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Posts tagged “Cathedral of Learning

Grid Gallery

Grid gallery.  From the archives.  Once you start looking, it’s surprising to see how many grids present themselves. Seems I lean to shooting through chain link fencing.

ball field Arlington

City through a chain link fence.  Arlington Ball Field.

Felix de la Concha

Felix de la Concha Cathedral of Learning Paintings University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall


MOMA grid

Man on cell phone with statue at MOMA  NYC


warhol museum

Andy Warhol Museum from the AGH Parking Lot

murray ave grid

looking to Murray Avenue from the Suzanne, Linda and Pat’s Art Show

mary apartment grid

From my sister’s apartment window. You can see Freedom Tower under construction.


steelers door

Steelers Garage in Arlington neighborhood.

madonna and chainlinkUrban Madonna Bloomfield neighborhood

The Wilds windows


Grandchildren at  The Wilds in Ohio
murphyDear Murphy in the snow

Tree of Knowledge Neon Art Installation at University of Pittsburgh

Tonight I attended the Congressional Art Awards hosted by Congressman Mike Doyle at the William Pitt Student Union, University of Pittsburgh.

One of my students had an artwork in the exhibit.   Because it’s a photograph showing herself I am unable to post her piece but I am very proud of her for participating.

On the way out of the Assembly Room,  I photographed the beautiful (and very large) neon art installation by artist Jane Haskell.       (See plaque below)

You can see the Cathedral of Learning and the Pitt Panther mascot.  IMG_9098

Artist Jane Haskell’s Tree of Knowledge Neon Art Installation at University of PittsburghTree of Knowledge



Blue Skies, Purple Salt and a Heart of Dampness at Pitt in January

cathedral of learning

According to Wikipedia The Cathedral of Learning is 535 Feet High and 42 floors

Cathedral with tree

With the addition of trees and lamp post

purple saltCathedal of Learning  Sidewalk with Purple Salt


Spring Day in November, Dropping Thirty Degrees Tomorrow and Happy Anniversary Lala and James

No school today on Veterans Day.  Spent some time outside before the threatened polar vortex arrives.

watching tight rope

watching tight rope

sat on a bench and knit

sat on a bench and knit

Cathedral of Learning

Cathedral of Learning

on the lawn

on the lawn

Conflict Kitchen in Closed

Conflict Kitchen in Closed

Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library



the trees without leaves

the trees without leaves

Happy Third Anniversary Lala and James love Ma and MIL Ruthie

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

Last Monday night at the Art for Change auction I bid and won a very cool work of art by photographer Scott Roller-

this is what I see when I come out of an upstairs room now.

Subway Face.  A poster  in the subway, peeling off the wall.

It is a compelling gaze.  Not sure who it was to begin with but you keep looking at it and wonder.

The deteriorated shape of the poster really adds to the mood and make it original.  Click on Scott’s name and see his 66 Shots series from a trip on Route 66.

He prints, mats and frames his photographs.  Works of art!

Subway Face (1)

SUBWAY FACE   1/10    Scott Roller



Pittsburgh Photo Fair

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Photo Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Art.     What a terrific venue.  Still on for Sunday (5-18-14) from 12-5 if you are in the city




Carnegie Museum of Art

The Cathedral of Learning in the reflection at the Carnegie Museum of Art.


Anna helps decorate her brother Michael’s First Communion Cake.

A work of art!      She wrote his name on it.  A chocolate pound cake- (gluten free) with vanilla buttercream icing.   Thanks to Aunt Mary for helping piece adequate parchment paper into the cross shaped pan so there were no cracks when it was extricated from the pan.

Anna decorates Michael's cake

Windows 3 – Connie, Esther’s Hobby, Olga, Poet’s House, Oakmont Bakery, View from a Bus






Weekly Photo Challenge Theme: Windows

Making the theme last all week? I  photograph a lot of windows.

Here is another  gallery
Connie at ChumleysNew York City Chumley’s Historic Pub After the Fire


Esther's HobbyEsther’s Hobby Shop  Millvale PA

Olga Stained Glass

St. John’s Chrysostom Byzantine – Columbus, Ohio- St. Olga Window




Poet's HousePoet’s House New York City


Merry Christmas Window

Merry Christmas Window Pittsburgh PA



Brooklyn Bridge from Jane's Carousel


Brooklyn Bridge from Jane’s Carousel  Dumbo, Brooklyn NYC



conservatory Columbus


Franklin Conservatory Columbus Ohio



Flag and U of Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning on the Horizon from Arlington



Freedom tower

Freedom Tower from my sister’s apartment window



graduation party


Graduation Party Window






Rocking Horse WindowRocking Horse Penn Avenue Garfield Neighborhood Pittsburgh PA


Oakmont Bakery

Oakmont Bakery Oakmont PA

snacks in windowSnacks in the Window New York City



window dresserWindow Dresser New York City Fifth Avenue



Bus window

Bus Window on Field Trip

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

This post of the electric poinsettia is inspired by Leanne Cole Photography Playing With Light post. Thanks Leanne.  I had the students work with the same method and it was a lot of fun. Bringing the light to the front helped the foil reflect the penlight.

The weekly challenge: illumination by Cheri Lucas is a great one for this time of year.

ELectric Poinsetta



Waiting to get the okay

Christmas morning- Waiting for the okay to go see if Santa arrived




electric santa

Kennywood at night


2008 Cathedral of Learning Festival of Lights


Class of 2015 Arrives on Campus!

It’s happening all over the city. Across the state, throughout the country.    I hear CMU freshman arrived on Monday and Tuesday it was the University of Pittsburgh  (no one except out-of-towners call it University of Pittsburgh ) PITT is it!  It’s the annual start of school.  Freshmen arrive on campus and families assist, haul the stuff, then embrace and say,”  good-bye!” You see them in the linens aisle at Target, waiting for a bus, walking down city sidewalks in a large group.

I pulled over to the curb and put the flashers on along with a line of cars with car-top carriers and U-Haul trucks and trailers.  Got out and documented the occasion.  Met a few nice and enthusiastic people on my way home from school.  Mr. Vincent told of a little brother hugging his older sister and didn’t want to let go.  You get teared up witnessing the partings.  The unbelievable traffic and students arriving  will be on television news, the wild moving-in scene.  More than 7500 freshman I was told.  That’s a lot of people!  T-shirt sales were brisk on the corner. A beautiful day filled with mixed emotions. I dedicate this post to my dear friend G and her daughter S who’s a brand new freshman in another state!!! Laura told me today that she started college TEN years ago.  I remember taking her like it was yesterday.  And S.G. who used to babysit Mark and Matthew is taking two of her own kids back to school, dragging a futon and laundry baskets and who knows what.  I love the carting off of the broken down boxes photo. And Michael starts his first day of KINDERGARTEN Wednesday morning, Anna the second grade.  I am sure many of these parents were thinking about those milestones as they brought their children to college!

Alex and her mom, Dalia, from Philadelphia area (Newtown Square) graciously allowed me to document the moving process.

The whole family helps move in

Pitt Panther Statue

Mr. Mike Vincent, Pitt Class of 1977 (Criminal Justice) is now the guard of the Cathedral of Learning.

Carting off all the broken down cardboard boxes

Cathedral of Learning Late Afternoon Light

View from Forbes Avenue

Cathedral of Learning

Light hits an object,
reflects back.
Capture as best I can.
How it changes, brings life
to surfaces,
fascinates me.

Windy With a Chance of Sunlight

A beautiful day. And though inside from 7:30-4:00 I was able to catch the unfurled flag from the second floor window AND the flag shadow on the asphalt during lunch.  Right through the glass.

The Cathedral of Learning in the distance, the light fluctuating as clouds rolled across the sky.  Had to tilt the camera to get both the flag and the shadow-  the angle a technique I don’t use often.


In the daytime look out the windows.
Branches bend, papers blow across the yard.
Ripples or waves on water.
A pile of leaves caught up in a whirl.
You can tell it’s windy.
At night, listen.
A train along the river whistles.
Calm, a burst, a roar.
Earlier in my car on the bridge.
Wait for the light.
Feel it. Vibrate.
Bounce bounce bounce
right up through the tires.

Eye level to the top of a flag pole- a cool perspective.


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