Arts festival preview: artist projects

In addition to the artists and crafts vendors, the music, and the food, the Polish Hill Arts Festival also is hosting a couple of interesting projects.  Art out of the Box is already underway —  Polish Hill is it’s fourth stop.  Created by Samantha McDonough and funded by a Sprout Fund grant, the Art Box opens into an artist’s studio space where artists create an original piece of visual art work during a one-week period.  The residency takes place outdoors in five Pittsburgh neighborhoods: Friendship, Lawrenceville, Polish Hill, Southside, and Central Northside.

Artist Deanna Mance started working on Tuesday, and she’ll be in residence in front of the PHCA office (3060 Brereton) from 2 pm – 7 pm through the arts festival.  Stop by during the week to chat and see the progress of her artwork.

Polish Hill resident and designer Christina Worsing’s Give and Take project is the first in a series of local socials to exchange and repurpose clothing.  Christina and her team invite you to ” bring an item or bag of clothing to donate to the collection we’re assembling for public use. In thanks, you’ll be free to pull from the pile we’ve collected to date.”  She says that the donated clothes “will be for public workshops and clothing exchanges; to showcase ideas around the city for reusing and repurposing clothes; and to serve as a free resource for people in need.”

Give and Take will be easy to spot; they’re creating a festive encampment with umbrellas, pennants, and a little Airstream trailer as centerpiece!

We will also have Ben Paul with a table with information about CommuniTeach, a local project that lets you share skills and learn new ones.  There have been a number of CommuniTeach events around Pittsburgh, including one in May in Polish Hill.