Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Distillery Program @ The Brew House


The Distillery Program has reached its third year. There is definitely a need for this type of program in Pittsburgh; a mentoring program that assists artists, through an immersive program, to reach progressive levels in their career development. Unfortunately, the Brew House site is under construction, so I pulled the following statement from their MySpace page. Yes, I did edit it a little. It hasn't been updated since its inception three years ago --
The Distillery Program at the Brew House Association, in its third year, is a program that acts as a stepping-stone for participants as they move towards new phases of artistic production and career development. The program addresses the current need for relevant career/professional development opportunities related to the arts as well as exhibition opportunities, and support for working artists by providing individuals with a supportive and dynamic arena in which to pursue studio practice, career development, and an exhibition opportunity in the SPACE 101 gallery.

The artists in this edition of the Distillery program have been very dynamic, seeking out and procuring additional exhibit opportunities. Last fall, the group put together an exhibit at 937 Liberty that was really consistent. It was a prelude to what could be an excellent culminating exhibit at Space 101. From the Facebook event page --
QUESTION / What happens when five artists at different ages and stages in their art making processes come together for a six month residency that provides shared affordable studio space, guest speakers from different domains of the art world and mentoring support?

ANSWER / Wiser artists emerge with new works of art that are ready to be unveiled and shared with the community at large.

The exhibit should be worth seeing. However, gallery hours are a little limited so plan accordingly.

The Distillery Program Season 3 Exhibition
2008-2009 Resident Artists
· Stephanie Armbruster
· Rose Clancy
· Matthew Liam Conboy
· Anna E. Mikolay
· Aubrie Sell

Space 101
The Brew House
2100 Mary St.
Pittsburgh PA 15203
EXHIBIT DURATION / April 24th through May 22.
GALLERY HOURS / Wed. & Thurs. 6-9pm, Sat. 12-6 pm
ARTIST TALK /Saturday, May 16, 5-7 PM

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