Thursday, December 31, 2009

stories @ 925 Liberty Ave Downtown Pittsburgh


info from:

December 31, 2009 to February 1, 2010

925 Penn Ave Downtown Pittsburgh

Everyone has a story. It’s how we describe ourselves in our minds and to each
other. An image can evoke thousands of words from one instant. What is it about
a look or gesture that speaks volumes? How do we interpret these fractions of
moments? A space can tell a story, too. By entering a room, you are invited to
know the inhabitants. You are invited to see, hear and feel their story.
stories is an exhibit of art-filled interiors inspired by the narratives of our
lives and the meaning we assign to the places we call home. Whether one is
a thrilling mystery, an epic saga or an esoteric poem, a customized home reflects
the lives unfolding there. What’s your story?

stories is also the grand-opening exhibit of Emphasis Interiors, a
new interior design firm specializing in visual art and the creative process.
Stories are meant to be shared. Join us for the events of our first themed
ARTShow or call for a design appointment. Then stay in touch—our next exhibit
will tell a new tale in a different locale!

Thursday, December 31 stories Opening Reception, First Night
6 pm (free and open to the public)

Saturday, January 9 “AHA” Artist Talk
2-4 pm Artists tell their own stories and share their inspirations
(free and open to the public)

Saturday, January 16 Designstorm Seminar: “Your STORY, Your STYLE”
1-5 pm Participants bring a story of their own to inspire a group
designstorm. Limited enrollment, $50 fee
(registration required)

Saturday & Sunday, Start with the ART STUDIO Workshop:
January 23 & 24 “An Open Book”
1-5 pm Participants create a handmade book using collage and
special book-binding techniques. Limited enrollment,
$150 fee (registration required)

Monday, February 1 stories Closing Reception
5-9 pm (free and open to the public)

info from:

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I Thought I Could Fly, Photographs by Charlee Brodsky, American Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh PA

Showing at the American Jewish Museum

Photographs by Charlee Brodsky
January 11-March 31, 2010

Charlee Brodsky's photographs are paired with narratives by individuals conveying personal experiences with mental illness. A short film with interviews of people whose narratives are in the exhibit brings to life their experiences regarding coping mechanisms, acceptance and recovery. The exhibit is traveling to southwestern Pennsylvania venues throughout 2010.

Opening reception
Thursday, January 14 * 7-9 PM
5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15217

7:30 pm: Discussion with Charlee Brodsky, photographer; Joni Schwager, Staunton Farm Foundation Executive Director; Carol Anderson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh; and contributors to the book I Thought I Could Fly: Portraits of Anger, Compulsion and Despair

Fine, Perlow and Weis Gallery * Events are free and open to the public.

This exhibition is made possible by the Staunton Farm Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Fine Foundation and Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic. Major funding for the American Jewish Museum is provided by the Anna L. and Irene V. Caplan Fund of the United Jewish Federation. Additional funding is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District and the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, a Program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Media sponsorship is provided by WDUQ 90.5 FM.

For more information about the exhibit, visit <> , or contact Melissa Hiller, AJM Director, at (412) 521-8011, ext. 105, or via email at

more info here

Artist Andy Kehoe Makes The Juxtapoz Top 100!

Artist Andy Kehoe's work is among my favorite. Pittsburgh born and bred he now lives in Portland,Oregon. Making the top 100 of Juxtapoz is a big deal and it's well deserved.

Check out the link here.

Kehoe’s allegorical oil and acrylic on wood panel paintings utilize muted color combinations, which allow his meticulous brush strokes to speak loudly. Many of the characters of the part-man-part-beast variety are consistently portrayed with a strong sense of alienation, finding peace and beauty in solitude to overcome feeling alone.

Good blog post of images here too.

His website is and exhibits across the U.S., including the renowned Jonathan Levine Gallery.

fast fwd gallery January 22 2010 Art Market Party

On Friday January 22, 2010, 9pm, fast>>fwd Gallery will be hosting an Art
Market party. This will be open to anyone who would like to hang their
2D works up and make a sale. All mediums and medias will be accepted
as long as they can be hung on a wall and do not weight too much.
This will be a one night only event starting at 9pm and lasting into
the night. We will be providing alcohol and refreshments but we are
asking all artists to make a small contribution ($10-20) to help with
the drinks and operation costs, however you will get to keep %100 of
your sales. There will be a $5 all you can drink cover charge for all
other guests. We are encouraging everyone to bring smaller pieces that
are priced lower to sale. We are planning on filling the entire space
with artwork so there is no limit to the number of pieces, but all
pieces may not get hung. All pieces must be ready to hang with frames
and wire with your own labels with your name, title, and price. Pieces
are to be dropped off between January 10th and 21st. This event will
be 21 and over only, no exceptions, and will feature a music
performance by Coyotes, By the Way. To schedule a drop off time please
contact us in advance to set up a time.

fast>>fwd Gallery
3700 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15201

More info can be found here

Randyland Randy Gilson on Today, Pittsburgh PA North Side

This is a good piece on Randy Gilson of Randyland on the North Side of Pittsburgh, PA, link here. It could have had more video on Randyland itself though.

Now if we can just get foundations and deep pockets to pay more attention they might learn a thing or two from Randy and help him move forward with his plans.

Randy is an amazing person and his vision is vibrant.

On January 15, 2004 The Pittsburgh City Paper covered a story here, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review did a August 18, 2007 article on him here and Pop City did a piece on him Feb 6, 2008 here.

A July 2007 Chicago Tribune article can be found here as well. The video here.

His contact info:
Randy Gilson
1507 Arch Street
Pittsburgh PA 15212
(412) 321-7776

Rick Byerly
Pittsburgh Galleries Blog

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Pittsburgh Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District Thursday, December 31, 2009 6:00 PM Pgh New Year's Eve

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
Presented by: Trust Education and Community Engagement Department
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Venue: Throughout the Cultural District
Next performance: Thursday, December 31, 2009 6:00 PM
Tickets: FREE!

Art. Music. Dance. Networking. Fun. FREE!

The Gallery Crawl is a free quarterly showcase of art and entertainment in the heart of the Cultural District. All events take place at a variety of galleries and spaces and are FREE and open to the public. The event is ongoing between 5:30 and 9:00 pm, and patrons may start at any location.

Note: As of the this blog post they don't have the schedule but you can still get venue info here.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Volcanic Fine Art Photography from Hawaii: Rick Byerly

rick byerly, the unusual in nature photography

on top:

starting over:

the source:

on a roll:


burning earth:

hey lavaman:





Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Justseeds Artists Cooperative Mary Tremonte Art Sale: Thursday Dec 17 2009

Come deck your halls with radical art! Justseeds Artists Cooperative is having a special one-evening only show and sale of handmade prints at Encyclopedia Destructica Studios, where Justseeds member Mary Tremonte is their current Flying Destructicate. See work from over 20 artists from the US and Canada working in silkscreen, woodcut, linoleum block printing, offset, and letterpress, on themes of social and environmental justice and transformative politics. Celebrate People's History posters and postcard sets will be available as well as it's Getting Hot in Here, Deeper Than Mechanics Dare, and more. All work is $35 and under, much of it $10-20.

Enjoy hot cider and cookies, sweet jamz and browse the Encyclopedia Destructica catalog, as well as Mary's zine collection (collected 1993-present), open for browsing in a cozy reading nook through January.

About Justseeds: Justseeds Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements. Our website is a destination to find out about current events in radical art and culture. Our blog covers political printmaking, socially engaged street art, and culture related to social movements. We believe in the power of personal expression in concert with collective action to transform society.

Thursday, December 17, 2009
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Encyclopedia Destructica Studios, 156 41st St (L-ville towards the river)

Holiday Art Sale:Clay Penn and Artica Sat Dec 19, Noon to 7pm

Please join the Clay Penn (5111 Penn Ave), Penn Ave Books(4810 Penn Ave) and
ARTica (5110 Penn Ave) for a Holiday Sale Extravaganza.

*One Stop shopping, Find Ceramics, Prints and Mosaics by Laura Jean
McLaughlin and a variety of artists at the Clay Penn,

*Choose from over 8,000 Books from every genre imaginable from Penn Ave

*as well as Fine Art, Antiques and unique gifts from ARTica.

*Please join us from Noon till 7p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 for warm apple
cider and Holiday Cheer*
*Call (412) 951-6133 for more info*

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bittersweet Harvest Pittsburgh Art Blog

Bittersweet Harvest continues to cover an amazing array of Pittsburgh art and artists like no other Pittsburgh blog does. Check the right hand side of the blog for upcoming art events as well.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Pittsburgh Citiparks and the Power Flower Team Up

In addition to receiving a Sprout Fund Seed Award in 2009, Art Energy Design is pleased to have Pittsburgh Citiparks onboard as a additional sponsor to the Power Flower Tour. With Sprout Fund and Citipark's help AED's Pittsburgh Power Flower will expand the reach of education workshops and sculpture exhibitions throughout the Spring and Summer of 2010. Activities are planned for 8 city park locations. Public demonstrations of the solar, wind and green features of the working sculpture will be given.

We will also have something fun for the kids. The park exhibitions will unleash "Bug Fest". Sculptural metallic insects will perform feats of strength, demonstrate mechanical motion and inspire creative reuse design. Some insects even feature LED lights and spotlight the actions of the other bugs. The bugs interact with the flower sculpture which serves as their home base and recharging area. They can ride up a "bug elevator" and spin back down to the ground with the help of a helically shaped snake named Screwy. There are spiders, ants crickets and even a mouse. Each has a function that inspires creative thinking.

Dave Edwards, founder of Art Energy Design adds, " This is all about fun. Each bug activity demonstrates a basic mechanical or electrical function. The kids really get it. They ask many questions and offer some great ideas. We continuously incorporate ideas offered by the public into new creations. Art is a great way to connect with people at any level of understanding of green technologies. We answer questions from adults about energy storage, control and usage...and have a great time interacting with the kids."

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Artist Erica Cassill, Transcendental Based Art

A friend gave me a heads up on artist Erica Cassil who is a Pittsburgh based artist. Check out her website!

Artist Statement for Erica Cassil:

Putting paint to paper has become more of a meditative process for me over the years, consummating the transcendental experience with a care-free desire to create. The images themselves are often inspired by nature, sacred art from the East, children's book illustrations, punk rock and the Pre-Raphaelites. I indulge in patterns that develop between land, sky, and water. Using a technique that I learned during my travels in South Asia, I form shapes and shadows out of layers of color, hatches and stipling. The images are not meant to glorify a particular faith but to unite the universal themes of honor, compassion , and love.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sneak Preview of Kilauea, Rick Byerly's Photography , The Unusual In Nature Hawaii

A sneak preview of a magma image from my trek to the big island.

Stay tuned for exhibit announcements 'an at.

Update: more here:

Rick Byerly

(image reduced in size and watermarked but not as far as anything else- no post camera editing)

Artist John Metzler, Urban Tree Forge

I was passing on contact information to a friend about artist John Metzler and realized I didn't have his site listed on the blog links so did that and wanted to post here as well. His amazing wooden tables were purchased by phipps via the G20 dillio ( G20 tables not pictured above fyi).

from the site:

Urban Tree Forge is a creative manufacturer of hardwoods, millwork, furniture, cabinetry and sculpture. We specialize in blending furniture with art to create unique pieces that are inspired by nature.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

SPACE Gallery "Behind Our Scenes" December 11 2009-Feb 13 2010

SPACE Gallery's Guest Curators Nicole Rosato and Laura Mustio have put together a show of 34 working artists who are also employed by Pittsburgh's museums and galleries. Participating artists represent the Carnegie Museum of Art, Future Tenant, FE Arts Gallery, The Mattress Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum, and Wood Street Galleries.

The show will run from December 11 through February 13.

Please help us celebrate at the opening with free beer and wine, food, and live music by Big Hurry and other local bands!

Bring your friends!

Friday, December 11, 2009
6:00pm - 10:00pm
SPACE Gallery: 812 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Image above is from art photographer Bryan Conley.

Pittsburgh Fe Arts Gallery Group Exhibit December 10 2009 January 16 2010

SMALL is the new big: 25 Squared

an exhibition of 625 pieces of small art
December 10, Thursday from 7-9pm

25 artists presenting 25 pieces of artwork 5" or smaller, for a total of 625 pieces of art on display.

Alberto J. Almarza
Karen Rich Beall
Kate Bechak
Astrid Behrens
Michelle Browne
Lilly Cannon
Carolyn Clayton
Kat Cole
LEX Covato
Ben Hernstrom
Joey Kennedy
Deanna Mance
Maria Mangano
David Montano
Kathleen Montgomery
Stefanie Moser
Mara Rago
Karen Seapker
Randie Snow
William D. Wade
Shawn Watrous
Carolyn Wenning
Marlee Yamnitsky
Variance: Collaborative Team Krowinski & Zamora

Thurs-Sat 12-3pm
Call for Holiday Hours

December 10, 2009 -
January 16, 2010

4102 Butler Street Pgh PA 15201

Monday, December 7, 2009

Jeremy Beightol, Jesse Best ModernFormations Gallery and Fast Fwd Gallery Pittsburgh PA Art

Must see exhibits from the December 2009 Unblurred lineup:

Artists Jeremy Beightol, Jesse Best at ModernFormations Gallery Pittsburgh PA Art

12 x 12 Group Show at Fast Fwd Gallery

The Unblurred schedule can be found here most of the time:

Disclaimer: I didn't make it to all the venues.

Kathleen Lolley Art Update, A Pittsburgh-Born Artist

Info from one of my favorite artists:

I am in a group show at Meltdown Gallery: Aurora of Polar Bears

Opening reception this Saturday, Dec 5th (2009) in Los Angeles CA.
There is an amazing line up of artists. I only wish I
could be there , but I will be there is spirit.


More prints, ornaments and goodies are now available at my etsy store.

I’m having a winter sale and expedited shipping, it’s worth a peep.


Also, I lent my art to a friend’s record.
Robin Crutchfield: The Hidden Folk

True underground folk music in a 'miner' key depic
ting the hidden folk in harp and drone.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Artist Hung Liu, Sundown of the Last Dynasty, at the Michael Berger Art Gallery, Pittsburgh PA South Side

Artist Hung Liu, Sundown of the Last Dynasty
Pittsburgh PA, South Side.

There's an amazing art exhibit there! Lithographs, etchings, ink on paper, tapestries, archival digital prints and more. And yes, digital prints can be archival despite what bizarre assumptions people hold, including the grinch who accosted me during Unblurred last Friday.

It opened December 5th, 2009. I'm not sure how long it runs but I'll check.

30 South Sixth Street, Pittsburgh PA 15203
Phone Number 412-441-4282

Hours are Wed Sat Noon to Five

From the website:

Michael Berger Gallery is pleased to present its second solo exhibition by internationally known artist Hung Liu. The exhibition features mainly two new bodies of work: Jacquard tapestries and a series of prints, Music of the Great Earth Variations, each created in collaboration with Magnolia Editions, a fine art print studio in Oakland, California.

Hung Liu was born in Changchun, China in 1948. She attended Beijing Teachers College in 1975 and studied mural painting as a graduate student at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Hung Liu immigrated to the United States in 1984 to attend the University of California, San Diego, where she received her MFA.

She has exhibited work at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City. Her works are part of the collections of the National Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Benefit for Marie Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 1-8 pm

Please support this open house for artist Mark Panza's sister, Marie, who is a breast cancer survivor. There are a lot of events happening throughout the day.

The open house is from 1-8 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2009.

Please spread the word.

$10 Suggested Donation.

Check out the image above for more details.

Panza Gallery
115 Sedgwick Street
Millvale Pa 15209

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pittsburgh Beautification Project Friday, November 6, 2009 at 7:00pm til 12am

from Bob Ziller:

Friday, November 6, 2009 at 7:00pm til 12am

I'm opening a bookstore in the old Red Star Ironworks garage at 4810 Penn Avenue. We're starting out with 3400 books, and there'll be plenty more on the way, courtesy of Robert Richards of Riverrun Books (formerly of Carson St., now in Greensboro, PA). Lots of art and music books, sciences, sports, some poetry videos, hunting, fishing, philosophy, literature, history, ephemera, you name it. EVERYTHING IS 50% OFF THE LISTED PRICE!!!

Hours are Saturdays from noon til 5 pm.

There will also be a painting party for the Pittsburgh Beautification Project. Kids are welcome. Open from 7 pm till midnite.

Facebook event link here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pittsburgh Army of Artist Space: Artists who need space

Great news from John LeDonne:

all the info is here.

I have finally finalized the deal for the Army of Artist Space and it is now time to take action. This space is for artists and photographers.

For all the new members that are not aware of the AOA space deal, here it is:
I have been working for over a year to find space for artists and photographers and have been negotiating a deal for space in the strip. I chose the strip because of its convenient location and it is really the center of Pittsburgh. The space is large enough to house plenty of AOA members. I was looking at two options for how we could afford the space and here is what I came up with. We can either have a group of 15 of us at $100.00 a month or 30 of us at $50.00 a month. Personally I am for 15 members. We would all be required to pay a $100 security deposit. The space is completely open so there will not be personal spaces, I really can not see this being an issue. We are a collaborative group and I want it to be open space. If you are looking for personal space this is not the space for you. The space is newly remolded and very clean - this is a great deal and I would like to get this for all of us.

If you are interested I need you to be 100% serious and I need you to call me at 412-853-4932. Please, no emails because it gets to be to much and time consuming.

If you need to view the space, call me at 412-853-4932 and I will take you.

Space Details:
2300 square feet, High ceilings, hardwood floors, steel security door, 24 hour access, security code access, heating and air-conditioning, bathroom, sink, lighting, electrical outlets, plenty of parking.

The landlord will add anything we need at a cost.

Photos of space:

Rental requirements:
$100 each dollar deposit, $750 a month rent plus utilities (the utilities will only be $5 to $10 a month extra per person) for first three months then $1500 a month there after. Everyone will need to sign a one year contract.

Option one: 15 members $100 a month.
Option two: 30 members $50 a month

Guardian Self Storage 2815 Liberty Avenue

This deal is only going to be here for another 30 days before we lose the space to another leaser so I need everyone that wants in to contact me ASAP.

I want to thank you all for your cooperation and patience.

John LeDonne

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wear It Clothing Co Opens Nov 11,12, 15 @ Zombo Gallery Lawrenceville Pittsburgh PA

The Zombo Gallery now opens its door to local fashion designers and clothing collectors.

On Thursday, November 12th at 6pm, The Zombo Gallery located at 4900 Hatfield St.15201 in the Lawrenceville section of Pgh, will open, "The Wear It Clothing Company".

It will feature affordable, retro and locally designed men's and women's clothing and accessories by a variety of local designers and collectors.

It will expand the gallery operations in two huge ways, 1. Naturally, adding clothing. But more importantly, 2. Giving us regular hours.

Free food and booze at the openings!

All current show artwork will remain on display during store hours. The racks will be wheeled out for art opening and closing receptions.

The new hours will be:
Wed-Saturday 1pm- 7pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm.

Wear It Clothing Co is the brainchild of Kendall Bieselt!

Check it aht.

Rick Byerly

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pittsburgh Society of Artists New Member Screening Nov 8 2009

New Members Screening, Pittsburgh Society of Artists
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Drop-Off 12:00 Noon to 1:00PM
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Simmons Hall
6300 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15232

See flier for details:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lawrenceville Open Studio Tour Saturday October 17 2009 from 10-6

Lawrenceville Open Studio Tour Saturday October 17 2009 from 10-6

16 Artists!

Download the pdf here.


Kelly Custom Furniture & Cabinetry
5239 Butler Street, 1st fl. /

5239 Butler Street, 3rd fl. / /

3 Catherine Berard, STAINED GLASS
Prism Stained Glass
5234 Butler Street /

Fresh Heirlooms
5218 Butler Street /

5 Megan Gillis, JEWELRY
Slaughterhouse Gallery & Studios
5136 Butler Street /

Jones Furniture Designs at Slaughterhouse Gallery & Studios
5136 Butler Street /

Trinity Gallery
4747 Hatfield Street /

8 Jay Design Soaps & Gifts, SOAPMAKING
4603 Butler Street /

9 Mary Coleman, WEAVING
Gallery on 43rd Street
187 43rd Street, 2nd fl. /

179 43rd Street

158 41st Street /

12 Encyclopedia Destructica Studios, HANDMADE ZINES AND BOOKS
156 41st Street /

13 Ron Donoughe, PAINTING
Paintings of Our Region
208 Main Street, 2nd fl. /

14 Tracey Donoughe, POTTERY
262 Main Street /

15 Duncan MacDiarmid, SCULPTURE AND TILES
Earthview Studios
4201 Sherrod Street /

Blackbird Artist Studios
3583 Butler Street /

Lawrenceville Open Studio Tour Sat October 17 2009 10-6

Lawrenceville Open Studio Tour Saturday October 17 2009 from 10-6

16 Artists!

Download the pdf here.


Kelly Custom Furniture & Cabinetry
5239 Butler Street, 1st fl. /

5239 Butler Street, 3rd fl. / /

3 Catherine Berard, STAINED GLASS
Prism Stained Glass
5234 Butler Street /

Fresh Heirlooms
5218 Butler Street /

5 Megan Gillis, JEWELRY
Slaughterhouse Gallery & Studios
5136 Butler Street /

Jones Furniture Designs at Slaughterhouse Gallery & Studios
5136 Butler Street /

Trinity Gallery
4747 Hatfield Street /

8 Jay Design Soaps & Gifts, SOAPMAKING
4603 Butler Street /

9 Mary Coleman, WEAVING
Gallery on 43rd Street
187 43rd Street, 2nd fl. /

179 43rd Street

158 41st Street /

12 Encyclopedia Destructica Studios, HANDMADE ZINES AND BOOKS
156 41st Street /

13 Ron Donoughe, PAINTING
Paintings of Our Region
208 Main Street, 2nd fl. /

14 Tracey Donoughe, POTTERY
262 Main Street /

15 Duncan MacDiarmid, SCULPTURE AND TILES
Earthview Studios
4201 Sherrod Street /

Blackbird Artist Studios
3583 Butler Street /

Friday, October 9, 2009

Ron Nigro @ 28 West Second Greensburg PA Oct 10-31, 2009


Solo Exhibition by Ron Nigro

October 10 - 31, 2009

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday October 10, 2009 7 - 10 PM.

Acclaimed regional artist, Ron Nigro demonstrates pure dedication to his craft with an obsessive fire. He combines beautiful mechanisms of our everyday appliances and computers giving them new life framed within wood and metal. Influences come from architecture, religion and fantasy and play with the viewer's perception. Are these works of the future or relics from the past?

Mr. Nigro's most recent awards include Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (2009) Nomination for Art & Technology Award for the The Work of Arts Awards - Let your art out! Pittsburgh Technology Council, 15 Minutes Gallery in Pittsburgh, 2009 Merit Award and 2008 Sculpture Award. Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 2009 Award, Best of Show; 2008 Third Place. And his most recent solo exhibition was held at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA 2008.

We will resume regular gallery hours Tuesday - Friday 12 - 6 PM and Saturdays 11 - 4 PM, beginning October 12, 2009.

28 West Second
Gallery & Studio Space
28 West Second St
Greensburg, PA 15601

Three Rivers Bioneers Conference (3RB) Oct 16-18 2009

Three Rivers Bioneers Conference (3RB)

Oct. 16-18, 2009 at the Pittsburgh Project in the Northside

The Pittsburgh Power Flower will be there!

Register link here.

Three Rivers Bioneers: Connect. Discover. Celebrate

Three Rivers Bioneers (3RB) is the Beaming Bioneers conference partner based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The mission of 3RB is to foster a local movement of citizens and organizations who strive to cultivate sustainable communities in the Three Rivers Bioregion through actions revolving around social justice, ecological health, and innovative solutions.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Botanic Garden 2009 Fundraiser Party October 16 2009

I donated a Pittsburgh skyline photography print for this fundraiser happening October 16, 2009. My mother was a big fan of this effort and I hope to see it get the money it needs to move forward.

Check out the website for the details. You can register for the dinner or just for the party afterwards. If you can't make the event considering donating.

why pittsburgh needs bgwp!

Western Pennsylvania is the only metropolitan region of its size in the United States without an outdoor botanic garden. Botanic gardens are destinations that stimulate cultural, educational and economic enrichment far beyond their boundaries. Botanic gardens celebrate plants in beautiful and educational outdoor settings. While serving the needs of the community by displaying regionally hardy plants, the garden will offer dramatic color, outdoor classrooms, spectacular vistas, woodland walks, environmental "laboratories" and special venues for cultural and social events.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Presents “A Zombie Play With Brains”

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Presents “A Zombie Play With Brains” -
The Revenants October 16 - 31, 2009
Press Contacts: Mark Whitehead, (412) 378-0331, mark(AT)
Mark Clayton Southers, (412) 377-7803, austinsills(AT)

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company presents the local premiere of
The Revenants, an original horror drama by Scott T. Barsotti at its
Downtown Cultural District performance space, 542 Penn Avenue at Sixth
Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222, in the Jackman Building (the parking
garage across from Heinz Hall, above Starbucks.) Performance dates
are October 16 - 31, 2009, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and 11:00
PM. Two additional performances will be added during the run’s final
week on Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29 at 8:00 PM.
Tickets are $17.50 general admission, or $35.00 for the October 31
11:00 PM performance, which will include a gala costume reception
featuring surprise special guests.

The Revenants honors the long-cherished traditions of Pittsburgh’s
rich zombie heritage as two young couples become barricaded in a
suburban basement during a violent uprising of the living dead. As
supplies run low and hopes dwindle, it is revealed that two of the
spouses are infected and getting... hungry. Faced with the true
meaning of commitment, husbands and wives must ask of each other: When
does love die?

Born and raised in Pittsburgh’s North Hills, Scott T. Barsotti is now
based in Chicago. His plays have been presented in Chicago, New York,
and New Orleans, and have been seen at the New York International
Fringe Festival, and The Rhinoceros Theater Festival. Mr. Barsotti is
a company member of Curious Theatre Branch and WildClaw Theatre, as
well as an Artistic Associate of Illegal Drama and Collaboraction. He
has an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
and was recently honored as a Resident Playwright at Chicago
Dramatists. PPTCO’s production of The Revenants marks his Pittsburgh

Produced by PPTCO founder and Artistic Director Mark Clayton
Southers, The Revenants features actors Makeda Duncan-Parker, Todd
Betker, David Conley, and Valentina Benrexi. Recently named PPTCO
Artistic Associate Mark Whitehead serves as Director and Sound
Designer. Special Visual Effects are crafted by nationally acclaimed
FX wizard Steve Tolin. Other design and crew personnel include
Raymond “Chang” James (Set Design and Construction), Eric Smith
(Lights), James Edwards (Props), Cheryl El-Walker (Costumes and
Make-Up), Jason Stinnette (Stage Manager) John Gresh (Voice Coach) and
Mark C. Thompson (Movement and Fight Consultant).

The Revenants kicks off Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre’s seventh
season. Upcoming plays for 2009-2010 are Sanctified by Javon Johnson,
Valu-Mart by Sean O'Leary, and Jitney by August Wilson. Season
subscriptions are available for $65.00. To order tickets, including
season passes, call ProArts Tickets at 412-394-3353 or visit For group sales, contact Twanda Clark at
412-708-1503. For more information on Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
Company visit

# # #

Critical reviews of past productions of The Revenants:

The Revenants was previously produced at the New York International
Fringe Festival and at WildClaw Theatre in Chicago. A sampling of
critical reviews includes:

“[A] thoroughly successful melding of the relationship drama and the
zombie apocalypse. The Revenants is horror all the way - especially
if the notion of missing, broken, or mutilated love is horrific. Or
the notion of love, like zombification, destroying your personality,
your history, your free will... Chekov would approve, as would George
Romero. In other words - go see it... see it with someone you’d shoot
through the brain, or chain up in the garage, should it come to that.” - Kenneth Hite

“Delightful... transcends formula schlock... The Revenants opens with
a mini-masterpiece of unnerving terror... The end, as you might
expect, isn’t pretty. But it is as perverse a happily-ever-after as
you could possibly want from a tale of love among ghouls.” Windy City
Times - Catey Sullivan

“This play has the perfect balance of humor, creepiness, emotional
moments, and yes even some blood and gore... The Revenants is
definitely a play worth seeing.” Horror Society - Jessica Wells

“CRITIC’S CHOICE: Compelling... at once uncanny and emotionally
 Chicago Reader - Tony Adler

“The Revenants is not to be missed!... Scott T. Barsotti has hit the
nail on the head when it comes to zombies. It’s not really about the
zombies; it’s about the people left behind.” - Jude

“Barsotti’s play offers more brain food than cheap thrills... it’s
refreshing to see a piece firmly centered on the central question of
what makes us human - our appetite for survival at any cost, or our
need for love and companionship?”
 Chicago Tribune - Kerry Reid

“RECOMMENDED: A Must-See Show! When the emotional entanglements of
all four characters’ shared pasts are laid bare, the horror-house
shocks and interpersonal bickering become something far more
emotionally arresting. The Revenants shows how love can last longer
than life itself, and its effects can be both beautiful and
 Centerstage Chicago - Geoff Hyatt

“The audience feels like they are trapped in the basement with these
four characters, giving a total theatre experience that is
appropriately unnerving.” - Josh Sherman

“[A] tight, edgy, claustrophobic and suspenseful character drama with
harrowing moments and deep emotional resonance. It’s full of terror,
pathos, humor, and humanity that serves to elevate the zombie
archetype into a rich metaphor for past love, relationships, and
 Sword and Cloak - David Schmidt

“Scott T. Barsotti’s somber zombie drama The Revenants contains a
surprising emotional elasticity particularly for those anticipating
nothing more than an all out limb flinging gore fest. Those schooled
in horror, though, know that the best of the genre (wherein The
Revenants firmly places itself) picks at the heart as well as the fear
 Chicago Free Press - Brian Kirst

“A zombie play with brains.” - Jon Kitley