Thursday, April 30, 2009

New director for the Carnegie Museum announced

Via Tyler Green, via the NYT --
The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has named Lynn Zelevansky, who leads the contemporary art department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as its new director. Read the NYT announcement

Ms. Zelevansky has a really great list of publication credits to her name, as evidenced in this list on BestBookBuys. It should be interesting to watch what develops from this new appointment. Richard Armstrong was at the helm of the Carnegie Museum for a very long time.

Pittsburgh Art Events: 5/1-2/09

This weekend the art is jammed-packed into the evening hours of Friday. Apparently May 1st is such an auspicious date for openings that the galleries around town all seized the same moment to unveil their offerings. My advice to you? Pick-and-choose carefully, because you are bound to (once again) miss a lot of what there is to see.


I’ll get the vanity out of the way with the announcement that I will have a piece in a group show at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. It’s part of “SALIGLIA: A Seven Deadly Sins Exhibition”- which is juried and curated by Steven R. Mendelson, and presented by Pittsburgh Society of Artists. This is the first work that I’ve ever shown at this institution, so suffice it to say I am rather excited. Maybe I’ll even be nervous. Who knows? Meanwhile, there are seven additional exhibitions opening on Friday at PCA, including those featuring Christopher Kardambikis (of Encyclopedia Destructica fame) and Aasta Deth. This is an opportunity to see lots of diverse artwork while making just one stop. Come by 6300 Fifth Avenue, between 5:30 and 8PM.

While you’re in that part of town (from 6-8PM), you can jump into the Miller Gallery at CMU (5000 Forbes Avenue) for “From the Vault”- a selection of pieces by the 2009 BFA class, including Olga Brindar. These students are billing themselves as “panpsychists, selcouthists, paralogists, and strikhedonists.” Crack that code how and when you so choose.

Of course… since this happens to be First Friday, we have a full bill over in the Penn Avenue Corridor for the May Unblurred, Here’s the schedule. The presence of several unfamiliar venues is particularly conspicuous this month. There’s a new clothing store called Tweek (4913 Penn), tree photography at the storefront office of Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest (5427 Penn), and three shutterbugs (including my friend Allison Pochapin) at 5131 Penn. There’s also a display of post-apocalyptic architecture down at EDGE studio (5411 Penn, drive there if you have the option) and shots from Route 66 by Scott Roller at Imagebox (4933 Penn). Be sure to visit the anchors as well- Garfield Artworks, Modern Formations, and Most Wanted Fine Art. Most of the stuff happens between the hours of 6 and 10PM. Can you handle all that?

And we’re not done yet, boys and girls. Because some local film industry people have collected some stuff for display at Mendelson Gallery (5874 Ellsworth Avenue) in Shadyside. Jolene Elyse Drylie, Mark L. Gualtieri, Smith Harper Hutchings, Shawn Watrous & Kevin Wenner are included in “The Scenics”, opening 6-9PM. Good stuff indeed.

At the risk of sounding like Ron Popeil, I feel some obligation to mention the fact that there’s EVEN MORE to see. Because the Society for Contemporary Craft is hosting their first reception (5:30-8PM) in more than half a year- “Beyond Shared Language: Contemporary Art & the Latin American Experience”. Don’t let the swanky atmosphere of this Strip District location (2100 Smallman Street) put you off- you are welcome to browse, and I have enjoyed my previous visits there. If they let a scumbag like me in… well…

Finally, Zombo Gallery (4900 Hatfield St.) is once again rolling out the art. This go ‘round they have works by Kill Taupe. The show is called “Imaginary Friends Club”. I have no idea what that’s all about. But the reception lasts from 6-11PM, making this a possible last stop for your meanderings on what should be a very busy night.


We’ve got slim pickings after the whirlwind of activity on Friday. But Boxheart (on Liberty Ave. in Blooomfield) has the opening for Kim Curinga’s “Legacy: Digital Paintings Reception”. Check it after 5PM. Have fun.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fibers Expanded @ Luke & Eloy

What are you doing this Saturday afternoon? Why, you're going to Luke & Eloy for the Fibers Expanded exhibit. Seriously, that is where you are going. Me, I'll be at the day job.

I stopped in Luke & Eloy today, as Brigitte Martin was putting some touches on the installation. Even knowing that I didn't see the whole show in its entirety didn't mar an enjoyable visit. Ms. Martin is very knowledgeable about the artists seected for the exhibit. It is obvious that she has taken great care in selecting works of high quality.
Carol Milne (Seattle, Washington)
Knitted Wax Strands Kiln-cast in Lead Crystal
5.5 (H) x 13 (W) x 13 inches

The above work by Carol Milne is something that you really have to see. The process sounds amazing and involves knitting wax and using it for casting glass. Rellay, I am stunned by this artist's process. It is a beautiful work.

Alison Gates (Appleton, WI)
"Things from Home"
Stitched Silk and die cut Braille paper
Each house 6x6x6 inches
"Spirituality" (Wing), "Labor" (Hand), "Materialsm" (Tag)

Remember, now, I picked these works as representative of the quality of the exhibit. I would strongly recommend a visit to the gallery to pick the works that you respond to. I found Things From Home to be really beautiful, if somewhat ambiguos. The houses have die-cut icons, cut from pages of braile, suspended in them. Very mysterious, very ambiguous.


Islay Taylor (Providence, RI)
"Lace Collar Necklace"
Vinyl Tablecloth, pearls, silver, monofilament
14 x 12 x 5 inches
Islay Taylor's piece was just so lovely. Sometimes, that is enough, you know what I mean?


Norman Sherfield (Eureka, California)
"Sticks and Stones", "Beacon"
Knotted Waxed Lines Sculptures
13 x 4 inches (Sticks and Stones)
11.5 x 5 inches (Beacon)

These pieces by Norman Sherfield were so appealing. The structure of the dolls is reinforced with stones and twigs. Obviously, a lot of thought were put into these works. The coiled basket technique is a simple one, but so well executed in this work. An amazing integration of technique and concept.

Fibers Expanded is opening this Saturday and will run through June 6. Luke & Eloy is a terrific gallery, fast becoming one of my favorite places to view new works in Pittsburgh.

Fibers Expanded
Expanding the possibilities of fiber as an expressive, artistic medium using a wide range of traditional and modern techniques.
May 2, 2009 - June 6, 2009
Opening reception | May 2
5169 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Participating Artists:
- Cheryl Eve Acosta
- Atticus Adams
- Alissa Alfonso
- Eileen Doughty
- Ashley Ernest
- Alison Gates
- Beverly Hertler
- Sarah Holden
- Suki Kwon
- Amy Long
- Sharon McCartney
- Carol Milne
- Jennifer Moss
- Matt Nelson
- Masako Onodera
- Ceres Rangos
- Norman Sherfield
- Islay Taylor

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cinderella : Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre bids Maribel Modrono adieu

There is a decidedly American suspicion of any private labor involved in mastery of a skill, unless it's for athletics, or a lot of money or fame (or best, both). I hate the backward compliment men will pay ballet, when they comment on how this or that football player learned ballet before putting on the pads.

I braved the acres of mothers and daughters to see the Prokofiev-scored Cinderella at the Benedum last night. Little did I know this was Maribel Modrono's farewell performance. Unmentioned in the program, I figured it out listening to the buzz of the audience around me.

They praised her roles over the last 15 years dancing in Pittsburgh. One matron in black and white sequins told her friend how she would make sure she got tickets to see the Maribel-danced stagings of any production, haranguing the ticket office for Maribel nights.

The house at 90+ percent capacity, we got a confection of glitter and tulle that barely bested the ribbons and curls on the girls of every age in the audience. A scrim of forest invited us into the fairy tale.

Ballet presents narrative as a series of gestures. It predates film in ways that theater does not. Plot is presented as a series of images. Broad strokes of costume mark out characters territory quickly. The audience 'gets' the drag queen stepsisters immediately, the weak father, Cinderella's delicate beauty, in the opening scene.

The audience knows the backstory. Minimal set pieces and costuming allow each dancer to quickly enter the narrative's archetypal spaces. Then the audience can focus on the dancing, wonder at the the complicated series of gestures presented by each dancer's particular architecture.

The set describes narrative turning points. Cinderella's chair at the foot of the hearth, the announcement of the supernatural with dried ice, the clock motif. This allows the audience to bask in Maribel's grace and emotive power, at the Jester's endurance of the Stepsisters' haranguing, at the amazing Corps du Ballet's dancing in all that blue and white lace. Oh, and those unfortunate firefly costumes.

Gestures between dancers articulate their relationships. Cinderella's courtship of the Prince presented with a particular order of gestured language between the pair at every meeting, underlined by Prokofiev's motifs.

Ballet implies. It operates in a particular vocabulary of nonverbal communication, like the best film.

The plot serves only to provide a framework for extraordinary presentations of embodied language, allowing the dancers their moments of rest, their necessary clothing changes.

Aside - How did Maribel switch out to her Cinderella frock, so quickly, once she fled the ball? I don't know. But the love she shared with her audience at her extended curtain - and the flowers flung at her from the foot of the stage - told me an audience lost their beloved last night.

Best wishes for her on her journey.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater

Saturday, April 25, 2009

My "Right Wing Blog" Is Up

I actually started another blog for my personal,political and economic opinions a long time ago but never kept up with it.

It's called John Morris: Unmedicated, and in the last few days. I've been trying to organise many of the posts I put on other blogs and forums into a more coherent form in one place. This is still a work in progress.

I will try to add it to the blog role here. I will still add some political posts on here once in a while, mostly related to issues related to free speech, religious liberty and the press.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pittsburgh Art Events: 4/24-27/09.

This weekend there’s a time management workshop on offer down at Duquesne. I’m not going to offer you the details, but I will have you know that this talk would have been useful for fitting in all of the great events happening over the next several days. There’s so much to do that you probably won’t have time to listen to a lecture about scheduling. But if you find yourself amenable to the suggestion, have a quick scan over my picks…


To be honest, I have no idea whether or not the seasonal Downtown Gallery Crawl has morphed into this thing called “One Night Stand”… but it sure seems like the Cultural Trust is in the mood for a makeover. Several galleries in the Golden Triangle are hosting receptions with live entertainment on Friday, and it might be an efficient use of your time to drive around for 45 minutes or so and look for a proper parking spot. Mary Mack will be spinning to a backdrop of Czech photos at SPACE, Netherlands-based Telcosystems will appear to support the “at times visually violent, sonically extreme and physically intimidating” art displayed at Wood Street, and there will be spoken word by Brian Francis at Future Tenant. Apparently there’s an after party at Remedy in Larryville. It all (and more) gets underway at 7:30PM.

Perhaps you missed Tim Kerr’s opening at Zombo Gallery (4900 Hatfield Street) a few weeks ago? The closing is Friday from 6PM to around 10PM (or so). Take your time and read the words on his paintings. It seems like a bit of a risky choice to write directly on your visual work. But in this case, I found it rather inspiring.

The Brew House Distillery program annually offers emerging artists six-month residencies at their facility on 2100 Mary Street in the South Side. Stop by at Space 101 (from 7-11PM) for the opening reception starring the latest batch of home-grown creators. Just get out of that hood before the suburban tools start to flood in with their cheap beer piss and whiskey-muscles.


My buddy Tom Henry is performing his wryly wacky form of comedy at the Improv in Homestead for a three night stretch (starting Thursday @ 8PM, with shows @ 8PM and 10PM on Fri and 7PM and 9PM on Sat), opening for national comic T.J. Miller. It’s $15 per show, plus money enough for the two drink minimum. Drop in and show support for the local jokester. If you don’t laugh at least once, then… well, um… then you’re a douchebag?!


Ok, I haven’t really ridden a bike in years. But I do appreciate it when I see others doing so. That’s why I’m mentioning the pancake breakfast at the East Liberty Whole Foods on Saturday morning (8 AM). It’s $7, sponsored by the Community Design Center, and offers guests a chance to register for Pedal Pittsburgh. I can only speculate, but I imagine there’s nothing more pleasant than having a stomach full of griddle cakes expanding in your belly as you two-wheel up-and-down the hills of the ‘Burgh.

If you need to sit after your ride, stop by (11AM) at Fe Gallery in the L-Ville and find out “how art stuff happens” @ the Workshop for the Working Artist. It’s $5 (which should give you an essential clue in solving the thematic problem posed herein), and features local scenesters including Jennifer Baron, Susan Blackman, Eric Shiner, and T Foley. Then at 2PM you can check out the Ralph Munn Creative Writing Workshop, led by photo-essayist and memoirist Sandra Gould Ford, @ the Carnegie Library in Oakland. That one’s free.

Permit me to say that one of the major highlights this weekend should be the reception for the one-week run of CMU –grad Olga Brindar’s “Sketchbook Release: Moments and Minutiae” at the Panza gallery in Millvale (115 Sedgwick Street). I’ve been checking out her drawings for a few years now, and I’m excited for her first solo exhibition. Olga is a young artist who’s not afraid to put herself on display, and we are all the better off for it. It is imperative that you fit this into your Saturday agenda (6-9PM).

The aforementioned Remedy (5121 Butler St) is hosting an opening/reception (from 11PM-1AM) for their in-house muralist Emmeric Konrad. The theme is “Drawings Done in Bars & the Paintings They've Inspired”. Make sure to visit the dining room and learn what his art does for your appetite(s). Have their fine cooks make you somethin’ good while you are at it. I recommend most everything.


Art all Night, Pittsburgh’s premiere non-juried visual and auditory extravaganza starts at 6PM on Saturday night and runs until Sunday @ 2PM. It’s a Lawrenceville annual tradition, and takes place at the Red Warehouse (3510 Smallman Street) this year. According to the “official” numbers, last year saw 810 participating artists and attracted over 10,000 guests. Get there early for parking and refreshments. And if you want to display your work, drop off is Saturday afternoon (Noon-4PM). See the website for all the details you need. And yes… it’s all free.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pittsburgh Weekend Events: 4/17-18

Now that the unseasonably cold weather and grey skies have passed, it’s time to get outside and enjoy April. ‘He” has risen indeed and you Christians need not abstain from vice anymore (after all, didn’t he die for your sins?!) - take lots of showers and you know what will happen in a couple of weeks…

There are a lot of options this weekend… many of which are not specifically “art-related”, so what the hell- check ‘em out.


Did you know that The CMU activities board annually brings to Pittsburgh some of the best indie rock bands on the national scene? Did you know that you can show up on the CFA lawn and see super-group The New Pornographers and Ted Leo’s band for FREE? You can if you get there several hours before the 8PM scheduled show time. Bring plenty of liquids and whatever else you might require for the wait.

If happiness isn’t your bag, you can stop at the Warhol for a Depression double feature (including John Ford’s Grapes of Wrath and a Busby Berkely film). That’ll cost you $10. Check the listings for the times.

You could also consider taking an evening walk through Pittsburgh’s best neighborhood- the Lawrenceville Blossom Tour is here once again. There are 25 establishments giving out free seeds in honor of Earth Day. Get in touch with Maya Haptas of the Lawrenceville Corporation at (412) 782-5100 ext 103 for more details.

Maybe you want to continue spending time in the great outdoors? Consider checking out the Public Star Party at Mingo Creek Park Observatory. The Amateur Astronomers Association Of Pittsburgh supplies the telescopes. It gets underway just before sunset. I’ve never tried it, but I’m pretty sure I’d see a UFO.

There are also a couple of openings downtown at 707/709 Penn Gallery. Apparently Joe DeFerrari’s keeping tabs on Isabella Rossellini. He’s put together an exhibit (Ritual Decadence) examining animal mating rituals at Future Tenant, and the opening starts at 6PM. Over at 707/709 you can see Michael Ninehouser’s meditations (On This, The Land) on early man, familiar fables and gospel myths. That reception runs from 5-7PM.


If you don’t stay out too late partying, you can take advantage of several events this morning. There are flea markets at St. Louise DeMarillac's LeGras Parish Center (320 McMurray Road, Pittsburgh), St Aloysius (3614 Mount Troy Road, Reserve Township), and Saint Gabriel Of The Sorrowful Virgin (5200 Greenridge Drive). Do a bit of hunting for the details if you are interested. If you can’t prepare yourself, then there’s no way you are going anywhere early enough to make the trip worthwhile.

Alternatively, you could nerd out with two other destinations. Grab your caped crusader costume and head out to North Park for the Superhero 5K Run/Walk. No, I am not kidding. It starts at 9AM and fittingly benefits the Parental Stress Center. The Superhero Foundation (which operates a similar event in Austin, TX) seeks to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. If you move quickly (like you should in a leotard) you can meet the regional "Star Wars" fan group Garrison Carida at the Warhol. They will be hanging out (apparently dressed as stormtroopers and such) to support the museum’s “Vader Project” exhibit). Show up at 1PM and they won’t sic the Death Star on you.

So yeah… geek out. But make sure you don’t beat yourself up over it. If you have that tendency (and you are a writer), you should take a minute (10AM) with psychotherapist Don Laird at the Greentree Public Library. Presented by the Pittsburgh Writers Project, Laird is hosting a discussion about the anxiety-ridden prospect of facing down your “inner critic”. That may be a debilitating thought, but what’s your alternative? (loser)

Once you get through with your daytime activities, ya might want to think about seeing the Squonk Opera at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts (7:20PM, $17-20). The expense might give you pause, but I assure you that this group is well worth seeing. I’ve done so myself on occasion.

Or if you’re feeling frisky… splurge on a ticket ($50 general, $100 Velvet Lounge, $250 Dirty Donor) for the Attack Theater’s Dirty Ball (8 pm - midnight 135 51st Street, Lawrenceville). You’ll be contributing to the dance troupe’s cause, and you might even get (un)lucky with a partner of your own choosing. Who says you gotta settle for free internet porn? The organizers promise that it will be luscious, flirty and salacious. And I believe that drinks and food are covered in the admission price. Damn, that’s tempting.

At the end of the night, I understand if you want to dance. You have a choice at 10PM. The Shadow Lounge has Classic Material #24-"These Are The Breaks" Edition, with the “Breakbeats that have shaped many classic hip-hop tracks.” And the New Amsterdam is offering the ultimate after-party with the production teams of Hijack and Humanaut, “teaming up for night of solid house and minimal”. Dress in layers, yo.

Quilts, Art and Other Women's Work: An Exhibition and Artonomic Stimulus Sale @ Unblurred on Penn Avenue, May 1, 2009 @ ARTica

As a nod to mothers, and working women everywhere, Passports: the Art of Diversity will be showcasing a collection of beautiful handmade quilts, and also the work of three of Pittsburgh's best-known "Graces," Susan Constanse, Christiane D and Amy Kerlin, who will be selling selections from their cache of original work. Their art will be priced "to go," an attempt by the ladies to spur their own "artonomics" stimulus plan, so plan to be there to buy ( before they get too famous)! PLUS... come out and learn how to submit work for the "ART OF CAN" competition sponsored by Red Bull Energy Drinks, see one of last year's art pieces from the exhibition in Philadelphia, and enjoy snacks and FREE samples of Red Bull products. It's all happening Friday, May 1st @ ARTica Gallery and Antiques 5110 Penn Avenue from 7-10 p.m. Questions?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Kyle Ethan Fischer @ Box Heart

Kyle Ethan Fischer, Get Rhythm, 24" X 24" X 3", Mixed Media on Wood

One really good reason for following Kyle Ethan Fischer's work: it evolves. I will say that I was surprised when I walked in the gallery to see that Mr. Fischer had moved his work even further to the non-narrative. His work has always had some references to the figurative. It was a good surprise.

The works on display include paintings and works on paper. The paintings are highly textured, in some cases embellished with gold leaf. The works seem to explore multiple techniques without becoming muddied. There is a decided focus to the works, even while they maintain their painterly, loose qualities.

meta consciousness is open through April 25. Please make a point in stopping in Box eart to see this fine exhibit.

Kyle Ethan Fischer
March 31 - April 25, 2009
Box Heart Gallery
4523 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
P. 412 687 8858

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM

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

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

First Annual Art What You Got

Remember the Art What You Got festival last year? It was a blast, even with the rain and wind. Well, this year, Art What You Got is having its Frist Annual on July 19th! The applications for this year's Art What You Got are now available! This year, we will be accepting applications from performers, too. I have included a brief description of the event at the end of this email. You can also follow us on Facebook and MySpace.

Please go to --

for details and to download applications. Applications must be received by the Polish Hill Civic Association by April 30, 2009 (this is an actual, not a postmark deadline) So get them sent in soon!

Art What You Got is Polish Hill’s art festival, the second summer street fair in this small neighborhood. The main intersection of Polish Hill, Brereton and Dobson streets, is closed for an entire weekend each July when the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church holds a church community festival. The church event is on Saturday only, but tents, tables, chairs and lighting would stay in place until Monday morning. The Polish Hill Civic Association saw an opportunity to create a new tradition for the neighborhood and utilize the second day of the street closing. With the assistance and cooperation of the church, the West Penn Recreation Center, and a squad of volunteers, the PHCA presented the first Art What You Got in July of 2008. Despite a fierce storm that blew through in the afternoon, the bands kept playing, people kept eating pierogis and kielbasa, the sun eventually came out again, and the festival was counted as a rousing success.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Pittsburgh Art Events: 4/3-4/09

So what’s it going to be like this weekend? Will this Thursday foretaste of the weekend reflect its flavors? Hell if I know. But I do know this… there are plenty of options tomorrow and Saturday. Take a minute or two to scan this post and you just might find something to make your mouth moist.


I could almost be forgiven for believing the Pittsburgh Arts scene was in hibernation for virtually the entire winter (with a few notable exceptions, of course). So this First Friday represents a wake-up call for those of you who stayed tucked in through the long, cold season.

Unblurred features the return of the Modern Formations Spring Salon Annual Juried Exhibition. This is often a highlight on Penn Avenue (4919 PENN AVE), and through the years I’ve been exposed to more than a few exciting young artists there- Andy and Ben Kehoe, Katherine Young, Gabe Felice, and Jairan Sadeghi among them. Naturally there are no guarantees, but you could certainly find more futile ways to spend your time. Have at it.

Elsewhere you might run into some throat singers from the steppes of Central Asia (Garfield Artworks- 10 PM, $10 @ 4931 PENN AVE), or be offered an opportunity to take a free hour-long Argentine Tango crash course (5020 PENN AVE 3RD FLOOR,7-8PM, Free). If that ain’t your bag, you can check out the MOXBOX Fine Art Party (5014 PENN AVE) or see an opening for a mosaic down the street at the Pittsburgh Glass Center (5472 PENN AVE, 6-9PM). Carol Speranza has her hand-cut paintings at the International Children’s Art Gallery (5020 PENN AVE) and Dawn Hartman is displaying photos from Ghana at ImageBox (4933 PENN AVE).

After you’ve rambled along the Penn Avenue Corridor, make at least a quick digression to the Zombo Gallery for a look at the Folk Art of Tim Kerr. Apparently dude plays in a band… which wouldn’t ordinarily impress me, but I saw the image on the hot card, and it does look good. I sure do like to look at drawings. See ‘em here.

Likewise there is at least one opening downtown (@SPACE), and of course the competing first Friday over on Ellsworth in Shadyside. Maybe that’s where you belong instead?


Moxie Dada (1416 Arch Street on the North Side) returns this month with a show of sculptures curated by Shannon Kuhns. Participating artists include the aforementioned Kuhns, Thomas Brunger, and Elizabeth Ashe Douglas. I find it hard to believe that despite the longstanding efforts of the proprietors, there are still a lot of otherwise savvy scenesters that have yet to visit the old firehouse that the gallery now inhabits. Perhaps you ought to do something about that…

Ok, so I guess I can quit scolding you. I’ll just drop one more suggestion before I leave off. The David Lawrence Convention Center (downtown PGH) is hosting Tekkoshocon- a celebration of Anime and Japanese Culture. It runs from Friday until Sunday, and they seem to have a full schedule planned. I don’t know if I can slip in for a couple of hours or not, but I sure do feel like trying. Cosplay, vendors, fan art… who wouldn’t want to go?