Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Art What You Got

July 19 marks the return of the Art What You Got festival in Polish Hill. This community festival is going to be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially with the mild weather we are having this July.

The festival has something for everybody. Music, food, art to look at, food, music, food, art to do and did I mention food? That's right, folks, I travel on my stomach. This year the festival includes the usual fair food as well as it's own specialties, like pickles on a stick. Unlike last year, this year will include ice cream as well as vegan treats.

I'm not going to go over the full roster of visual artists that will be at the festival this year, the list is pretty extensive. You can find it on the festival MySpace page along with links to the artists works. Following is a short list of some of my favorites from the list.

Maura Doern Danko .:Link:.
painting/cutouts/small jewelry made from paintings
Joseph Holtz Jr./Hands of Holtz
mixed media on glass
Yelena Lamm/Yelena Lamm Design .:Link:.
original paintings and drawings, limited edition art prints and notecards
Garick Tai-Lee and Augustin Pionati
Lauren Toohey .:Link:.
acrylic paintings and face painting

Art to do? Yep, there will definitely be some hands-on projects for all ages. The Andy Warhol Museum, The Mattress Factory, Project 53, Fossil Free Fuels and Carnegie Library will all be on hand with button-making, printing and all kinds of fun stuff to do. Carley Parrish will be doing a sign project too. One of the coolest projects in Polish Hill is the Harmar Garden. This lot was taken over by volunteers from the neighborhood and from the SCA. They will be having a couple of hands-on projects at the garden, ongoing throughout the day. Watch for the signs!

I did say music, didn't I? Following is the bands playing for the festival. The entertainment will be going all day. Links to the bands pages are provided on the Art What You Got MySpace page.

Joy Ike (singer/songwriter and band)
Ar Eigean Gael (tradiional Irish music)
Stan Szymanski (solo bass guitar praise and worship)
Chet Vincent and the Big Bend (rock, roots)
Joy Toujours (acoustic, kids)
Timbeleza (Brazilian drumming and samba)
The Incline (folk/rock)

Most important information --

Art What You Got
Sunday, July 19, 2009
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Polish Hill
3060 Brereton St
Pittsburgh, PA


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