Art out of the Box exhibit at the Cultural District Gallery Crawl on Friday

For a week this summer, artist Deanna Mance worked on a painting in a mobile studio set up in from of the PHCA office as part of the Art Out of the Box project.  Polish Hill was one of five neighborhoods that the project went to; the art box also went to Friendship, Lawrenceville, Southside, and Central Northside.

The finale of the project come this Friday during the Cultural District Gallery Crawl, in a one-night-only showcase of the artwork produced during the project.  The exhibition is at the Trust Arts Education Center at 805-807 Penn Avenue.

The Cultural District gallery crawl is an trip from Polish Hill; you don’t even need to deal with parking.  Bike, walk, or take the 54D to 16th Street and get off before it crosses the bridge to the Northside.  From 16th Street it’s just a few blocks to the Cultural District.  Stop by the PHCA office to get a gallery crawl brochure, or check the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website for more details; here’s a printable schedule and map.

(Above: Deanna Mance working on her piece during the Polish Hill residency of Art Out of the Box.  This photo was borrowed from the Art Out of the Box site; there wasn’t a credit with it.  If this is your photo, or you know whose it is, please let us know and we’ll add the credit)

Unblurred on Penn Ave on Friday

Unblurred is the monthly multi-neighborhood art crawl on Penn Avenue, and includes sites in Garfield, East Liberty, and Bloomfield.  In addition to galleries and art spaces, many businesses and restaurants are open.

It’s a good excuse to walk around on a warm summer evening, and there’s lots to do and see.  Maps are available the night of the event, or check out what’s going on in advance by checking the Unblurred Facebook page.

Photo of Modern Formations gallery in Garfield borrowed from Sonja’s Visual Art blog.

 

Tonight! Summer bash at Artists Image Resource

Artists Image Resource is a full printmaking facility for artists and others who need to silkscreen t-shirts, make etchings, create signs or prints, and, oh, lots of other things.  They’re a valuable resource for area artists, charging reasonable prices for studio access and assistance.  Plus, it’s  just across the river — plus a few blocks — from Polish Hill, making A.I.R.’s summer bash this evening a good choice if you feel like having a fun, low-impact, casual evening out.  There’ll be bands, they’re grilling food, there’s beer and pop, there are printmaking activities for all ages, and a few art exhibits.  All for just $5 at the door, which benefits this fantastic facility.  We’ll be going; hope to see you there!

Here’s a Pop City video about A.I.R., and here’s a video from WQED.

Stuff to do on Penn Avenue tonight

If you aren’t going to the opening of the Three Rivers Arts Festival this evening, there’s lots of things going on close by.  Pandemic is at Brillobox tonight — listen to their summer mix here.  In addition to the always-great mix of world dance, Lungs Face Feet will be playing.  They’re a regular presence around Polish Hill, including at the May Day parade and at last year’s Free4All music festival.  We’re hoping they can come play at the arts festival this year.

All of Penn Avenue is going to be hopping; Unblurred, the first Fridays event on Penn is also this evening.  There’s an open house at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, lots of galleries and shops open, and food, of course.  There’s a whole list here; maps are available the night of the event.  It should be a beautiful evening, just right to walk around.  Whatever you choose to do, we hope you have fun!

(photo:  Lungs Face Feet at Polish Hill’s May Day parade, photo by Terry Doloughty)

Three Rivers Arts Festival — an easy trip from Polish Hill

Everyone already knows about this, but a reminder never hurts:  the Three Rivers Arts Festival starts tomorrow.  Polish Hill residents have the advantage of being able to get there fairly easily, if you’re willing to walk down to the busway.  From Herron Station (why didn’t they call it Polish Hill?), the East Busway goes to Liberty Avenue and 10th Street.  From there, it’s a short walk through the Cultural District to the festival.  Here’s the busway schedule — Herron stop is between the listed stops, so you have to guess the time between East Liberty and Downtown.

The festival has too much going on to list it all here; there are performances, visual art, art activities, and an artists market,with artists and craftspeople from all over the country.  One way to plan your festival visits is to base them around performances you want to see.  On Friday (8 pm), we recommend the Blind Boys of Alabama, a gospel group that has won five Grammys.  There’s the Tom Tom Club on Saturday, or the Giant Puppet Pageant on Sunday.  And, oh…lots, lots more.

The festival runs from June 3-12, and it’s free, free, free.  Well, except for the food, but we all need funnel cakes and $4 lemonades now and then.

Art All Night is tonight!

We posted about this event already, but here’s a reminder:  the 14th annual Art All Night is tonight, right on the border of Polish Hill in the Iron City Brewery at 3340 Liberty Avenue, near the Herron Bridge.  This year’s event starts at 4 pm and concludes on Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm.

Here’s some more information, from the press release:
Due to popular demand, this year’s event will begin earlier to allow for additional children’s activities. Children’s activities from 4 to 8 pm on Saturday will include a community quilt, a dance party with puppets from the Puppets for Pittsburgh lending library, recordings for the HEAR ME project, button making, and much more. In addition to the expanded children’s activities, Art All Night will feature a wide variety of live performances, video, DJ performances, opportunities to create art on-site, and a unique blend of visual art on display for the community over the course of this nearly 24-hour event.

Thanks to Iron City Brewing Company, Art All Night 2011 will once again take place at 3340 Liberty Avenue in one or more of the brewery buildings formerly used for processing and bottling. Buildings dating back to the 1860s on the Iron City property were recently approved for historic designation by the Historic Review Commission.  Art All Night has become one of Pittsburgh’s most popular arts events in the many years since it was first presented by residents and supporters of Pittsburgh’s vibrant Lawrenceville neighborhood. Even as its profile has risen, Art All Night remains a homegrown event, organized by an all-volunteer planning committee and supported by hundreds of additional volunteers who help to prepare the venue, hang artwork and more. Last year’s event attracted over 12,000 attendees and featured work by 1,189 visual artists and 35 performance groups, the most ever in the event’s history. Even more growth is expected this year making additional volunteers the event’s greatest need.

Art All Night Lawrenceville is FREE to attend and FREE to participating artists.  We hope that you will consider attending — many of your neighbors will be there, and many Polish Hill residents are showing their artwork!

Here is more information about Art All Night.

Art All Night

Art All Night is entering its 14th year, and they will again be housed at the Iron City Brewery. This is a fun event for all ages, with hands on activities, performances by local bands and many kinds of art.

Due to popular demand, this year’s event will begin earlier to allow for additional children’s activities. Children’s activities from 4 to 8 pm on Saturday will include a community quilt, a dance party with puppets from the Puppets for Pittsburgh lending library, recordings for the HEAR ME project, button making, and much more. In addition to the expanded children’s activities, Art All Night will feature a wide variety of live performances, video, DJ performances, opportunities to create art on-site, and a unique blend of visual art on display for the community over the course of this nearly 24-hour event.

If you’re an artist, Art All Night wants you! The organizers have made it easy for visual artists to participate, with online registration. If you wish to perform, emails for more information were being accepted starting in February. It may be too late for this year, but contact bands(at)artallnight.org. and the band captain will contact you with more details. From the Art All Night site —

Online artist registration is now available at www.artallnight.org. Artists submitting work must show a photo ID during both registration and pickup. All artwork must arrive ready to hang or otherwise be displayed. Onsite registration is on Saturday, April 30, from 10 am to 2 pm, and art pickup is Sunday, May 1, from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Art All Night encourages experiment, and would love to hear about your ideas. Check the Art All Night FAQs page for more details.

Art All Night Lawrenceville
Saturday, April 30, starting at 4 pm – Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm
Iron City Brewing Company
FREE to attend and FREE to participating artists
3340 Liberty Avenue, near the Herron Ave. Bridge
Schedule:
Art Drop-Off – 10 am to 2 pm Saturday
The Show – 4 pm Saturday to 2 pm Sunday
Children’s Activities – 4 to 8 pm Saturday
Art Pick-Up – 2:30 to 5:30 pm Sunday

Local filmmaker curates program at the Warhol Museum

Filmmaker, musician, author, artist, personage and Polish Hill resident tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE is presenting a film program at the Andy Warhol Museum on Friday, April 15th.  The program is described thusly:

Indelible Mark, ACE: Selections from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE’s Movie Archive: Direct-on-Film / Optical Printing is the 2nd of a series of public screenings of work by friends of the curator from around the world.  The restriction of the work to that of friends is important for putting a personal slant on media use.  The theme of the program appeals to low-budget filmmakers who prefer to work intimately with the specific qualities of the medium – in this case such things as direct manipulation of 16mm film stock & extensive rephotography.

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE is a Homonymphonemiac / Practicing PromoTextual / Air Dresser / Sprocket Scientist / headitor & earchivist / Explicator who’s made 358 movies to date & who’s traveled the world for over 30 years seeking like-minded obsessives to trade with.  Programs from his movie archive are indicators of his success in this area.

The program:

Pull & Tear the White Air 2 to 9 (1992) by Rebecca Barten  6:08 min.
Rote Movie (1994) by Dirk DeBruyn  11:31 min.
RE:CYCLE (1992) by Ken Doolittle  22:30 min.
… For a Moment …   …Only (1997) by Steve Estes  21:42 min.
Manual Labor (1987) by Mark Nugent  16:19 min.
Dark River (1992) by Mark Nugent  7:18 min.

All films 16mm, color, sound. (To be shown on DVD and presented by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE)

Find out more about the film program here, or more about tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE on his website.

 

Carnegie Museums for free

Have you been to the Carnegie Museums in Oakland lately?  It’s an easy bus ride direct from Polish Hill — practically door-to-door — the 54 stops right across the street from the museums.  If you haven’t gone in a while, now’s the time — in March, you can visit the Carnegie Museum of Art or the Carnegie Museum of Natural History free of charge from 3:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday evening, thanks to the generosity of the Buncher Family Foundation.  (if you drive, though, parking is not free; it’s $5 per car after 5 p.m.)

There’s a lot to see in those two museum, so you might need two trips.  To see what’s going on, check the Carnegie Museums website for exhibitions information.

Wanted: Drummers & Dancers

Timbeleza has been a favorite at the Polish Hill Arts Festival for the last couple years. Their energy and enthusiasm is very appealing. You can sample their music on their site.

Timbeleza is currently looking for drummers and dancers to help them promote Brazilian music and culture. Interested? contact Timbeleza for more details at pittsburghsamba (at) gmail.com. They are looking for individuals with some musical experience. You can find out more about Timebeleza on their site, including information about upcoming shows and recipes for Brazilian cooking.