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Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Yanno, I have heard, and read, more about the place of women artists in the arts over the last year than I have heard in the last ten. There really is something in the air. The New Hazlett Theater is honoring women artists in a year-long festival. The Dinner Table has its own permanent display. There are local and national shows, dedicated to women artists.

Lisa Hunter continues to be a supporter in the Intrepid Art Collector. Her recent post resonates with me. Eva Lake, one of the artists in the upcoming Blogger Show, has interviewed Lisa for her Art World Podcast.

Check this stuff out.

Monday, July 30, 2007

The Sacred Art opening reception @BoxHeart

The Sacred Art opening reception was wonderful. It is so nice to see new faces on the walls of the galleries here and since this is an international show, there were several opportunities. There was a nice range of expressions, but I do tend to favor the less traditional pieces, so that is what I concentrated on here. There were several iconogrphic and traditional works on display, so don't let my slanted view keep you from going and enjoying the exhibit.

July 24 - August 18
The Sacred Art Exhibition
BoxHeart Gallery
4523 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
P. 412 687 8858
F. 412 687 6338

George Kollar
Thad Ricker
Elin Waterson
Marian Siepian
Cory Bonnet
Susan Constanse
Susan Constanse

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Art and 'Tique - Call for Artists

Art & Tique originated last year when 3 art galleries opened up within one block of each other on Hatfield Street in Lawrenceville. This year it has been expanded to include live performance and music. There is still space for more artists, so take advantage of the opportunity. This was a lot of fun last year, with tables and displays set up by several local galleries, artists and even a restaurant. It seems that there were several sales during the event, so it could be well worth it.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2007
Time: Booth-table-display setup begins at 9AM. Street Fair opens to public at 11AM and closes at 5PM.
Where: Hatfield Street between 47th and 48th streets
Cost: $14 payable to Dan Gaser: Mail to: 4747 Hatfield Street, Pittsburgh, Pa, 15201.

Any questions, please call Dan Gaser, Trinity Gallery, at 412-352-2905.

Wet canvas

Friday, July 27, 2007

Wet canvas

The luscious Moira

The luscious Moira was the model for Drink and Draw on July 24. She was amazing! I hope that, at some point, we can have her back. Everybody seemed to enjoy drawing her, as you can see --

Next up, Sus and Alix on August 7. See you then --

brillobox Drink and Draw

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sacred Art @BoxHeart in Pittsburgh

July 24 - August 18
The Sacred Art Exhibition
BoxHeart Gallery
4523 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
P. 412 687 8858
F. 412 687 6338

Exhibition exploring "the sacred."

Public Reception: Saturday, July 28th: 6 PM - 9 PM, free and open to the public.

The Sacred Art Exhibition is an Annual Event in the Bloomfield Community. The arts enable contact with The Sacred on an intimate level. By creating, The Sacred is manifested by the hands and a new life is brought into existence. Selection for this exhibition required that artists submit pieces that explore their personal interpretation of The Sacred. All interpretations, both traditional and nontraditional, are considered. The Sacred Art Exhibition is looking forward to a successful 11th year. Come to our community and explore this intriguing cultural event!
More information

Juried Participants:
Bonnet, Cory - Painting - United States (PA)
Broderick, Donna - Textile - United States (PA)
Catale, Sharon - Textile, Mixed Media - United States (PA)
Chaison, Emily - Painting - United States (OR)
Clancy, Rose - Sculpture - United States (PA)
Constanse, Susan - Mixed Media- United States (PA)
Donnelly, Carol - Painting - United States (PA)
DiFalco, Gerard - Mixed Media - United States (PA)
Fleisch-Hughes, Diane - Painting - United States (OH)
Grant, Tatiana - Iconography - United States (CA)
Hughes-Saurina, Donna - Painting - United States (PA)
Kukic, Jasmine - Collage - Canada
Lawrence, Dhira - Painting - United States (OR)
Magalhaes, Nzuji de- Textile, Mixed Media - United States (CA)
Marze, Fran - Painting - United States (PA)
Montanaro, Marina - Drawing - Switzerland
Neapolitan, Cella - Photography - United States (TN)
Noe, Rita - Digital Photography- United States (IA)
O'Brien, Lynn - Painting - United States (OH)
Petrea, Rick - Sculpture - United States (GA)
Redmond, Jamie - Photography - United States (CA)
Ricker, Thad - Digital Painting - United States (OH)
Slepian, Marian - Sculpture - United States (NJ)
Sobye, Reinhardt - Film - Norway
Staub, Cassie - Photography - United States (PA)
Voegtle, Petra - Textile - Germany
Waterston, Elin - Textile - United States (NY)
Zinicola, Jr, Tony - Mosaic - United States (OR)

Susan Constanse

Addendum: Read Kurt Shaw's review here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Road Trip at La Vie

Road Trip at La Vie
3609 Butler Street
Pittsburgh PA 15201
Paul Roden - The History of the World II: Confluence
An installation of Jennifer Howison's puppens.
Jennifer Howison
Deborah Hosking - Telephone Wires
Deborah Hosking's Road trip from LA - Pittsburgh (Spoiler: the snow scenes are Pittsburgh)
Josh Bonnett - White Out

Tuning up is one of the members of F*ck Telecorps Lite

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual

The due date for submission for the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is coming up.

Attention Artists! The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) is screening art for the 97th Annual Exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art. All media are welcome. You do not have to be an AAP member to apply, all artists are welcome. Artists working in any media and living within a 150 mile radius of Pittsburgh are eligible to apply.

Digital and slide entries by August 3 and drop off for physical work is August 12. You will need a prospectus that has all of the details. You can find more information about this and past exhibits on their site. You can download the prospectus here.

The juror

Polly Apfelbaum, noted New York artist, was born in 1955 in Abington, Pennsylvania. She received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, and also attended SUNY at Purchase, Purchase, New York.

An artist of wide-ranging styles from Pop Art to Minimalism, Polly Abfelbaum has been exhibiting in New York since the early 1980s. Many of her installations are dyed fabric laid on the floor, wall works with strips of velvet applied to bed sheets or collages of cut-up photographs and cloth. Her subjects deal with the relativity of time, feminist issues and complexity in what appears to be simplicity.

Her early shows had works with found and fabricated objects, and in the 1990s, she began working with fabric. In 1999, her work was exhibited at Site Sante Fe in New Mexico.

Friday, July 20, 2007

On Tap @ the Brew House

On Tap: Brew House Cabaret
The Brew House is bringing together diverse performing artists from New York City and the Pittsburgh area in an exciting and eclectic evening of dance, music, and theatre. Featuring --


Rage of the Stage Players

Zafira Dance Company

July 20 and 21, 2007 at 8 pm both nights. Admission is $10.
The Brew House
2100 Mary Street
Pittsburgh PA 15201

Thursday, July 19, 2007

New work

I have just finished loading a lot of new images on my site. There is a new body developing and images have been added to the Unreal Spaces portfolio.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Zombie Town, USA

What's happening in the 'burgh?
check out the vid --

And then this MySpace and the It's Alive Show

The MySpce for the movie is linked here. Thanks, Chris Ivey, for the update.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Wet canvas

In progress
In progress

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Drink and Draw with Richard Gartner

Yesterday evening was really intense. Richard did a series of thirty 5-15 second poses with a 5-10 minute pose to finish. This is from the first set--

Steve drawing Richard during the second set --

We had a really good turn out, considering that it was such an unbearably hot night. There wer quite a few of us and we were unusually quiet during the session. Excpet for some sympathy groans for the extreme poses.

Next session is July 24. for more information join us on MySpace.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Half for me, half for you

Recently, Edward Winkleman posted his thoughts about the commission rate that galleries take on sales. I, for the record, have never seen it as an obscenity for galleries to take half on sales. I operated a small gallery in Portland OR a gazillion years ago. It was very short-lived. But it wasn't because we were taking a low commission. It was because of buying habits. Gallery sales are driven by trends; the hot artist, the hot gallery. I will be the first to admit that I was the worst person to open a gallery.

But still in all, when gallery sales are low, there is absolutely no difference between 30% and 50%. Nobody is making a living, not the gallery owner and not the artist.

There are a lot of non-commercial spaces that don't rely on gallery sales. And there is something to be said for putting work out there that challenges and ignites dialogue. But here it in a nutshell: you have to be independently funded as an artist to pursue this path. And hey, that is just a different form of marketing, right?

Anyway, after you read the post on Edward Winkleman, take a trip over to detroitarts and check out the open discourse about this subject. Detroit seems to have the same kind of art-buying public that we have in Pittsburgh. I can so sympathize.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Disaster? what disaster?

If an artist creates work that nobody sees, does it have an effect? Probably not, huh?

Why the art world is a disaster - by Roger Kimball

You can read the entire article yourself. I found a lot of merit in what Roger Kimball says in his article. What I didn't see was a solution or a perceived direction. He isn't the first to say what he has about the current directions in the arts. But this is a very succinct statement, clearly argued.

If there is a solution, it certainly isn't addressed in this article. But it looks like I'm a little late to the table with this one. Edward Winkleman has a post up with a note to look at the discussion on Artblog.net. Happy reading.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Wet Canvas

Previous, still in progress

In progress

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Larryville Artist Studio Tour

The Lawrenceville Artists’ Studio Tour kicks off this Saturday, July 7, as eight artists open up their space for a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process that leads to a finished artwork. This self-guided walking tour is free and open to the public. Maps of participating studios can be found at coffee shops on Butler Street (Perk Me Up, Coca CafĂ©, Crazy Mocha), or downloaded from their site.

Alexandra Etschmaier, Sculpture • 218 39th Street
Ron Donoughe, Paintings of Our Region, 208 Main Street
Tugboat Printshop, Art Woodcut Prints and Etchings • 298 Main Street
Mary Coleman, Weaving • 187 43rd Street
Tracie Yorke Dance, Performing Arts: Dance • 100 43rd Street
Margaret Meinzer/Ben Gregory, Painting/Metalsmithing • 179 43½ Street
Digging Pitt Gallery, Various Artists • 4417 Butler Street
Jay Design Soaps and Gifts, Soapmaking • 4603 Butler Street

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


I came home at dusk a few nights ago; not an unusual occurrence in itself. It must have been the color that drew my eyes to a ridge across the Allegheny River.

The uneven tree line was capped by silver that gradually shaded into a glowing blue. It happens for a short time on summer nights, just at dusk. The color of the sky, even at the furthest reaches from retreating light, retains this glowing blue.

It took me twice as long to walk home that evening. I kept getting lost in that incredible color and light, watching as indigo shaded the southern ridge and silver faded from the northern ridge.