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Sculptor Paul Roger-Bloche Mother and Child Statue

 On the way back from getting coffee with a colleague last Thursday, before the evening session of Open House, S. showed me this statue.   Today I returned to photograph it in the sinking October sunlight.

As I drove home, I was thinking about a mother’s love for her child after spending a little time photographing the sculpture.

One block from school - Paul Roger-Bloche bronze sculpture,

L’Enfant,

created  1899.

Overbrook Boulevard and Ravilla Street intersection.

Here’s a link to the story about how Boy Scout Troop 224 rediscovered this statue beneath vegetation, when just the head was showing through.  


Art Car Show in Garfield on Penn

Friday night I read about the Art Car Show in an article in the Post-Gazette.   At this show, there weren’t any cars like the Art Car in Columbus OH I posted a couple of years ago.

Steve and I ventured out Saturday afternoon and what started out as a gray, dark day became perfect

First, we met George and his 1973 VW Thing.  He came when the weather was good as his vehicle has no roof!  Made in West Germany and customized in Redondo CA, he bought it in Indiana and told me his goal is to have every car he thought was cool when he was a kid.  He has five cars and I should have asked him what the other four were but that question will have to wait for the Oktoberfest Car Show at the old VW Factory in  Westmoreland next Sunday, October 14th.

Jason Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery was the host of the event and showed me his demolition car named DOA and “that’s what it is”  he said,”Dead!” That is why it was covered with a white sheet!

Parts of it have been torched out of the body and grace his Art Gallery walls and there is even a car pieces wind chime hanging from the tin ceiling of the gallery.    He was the host for the day. He was at an event in Texas and had Xerox Most  Wanted signs and people posed for the piece you see on the gallery wall. All the photos are on the trunk of a car, hanging on the gallery wall and the participants tagged themselves on FB.

Sam Thorp posed by the van she painted.

Steve bought a psychology book at Awesome Books a few doors down and he pointed out the giant sleeping cat in the front of the bookstore.   We had fun in Garfield Saturday afternoon.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

The weekly photo challenge: Solitary hosted by Cheri Lucas at WordPress.

A single picture seemed about right.

(Oops. there are figures in the drawings.)


The Toynbee Tiles in Pittsburgh

My friend Steve told me about a documentary he watched last Saturday night about the Toynbee Tiles.  Toynbee Tiles?  I’d never heard of them. The documentary is called Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles . It’s a film by Jon Foy and was chosen as one of the best documentaries of 2011 by Roger Ebert.

Turns out there was also an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about the tiles downtown but I missed it when it came out.

So last Sunday afternoon, Steve and went to look for them.  We found three of the Toynbee Tiles. The first photographs of them were in the 1980′s so I am a latecomer to these mysterious plaques.  And I am intrigued by their placement in so many locations.

Find the pop top and the screw in this close-up.

A couple of them are paved over.  Chicago doesn’t allow them, they rip them up.  But in Pittsburgh they are there for pedestrians to walk over and cars to drive right on top of them.  It is a mystery who places the tiles but there are a lot of them in the world.  Right by the church where James and Laura were married in Columbus, OH at Third and Broad there’s another one and Laura’s seen it!  They are considered guerrilla art.  And a mystery!

 

 

You can see it in the crosswalk below.

 

 

 

An you can see the above tile in the crosswalk below.

 

 

Not sure why but I didn’t shoot the location of the third tile we just happened to find when we went back to the car.  


Friends, Family, Flowers- Photo Opening a Success

Thanks to everyone who was able to come to the opening and thanks for the encouraging and supportive emails, calls, and comments from friends and family. My friend V sent these beautiful flowers and Jen brought sunflowers and Barb cut gladiolas from her garden, tied them with a bow. Thanks for all the love. And thanks Emily for hosting the show.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Limiting myself to a single image, shot on my iPhone at school.  I like to document their artwork.

Teaching art to K-8 students, I had many choices.

I am posting this first grader’s response to the question What is Your Favorite Thing About School? 

Here are some fellow bloggers responses to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship

The sunflowers are a gift from a friend.

This photograph was taken in the art room today on my iPhone.  Most of the middle schoolers were on a trip. After lunch I had a few who didn’t get to attend.  This wonderful painting was created by a young man named Scott.  He painted the sunflowers a friend had brought me.

I didn’t want to leave the flowers at home alone so took them with me to school. They were so vibrant and summery.

Oh, the unexpected surprise of the gift of flowers from a good friend.

Friday after school,  I put the bouquet on the front seatand when I arrived at my son and DIL’s home  and took them out of the car, my granddaughter ran down the hill of the front yard to greet me and said excitedly when she saw them, “Oh we studied that artist! ”  Later in the craft store she picked up a Starry Night Umbrella and told me it was the same artist as the Sunflowers. She’s 8 1/2 and just completed second grade Tuesday.

Thanks for the flowers, friend.  I thought it would cheer you to see them in Scott’s painting.

(And that eyeball glaring from the chair is from the cover of a book that belongs to Scott’s classmate and friend, J, who told me he has checked out the photos on this blog!  Cool. )

To see other responses to the weekly photo challenge click here


Such Expressive (and Unexpected) Taxidermy

Beware of Fox!

It’s been up on this porch roof for at least a couple of days.

I was driving to the zoo from school on Monday.

The story I heard from the guy out in front of the house next door?

The guy who lives there does demolition and probably got it from some home he was tearing down.  It is the season of demolition around the city as you know.

A photographer has no choice but to pull to the curb and shoot the scene.  Remember the days of women’s stoles with fox heads dangling and tiny paws with claws? Beady eyes?  Ugh. Wonder if they take him in if it rains?

The last book we read in 2nd grade Intervention Group was the Fantastic Mr.  Fox by Roald Dahl.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

Making hearts with hands.

We’re working on decorations for the Spring concert next week, drawing friends.

The theme is friendship.  I’ll make a photo for each student in this third grade and thought that maybe notecards would be nice, too. Several were absent today so it was easier to fit everyone in.

How they helped me out this afternoon after the weekly photo challenge was posted: Hands.  We had a lot of fun.  I told them the problem of creating a heart with all of their hands. This is how they experimented with me.

They were very excited to help and try to accomplish the objective.  Working together and all being part of something was a good exercise in friendship.  The only part I was directing was reminding them to not let their heads get in the way so I could see their hands from the chair where I was standing.  All students were engaged in learning.

Trying individual hearts


City Alley View

And the close-up cropped version


Tie-Dye With a New Generation

Eighth graders in the art room.

Rubber bands and string. Buckets of color. Vinyl gloves.

Bought more shirts tonight to take to school to try again.

They’ve got the hang of it.  The practice.

I tell them - no design turns out exactly as planned.

Friday morning in the hallway a blur of t-shirts walked by.

I felt satisfied.

Did you ever tie-dye anything in your life?


And the Opening at UnSmoke Artspace

The third day. The actual opening. The third in a series of posts highlighting emerging artists and their exhibition.

It was a great night at UnSmoke Artspace, Braddock PA.  Seems to make sense to show the successful and well attended exhibition after two days of hardwork and preparation.

Everyone was waiting and waiting for the plank to break as Aaron drilled and drilled for more than four and a half hours. You can see him fall in the blurry photo and applause broke out!

Congratulations to  Aaron Meyers and Justin Sorensen on (Voice of rational being)

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Aaron Meyers Sets Up Exhibition (Voice of rational being) at UnSmoke Artspace

After school on Wednesday, I drove to Braddock.  Directly across from the Edgar Thomson USS Mill is an old Catholic school building that’s been transformed into a spacious art gallery. UnSmoke Artspace.

This Friday night (May 11th  6-9PM) is the opening of (Voice of rational being)  An exhibition featuring the works of Aaron Meyers and Justin Sorensen.  

I was fortunate to spend an hour or so watching Aaron set up some of his work and followed him around, shooting and talking and only once did he ask me to hold a plank while he drilled into the brick wall so I wasn’t too useful.  He was gracious and explained his exploration of materials and how he had transported the art in a truck and what his performance would be during the exhibit.

One thing that struck me is how Aaron inquired about my teaching at school AND about what my blog is about.  So although I was there for the purpose of photographing him and his art, he expressed interest in what I do and it was an easy exchange. Aaron has empathy and understanding for the teaching as his mom and I are colleagues.  He told me how almost every school he attended in the city is now closed.

1137 Braddock Avenue, Braddock UnSmoke Artspace

Across the street


Price Bennett- Street Musician on Liberty Ave

Price Bennett appears
Monday- Fridays Smithfield Street/Downtown
Friday and Saturday Night- Carson Street/South Side
Saturday Daytime Strip District
and he gave me his email if you wish to contact him
pricebennett38@yahoo.com
I watched him  lick his finger and and slide it across the head of the drum. In this article they call it  a moose call.

Bedford, PA- Home of the National Museum of the American Coverlet

Laszlo Zongor explains the system of Jacquard Loom(see below) and the punched holed cards, each card a single line of weaving.

 

 

A two hour drive from Pittsburgh.  My book club had a fun and memorable getaway weekend trip.  We stayed at the Historic Bedford Resort.

Sunday, Joan and I went to see the National Museum of the American Coverlet- housed in a beautiful Historic Common School.   A coverlet is a woven bed cover, although there were some floor coverings, too.  The coverlets display changes every four months.  We learned a lot about the history of the coverlets with our knowledgeable guide explaining the differences. The last photos are of the gift shop where you can purchase reproductions of the antique designs and fabric for quilters.

 from the National Museum of the American Coverlet

The Museum and Museum Shop are open daily, year round.
Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission is $6 ($5 for age 60 and over).  Kids under 12 are free.  Group rates available.

Laszlo Zongor explains the punch cards used in the Jacquard loom.

 If you have a coverlet, you can bring it to Melinda and Laszlo Zongor and they can help date it and identify the weaving method.

The Jacquard Loom

There are looms and spinning wheels on exhibit.


People at Work: Body Artist

This is not your ordinary face painting!

Last week one of my student’s moms came in to create a special gift for the Communications student teacher as a farewell present on her last day of student teaching.  The timing of it fell on Friday afternoon when they were scheduled for Art class and they asked if it would be okay and I agreed it would be fun to see an artist at work. ( I think she is going to return for Career Day, too)

Michele Johnson is the owner of 7 Heirs Body Art Co/ 7 Heirs Media and was telling us about how she was doing body art  painting during the Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears concerts, drawing a crowd as concertgoers looked on at her work.  It is true, she is quick and creative and the design appears rapidly and beautifully and the addition of jewels tops it off. The students gave a nice round of applause and it took no time at all!

Have an event and need some pizazz, call Michelle 412. 586.5006 or email her –     kristal_klere(at)yahoo(dot)com


Elvis the Penguin Paints at National Aviary for Persad Patron Party

Pittsburgh’s National Aviary was the happening scene on Friday night in the city.  Steel Band music. Desserts.

  Artist Reception and Patron Party was in full swing.

Elvis the African Penguin Makes Art to Auction Off to Benefit Persad Center

His feet were all aflutter. Perhaps he enjoys making art without an audience.

Here is the piece I donated. They invited a group of artists to create a commemorative artwork to celebrate their fortieth anniversary.   I know one should just make a donation and not tell about it but it is a good cause and perhaps some of my students might seek counseling here in the future and be helped as my good friend J always tells about a former student the organization helped  a long time ago.

 Below is the photograph I created to commemorate their 40th Anniversary.

Thanks to Steve I was able to get 40 candles lit and photograph quickly in the dark dining room at night.

Had to bake the cake first before I could photograph it and I chose the wedding cake recipe from the Cake Bible  by Rose Levy Beranbaum and used lots of gel food color by Wilton.  Buttercream icing.

UPMC presents Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art

 Monday, May 14, 2012

August Wilson Center for African American Culture
980 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
6:00 – 11:00 p.m

“Persad’s signature event is both a verbal and silent auction featuring over 200 pieces of art from local, national and international artists including photography, painting, sculpture and jewelry. Come enjoy great food, drinks and entertainment and take home some fabulous artwork.

To purchase tickets to the event or to purchase an underwriting package, click here.


Joyce Captures A Construction Worker’s Image in NYC

My college friend took the train into Grand Central and met my sister and me in Bryant Park today. We walked to the Museum of Modern Art, saw the Cindy Sherman Show and Eugene Atget Show.

Joyce is an adventuresome street photographer, capturing all sorts of people in the city. This worker was happy to oblige. I photographed her photographing him. We had a fun time at the MOMA Sculpture Garden, dueling photographers.


What I’m Thinking for 2012

Postaday 2011 is coming to a rapid close.  I accomplished a daily photograph post on my rutheh.com blog.  It became part of my day.  Everyday.  And then I started the Keep or Pitch blog and was thinking how I would clean out my house of accumulation and clutter and inherited items. Grown up children moved out but left their “stuff” and I photographed and posted and wrote stories of possessions and it went pretty well everyday for a good while. Months even. Even got voted Freshly Pressed for the Ceramic Squirrel Family post. But when it came time to get serious and actually pitch a LOT of stuff, I stopped photographing it and feeling nostalgic and made donations big time, had a failed yard sale, and loaded up some heavy duty construction bags and dragged them to the curb.  That task is not completed and the third floor beckons to me to get up there and PITCH.

Starting another blog to illustrate where this blog travels in the blogosphere is the plan.

I recreated a “cardboard me”, not because I want to look thinner  but need to fit in the mail.  Made color copies on card stock.  The copies appear a little dull but then I was called two-dimensional!  I am already in business size envelopes traveling to friends and bloggers who have agreed to “guest blog” and return photo(s) of my visit with them.

Many of you know Flat Stanley and have helped school students with their Social Studies projects. Now it is the Elementary Art Teacher’s project.  And your creativity.

Right now I am thinking of one post a week.  I will continue with my daily photography blog and then link to Cardboardmetravels.com as the photos and narratives are returned to me.

If you want  a visit from Flat Ruthie/Cardboard Me,  email your snail mail address to cardboard.me.travels@gmail.com.  We’ll see where the blog travels, visit faraway friends,  highlight fellow bloggers blogs and have fun. I’m already headed to Canada, Omaha, Croatia, Missouri and Arkansas.

The only thing I’m now worried about is that I’m going to be wearing the same outfit everyday for a year.

Oprah might be on every cover of her magazine but at least her hair and outfit are different!

Cardboard me/Flat Ruthies cut out and ready to travel. Doing my part to support the USPS.


Mona Lisa Lying Down on her Side in Short North Alley

Friday afternoon we (guests from Florida) and my brother and sister,  explored the neighborhood of Short North after we ate lunch in  German Village. When asked what we should be sure to see, a woman recommended this painting of Mona Lisa. (painted by artist Brian Clemons)  We had fun trying to find it, asking several residents where she was……uh, oh, yes, I know I have seen her….not far….hmmmmmm

A short diversion from the task at hand . We had coffee at Cup of Joe afterwards.

All set for the wedding on Saturday afternoon.


Guest Blogger- Suzanne- in Response to Balloon Seller Man Post

I love the dialogue and exchange the blog posts evoke.

From my friend Suzanne in an email Saturday morning…

Ruthie — your blog post today was great!  Reminded me of a photo I took in Oaxaca — hard to figure out how they don’t float away!

So I wrote to Suzanne and invited her to be guest blogger today. I love that my photo of the balloon seller created such a response.

Suzanne wrote:
In Oaxaca, Mexico in 2005 another balloon seller busy every evening as the town square, the zocolo,  filled with families for the evening’s music, strolling and visiting.  Every small child had one of these tied to their wrists, and eyes filled with wonder at the beauty of it.

Suzanne is an artist and her website and artwork can be seen by clicking here .

I love that she captured the conversation/sale between seller and child and look a those balloons!!!!


Anna and Her Best Friend

Anna is eight years old today.  I remember going to the hospital in the dark, and then watching the sunrise over the Monongahela River from the window.  Then I went to school after she as born and everyone was so happy for our family. It was a happy day. Here is a portrait of her with Murphy the Airedale when she was one.  It hangs in her bedroom.

And a recent photograph of Anna and Murphy….

  The artist of the painting , Alison Zapata,  is a new mother herself and paints wonderful pet portraits. Her website is here


Sunlight Through Paint Jars

When I teach students how to put markers away I teach them the order of the spectrum. Kindergarteners can do it! We sing a little song, red orange yellow green blue purple  a few times and they line them all up in the boxes.  I say, “Don’t forget the brown and black. SNAP THE CAPS!”  And a box of eight markers is in pretty good shape for the next class.

Anyway, the paints were lined up in order on the counter and when I came upstairs after the buses left, I saw the sunlight coming through the jars of glitter paint we’d used earlier.  I have no idea how we received a box of glitter paint but we did. The colors were  brilliant and I got excited as I rushed to get my camera.   Here’s what I could catch.


What I Saw as I Left the Warhol Museum

Friday night,Warhol Museum, Northside -Poetry reading- Undressing the Body  Jan Beatty and Soham Patel.  Went up to four and checked out (The Word of God(ess): Chitra Ganesh is the third exhibition in The Word of God series
(Read more at warhol.org: http://www.warhol.org/webcalendar/event.aspx?id=3241#ixzz1Wr8meDi0,  R and I went to see the Silver Clouds floating in the air, back down to one and head to the car.  Looked over my shoulder and saw the young girls dancing to the Bollywood music spun by DJ Chai.  A quick shot with the iPhone but there was Andy when it came up on the screen. Fun!


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