On the way home from school the light on this wall caught my eye so I pulled over to the curb.
I looked across the street and tried to determine what was making the reflection but I couldn’t discern what caused it.
This was the view opposite the light patterns.
Saturday night, in the dark and rain, Steve and I went to dinner at La Cucina Flegrea to celebrate twenty one years since we first met.
When we got to Market Square we saw a crane, lights, people in motion, and heard music.
Lines and shapes of light, moving designs and patterns were on the ground and on the large screen. We saw the title of the work Congregation and I took some photos with the iPhone.
After dinner I shot a few more. We were fascinated by groups of people following the circles of light on the pavement and then racing to another area and it showed up with light patterns and movement on the huge screen in front.
“Congregation is an interactive kinetic video and sound installation designed and choreographed for pedestrian performers, created by UK-based media artists KMA – Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler”
The score is by Peter Broderick from Portland.
Here is a Post-Gazette article by Diana Nelson Jones about the installation. Lights on the side of the PPG building kept changing color. It was a fun experience, despite the rain.
Here you can see the crane with the lights and camera
Patterns and lines of light kept changing as people moved about the installation
Steve taking in the action on the screen
PPG building with blue lights
People standing in a circle of light
Steve ordered the cannoli for dessert
I had the Lemon Cream Custard Parfait with Berries and Kiwi
Twenty one years!
People in Market Square Pittsburgh PA interacting with CONGREGATION- Kinetic Art Installation by Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler, Music score by Peter Broderick.
Get down there as soon as you can as it is only there until March 16th.
Thursday night as I was hanging up my coat at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I met the nicest couple who had just driven in from Indiana, PA.
And when I left to put on my coat to go home, there they were and I met them again, this time with Erica.
Erica who painted Monochromatic Plague using coffee!
Erica 18, asked which work was mine ( I thought it was kind of her to ask) and I told her and then she showed me hers. I asked if I might photograph her and blog her and her artwork. Everyone agreed it would be fine to do.
She’s a senior at Garrett High School. After graduation when fall comes, she’s headed to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. living in the dorm.
Thank you Erica and family for allowing me to post you and your piece today. Your early work! Looking forward to updates and following your art career.
“The Art Institute of Pittsburgh will feature local high school art and media educators’ artwork in a month-long exhibition to celebrate their creativity, and thank them for positively affecting the lives of so many students.” The show is in the gallery for a month. Check it out if you are in the city.
Address: 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Phone:(412) 263-6600
Pittsburgh has some steep streets. I plan to find them and photograph them when winter’s gone.
A friend posted an info-graphic Steepest Streets in America. The top ten. Two are in Pittsburgh.
Dornbush Street and Canton Avenue.
This street headed up to Brownsville Road is a steep one. It is also a one way so I didn’t drive up it.
On the way to school the other morning…
The sidewalk turns into stairs and has a railing the whole way up. It isn’t on the info graphic but you know I’m on a mission to find the two steepest Pittsburgh streets listed and photograph them for the blog.
In the early ’90s we used to drive down a street in Mt. Washington that looked like you were driving off the end of the world. Three kids strapped in seat belts in back. We’d go around again, they’d lose their stomachs and we’d pretend we were on a roller coaster.
The list of the top five steepest streets in Pittsburgh -and one is in the Carrick neighborhood where I was driving.
Excerpt from Frontiernet.net below-
- Canton Avenue is a 37% grade, and is in the Beechview neighborhood. It is the steepest street in Pittsburgh.
- Dornbush Street is a 32% grade, and is in the East Hills neighborhood.
- Boustead Street is a 29% grade, and is in the Beechview neighborhood.
- East Woodford Avenue is a 27% grade, and is in the Carrick neighborhood.
- Rialto Street is a 25% grade, and is in the Troy Hills neighborhood.
I went and looked up the info about Steve McQueen driving in Bullitt and what street that was in San Francisco.
Taylor Street is not in the top ten but here is an interesting post about the making of that famous driving scene.
Since we’re talking about meat…..
on the way home from school I stopped at DJ’s Butcher Block (Butcher Shop) on Penn Avenue.
What a selection of-
antibiotic free, local, grass fed, custom cut and ground meat.
There is also Amish Butter and Organic Cheese, one item I bought today was from Mercer County.
Local farms provide fresh eggs and rich milk that separates in a glass 1/2 gallon bottle (to be returned)
DJ the proprietor is a also a chef, trained at the Culinary Institute of America (I read in this Pgh CityPaper Article)
He knows what he is doing
for the vegetarian? A couple of vegetarians were in front of me buying sausage today.
Someone else was picking up a custom order of braciole.
You can get a Savory Meat Pie to take home and bake.
I bought a pound of the grass fed ground beef and made burgers which were delicious, fried up in a cast iron skillet.
During Little Italy Days I had photographed DJ at night. Thanks for allowing me to tour your butcher shop and photograph you again.
Threes. Many things come in threes. It’s a strong number- a favorite number of many.
Still on the theme of three with a triptych story with the suggested 3 pictures will be coming in the near future……………
Thanks Mark for this thought on the Three Rivers even though the stadium by that name was demolished in 2001
(see implosion below)
Allegheny River on the left
Monongahela River on the right
Forming the Ohio River at the triangular point!
Anyone bored with weather reports? It’s so much lighter for the morning drive to school.
I actually saw a robin in a tree down on East Liberty Boulevard. He was shivering.
This tree is in my front yard.
Photographed on Tuesday. I swear I heard bird song.
Sunlight through lace curtain onto hardwood.
“Capture something you treasure“, Krista Stevens at WordPress says this week for the challenge.
What better treasure than friends?
Last snowy Sunday my dear friend Joanne (green pepper jelly maker) emails and says,” Let’s SKYPE at 10:30.”
Okay. At 10:40 I call, ”what happened?”
Oh ten thirty CENTRAL time! Got it.
So at 11:30 (my time) the SKYPE rings in on my computer and J says,
“I have a house guest- would you like to meet her?“
(and I am thinking, why would you want to SKYPE with me if you’re entertaining a house guest?)
SURPRISE! Look who enters the screen! It’s Aïda whom I’ve not seen in 27+ years. We lived in Granfenwoehr Germany in the early ’80s.
Aïda (from Florida) visiting her daughter and granddaughters at Ft. Leavenworth Kansas and drove up for the weekend to visit J.
Great memories of good times with dear friends. We were on for more than an hour. What a nice surprise! Fun.
Photographed by Aida’s daughter Suzanne.
here we are SKYPEing Joanne on the left, I’m in the middle with the hat! and Aïda on the right
You’ve Got a Friend
There was a huge snowstorm and the whole city was covered with snow… for at least a month. I was supposed to fly to Florida for friend Kristin’s big birthday and take photographs of the event. Greater Pittsburgh Airport was shut down, no flights in or out. I never made it to Florida for the weekend. :-(. (Happy Birthday again, Kristin!)
For those of you who’ve been following the blog since 2010, it’s a repeat.
You know how I like to take a color photograph that looks like a black and white. This is unretouched.
The big snow was the impetus for my beginning a photo of the day, and I’ve just kept at it since then.
p.s. concerning yesterday’s post of French Pastries here are the details on the “dark chocolate something“- heard from Lisanne at La Gourmandine Bakery and she said”The chocolate cake is called “Royal” and made of dark chocolate mousse with a layer of crispy praline and sponge cake”
We made an evening run for me to pick up something at Target. Little plastic containers for soup.
On the way to the parking lot, Steve asked me if I could drive by his work so he could get something he left there.
Someone had brought two delicious French pastries from La Gourmandine Bakery as it turned out.
He brought out the box and opened it in the car and there they were. Two lovely pastries.
When we got home, I cut the raspberry one in half and ate it, intending the other half for him later. Ooops. I ate the other half too. Here is the description on their website
Tartelette aux Framboises
(shortbread crust filled with baked almond cream and topped with fresh raspberries) and the description of the
chocolate one courtesy of baker Lisanne
in the box so glad he remembered they were at work and they didn’t go to waste! Happy to swing by and pick these up.
I like it when a color photo looks black and white. Well, gray and white.
After school I drove up to Mount Washington to see the ice on the rivers. The Monongahela, the Allegheny and the Ohio.
The Rivers Casino’s sign adds some color
The barge turned to dock
ABBA II Used Cars in McKees Rocks Pennsylvania- Nobody Walks? But where are the cars? Seems a lot of people aren’t getting the ABBA connection either. So I am editing and leaving these questions for the viewer. No one noticed the lot was empty although it was apparent to me when I took the shot and it made me laugh.
1/28/14 Tuesday Afternoon
I haven’t written a lot about the weather on the blog. Some blog readers live in a different hemisphere are enjoying summer temperatures and swimming. I heard from K that it got up to 44, even if Florida. Deb wrote that we’ve got ice on the rivers.
Storms, low temps, windchill? I know two people who had to get a new furnace.
Weather? You see it on the news. The computer. Experience it first hand. Shovel your driveway or your walks. Listen for two hour delays or school closures.
Tying to not feel down like the snowman, but hey, it’s WINTER!
Weatherman’s prediction is start at 4 AM and snow until 5 PM. Dress warmly.
My sister had 11 inches of snow in New York City. What are you experiencing?
If you’ve been following the blog since October 2011, you might have seen the original post of Bicycle Heaven with the four fiberglass Bowden Spacelander bicycles.
Today after a district in-service meeting at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a few of us dropped over to see Craig Morrow and his amazing Bicycle Heaven. We got to see the latest addition.
Two bicycles in a tree were found in a farmer’s field that was being cleared.
The tree enveloped the bikes as it grew.
Found near Alliance, Ohio. Posted on Craigslist. And then someone gave Craig a call about the Bike Tree and thought he might be interested in adding it to the Bicycle Museum’s collection.
When they cut the grass and underbrush, they found this….. a 1930′s bicycle and a 1960′s bicycle, enmeshed in the tree’s growth.
Thanks Marty, fellow art teacher, for moving the sign so I could get a good shot.
It is something to see
You’ve got to see it to believe it
The power and force of nature
Here’s the sign that Marty moved for me.
Craig Morrow Owner of Bicycle Heaven – Curator of Bicycle Museum-
A welcoming host and knowledgeable guide for all things bicycle.
Bicycle tires for every bike
Not sure what this mannequin’s role is at Bicycle Heaven but she’s interesting
Give Craig Morrow a call. Make a trip to Pittsburgh to see Bicycle Heaven in person.
If you need bicycle parts, he’ll mail order
Bicycle parts awaiting shipping.
You can rent the place for an event, too.
Here is a link Blog follower Jack sent to me later today about another old rusting bike, enveloped by a tree
A few years ago this Mary statue was a curbside alert through the neighborhood listserve so I walked up to Winterton St. to save her from the trash.
She was peeling paint and looking a bit worn. Somehow it didn’t seem right to have her picked up by the garbage truck. So I put her in my side “garden” and called her Our Lady of the Weeds (due to my lack of gardening effort)
About the same time I hired a friend of a friend to come and do some master gardening, get rid of the weeds, plant something decent. And the skilled gardener took the Mary statue home with her and she was gone a couple of months. The gardener is an excellent puppeteer and brightened up the statue with new paint. In fact, when she was returned it took awhile to get used to her brightness and revitalization.
Then my neighbor restored the bird bath bowl my father gave me when I bought the house.
One day I came home and the Mary statue was perched in the now repaired bird bath.
It’s been a team effort to get me spiffed up around here.
This Spring I’ll take a new photo with the plantings and green surrounding her.
They said it was a Weekly Photo Challenge so I turned it into a Week-long Photo Challenge
Today I’m posting Windows with signage or things in them.
When I went to the external hard drives looking for the Infant of Prague in a window (thanks Jack) I saw quite a few windows photos that could fit in several categories. Categories with windows pictures reminded me of that old 25,000 Pyramid Game show hosted by Dick Clark.
-Windows with Things to Eat in Them
-Windows with Fashion
-Windows with a View Through Them
-or this time of year could be Looking Through a Dirty Car Window
Tomorrow will be a new challenge so squeezing in one more gallery of windows.
South Side Pittsburgh
North Side Window Taxidermy
South Side of Pittsburgh
New York City
Brownsville Road, Carrick Pittsburgh PA
Betty Boop Window on Carson Street South Side Pittsburgh PA
Roanoke Virginia Hat Cleaning Sign
Shadyside Shoe Store on Walnut Street Pittsburgh PA
Philadelphia South Ninth Street Window
Hardware Store Arlington Avenue Pittsburgh PA
Peace Sign Bloomfield Pittsburgh PA
Maura wants Aunt Linda’s Dolls
People and windows.
June 14, 2012 Visual Arts Room
Maura and Murphy at Aunt Linda’s
Pittsburgh Firefighter on South Side
Jane and Prem’ Wedding
Beautiful Valentine’s Day Bride
Sea Lion Viewing Window at the Zoo Pittsburgh PA
This was taken at PNC Park last August at a Pirates Game. People at Work is an ongoing project for me and this is one from the archives.
The WordPress Weekly Challenge didn’t appear in my email today so am thinking of a word to go with this image. Any suggestions?
Not that one should consume any of this cotton candy confection, but I liked the photograph.
Wonder how heavy it is to carry that palette of cotton candy, so high in the air.
Found an article from Chicago- Behind-the Scenes Ballpark Jobs by Debra Auerbach which discusses food vendors and concessions. And Cotton Candy originated “at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair” says Kitchen Daily Blog where there’s a recipe.
http://kck.st/189WnyE click the KICKSTARTER link to get the latest update.
Upped my pledge and watched the numbers change! Great idea Jen S.
11:06 update Sunday night
p.s. 10:51 update Sunday night- I have to go to bed to get up for school Looks like it is going to be “a go” for sure. Very exciting.
7:05 PM update Sunday night
Thanks to my former colleague Jane McK – the one who initially shared a link about this project.
The 1000 donor mark was reached this afternoon.
The clock is ticking down but pledges have increased as of today. People want to be a part of something positive. Although my pledge was modest, I thought that blogging about the incredible effort being made would be another way to contribute.
I received a message from the KICKSTARTER update about using whatever networks you have to get the word out. I’d posted the request on FB a couple of times. Then I thought, BLOG IT!
I know even blog readers in South Africa, Australia, the UK and Croatia will cheer Chef Sousa on in spirit and hope his goal is reached by midnight tomorrow night. No bank will lend the money necessary due to the location!
Trying to reach the $250,000 goal for the
and getting close. There’s a deadline! 11:59 PM Monday January 6th
It will mean a lot to the Braddock community to have Chef Kevin Sousa’s restaurant supported and launched.
What Kevin posted earlier this afternoon
“We are humbled and proud to announce the support of Rob Stephany of The Heinz Endowments who has graciously committed $40,000 towards the job training facet of Superior Motors if we are able to reach our fundraising goal of $250,000. Therefore, if successful, we would have nearly $300,000 to put towards the project with an extra $40,000 committed expressly to training young people to work in the culinary arts.
“Rob is a living, working legend in economic development. To have his support is beyond humbling. Kevin and I are incredibly honored and grateful.” – Mayor John Fetterman
Here’s the KICKSTARTER link
And a sample from the KICKSTARTER site- pledge amount with what you will receive in return for your pledge
Pledge $100 or more 89 backers (Long-Distance Supporter)
Limited edition Braddock T-shirt “Build it Back up” on the front “Rebuilding 15104″ on the back, designed by Braddock Youth Project + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Mathew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge
FLY in for this one
“Pledge $3,000 or more 1 backer
Dinner at home with Kevin Sousa. Chef Sousa will prepare a custom designed tasting menu for you and up to three guests in the convenience of your own home (only available in greater Pittsburgh area). We take care of everything including clean up + Signed and numbered 11×14 fine art print of your choice from Matthew Hodgman’s Braddock Gallery delivered to you+ Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge + Your name on our dedication wall for all of those in support of this project.
When Ann’s son, Aaron Myers had an art show at the UnSmoke Systems Artspace across the parking lot, I took this photograph. You can see the words MOTOR CO. on the brick building on the left. That’s the location of the Superior Motors Community Restaurant.
Second of a series. Beanie Weenies was (were?) the first.
Comfort food as the days get shorter and the temp outside dipped down to 12.
Our systems are still adjusting to the cold and urge to crawl into a cave and hibernate.
My kitchen back door window looked like this after I made a cup of tea.
so I boiled some noodles
Buttered a retro baking dish I bought at a thrift shop in Wisconsin one summer
I crumbled some saltines and cut in some butter and put the mixture to the side
and then I opened some cans
Yes, a new low point in the culinary department around here.
Tuna Noodle Casserole coming up! Comfort food series part two.
Freshly ground pepper will give it some zip!
BTW, you just mix the drained noodles into the soup mixture combined with an almost- can of milk oh and add the tuna.
Here it is baking in the oven.
Thanks to Steve there was a head of ICEBERG lettuce. Oil and vinegar just didn’t fit
Found an almost empty jar of mayo and added some ketchup and chopped up bread and butter pickles and served a slug of lettuce on a glass plate, topped with dressing.
The casserole browned nicely.
I miss you Mom.
Here’s a new one on me- the International Sphaeralogical Society Did you ever see a SUPERBALL®??
“Founded in 2011, The International Sphaeralogical Society was created to celebrate the history and dynamism of the Super Ball®. Invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1965 and sold by the Wham-O Manufacturing Co., the iconic toy has been the subject of fascination and play for almost half a century. The I.S.S. is dedicated to exploring and promoting the allure of this bounciest of balls.”
If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, make a plan to come down sometime during the weekend. If you live far away, just enjoy the photos and check out the International Sphaeralogical Society.
Photos and attachments via Guest Blogger Henry Simonds.
Mia at 412-370-6916.
Regular hours Friday 11-7,
and Sunday 9-3.
Saturday December 21st is FAMILY DAY 11-7
All the work is for sale, so you can pick up a last minute gift while you are here.
Some of you mentioned that it was a little hard to find, so I have posted a visual guide on my facebook page from the vantage point of the East End Food Co-op front door.
Also, Check out the link to the new Merchandise page.
The address again is 201 N. Braddock Ave at Meade St. (across from the Co-op in Point Breeze).
I could use all the help I can get to spread the word, so please tell your friends and neighbors to come down.
Henry J. Simonds
Co-Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist
The International Sphaeralogical Society
Saturday, December 14, 2013
International Sphaeralogical Society
Co-Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist
Henry J. Simonds
Invites you to join him for a gallery talk and conversation
The Mine Factory
201 N. Braddock Ave.
(across from the East End Food Co-op)
Come and learn more about the history of the Super-Ball®
and man’s unique relationship with this iconic toy.
Share some wine and beer and hear more about the exhibition and its evolution
as Mr. Simonds shares how the ball has inspired him and
presents contemporary examples of how others have been inspired.
Friday, December 13, 2013 – 11am-7pm
Saturday, December 14, 11am-7pm
Gallery Talk – 7pm-??
Sunday, December 15, 9am-3pm
I won the tickets. We parked on the North Side for free and walked to Heinz Field. We didn’t buy anything at the game. Not a hotdog or a foam finger or even a plastic tray of nachos. Nada! A frugal effort to say the least. We slipped and slid to the field on the untreated walks. We got to the game and I had a purse with my camera. NOPE, even if it were empty, it could not enter the stadium.
Had to be see through plastic or a 4.5 x 6″ clutch. YIKES. We walked half way back to the car and Steve put in in the V of a tree in the park. It was to far to walk all the way back. It was leather and I carry my camera in it and couldn’t just pitch it in the giant dumpster provided for such bags. I don’t go to football games and didn’t realize the restrictions on bags. PNC Park never banned my camera/purse.
On to the snow (the very wet snow) and the cold and the damp and the loss. Yep. The loss.
A high scoring, exciting game, though. And disappointing.
We left before we could see the dismal end, the “almost greatest play ever” they said on the radio as we scraped the windshield and warmed up the car. Came home for soup and tea and a hot shower and I was STILL cold! But we had fun as best we could given the circumstances ie. weather.
Thanks random Steelers fan for photographing us! Nice.
Can you see Fort Pitt Bridge arch on the right? The city skyline was totally obliterated by fog and snow when we first arrived. If you stare you can see ghosts of the buildings.
Snow on the drums
Snow on Condiments
TV camera crew in the snow (taken with the iPhone)
Santa on his cell phone.
Discarded Terrible Towel. Sacrilege! (Sorry to post this photo, Myron- RIP)
What the city looked like later
Serious Tailgaters Equipment
More serious tailgaters personal equipment in a pick-up
The tree holding my purse until after the game when we retrieved it.
Pittsburgh Steel Man , Yoda and Bandito let me take their picture
We’re holing up.
Waiting for the predicted snow.
Not quite a burrow but definitely staying close to home.
It’s probably going to impact Thanksgiving travel plans for many in this neck of the woods.
I’m avoiding all stores with crowds- as everyone rushes to get milk and the last roll of T.P.
There’s urgent hype on the car radio as I drove home from school and I hear from a friend that reports on TV are insistent.
Came home and baked the dozen in some vodka sauce from the pantry (don’t ask) for 45 minutes and pretty soon there was a meal worthy of a winter night that feels like February instead of November.
In the dining room. What made the meal though?
The grater was in service again tonight. This time for the Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese. Steve added the beer and we had spinach salad. The candles made it seem warmer.