(You can see more of his artwork Life Underground at the 14th Street-Eighth Avenue Subway Station)
Also known as Penny Park along the Hudson River in New York City.
Michael, Jack and Maura enjoyed exploring the bronze sculptures.
We were headed to the Staten Island Ferry- at the end of the day our walking total was just shy of nine miles.
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.
Artist Janice Schuler at work in her artist studio.
There are several artist’s studios in this church- architects, fiber artist. photographers and painters.
My wish is you get to Anchorage Alaska and taste Wildflour Bakery pies. Although I am back in the lower 48 today I have some more Alaska posts.
When visiting friends in Homer Alaska, we met some very nice people in their interesting home that our host had helped build.
The first thing they did was offer us pie and coffee. Who could resist?
Three types of apple pie. As we sampled a sliver of each type, we talked about the excellent flavor and crust (one gluten- free) and then I learned about the pie creator, Wildflour Bakery Owner Olivia Allen of Anchorage. Although I took a few photos of the pie (see below) I wanted to know more.
Meet bakery owner Olivia Allen- photograph by Julia Bevins, I asked Julia if she would like to be guest blogger! What a great photo.
Then I called Olivia. She returned my call just as we were entering our departing flight but emailed me more photos and information about Wildflour Bakery. Here is her blog link Look into the World See Olivia’s watercolor illustrations and follow her on Instagram Wildflour Bakery Handcrafted pies and galettes made with foraged wild berries, organic ingredients and lots of love 🌸
Wildflour Bakery uses locally sourced and foraged wild berries, herbs, flowers and backyard honey to craft beautiful and sweet treats with creative flair.
Each pie or galette is handcrafted with the intention of highlighting the Alaskan spirit of our wild spaces, near and far.
Beautifully photographed by Julia Bevins.
Gallery of photos below , sent to me by Olivia
Here are my pie photos so you see why I needed Olivia to send me some more.
And here is her artwork. I love the part about “serve generous slices.” Yes!!
We fairly well decimated the pies! You can see why I needed more photos to create this blog post as you look at my three photos I took at the kitchen table.
A few years ago I featured friend and pie judge Rob Bard.on National Pie Day. I know he would have enjoyed the pies.
Artist’s Choice Show Opening at Panza Gallery in Millvale PA
At Panza Gallery Saturday night. What a crowd!
It’s good to get out. Steve went with me.
I volunteered to photograph the event which was a great way to meet the artists and art appreciators who attended. I am posting just a few now.
Artist Lesla in front of his work and Laura . Turns out I photographed Laura when she worked at Bread and Salt Bakery in Bloomfield and she was on the blog.
Our host Mark Panza
A few of the artists with their work
The mayor of Millvale, Vincent Cinski, with his wife, the First Lady of Millvale
Meet Rodney Burrell- Editor-in-Chief of LOCAL-Pittsburgh and arts/pgh LOCAL
Meet Brian Crawford The River’s Edge Station Manager “serving the communities along the Allegheny River”
Tony Cavalline and Carol Skinger
Love that purse you got in Wisconsin!
(If I missed anybody’s proper spelling of name, let me know)
People at Work Series.
From the April wedding in Austin, Texas.
David Lujan co-owner(with his wife) & curator of Black Lagoon: art+ yoga and artist. He tended the bar at the wedding celebration and made the little fairy chairs out of the champagne tops. He was sketching a tree house for his daughter, as I remember. I must carry a reporter’s notebook to write down the details.
Available light portrait of David Lujan
The Fairy Chairs he created from the champagne bottle tops.
My artist friend Joan paints Pennsylvania Wildflowers on her beehives. I learned there are different parts to a beehive. (see article link below)
Her bees were busy and didn’t want to be disturbed but Joan assured me she keeps an EpiPen in case I was allergic.
Trying to photograph the hive without agitating the bees as the hive is tucked in between lush rhododendron.
One thing for sure, the bees will know which hive belongs to them and where to return
First she sketches onto the white super
Blocking them out over the pencil sketches.
As you can see, Joan has painted lots of flowers onto things in her home, too.
View from an artist’s studio
Joan’s garden provides for the bees.
If you’re interested in learning the basics of beekeeping and the parts of the hive, here’s an article A beginner beekeeper’s guide to the parts of a beehive. by Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com
Meet fine artist James Ayers, a 1991 graduate of Rhode Island School of Design.
In January, I was introduced to him at the 26th Annual Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you are in the area, it goes until March 27th.
We were meandering through the exhibited art in the huge white tents and his booth was a standout!
We stopped to chat.
When asked how long a painting this size would take to complete he said “about a week.” Hours and hours.
He photographs his models and pays great attention to authentic details. It was fascinating to watch him paint the hand on Spirit of the Wise Man- Shoshone Painting.
(Click the title of the painting or his name above to see more of his work.)
I know my photographing him while he painted was a distraction but he said it was okay. Thank you James.
Spotted during Thanksgiving vacation as we were entering the Brooklyn Museum. There are similar cars in Berlin and Australia and the artist Ai Weiwei is tweeting when new locations for Lego donations are set up.
Only after I photographed it, read and researched the reason for the Lego donations for Ai Weiwei’s artworks did I realize there was a controversy.
The manufacturer of Lego in Denmark refused to supply a bulk order of lego bricks for his artwork due to the nature of his artworks’ political messages. Here is an article in The Atlantic and you can read about the controversy here
At the Children’s Museum in October when the Grandkids were in Pittsburgh for a visit-
Yes, a WOODEN mirror. It was amazing. Interactive art.
Granddaugher Anna and
Me and my camera reflected in the wooden mirror below.
Created by Artist Daniel Rozin who is also a professor at NYU.
“Daniel Rozin is an artist, educator and developer, working in the area of interactive digital art. As an interactive artist Rozin creates installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. In many cases the viewer becomes the contents of the piece and in others the viewer is invited to take an active role in the creation of the piece.” – from his website
Joan has an array of thread colors and some are silky and some are shimmery.
So many different types of thread.
She makes beautiful fiber art,
and draws in ink.
Watch for her Female Martyr Series this summer.
You’ve seen Joan looking at Larimer School where she used to teach Art.
Even her pincushions are interesting.
An older photo of the thread collection
and Joan on her back porch. Her garden is so interesting. Will have to do a photo tour.
Joan grows the best rhubarb and puts up delicious apricot preserves.