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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Creative Tour in Bloomfield

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Kurt Shaw at the Tribune Review gave the Creative Tour a nice mention in today's edition --

This Saturday, from noon-6 p.m., more than a dozen artists and two galleries will be part of the Creative Tour, an open studio event in Bloomfield in which the public is invited to tour the studios and learn the creative processes of some of Pittsburgh's favorite artists. read more

I like the part where he says "some of Pittsburgh's favorite artists"!

What: Creative Tour
Where: Bloomfield
When: Saturday, September 29: 12PM – 6PM

You can download a map here

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Yeah, yeah, yeahyeahyeah

Okay, so I'm tired. It's been the week from hell. And I still have next week to contend with.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Somethin' stanks

... and I want some

Funky violin
Sir Nose
Belita Wood
Bounce to this



Saturday, September 22, 2007


Thank you, Chris, for the heads up. I think I'll go. I'm bringing brushes, pencils, needles and an embroidery hoop.

Trinity Cathedral
, downtown Pittsburgh
328 Sixth Avenue
Tuesday, September 25th
5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Questions? Call 412-232-6404

Trinity Cathedral offers the Blessing of the Artists on Tuesday, September 25, at 5:00 p.m. The profound 45- to 50-minute liturgy is based upon the Cathedral’s Anglican heritage while being sensitive to the diversity in the arts community. After the Blessing proper, there will be an opportunity to remain for healing prayers and anointing.
Artists, you are encouraged to bring tools or symbols of your professions—an instrument, mouthpiece, reeds, drumsticks, ballet slippers, paintbrushes, camera or lens (in its case), theatrical mask, laptop computer, etc.
This is open to performers, visual artists in commercial and fine art, literary artists, students, educators, arts administrators and promoters, and those in the culinary arts.

Read more

Friday, September 21, 2007

Wet canvas

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48" x 60"
Untitled (Unreal spaces series)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Creative Tour in Bloomfield

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketWhat: Creative Tour
Where: Bloomfield
When: Saturday, September 29: 12PM – 6PM

You can download a map here

Mark your calendar for the sixth annual “Little Italy Days” Festival on September 28, 29 and 30. This year you can visit some of the artists working in Bloomfield. Expect lots of music, food, games, more food and other fun activities amidst Bloomfield’s unique shops and dozen or so fine restaurants.

As a part of the festival, Creative Tour in Bloomfield will focus on artists, crafters and creative businesses in Bloomfield. Several studios, that are generally not open to the public, will welcome visitors during the festival, on Saturday, September 29. Painters, woodworkers, photographers and sculptors are among the artists presenting work during the open studio event. Some studios will host artists from other parts of Pittsburgh. This is a rare opportunity to view new work by local artists and sample the works on display at some of the venues in Bloomfield where creative work is always on display.

Maps will be available on the site and at each of the venues and studios that are on the tour. You can visit the Creative Tour blog (susin15224.wordpress.com) for additional information about the artists and an up-to-date roster of participating creative workers.

4071 Liberty Ave
Iron Eden

4073 Liberty Ave – 2nd floor
CJB Photography – Photography
Susan Constanse – Painting and Drawing
SB Image - Photography

Christine Bethea – Salvage sculpture
Digging Pitt Gallery – Flat Out in Bloomfield
Steve Dines - Drawing
Noir LeBlanc - Photography
Meredith Laura Lynn - Painting

4073 Liberty Ave – 3rd floor
Ben Bigelow - Crater Eraser (work in progress)

4523 Liberty Ave
BoxHeart Gallery

307 Taylor Street
Solidio Wood & Metal Craft - Julie Graf & Mitch Richardson

4730 Liberty Ave
Ellen Levick – sculptor

4765 Liberty Ave
Botanical Designs by Leon
Leon Sheffey - Painting

… and others

Chicago nights @drink and draw

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We had a great time at drink and draw last, as always. Our model took her inspiration from the character Roxy in the musical Chicago. Lots of fun.

We have a new schedule up on our MySpace page, so come be our friend!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Monday, September 17, 2007

POWER @Future Tenant

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September 28 - October 20
Future Tenant
Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Opening reception - September 28, 6PM

FUTURE TENANT PRESENTS: POWER - The Definition of Feminine Power Curated by Christiane D. September 28 - October 20 www.futuretenant.org

This group exhibit will collectively express the definition of feminine power through the eyes, heart and souls of twenty women. Each participating artist will have one piece on display. Why one piece? Because more often than not, that is all one gets. One chance to make an impression. One chance to express their power.

POWER will present the work of the following artists: Susan Constanse, Suz Pisano, Veronica Corpuz, Rise Nagin, Alexis S. Covato, Patricia Villalobos Echeverría, Cara Erskine, Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Vanessa German, Stacy Rae Gross, Pamela Jennings, Monique Luck, Maritza Mosquera, Renee Ruth Ickes, Staycee Pearl, Rebecca Rose, Sam Thorp, and Two Girls Working (Renee Piechocki and Tiffany Ludwig)

at our NEW location! -
819 Penn Avenue, Cultural District
Opening Reception - September 28, 6-9 pm
Speaker Linda Babcock,
James M. Walton Professor of Economics and author of the book,Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide

DJ Shorty Rock
Cocktail creations from the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC)

ALL LIT UP - A POWER-ful evening of Words and Women October 12 - 7:00 pm
Featuring the literary and poetic works of Ellen Smith, Jan Beatty, Lori Jakiela, Carrie Smith, Megan Tutulo, and Stephanie Brea
Tickets are $3.00 at the door

FOR MORE INFO visit us at www.futuretenant.org

Friday, September 14, 2007

Poppyseed oil

How can an artist run out of something as basic as linseed oil and then forget to replace it?


So. I ran out of linseed oil and ended up using poppyseed oil. I love poppyseed. it is so clear, and adds a luster to the paint.

It also takes #%?!!)* FOREVER to dry.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wet canvas

untitled (unreal spaces series)

It's been about two weeks since I've been able to make it to my studio. Last week was installation week at the gallery and with one thing or another, I was not able to make time in my schedule to get there.

I feel like this is a luxury week, though. Yesterday and today are scheduled as studio days.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Thanks, Dave. ROTFLMAO

Many will recall that on July 8, 1947, witnesses claimed that an unidentified object with five aliens aboard crashed onto a sheep and cattle ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico. This is a well-known incident many say has long been covered up by the U.S. Air Force and the federal government.

However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of March, 1948, exactly nine months after that historic day, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Condolezza Rice, and Dan Quyale were all born.

This is what happens when aliens breed with sheep.

This piece of information may clear up a lot of things.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Dr. Pepperberg's Alex

On Friday, Alex passed away unexpectedly at the age of 31. Alex was a crucial part of Dr. Pepperberg's studies in cognitive ethology. The name Alex is actually an acronym, A.L.EX., standing for Avian Learning EXperiment. He was purchased from a Chicago pet store in 1977.

Early studies conducted by Pepperberg were concerned with modeling behavior. Alex was used to demonstrate a teaching technique that has been applied successfully to certain types of learning disabilities. Her current research, however, is most concerned with examining the cognitive capacity of this amazing species. There is more information about the research on the Alex Foundation site.

This is my Alix --

My husband and I purchased Alix about thirteen years ago. She had that name when we got her and we saw no reason to change it. I'm glad now that we didn't.

I am constantly amazed and delighted by my small grey companion. She is adaptable and expressive. I have observed a surprising level of intelligence in her, watching how she reasons.

So, to Dr. Pepperberg and her research team, I extend my heartfelt condolences. I cannot imagine what you are going through with this loss.

And to Alex, whose time was shorter on this earth than it should have been, your contributions to the understanding of avian intelligence is a legacy that will be remembered.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Astarte @drink and draw

Astarte at drink and draw on September 4.

Really nice, fun session!

Drop in sometime.

Amy drawing Astarte --

Everybody --