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
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.
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.
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)
Rockford Art Museum
Tuesday April 15th
No, not- “I object.“
But an item. A thing. You know I have so many objects in my files. I thought I’d focus on one, like the challenge said to do.
Weekly Challenge Creator Cheri Lucas Rowlands said- “Or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.”
Here’s a dusty antique stereoscope from my childhood and the dates on the photos? 1903! Wish I knew where it came from originally.
A bit before my time. I remember viewing the images with my brother David. HAve to find the piece that slides on the bar. It’s around here somewhere.
One of the cards had Meadville, PA printed on the edge. The scene on top is Goats in Norway. The cowboy on the horse is in Kansas.
Here is the principle behind the stereoscopic images according to Wikipedia
“Two separate images are printed side-by-side. When viewed without a stereoscopic viewer the user is required to force his eyes either to cross, or to diverge, so that the two images appear to be three. Then as each eye sees a different image, the effect of depth is achieved in the central image of the three.”
It’s been here for more than a year in the East Liberty neighborhood. Where have I been?
Driving back and forth from school each day, I’ve been passing this shop since it opened in September 2012.
Right there on Highland Avenue.
I know mornings when I drive by on the way to school it’s dark and of course closed
but I thought I had some keen observational skills. Ha!
Guess not! Missed this shop until….
I had the chance to go inside as I was a few minutes early for lunch. I met the shop owner Julia Reynolds, and purchased a unique, Made-in-USA , artist crafted item for a gift – so can’t reveal what I bought yet cause they might see it on the blog today.
The store itself is a work of art and cool design. You can check out the “unique handcrafted gifts“ here
A return trip is necessary to more photos so you can see some of the artists’ work. You’ll have to click the link to see the art!
Ringing up my sale and giftboxing with white and red baker’s string.
Took the one above when I got home as I liked the look of the little cube box tied with string.
Sunday afternoon was the official dedication of the Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Keeping Tabs- A Holocaust Sculpture at the Community Day School at the corner of Beechwood Boulevard and Forward Ave. The sculpture is a maze in the shape of the Star of David, created with glass blocks which are filled with six million pop tabs which took almost five years to collect , each tab representing a human life lost in the Holocaust. Many people contributed time, money and effort to the creation of the sculpture and the beautiful surrounding park. Walking into the maze, one is struck by the magnitude of the horror of genocide, the number of victims is hard to fathom but the pop tabs in the glass blocks are a reminder of the millions killed.
The resident artist, Elena Hiatt Houlihan has been with this project since 2002. Pop tabs were being collected since 1996 and Mr. Walter the History Teacher at Community Day School had aquariums filled with them when Elena arrived to help the student teams design the sculpture. Their original artist statement was read by her at the dedication ceremony today.
Elena had been a resident artist at Greenfield Elementary when I was the art teacher there and I remember her talking about the ongoing work of this sculpture and then funding and other circumstances delayed the completion.
It was a beautiful Autumn afternoon and there were speeches and prayers and an 8th grader played the violin. A chill wind and shadows gave one a shudder and reminded those present of the significance of the memorial sculpture. Never Forget.
I went up earlier in the day to photograph the memorial sculpture before all the people arrived.
Receiving a standing ovation, Mr. Walter comes to the podium to speakArtist in Residence Elena Hiatt Houlihan and Social Studies Teacher Mr. Bill Walter who started the collection of the pop tabs when he was teaching the Holocaust to middle school students at Community Day School.
Article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the Keeping Tabs Memorial Sculpture Dedication, this time including Elena Hiatt Houlihan’s name
When I was at the Mattress Factory for Professional Development last Tuesday, a colleague and I slipped into this room, part of the permanent exhibition.
The black light gives you a strange sensation when you’re in there. You can lose your equilibrium.
It’s really cool. You should come to Pittsburgh and experience this mirrored, polka dotted space. The going into the actual room as compared to viewing an iPhone snap of it, is quite different. The limitations of technology.
The artist- YAYOI KUSAMA created the installation.
You can watch the short documentary about her and her artwork below.