MOTHERPIGEON AT UNION SQUARE

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Meet Tina Piña Trachtenburg, street performance artist and animal advocate.

Laura and I walked down to Union Square to the Holiday Market.  It would have been hard to maneuver the popular market on a Saturday afternoon even without the stroller. What a crowd! The weather felt like a warm Spring day.

At the entrance point, we saw this flock of pigeons on the steps and I placed a bill in the open suitcase and asked to photograph the creator of the felt birds.  Then I asked if I might blog her photo and she agreed.   She directed me to the bright green fact sheet under the donations.

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Crocheted Tree Blankets on Christopher Street

When we arrived in the city Tuesday evening after the long train ride from Pittsburgh we walked down to the Hudson River after supper. It was dark so I didn’t see the colorful crocheted blankets on the trees.
Then yesterday we were on Hudson Street and WHOA- there they were brightening up the landscape.
Here’s an article about the creator of the project – Holly Boardman owner of Musée Lingerie on Christopher says ” It takes about one hour to crochet a single square, and we have over 1,880 squares on our Christopher Street block. That took about 80 days!”

A total transformation of ordinary tree trunks into colorful street art

Here’s the first one I spotted on Hudson Street and then we rounded the corner on Christopher…

Glass Bead Artist in Berlin

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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.

 

Walking to the Sky: GUEST BLOG

Photographed and written by friend /houseguest Shuey

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“Walking to the Sky” by Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Jonathan Borofsky

The sculpture was inspired by stories his father used to tell him about a friendly giant who lived in the sky. A father and son in each story would ascend  into the sky to talk to the giant. In this sculpture a father and son along with another onlooker can be seen observing a number of people walking up the 100’ tall pole to the sky.

Borofsky describes this work as “. . . a portrait of all of humanity rising upward from the earth to the heavens above – striving into the future with strength and determination. Ultimately, this sculpture is a symbol for our collective search for wisdom and awakened consciousness.”

Definitely worth seeing.

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note from Ruth- Remember Shuey’s Barred Owl Photograph? click Barred owl photograph by Shuey

Friday Night on the North Side

Friday after he got home from work, Steve asked me to go to the Andy Warhol Museum, use our museum memberships.  We always say we are going to go to one of the museums every month and although I went with the grandkids to the Carnegie Science Center twice recently and the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, he and I have not kept up with our plan.  Four museums in one membership is a great deal but you have to utilize it!    Tonight we were remembering going the night the Warhol  opened in 1994. We had a beer and sat on the couch, a nice man offered to take our photo as he saw me struggle with a selfie attempt. We took a walk to the river after our visit.

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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.