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Unexpected Find at Panza Gallery

Millvale, PA is just across the Allegheny River. Steve and I eat out at Grant Bar Grant Avenue some nights.

If you follow the blog you’ve been to Millvale with me, Jean-Marc Chatellier’s Bakery for Brioche, Esther’s Hobby Shop, Attic Records, the high water mark from the floods.

We popped into the Panza Gallery and saw some friends and acquaintances and checked out the new work show by Brian Lang and Susan Sparks. I’ve posted some photos of Panza’s.

While chatting with Mary Ann, I asked if I could photograph the ceramic holy water font where this package of fuses got placed. Just as it was.

When Mark was finished with his conversation, he concurred that I could photograph this find. Thanks Mark and Mary Ann.

Coming up in February and March, Panza will host programs on the artist Maxo Vanka Murals housed in the St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Parish on the hill.

Holy Water Font


One Shiny Shoe and a Good Thing I’d Eaten Dinner

My neighbors invited me to accompany them to the Carnegie Museum of Art for the opening reception of Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals.   The exhibition was curated by Linda Benedict- Jones and is quite impressive, requiring a return visit to take the show in when it’s less crowded.

In the Hall of Sculpture after the remarks, i was standing on the lighted glass floor and so were three others. Our 4 pairs of  black shoes with the light coming from the floor below.

Photographer Martha Rial and I had our phones out, capturing the pattern.  I call it One Shiny Shoe.

One shiny shoe

Where the light comes from below

Hall of Sculpture

Here is a man looking closely at the photos of Andy Warhol and his mother Julia.

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When I got to the refreshments table there were a few grapes

Some of you saw this on FB already but here I am in the Hall of Architecture under the artwork “The Piano” by Chilean Artist Sebastian Errazuriz

I asked a random museum goer if he’d take my photo.  He’d already taken a selfie under the 800 pound piano.

When I showed this photo to the high school students, they said I was crazy to stand under it.  I said, wouldn’t it be funny to have a  tall ladder and some hedge clippers?  They groaned.

Mark said it looked like I was in a Looney Tune.

If you Sebastian Errazuriz


The Color is What Caught My Eye

Whether it be flowers in a garden, a rainbow in traffic, or colorful cake mixes on the store shelf.

The color is what caught my eye!

Unsure about actual consumption, though.      Here’s how I came to see these boxes of cake mix……

After school, I drove down to the Waterfront to get gas, stock up on provisions. Lunch items to take to school.

Target was right there and I needed more wonderful 8GB Flash Drives that are still at a low, low price.  The ones they keep by the checkout line so you can load up as you head out the door.  Must be an old shipment as the ones up front are two dollars cheaper than the ones in the electronic section in the back.  (Hope I didn’t clue them in and they change the price!)

Now you might already know if you follow the blog,  I really don’t like to eat anything blue

(with the exception of fresh blueberries)

but those fakey blue raspberry popsicles?

Just looking at blue food/icing gives me a shudder down my spine.

But if you need to bake a Smurf cake, the Blue Suede mix might be your answer.

I can definitely see some of these colorful cake mixes as the basis for art/photography projects.

And from what I read on Charm City website,    “Our inspiration comes from everywhere: art, fashion, fabric, furniture, architecture, landscapes, science, music, and history.”   

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iPhone shots of the cake mix shelves

 

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Inspiration for the colorful cake mixes, created by Duff Goldman

 Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis

Found at least 3 Pink Cadillac songs

Bruce Springsteen,

Natalie Cole, Jerry Lee Lewis

And Prince won an Oscar in 1985 for Purple Rain

 

 

 

 

 


Spectrum Wind by Duncan McDaniel Nashville Airport

Looking up into the skylight, I saw this very interesting sculpture during my layover enroute to Florida. It’s made with plastic SOLO cups.
I read there are three other skylight art installations but I am returning through Baltimore.

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St. Mary of the Mount- Grandview Avenue- Pittsburgh PA

When we were walking around the Three Rivers Arts Festival, I looked up and saw this church on the top of Mount Washington.

The lighting really stands out.

Here are several views to give the perspective.  St. Mary of the Mount

St. Mary's on the Mount

 

 

 

 

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Dancing at Bougival as Turn of the Century Giant Sculpture

I was downtown at the Camera Repair Service again.  Don’t ask.  Used a different camera card to experiment and tes.

Here is the delight of the day- (Stef!) 

A monumental sculpture by J Seward Johnson has been at PPG Place for “about four days”, the guard said.

But don’t worry.  The giant dancers will be in place until October.

Dancing at Bougival (painted in 1883 by Pierre A. Renoiris in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

Dancing at Bougival Fountains

 

 

 

 

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Dancing at Bougival PPG Place

From underneath

A Turn of the Century (1)

 

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Using the 100-300 Canon lens to get a closer look

 

 

Self Portrait at PPG PLace

The reflective glass made for a clear self portrait.

 


Grandma and the Grammy Winner

That’s what the nice man said as he took the picture of V and me with Honorary Chair of Art For Change- Broadway singer/actor Kinky Boots Billy Porter!

He’s won a Tony award for Best Musical Actor 2013!
Mr. Porter got the crowd riled up at the beginning of the night, getting a Kinky Boots NYC package sold for ten thousand dollars. It was a fun time.

We were at the Art For Change Art Auction at the Wyndham Grand Hotel Monday Night. The proceeds benefit the PERSAD Center
I donated a photograph for the auction and bought one to bring home, too!

Mr. Billy Porter is a Pittsburgh Public Schools CAPA(Creative and Performing Arts) Alum!

Pull on a pair of Red Boots and see the Just Be campaign

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American Pie

the pie and fork are paper from Bon Appetit magazines donated by a neighbor for school.

the pie and fork are paper from Bon Appetit magazines donated by a neighbor for school.


I Looked Over at Lunch and Saw her Cheezits – Organized!

My wonderful student teacher Miss E (you are supposed to say Preservice these days) had her last day on Friday.

She is a very organized person and did a great job at our high school.  The students are missing her this week.  She is graduating from Penn State this weekend.  (Congrats, Miss E!!)d

The other day we sat at lunch and I looked over and she had arranged her orange Cheezits in a pattern.

It looked like a Jeopardy board, a quilt, all line up so neatly.

Ms.L asked her if she HAD to do that in order to eat them and the answer is NO!

Of course, I asked if I could take a photograph of the design.

Art at lunch.

Miss E's Cheezits

 

 


Carrick High School Art Show – Before and During

Pittsburgh Carrick High School Art Show Opening Monday May 5th.  City County Building downtown Pittsburgh on Grant Ave.  You can go there anytime this week and see the ceramics, jewelry, paintings, drawings and photography.  It looks wonderful.

The art staff along with some volunteer assistants got together on Saturday from 8-2 and set it all up.  This is the seventh year for the show.

Tonight at the opening I went upstairs and shot from the enclosed balcony (hence some reflection)

It was great to see so many students, families and teachers and even the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Linda Lane came and selected an artwork to be awarded the Superintendent’s Award.

 

Setting up the art show

 

 

 

 

Carrick Art Show

 

And the elegant Miss Hicks came (she taught with us last year and is now at Pittsburgh Roosevelt Elementary)

The statue on the right is Mayor Richard Caliguiri (memorial statue by Robert Berks)

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