"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

People at Work

The Art of Gift Wrap

Thursday, I was going to meet a new baby and wanted to take a gift.

Called around and found wooden milestone blocks/cubes and in the colors of the nursery!

A helpful man answered the phone and said there was one set at their store- Contemporary Concepts.

When I got there I took a look around. Found a couple of Christmas gifts to purchase, too. A very eclectic mix of gifts from elegant tableware to crazy socks .

Contemporary Concepts does mail order, too.

The colorfully printed Pittsburgh dish towels caught my eye for those who have moved away.  Lots of interesting toys and potential baby shower gifts, too. They feature cool Pittsburgh neighborhood t-shirts Neighbor Teaze designed by Julia DiNardo- an elementary school classmate of my son Matthew.

(I won’t go into how the store moved 6 months ago to the Trader Joe’s building, pretty close to my house-that’s another story. Of course, I drove to the old location in Squirrel Hill first. The new location has free parking)

But I finally arrived and was thrilled to find  the right present waiting. And in the colors of his nursery, too.  Yes, I said it twice cause it was a Serendipitous find!

 “Would you like it gift wrapped? “

Now the thought of complimentary gift wrap evokes nostalgia for customer service of yesteryear- and what a lovely touch.

Meet Abby.  She did the beautiful gift wrapping.

I asked her if she’d mind being included in my People at Work series And she agreed.

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Meet Bob Bastone

I’ve been taking my cars to Bastone Auto for 25 years. You want to go to an auto place you trust! Being located in a former church seems a nice touch.

Pennsylvania car inspection was due and the temporary registration I’d gotten online was about to expire Dec 2nd.

My goal’s to get a photo of the Bastone  brothers in front of their place.  I thought it would be a great addition to People at Work- Primarily Pittsburgh (show at Panza Gallery. July 2018)

As I was asking Bob about getting Jim and Frank to agree I said “here I’ll take a quick sample on the phone to remind you to ask them”

 

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Bob is also an expert Amateur/Ham Radio operator  (licensed call sign is WC3O) and here’s an article

Skyview Radio Society News

If you need a speaker for your organization’s event, he’ll expound on all aspects of automotive service, repair and maintenance in his “I Hate Cars” tour.  His flyer says “hear the straight scoop from an ASE certified Master Mechanic with a lifetime of experience in the automotive repair and maintenance field”

Bob has a great sense of humor, too.

Thanks for letting me take your photo, Bob.

Please ask your brothers to make a time and I’ll be over with my real camera.

Oh and my car is happy, too.

 


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NYC Afternoon

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Artist at Work

Meet Janice Schuler.  Artist.  Today there was an Artist’s Studio Tour in Lawrenceville. Her painting studio is in the basement of this repurposed church and was number one on the tour.  I’d met Janice last night at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and she invited me to visit her studio during the Studio Tour.  There was wine and beer, bottles of water and cheese and crackers and a tray of sweets, too.  Other artists studios were open as well but I sat in a comfortable chair in Janice’s studio and watched people come and go as we talked.

 

 

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Artist Janice Schuler at work in her artist studio.

Janice Schuler- Pittsburgh Artist Registry

 

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There are several artist’s studios in this church- architects, fiber artist. photographers and painters.

 

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Meet the Man Who Made Copies of the Film Quart Jar Poet

Imagine Audio Media President

Meet Dino Pandolfo who graciously consented to be part of my People at Work Series. He has a full recording studio and can create multiple copies of DVDs and CDs(see below) right here in Ingram a West End neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

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The Quart Jar Poet: Dorothy Holley is a film I made  in 2005. Dorothy was a good friend to me- an encourager. Dorothy Holley-Poet, Friend

 

Dino created the copies to be used as a fundraiser for  Madwomen in the Attic-he was a pleasure to work with and they look wonderful. He even carted the boxes to my car.
The Madwomen Reading series presents the second annual Dorothy Louise Holley Memorial Reading featuring a poetry reading by Diane Gilliam

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Kresge Center, Carlow University
Reading at 7:30 p.m. (book table at 7 p.m.)
Reception and book signing following the reading
Free and open to the public
Free parking


Exploring Homestead

Saturday afternoon in Homestead PA. Just across the Monongahela River.You take the Homestead Grays Bridge.

Annex Cookery has moved across the street into a wonderfully restored building and is now Art Space as well, featuring lots of interesting furniture, sculptures and art. Check out those fun and creative clocks! Delicious coffee will be served in a couple of weeks, once the rest of the chairs are delivered.

Trib Article David Lewis

Meet the Mayor of Homestead Betty Esper

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Just down the block is Studio AM  (available for private events-catering

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Retro on 8th sent out the invitations. They have everything from furniture music, books, toys, jewelry, clothing and even a huge mid-century orange ashtray.

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Meet RetroOn8th Co-Owner Hayley

 

 

In the same building as Annex Cookery and Art Space– I got the tour (thanks Daniel)

if you need well lit office space….just $1500 a month-   if you’re interested leave a comment below.

and upstairs is a spacious 2stories of fabulous loft apartment to rent……

You can live and work in the same building.

 


Mapping the Ocean Floor

Meet Peter Holmberg Physical Scientist. This blog post is a collaborative effort.

Peter was in the middle seat between Mary and me on the plane(my sister likes the aisle, I like the window) from Seattle to Anchorage.

I said he’d be a great subject for my People at Work Series.

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I’m going to let him tell you what he does…..

“I work at NOAA’s Pacific Hydrographic Branch as a Lead Physical Scientist.
My job entails mapping the ocean floor and compiling the data to nautical charts.
We use multibeam and side scan sonar for measuring depth and object (like ship wrecks) detection.
Data are processed (tides application, vessel motion correction etc) then refined and generalized to a usable scale on nautical charts as depths, contours and features.  
The link to Office of Coast Survey where you can view or download nautical charts.

Here is a video which is the embodiment of how we use multibeam sonar data to map the ocean floor.  Though this is a laser sensor projected onto sand instead of a sonar bouncing sound off the ocean floor.”

 

Thanks Peter.  It was so great to meet you. Thanks for writing back with the correct details about your work.  I thought the black and white version made it feel more “seriously scientific”😉

 


Wooley Mama’s on Apple Street- Omak, Washington

Wooley Mama’s

Meet Laura Hayner.   And Shadow.  What a sweet doggie. She follows Laura everywhere.img_2902

She is spinning fleece of some local sheep.

Here’s a skein of some of her handspun yarn from a spinning workshop. It was a grab bag of different fibers and has a really cool and varied look to it.

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Spoiler Alert for Christmas Gifts-  Made in the U.S.A.- World’s Warmest Socks for Winter.  I’m sure she’d be happy to send you some.  They are thick and cushy. Perfect in a big boot or to wear around a drafty house.

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img_2904Thanks Laura for welcoming us to your lovely shop.  Love the name of your store.

Thanks for showing us your logo.  My sister likes the buttons she bought, too.

I enjoyed seeing your spinning and will enjoy knitting all the yarn I bought and shipped to myself.  It’s great you get your fiber from local ranches and farms- 4R Ranch in Tonasket and Good Farms in Okanogan for two.


Alaska Railroad Conductor

Meet Will H.  Our conductor on the train ride from Denali to Anchorage. Army veteran. They even slowed the train so we could photograph Denali and two other mountain ranges which were all completely visible on a beautiful clear day.

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Although we are back in NYC and I like to keep the blog in RT, now that computer access/internet is available, I want to post some photos I had in my real camera not iPhone.


Metal Restorer-People at Work

Meet John.  He restores metal downtown. Lots of metal.  

I spoke with him when I was downtown for lunch on jury duty selection day. 

 John used to teach shop but it was difficult to land a full time teaching position. 

How about these doors that have been restored? 

Here’s the BEFORE.  Check out left top corner 
I have to return to photograph some elevator doors he has restored. I should have asked him if he redtored the ones in the City County Building?Bronze elevator doors post, my guess? yes.