Sharon Weaver – Portrait Artist

Portrait and a Plein Air Artist, Sharon Weaver is also my son-in-law’s mother.

This afternoon I walked up to the front steps and saw a package on the stoop. I read the return address and thought it looked like a box for artwork, stamped “fragile” .

Imagine my surprise when I unwrapped it and saw myself, Knitting.

I think she captured my likeness.

Thank you for the magnificent painting, Sharon. I can tell you put a lot of ❤️ in it. A happy birthday present, indeed!

The Sculpture of the Father of Organ Transplantation – Guest Blog

Memorial Tribute to Dr. Thomas E. Starzl at University of Pittsburgh
by Classic Artist and Sculptor Susan Wagner

On the University of Pittsburgh campus you can see this sculpture of Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, “father of organ transplantation”, seated on an iron memorial bench.

Someone added the mask! You can visit the sculpture on Pitt’s campus, by the Cathedral of Learning lawn.

Dr. Starzl’s bronze likeness was created by sculptor Susan Wagner and unveiled in June 2018 . The statue, sporting a mask during the COVID 19 Pandemic, was photographed by a friend of a friend and asks to remain anonymous.

Thanks for sharing this photo documenting our collective experience and reminding us of safety measures we can all practice.

“Wagner is best known locally for her three 12-foot-tall bronze statues of Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and Bill Mazeroski at PNC Park and of the Gulf War Memorial at the 14th Quartermaster headquarters in Greensburg.” From article by Deb Eardley in TribLive

Artist HELÈNE AYLON February 4, 1931 – April 6, 2020

In 2011 I had the privilege to meet and escort artist HELÈNE AYLON to her exhibition being shown at the Andy Warhol Museum. She gave me a signed parchment scroll which I photographed today April 7, 2020 scroll down to see it. 

Artist HELÈNE AYLON February 4, 1931 – April 6, 2020

BLog Post from 2011

ARTIST HELÈNE AYLON AT THE WARHOL MUSEUM

I asked Ms. Aylon  if  I might take her picture (with my iPhone these days)  and she graciously agreed.  Then she suggested we take one under the portrait of Julia Warhol, Andy’s mother.  It was Mother’s Day.

Her exhibit The Word of God: Helène Aylon, The Liberation of G-d and The Unmentionable runs through June 26th


Author of Book  (click for review) Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist

 2016 Article about Helene Aylon by Zachary Solomon The 85-Year-Old Avant-Garde Eco-Feminist Artist From Orthodox Brooklyn

Driveway Art in Columbus

My DIL Erika sent me these photos of granddaughter Maura’s sidewalk chalk artwork in their driveway .

Looks like she used some painter’s tape to get those crisp edges.

I forgot to ask how long it took to create.

Painter’s tape
Maura’s Masterpiece

Susan Middleman At Spinning Plate Gallery

Artist Susan Middleman’s paintings and collages on the last day of her show at Spinning Plate Gallery.

Bold, colorful, and alive is how I’d describe her paintings. The dancers look as if they could dance right off the wall.

Click here to see more  her work  – Art Gallery Show  and a photo of Susan with Carnegie Tech classsmate (1965)Joan Brindle 

follow her on Instagram @susan_middleman 

 

Hani Shihada Sidewalk Artist in NYC

Hani Sidewalk Art  

click above link to see more examples of Hani’s artwork. Hani Shihada is billed as the Original Sidewalk Artist  (and due to 25 years endurance) he’s also the Last Sidewalk Artist in New York City ( according to his website)

Mary and I were coming back from the train in Grand Central.  We went to the Hudson River Museum.

Seen Sunday afternoon on Greenwich Avenue by Seventh Avenue as we were headed home..

 I’ll return on Monday morning to see the result and add it to the post. No rain predicted

Stumbling Stones/Stoplersteine Memorials

To remember. Read their names.

As I was photographing one of these brass Stolpersteine, an elderly man came up to us and said in German “it’s important to remember the bad things that happen.”

Artist Gunter Demnig creates the Stoplersteines  and personally places them in the sidewalks, using a small trowel, in front of the residences where individuals and families were taken by the Nazis. They all say “here lived_______” , their name and their dates and the location where they were murdered.

Writer Megan King says in her article https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/the-deeper-meaning-behind-berlins-brass-cobblestones/ “These cobblestone plaques that bear a tragic chapter of German history are the open-ended project first initiated in 1996 by the German artist Gunter Demnig. Not only is their message one of remembrance and of personalising the victims by honouring their names, but their purpose is also thought-provoking, aiming to initiate discussion and stimulate thought.”

(Link to another post about the Stolpersteine remembrance project)


The last photo taken at night illustrating how the light catches the brass plaques. Here are a few of the thousands of stolpersteines placed in Berlin but the project has expanded to other countries as well.

Man’s Best Friend and Books

The sculpture of the dog with a stack of books on his head has always caught my attention when I drive by the Millvale Community Library.  Tonight Steve  and I walked down Grant Avenue after dinner to see it up close. What an invitation to come inside and find a good book to read.

The artist is Pittsburgh sculptor James Simon and the sculpted dog’s name is Pages.

And how about those magnificent door handles? I know there’s a story there.

Miilvale. Just across the Allegheny River from the city of Pittsburgh. You’ve seen my posts of Panza Gallery, Grant Avenue Bar, McWalker Yarns, Jean-Marc Chatellier Bakery, Tazza D’Oro, bicycle racks and Esthers’s Hobby Shop  -to name a few.

 

Millvale Community Library  213 Grant Avenue   Millvale, Pennsylvania

http://millvalelibrary.org/staff-board/

Stained Glass Exhibition Panel at the Heinz History Center

Photographed March 27, 2019 at the Glass Exhibit in Heinz History Center  Pittsburgh PA


The Pittsburgh Stained Glass Studio, mentioned in the exhibit panel at the History Center, was established in 1909

 

“As the craftsman selects the pieces of colored glass and puts them together in various combinations, he becomes more and more fascinated by the infinite variety of effects to be obtained, and to have a profound love and respect for the material that makes this possible.”

–Howard G. Wilbert 1891-1966

from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Website

Not a Single Like Clicked on 20 Dec 2009

What Steve Put on the Mantel

A blog post from December 2009

Not a single “like” clicked when first posted 20 December 2009. A few comments but zero likes. It’s one of my favorites.

Thought I’d repost today.

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What Steve Put on the Mantel

Deborah McLaren’s still life is one I purchased at the PERSAD  Celebrate Life Celebrate Art auction held at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh last May (2009).  The other day I sat at the table, looked up and saw Steve’s additions to the decor.  He’s been purchasing RITZ crackers frequently since I bought the painting- subliminal influence?  I wrote to the artist for her permission to post the image of her painting along with his props. Steve’s fun additions- the unexpected sight of them in front of the still life-  I laughed out loud!