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.
Due to Penn Avenue closure, I ended up in a Bloomfield Alley and caught this trash scene with the iPhone as I waited to get out into the main road.
Do you think people get tired of looking at what’s on their wall?
We were having a special afternoon at the Easton Mall, Laura, Anna and I. A beautiful autumn day.
I spoke with Mr. Jose Bastidas from Ecuador about his artwork and unfortunately didn’t get to see the finished pieces.
Some farther along than others. There was a lot of excitement as the forty artists started to work.
You could vote for your favorite, cast a ballot. Awards are on Sunday the 29th.
Mark and Erika went out for an anniversary dinner in the same location Saturday night and saw the finished works.
Fascinating to watch the artists line out the drawings on the asphalt, the many boxes of chalk waiting to be used.
Love how his spheres “floated” above the pavement….
See below to see the finished work of the Wright Brothers
Above and below
- Wright Brothers taken by Mark with his iPhone this evening when he and Erika went to dinner to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
Chalk drawing reminds me of Mary Poppins and here is the scene where Bert Mary and the children enter the sidewalk drawings
Sounds like a cinch, doesn’t it? From lines to patterns? Organic might have been a better route. Nature.
After reading about this week’s challenge and viewing some fellow bloggers posts, here’s my gallery.
It was suggested to go with the “tiled mosaic gallery” so I thought I’d try it.
I was going down to the Strip to work on an ongoing photography project I started.
Seemed like a good day to go as I was in town, no school on Sunday and the weather was perfect.
As soon as I neared the Strip, I saw an incredible amount of traffic backed up and some tent tops. Parked immediately instead of trying to get closer and walked the rest of the way. Here’s what I saw
Strip District World Festival- A Community Event
I ate a delicious Baklava from Taverna 19, a new place with Greek food and dancing at night. (Right across from Primanti’s) I had already eaten lunch at home. Who knew?
Manuela the Caricaturist
Dance to the Music
Steel Dragon Kung Fu members dance the Lion Dance
This note from Chris at Steel Dragon the dance is actually a LION DANCE
I would like to mention that actually we did a lion dance today. The MC confused the name of what we were doing. Our name (as you know) is Steel Dragon (or Gong Lung in Chinese). What we did was a lion dance. The actual name of the one we did today is “Eight Immortals Carry the Mountain to Fill the Eastern Sea”, which is a story from a classic novel called the Eight Immortals Cross the Sea.
Incidentally, Dragons have many more people than lions (7-100 people vs 2 in a lion) and when you see the head, you can tell their different. If you want, you can check out the video we just posted which has clips from lion and dragons dances on it (plus I just edited so I love when people look at it :-) ) The link is on our website under videos. (see link)
Look behind you!
Alex and Ben were the Lion with Steeler Colors
Two Pound Pepperoni Roll and Mr. Sunseri
Schorin’s has everything
Mr. Bennett Price
Today the painting arrived. A few months ago, I heard from artist Jon Walker.
He asked if he could paint the Sunoco station photograph he saw on the blog.
I thought it was a cool request and appreciated his asking permission. His intention was to paint it, not to sell it to me.
I liked the look of it, the feel and although it was summer and no paycheck season until we returned to school, the gallery put the red dot on it “sold”. It is a wonderful painting. I am thrilled to have it now.
Thanks Jon and the team in Savannah who helped get it to me. When I called again about being remiss in sending the $ I discovered the painting had migrated to another Savannah gallery- The Atlantic Beacon Gallery (go and like them on Facebook, too) where Jon Walker is the visiting artist for September. If you click the link you can see some of his other paintings.
They were most gracious to pack and ship it. Thank you thank you.
Phone shot of ” Sunoco”on the mantel tonight after I unpacked it
The August show Remixing Banality: Rural Studies by Jon Walker was at the Butcher Gallery.
You can go to the Butcher Gallery Facebook page, and see the painting on the left wall at the show (be sure to click the “like” button while you are there! )
The original photo posted in April 2010 On the Way to Munhall
A photo Jon emailed of the show at The Butcher Gallery in Savannah (not sure who photographed this to give credit)
When I saw this man at work this morning, Rodin’s sculpture of The Thinker came to mind. I had my camera at the ready for the 9th grade orientation. Lucky day!