Glass Bead Artist in Berlin

C70943ED-8D41-4723-A0C6-627DC2F2E2C4You met Dagmar Bruckner and her husband Gunnar yesterday at  Kiez Eis blogpost.

Here she is in her gallery/store, just around the corner from the ice cream store.

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Dagmar’s first career was Occupational Therapist but about fifteen years ago while living in Brooklyn, she learned how to make glass beads.

She demonstrated the making of a glass bead. The colored glass rods are from Murano, Italy.

She lit her torch and melted the end of the rod to the consistency of honey, turning it all the time onto a metal tool.

 

Sometimes she uses a mold to form the bead but most of the time she creates each bead by hand without the mold, so they don’t lose the handcrafted touch.

 

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Tiny pieces of the Berlin Wall inside a single glass bead

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Once a month dbeads conceptstore hosts concerts. 9A411027-2EEB-4E56-95E6-B359948DF6A9

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Her graphic artist made these bumper stickers with this saying! She gave me a couple to bring home.

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EAST SIDE Gallery- Berlin

Took the U bahn and then walked across this bridge to the outdoor East Side Gallery.

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It’s an excursion many tourists take.

1.3 K in length. International artists murals illustrate peace and freedom and adorn pieces of the Berlin Wall which were placed here.  Many graffiti artists have added to or obliterated the paintings. You can see dates of original painting and a date of restoration painting.

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A film crew was filming while I walked along the sidewalk.

I took the the backside  of the wall, too.

 

John Kane/Robert Qualters Paintings at Carlow University Art Gallery

KANE/QUALTERS: MY PITTSBURGH  Sept 5- November 10. 2017

Thursday evening Steve and I drove to Carlow University Art Gallery to see this exhibit.  My friend R told me about the reception when I had breakfast with her earlier in the day. There will be an artist’s talk on Tuesday September 19 at 4 p.m. Click here for a link to the Carlow University Art Gallery page for more information

Steve and I met the artist Robert Qualters and saw his work, alongside the paintings of John Kane (1860-1934)

Mr. Qualters has donated two paintings to the University For John Kane and Big Self-Portrait. (He is on the left below)   

The painting behind Mr.Qualters and gallery guest  not part of the exhibition but they were chatting just outside the gallery

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“MY PITTSBURGH focuses on the Pittsburgh subjects of two iconic artists, giving special emphasis to the influence that Kane’s work had on Qualters’ paintings”

There were four John Kane paintings, one Mount Mercy was donated in 2001 to the University by Mrs. Elsie Hillman. The other three were on loan from the Hillman Foundation Art Collection   

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(Note: Photo credit on the colorful brochure- Tom Underiner.  No wonder it was so well done)

Anda Chance- Colored Pencil Artist

Meet Anda Chance.  Colored Pencil and Watercolor Artist.

(Click on her name to see her gallery at her website.)

My friend J and I met her at the Artisan’s Guild Gallery in downtown Gainesville, Florida.

“She has earned signature status from the Colored Pencil Society of America in colored pencil and mixed media art.”IMG_0142Here she is with a piece she was bringing into the gallery on Sunday.

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This airplane, Warbird, had just been a show near Washington D.C.

excerpt from her website

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This Navy plane was used by the US Navy from WWII to the end of the Vietnam War to train pilots and ground crews. When my husband join the Navy in 1970, he was in the last class of ground crew mechanics taught to maintain this engine. Today, she resides in Douglas Georgia with other retired War Birds.

This drawing was a challenge and it really pushed my skills.

“Warbird” has been accepted for the 2017 Colored Pencil International Show in Bethesda Md.

 

IMG_1831I bought notecards titled Night Riders, with these amazing bicycles on them.

René Magritte or Harry Potter?

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yet reminiscent of  Time Transfixed painted in 1938 now at Art Institute of Chicago  by  René Magritte Belgian Surrealist Painter

When renovating this old house, the contractor said leave the chimney in- and they were working with an artist who added the locomotive to create

Harry Potter’s Platform 9 3/4 

Not sure who the purple passenger is.

Found at Old Towne Toys St. Augustine Florida

 

Toddler in the Mist

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Toddler in the mist.

Charlie (2) joins cousins Maura and Michael in the cloudy mist.

The first time it started and hissed and the air got foggy, he ran out, not knowing what to expect.

Wasn’t long before he joined them in the Cloud Arbor by Artist Ned Kahn.
When we finish our time at the Children’s Museum the kids always run to the tall metal pipes and eagerly wait for the start of the misty foggy cloud.

You should hear the happy squeals.

The Cloud Arbor.

 

Overgrown in Pittsburgh Exhibit, a Friendship Bagel and an Artistic Tree Grate on Penn Avenue in Garfield

An eclectic post

A sneak peek from the catalog of the show.  Tonight I just had the old iPhone with me and didn’t capture the artwork.  Took a few shots of the artist and a few family members-  I didn’t ask if it would be okay to blog them so if you are in the Pittsburgh Area you have until July 15th to experience these stunning paintings in person. IMG_7265

Lots happening on Penn Avenue  as it was a first Friday and it’s called Unblurred

-art galleries open and the street abuzz with activity.

We were walking to the  Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination where my friend Joan Brindle was having an art opening along with 3 other artists Roshida Abira Ali, Jim Brindle and Irma Freeman.  The show will be open until July 15th

Friendship Bagel complete with an Ode to a Spring Meadow Poem on the sidewalk in Garfield on Penn Avenue.

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And when we crossed the street to ensure our friend V got in her car, I captured one of the new Artistic Tree Grates that have been installed recently as part of the Penn Avenue Reconstruction

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