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Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

Community.
Communities.
Swim Team Community
Swim Team Community- Columbus Ohio
Bocce Community
Bocce Community in Bloomfield, Pittsburgh
Baseball PNC
Baseball Community- PNC Park
Zion Apostolic Christmas Dinner
Zion Apostolic Community-  Christmas dinner Monroeville PA
Etna Softball
Softball Community in Etna PA
River City Brass Band
River City Brass Band  (Community) at Carnegie Music Hall- Pittsburgh PA
Knit the Bridge
Knit the Bridge Community- (and Crochet)  Warhol Bridge- Pittsburgh PA
Culinary Class Gingerbread Houses
High School Culinary Class Community Gingerbread Houses- Each kitchen created one together as a group effort
Football
Football Community- Steelers Fans- Pittsburgh PA
Candles at St Patricks
                                               St Patrick’s Church Community- Columbus Ohio
Art Community Panza Gallery
             Art Community  Panza Gallery Millvale PA
Guitar Community
Guitar Community. Bleecker Street New York City
Army Community Germany
  Army Community- Grafenwoehr Germany    I am the one holding the camera!   Thirty years ago.

The Shop in East Liberty

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….

Saturday I was meeting my friend R for lunch at Pig and Chicken next door. (I photographed the Pig and Chicken one night in Feb 2012 before The Shop in East Liberty was established.)

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!

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Julia at The Shop in East Liberty

 

 

Ringing up my sale and giftboxing with white and red baker’s string.

 

 

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Took the one above when I got home as I liked the look of the little cube box tied with string.

 

The Shop in East Liberty


Dedication of “Keeping Tabs – A Holocaust Sculpture”- Pittsburgh PA

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.

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I went up earlier in the day to photograph the memorial sculpture before all the people arrived.

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Keeping Tabs close up

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Bill WalterReceiving a standing ovation,  Mr. Walter comes to the podium to speakElena and Mr. WalterArtist 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.

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Article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the Keeping Tabs Memorial Sculpture Dedication, this time including Elena Hiatt Houlihan’s name

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One of the many many stones and bricks donated,

One of the many many, memorial stones and engraved bricks. each representing the accumulation of many donations, small, medium and large. I chose this one to photograph because for the inscribed words about “generations never born”- that message struck me.

Pop Tabs in Glass Blocks

filling the last blockThis block will be used for educational presentations.  I put a tab in and then asked the next woman if I might photograph her doing so and she agreed.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

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.

And the name of the room is perfect for the challenge...     Infinity Dots Mirrored Room.  (click to see the museum’s photo of the installation)

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.

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Do You Even Think About What You See in the Trash?

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?

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Chalk the Block – Easton Ohio

We were having a special afternoon at the Easton Mall, Laura, Anna and I.  A beautiful autumn day.

And the artists were out in force, “chalking the block as we headed to eat lunch. Chalk drawing dates back to prehistoric times.

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.

Chalk the Block

Chalk the Block Bastides

Love how his spheres “floated” above the pavement….

Bastides drawing

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See below to see the finished work of the Wright Brothers

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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.

Wright Brothers

Chalk drawing reminds me of Mary Poppins and here is the scene where Bert Mary and the children enter the sidewalk drawings


Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

Sounds like a cinch, doesn’t it?   From lines to patterns? Organic might have been a better route. Nature.bridge (1)

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.

 

 

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Strip District World Festival

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    

Tavern 19

Food-

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

Manuela the Caricaturist

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Dance to the Music

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Steel Dragon Kung Fu members dance the Lion Dance

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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)

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Look behind you!

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Alex and Ben were the Lion with Steeler Colors

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sunseri

Two Pound Pepperoni Roll and Mr. Sunseri

BLack and Gold

Schorin’s has everything

Price Bennett

Mr. Bennett Price

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“Sunoco” Painted by Jon Walker, Artist

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

Sunoco  painted by artist Jon Walker

Sunoco painted by artist Jon Walker

 

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

Sunoco at Night

 

 

 

A photo Jon emailed of the show at The Butcher Gallery in Savannah  (not sure who photographed this to give credit)

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Rooftop Rodin

Rooftop Rodin

 

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!

 


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