Polish Hill Arts Festival vendor preview #5

More vendors!  Let’s get right to it:

Reyghan Pierce is a Polish Hill resident and recent graduate from CAPA.  She’ll be selling multi-media works, drawings, and paintings.

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Sarah Jo Antonucci makes glazed tile coasters from beer labels.

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Malcolm Gittins paints old-time movie monsters:

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Nicole Bloch makes jewelry and home items from reclaimed materials, including bike chain.   She’ll also have soaps and other items.

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Cyberpunk Apocalypse will be joining us for the first time, bringing a collection of books and ‘zines.

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Joe Holtz has been with the festival every year since it started.  Joe creates paintings on glass — an old folk tradition, but updated with pop culture references.

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Siren Studio is a group of women, each bringing their own unique artwork.

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Jabari Mason will be selling his bookmarks (below), as well as prints, original paintings, and much, much more.

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Erin, Lindsay, and Jackie will be selling a great selection of vintage clothes and accessories — at “artist-friendly” prices, they say.

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Stephanie Neary’s work includes dense freehand patterns on eggs, light switch plates and more.

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And finally, Cheryl Sedlock will be doing tarot card readings, and tabling with Healcrest Farms, who will bring herbal products, teas, and pops.

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And that’s our fabulous vendor lineup!  See you Sunday!

Polish Hill Arts Festival performance preview

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Here’s the great performance lineup for this year!

12:15  Pandemic Pete
Starting the day, Pete will be playing world dance music.  Pete’s regular events include Pandemic’s monthly dance party  at Brillobox, Fridays at Bayardstown Social Club, and Weather Permitting.

2:15  ViraSamba
This ensemble will get everyone dancing!  ViraSamba includes some members of Timbeleza.

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3:15  Olivia Kissel
Olivia  was a founding member and co-director of Zafira dance troupe and has taught and performed around the U.S. and abroad.   Olivia also makes jewelry and will be selling her pieces at the festival.  Learn more about Olivia’s work here.

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4:30  Gangwish
Gangwish was originally Sam Pace’s solo project to experiment with abstract drum and synth.  It’s turned into a collective vision of expansive and experimental pop music.  The performance at the festival will include members of Midnight Snake/KMFD/Acid FathersTemple.  Sam also promises  surprises — we don’t know what kind of surprises.

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5:30  The Polish Hillbillies
A band-about-town in the late 1990s, then the members went their separate ways.  They’re back together with a reformed lineup which includes three original members.   It’s great to welcome this neighborhood band with their alt-country sounds back to Polish Hill.

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6:30  Geña y Peña
Geña is from Puerto Rico and moved to Pittsburgh in 197.  She duets regularly with Carlos Peña, in a project called “Geña y Peña” and they perform boleros corta-venas all over Pittsburgh.

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7:30  Jaguar Mountain Rundown
From Uniontown, Jaguar Mountain Rundown describe themselves as “alternative/cowpunk/rock”.

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8:30 – onwards  Timbeleza
Timbeleza is a batucada — an African influenced Brazilian percussive style.  Returning to perform at the festival for the sixth year, Timbeleza is a big favorite here and one of the bands that people ask us to bring back each year.

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Here they are performing at Pittatonkatonk Brass Festival in May:

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And the energy won’t stop between bands — Pete from Pandemic will be on hand all day playing great world dance music between sets.

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Another daily dose of great vendors!  Owlet Organics is new to the festival.  Their embroidered baby clothes are super-cute.

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Alethea Okonak, aka John the Craftist, will bring back her great Pittsburgh themed cards and other paper items:

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Cathie and Renee of Animoon Workshop will bring nature themed jewelry, housewares and art:

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Jared Ondovchik of Artifact Metalworks makes knives that are both useful and as beautiful as sculpture.

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Olivia Kissel will have jewelry and art created from “chain, old money, flotsam and jetsam”.  Olivia will also be performing Middle Eastern dance at the festival.

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Eddie Maier is from West Virginia.  He’ll be bringing woodblock prints.  See more of Eddie’s work here.

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Whimsical Wonders is another returning vendor.  Their wind chimes and jewelry are made from old silverware.

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And we’ll have more artists and craftspeople coming up tomorrow ….

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So many great vendors this year — we’re not even halfway through the list!  This preview starts with Tugboat Printshop, who are with us for the first time this year.

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Next up is Andy Scott, a cartoonist who creates zines, comic books, posters, and more.  (He did the poster for the arts fest in 2010 and 2011).

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Commonwealth Press will be bringing their Pittsburgh-themed t-shirt designs.  Last year, they had a Polish Pirates t-shirt that was very popular.  They say they’ll be bringing that back this year (see below, right) along with a bunch of other great original designs

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Florence Smith creates jewelry and accessories in leather and metals.

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Garick Tai-Lee and Charlie Alessi, also known as Three Rivers Clay Works, will bring back their ceramics this year.

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And finally, Boustead Bead Company will bring their beaded jewelry:

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Another update is coming tomorrow!

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Variety is the spice of the great vendors we have, too!  First up is Christian Breitkreutz, with prints.

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Next is woodworker Kris McCartan:

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Karen Lillis brings her Small Press Pittsburgh display back to the festival.  Stop by to pick up great books by local authors.

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Next is Nate Taylor, who will be selling his illustrated books:

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Nate will be showing with Abby Diamond, who will have her ink and marker illustrations of animals:

 

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In a slight departure from art (but still crafty), Shadyside Nursery will be selling terrariums and succulents.

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More previews on the way — stay tuned!

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We got a record number of applicants for vendor spaces this year.  With some returning vendors and some exciting new arrivals, we’re really looking forward to seeing all of this great work on July 20.

In the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the great work artists will be bringing to this year’s festival.  First up is Adam Waddell, who makes ceramics and jewelry.

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Jason Barkley:  ink and watercolor paintings

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Lisa Parker:  jewelry in silver, enamel and glass

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Pittsburgh Pottery:

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The best of Pittsburgh’s food all in one place (and PHCA members get free admission)

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This Saturday June 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., celebrate Pittsburgh’s passion for food at the third annual Hometown-Homegrown event at the Heinz History Center.  Enjoy samples from dozens of local vendors at this fun and flavorful food expo.

Presented in partnership with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh, Hometown-Homegrown will feature samples from nearly 40 local food vendors along with cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, kids activities, and more spanning all five floors of the History Center.

Hometown-Homegrown activities are free with museum admission.  For those of you who are PHCA members, you can get free admission for yourself and up to three other people.  Just show your PHCA membership card at the entry desk and tell them that you’re a member of a History Center affiliate organization.

Click here for more information and details about this year’s vendors.

Public meetings to help with search for a new police chief

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Mayor Peduto and acting Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar have announced that the upcoming public phase of the city’s search for a new Pittsburgh Police chief will include six public meetings and a site for online remarks.  They’ll use that input to help write the standards profiling the best applicants for the position.

The first public meeting will be in Zone 2 and will take place on Thursday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Teamster’s Temple at 4701 Butler Street in Lawrenceville.

Throughout the summer, Public Safety Councils in all six of Pittsburgh’s policing zones will hold forums to provide residents with the opportunity to be involved in the process of selecting a chief.   During these community forums, residents in each zone will have the opportunity to share their ideas about how to improve policing in Pittsburgh, identify their priorities, and suggest the qualities they believe are essential in the new chief.

In conjunction with the meetings to gather feedback on this important decision, the city has set up a platform for citizens to register their opinions online. The formal launch this week of the city’s Mindmixer site is the latest digital component to the administration’s community engagement efforts.

Mindmixer is a site for encouraging and collecting community input on civic issues. Those interested in the search for a police chief may log on to http://pittsburghpa.mindmixer.com/ and answer three general questions:

– What priorities does your community need the new Chief of Police to address?

– What qualities and skills does your community need the new Chief of Police to have?

– What can you and others in your community do to help realize the vision of policing in partnership with the community?

Read the Post-Gazette article about the search for a new police chief.

 

 

 

Volunteers come out to clean up and maintain green spaces on the east side of Polish Hill

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Ten hardy volunteers came out on Saturday to tend green spaces and pick up trash on the eastern side of the neighborhood.  An earlier date for this cleanup was cancelled due to weather.

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Weather was no problem on Saturday — it was brilliantly sunny and very warm.   First, volunteers weeded and cleaned up the parklet at Melwood Avenue and Finland Street.  They picked up trash  and cut vines that were choking trees on the hillside by the Melwood steps.

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The next stop was the Knotweed Knockout site, then Gold Way.  Volunteers also took the opportunity to clear some vegetation that blocked the sidewalk.

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Finally, picking up trash and clearing vegetation on the Apolo steps.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to help — it looks great!  The next cleanup and green space maintenance day will be on August 9.  For more information, email valerie@phcapgh.org.

Please donate to support the Polish Hill Arts Festival!

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We’re still working to raise the rest of the money we’ll need to produce this year’s Polish Hill Arts Festival — to get the street closure permit, the large tent, to pay the bands, and more.  The festival is a gift to the neighborhood — the PHCA doesn’t make any money on the festival, but donates staff time and materials.

We’ve launched an online fundraising campaign to raise the rest of the funds needed.  It’s easy and secure, and you get to pick a perk.  And you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that you helped to make sure this great event could happen for the seventh year.  Please consider donating, and share this with others who might want to support this great event.

To read more about the event and to donate, click here.

(photo from the 2011 Polish Hill Arts Festival by Leslie Clague)