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Miss Liberty in Brooklyn Museum Parking Lot

By unknown artist


Pittsburgh Sculpture: Joy of Life by Virgil Cantini, 1960

Saturday afternoon I drove home from a happy baby shower on the South Side.

The late autumn light on this sculpture was gorgeous.  Although I drive by this sculpture frequently, I don’t stop.

I parked, got out of the car, listened to the fountain and felt the spray as the wind was gusting.

The circle of figures holding one another in the circle seemed particularly beautiful this afternoon.  When I came home and looked it up, I was reminded of the sculpture’s title-

Joy of Life.

Joy of Life

Joy of Life in Wet Pavement

East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Joy of Life


The Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory

Grid Gallery

Grid gallery.  From the archives.  Once you start looking, it’s surprising to see how many grids present themselves. Seems I lean to shooting through chain link fencing.

ball field Arlington

City through a chain link fence.  Arlington Ball Field.

Felix de la Concha

Felix de la Concha Cathedral of Learning Paintings University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall


MOMA grid

Man on cell phone with statue at MOMA  NYC


warhol museum

Andy Warhol Museum from the AGH Parking Lot

murray ave grid

looking to Murray Avenue from the Suzanne, Linda and Pat’s Art Show

mary apartment grid

From my sister’s apartment window. You can see Freedom Tower under construction.


steelers door

Steelers Garage in Arlington neighborhood.

madonna and chainlinkUrban Madonna Bloomfield neighborhood

The Wilds windows


Grandchildren at  The Wilds in Ohio
murphyDear Murphy in the snow

My Dad Framed Postage Stamps as Art

response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”

And I did the exact same thing tonight!

I found this sheet of stamps. (a birthday gift from a friend a couple years ago)  in my desk and thought it was perfect for framing in a plastic box frame. 39 cent stamps. The children’s literature characters caught my eye.


Closeup of the familiar book characters

Closeup of the familiar book characters


One sheet my dad framed. These stamps came out in the early 70’s.  The love stamps are 8 cents.

After Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture and prints.http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=25276

And here’s another sheet of stamps my father framed. When the stamps were 13 cents.

I stitched the needlepoint pillow kit of the butterfly stamps and gave it to my Aunt Rhea and then she passed it back to me. Connections


Gallerie Chiz in Shadyside, Art Show Opening

susan and joan

Artists Susan Middleman and Joan Brindle. Classmates reunited at Susan’s Opening Reception Friday night.

Class of 1965-  they met as freshmen at Carnegie Tech

(now Carnegie Mellon University) Pittsburgh PA

Joan and I were art teachers in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and then Joan was my Art Supervisor. We became friends. That’s how I got invited to her friend Susan’s Art Opening Reception at Gallerie Chiz. The large oil paintings on paper are Susan’s art work.

I met the artist Susan Middleman through Joan.


IMG_2991Hosted by Gallerie Chiz owner/director Ellen Chisdes Neuberg who provided the space for connections. I knew she was the gallery owner as she came to introduce herself. I was inquiring if her plate held a sweet or a savory.

I thought it might be a chocolate or a meatball but it was a baby bella mushroom.

Ellen sported a cool purple outfit, unique art jewelry and turquoise glasses. Plus she wasn’t carrying a purse.  Ellen and one other person would have been selected “best dressed” if I were from the paper.

Glass and found objects artist Elizabeth Fortunato showed her work at the art opening reception this evening, too. The show is open through October 10th.







The title is Waiting for the Rain to Stop


The white embroidered dress is from Hey Betty! Vintage Clothing down the street (5890 Ellsworth Avenue)


IMG_2985Piano accompanied a jazzy singer which added to the life of the party

Made an art project out of the Mini-Mes found in drawer 

Completing the gradebook, returning materials, getting signatures that I’ve accomplished the required tasks.  

My remaining time at school growing shorter by the minute. 

Still things to be done, so why not take a break and create something?
I glued all the “students” in the lid of a copy paper box.   Well, not all of them but as many of the seniors who graduated last Sunday.  

What might look like leftover stuff to others became a wonderful memory to me.

Thanks for the memories. 


Wordless Wednesday

art room sink

You Write the Caption


(Across street from Giant Eagle parking lot- Shadyside. From the archives)

Tree of Knowledge Neon Art Installation at University of Pittsburgh

Tonight I attended the Congressional Art Awards hosted by Congressman Mike Doyle at the William Pitt Student Union, University of Pittsburgh.

One of my students had an artwork in the exhibit.   Because it’s a photograph showing herself I am unable to post her piece but I am very proud of her for participating.

On the way out of the Assembly Room,  I photographed the beautiful (and very large) neon art installation by artist Jane Haskell.       (See plaque below)

You can see the Cathedral of Learning and the Pitt Panther mascot.  IMG_9098

Artist Jane Haskell’s Tree of Knowledge Neon Art Installation at University of PittsburghTree of Knowledge



Frank Lloyd Wright – Zeigler House- Guest Blog from Frankfort Kentucky

This afternoon my son Mark sent a few photos of the Zeigler House in Frankfort Kentucky.

Individual or group tours can be arranged with the homeowners (by appointment) and if you click the link above you can hear interviews of the owners telling what it is like to live there.

It is the only Frank Lloyd Wright building in Kentucky.

Here are the photos,  thanks Mark.

Zeigler House Frankfort KY



Historical Marker



back of historical marketYou can read an article written by Tom Eblen of the Lexington Herald-Leader Frankfort home is all that’s Wright in Kentucky


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