I am sorry I missed the full event, which are usually so much fun. I especially like going in the Fall. It's a lively street scene with so much activity that I rarely am able to get to all of it. I did get a chance to visit Penn Ave this past weekend. I stopped at ModernFormations to take a look at their current exhibits.
|Signs From the Times: An exhibition of new works by Ron Copeland|
Ron Copeland's Signs of the Times was really great! The front room of the gallery is filled with these collage-installations of signs. Just a really gorgeous exhibit. The pieces were nicely detailed and gave you a lot to look at.
The installations include found and fabricated objects, with some lighted pieces mixed in. The combination of textures, coupled with the relief aspect of the assemblage made for some very appealing work. With so many works in the room, I would have assumed it would feel crowded, but the whole exhibit had a nice and balanced flow to it.
|Signs From the Times: An exhibition of new works by Ron Copeland (detail)|
I happened to glance behind one the installations and found that there were several pieces completely out of view. It just sort of tickled me to find them, yanno? The show reminded me of the ghost signs that you see on some of the old buildings in Pittsburgh. The show seems to herald that nostalgiac look at our recent history.
More examples from Signs of the Times are in the gallery. There are a few more days to view the exhibit, and it's well worth the trip.
Signs From the Times: An exhibition of new works by Ron Copeland
|At Spak Bros|
December's Unblurred should be a really good one. You should definitely bring your gift-giving list with you, though. Past years' experience has demonstrated that this is a great place to find something special and unique for those on your list.
Mostly Mod / Artica will be open, with their eclectic mix of kitsch and classic collectibles.
Stuff 'n Such Society, located in the basement of Most Wanted Fine Art, is a great place to pick up that one action figure from the Star Wars series that your friend doesn't have.
Clay Penn is the studio of Laura McLaughlin. Expect amazingly detailed ceramic art.
Pulse is going to be having a gift mart with lots of DIY vendors.
And stop by the Pittsburgh Glass Center for the Holiday Glass Sale.