew Works Three Rivers Alliance
of Serious Homebrewers
Troegs Brewery Company Unibroue
Victory Brewing Company Voodoo Brewing Company
Yards Brewing Company

Participating Restaurants
The Big Pour will offer a great selection of food tastings with something that will appeal to everyone:
Artspace & Coffeehouse
Thai veggie wrap with rice noodles and peanut sause, spicy Asian slaw
Bocktown Beer & Grill
She crab soup and hot sausage meatball sandwiches
Buffalo Blues
D's Six Pax and Dogz
Hot Dogs with fixings
Flame BBQ
Pulled pork and sausage sandwiches with sides
Giant Eagle Market District
Charcuterie antipasti platters (cheeses, meats, olives, etc.)
accompanied with a variety of gourmet breads
Harris Grill
Labor Inducing Vegetarian Chili, humus with feta and olives, pita chips
Pipers Pub
Lamb stew and bread
Point Brugge
Roasted tomato and spinach dip with crostini, beer from Unibroue
Sharp Edge Beer Emporium
Still in the works…
Taste of New Orleans Café
9th Ward jambalaya and gumbo, bread pudding

Non-alcoholic beverages including Coffee from Artspace Coffeehouse, Boylan’s soda and Church Brew Works and John Harvard’s craft made sodas will be available.

Hoodoo Drugstore

Hoodoo Drugstore, Pittsburgh's premier Americana band.
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Metal artists, Carley Hill and Ed Parish will be conducting a hot metal pour with cast iron radiators salvaged by Construction Junction as part of their summer “Hot Metal Happenings” featuring metal casting performances utilizing the flow and manipulation of molten iron heated to 2000 degrees!

In addition to the pour, six local artists, including Christo Braun, will be creating unique art on kegerators to be auctioned at the event. A kegerator is a used refrigerator that has been retrofitted with a beer tap on the exterior of the refrigerator connected to a keg on the inside-look ma no ice! The refrigerator pictured is being painted by artist Rob Schwoegl.

Kegerator Art


In addition to the creative reuse of refrigerators, Sprague Farms will be serving their craft brews from a 1970’s fire truck that has been retrofitted to dispense beer!


The Steel City Big Pour is being held at Construction Junction’s warehouse, 214 N. Lexington Street, in the Point Breeze area of Pittsburgh’s East End. We are located one block off of Penn Avenue adjacent to the Frick Mansion, very close to the intersection of Penn and Braddock Avenues.

Free parking is available at the lot next to CJ, and street parking is available in the neighborhood surrounding CJ. Public transportation is available via PAT bus lines- the 71C from Shadyside/Oakland/Downtown on Penn Ave, 67A/F from Oakland/Downtown on Penn Ave, 74A from Squirrel Hill at Homewood & Penn Avenues.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Special thanks to the Pittsburgh Beer Society for helping us promote this event. Check them out at
Renovation Innovation Network (RIN)

Coming to Construction Junction in January 2007.

Home Show Spring 2007 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Stop by our booth at the annual Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show to find everything how you can save on materials needed for your home renovation projects.

Handmade Arcade, November 2007

In November 2007, Construction Junction will host the Handmade Arcade craft show, which embodies the do-it-yourself, indie creations of a nationwide craft revolution. Over 100 vendors from across the country participated in the event. Find out more about the event by reading the Tribune Review news article.

Collection Events

Construction Junction hosts collection events for special items, such as appliances, propane tanks, electronics, tires, phonebooks, and Christmas trees (to be chipped into mulch). Special collections are a partnership project of Construction Junction with the Pennsylvania Resources Council, the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the Southwest Pennsylvania Ozone Action Partnership.


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Friday, August 24, 2007

la vie gallery: meeting the pittsburgh gallery challenge

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(La Vie Gallery closed August 2008)

Meeting The Pittsburgh Art Gallery Challenge

an editorial by Rick Byerly

With approximately 93 art galleries of various types within the city limits of Pittsburgh and the difficulties associated with attracting people to the space and bringing in sales you might wonder what a gallery's chances of survival might be. Not to mention that 22 of those galleries are within Lawrenceville, making it the largest concentration in the city. While several non-retail Pittsburgh art galleries are structured with by appointment hours and rely heavily on opening night gallery crawls La Vie stands out on it's own with emerging artists, vibrant openings with live music, strong sales and regular hours of Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00-6:00 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 3.

In order for a gallery and artists to succeed they need strong openings with reasons for people to stay there the night and regular day hours for extended traffic. Enter La Vie. Brownwyn Loughren and Thommy Conroy attract numerous people to their openings, make consistent sales, people stay there to party, and they have day hours for their business.

Their day business involves event planning, custom made invitations, hand selected bouquets and many other options. La Vie also sells locally designed dresses. Pittsburgh Gallery. Boutique. Custom Design. Events.

I moved back to Pittsburgh in July after being in Minnesota for nine months and felt it necessary to discover Pittsburgh's art scene and La Vie's "Road Trip" in July and "Midsummer Night" in August 2007 were both filled with energy, incredible art from various mediums, and a lot of red dots on the wall signifying people came their to actively support Pittsburgh art. As an art patron you will want to show up early to see the art at openings and get your first pick. La Vie is that good!

La Vie is a destination, not a stop along the way.

(La Vie Gallery closed August 2008)

Check out their website La Vie Pittsburgh and La Vie Myspace which will keep you updated on openings if you send a friend request. Saturday, September 8, 2007 from 7-11pm is the next opening titled "Back to School". Lavie: Eat. Drink. Hear. Buy Art.

La Vie Gallery 3609 Butler Street Pittsburgh 15201 Lawrenceville 412.253.7365

Rick Byerly

Pittsburgh Fine Art Abstract, Texture, Macro and Nature Photographer

And for the record I wrote this article to get the word out about La Vie because it's exciting and it's not to curry favor with the owners because I already have a future show which is informally "in the works" with La Vie before this was ever conceived or written. That and this website brings attention to my work but also the many galleries in the city that I will never have shows at based on their genres and mediums of focus.

Please go to all the pittsburgh galleries you can and keep in mind that buying the work which appeals to you makes you an integral part of moving Pittsburgh art forward.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Doughnuts and Art Pittsburgh Art Music Event Concert

Doughnuts and Art

On August 25 starts at 6pm. Art for sale with djs, bands, and doughnuts. $2 cover. @ Creative Treehouse 517 Lincoln Ave. 2nd Floor Bellevue, PA 15202. Artshow and DJs start at 6pm (Artwork will be for sale all night) Bands start at 7:30pm. D_ance P_arty Hosted by Adammm vs. Sasquatch starts at 10pm

Doughnuts aNd Art is a f three part art exhibit showcasing local artists, bands, and DJs.

DNA is a punk rock art show and is not meant to be a family friendly event. It showcases art and music that can go to extremes, so we ask that all guests are at least 18 years old.

Directions: mapquest can be confusing but it's not hard to get there- from Route 28 go 279 south to get to ohio river blvd ( 65 N) and follow that for 4-5 miles past brighton heights into belleview then make a right at w riverview then an immediate left to stay on riverview- right after that look for meade st and make a right- it goes up a big hill on a brick road- take that for several blocks and until you're one block from lincoln ave. lincoln then becomes one way just park right around there. the entrance to the Creative Treehouse is in the ally just off of meade st (before you get to lincoln on the right). the ally door is stenciled with their name.

Saturday - August 25, 2007

Artshow and DJs start at 6pm (Artwork will be for sale all night)
Bands start at 7:30pm
_ance _arty Hosted by Adammm vs. Sasquatch starts at 10pm

Creative Treehouse
517 Lincoln Ave. 2nd Floor
Bellevue, PA 15202

Cost: $2.00 (Free Doughnuts and Coffee!)

BANDS: (Some bands feature explicit lyrics!)
Pfunkt -
Ape Fight! -
Doughnuts in November -
Adam Rauf -

Matt Gondek
Jeremy Shank
Jason Mosley
Debris Magazine
John Bodnar
Ruth Allen
Jeremy Murray
Rick Byerly
Marty Smyczek
Rob Larson
John Wamsley
Sarah Anne Mayer
Eric Luden
Katie Simmons
Josh Sager
Jay Michael Del Greco

Check out our MySpace!

Attention: We are not selling alcohol, this event is BYOB. This includes liquor. NO ONE under 21 is permitted to drink. We will be checking ID’s at the door. If you are under 21 or do not have an ID, you will not be drinking. We will be giving wristbands to those above 21.


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Monday, August 20, 2007

pittsburgh galleries website launched! and (duplicate content) are now online featuring over 100 galleries from the pittsburgh area. the site includes an option to search by neighborhood as well. soon to come will be a listing of quality pittsburgh artists and events.

the purpose of the pittsburgh galleries blog is to promote awareness of the websites and to communicate info about pittsburgh art shows and events of all types. email me rick(at) to have your art event posted on this blog and the website.

if you are an artist check out either website about being listed there.

rick byerly

fine art and digital art photographer