Millvale Murals are Masterpieces

Right in Millvale PA, across the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh.

” Croatian artist Maxo Vanka painted a one-of-a-kind masterpiece on the interior walls of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale, PA. The 25 murals—created in two intense periods in 1937 and 1941—are unique, evocative and larger-than-life representations of faith and family; the immigrant experience in America; social justice and injustice and the horrors of war”        from the website   Vanka Murals 

When I parked on Grant Avenue, I noticed the banner sign on the lamppost and remembered seeing these dramatic and stunning murals at St. Nicholas Church. Information on the website link about how to get a tour and how to support the preservation of these significant and historic artworks.

Green Things

 

Green things.

It’s been a fun week of colorful collages.

Once I got started it was hard to stop.

A lot of response was generated by the different colors and it’s made me see the trend in my photography, color wise, what I’m drawn to….besides the human element.  The clothes we choose, our dishes, the bed linens and artwork which surround us in our lives. Many have commented on which color is their favorite.

Right now everywhere I look it is green green green   We’ve had a lot of rain.

 

 

 

Finding Van Gogh on Eden Way

Unexpected. Driving home after dinner out. Down a back alley parallel to on Butler Street.

As Steve said- you just never know when you’ll find a Van Gogh.

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Garage Door Art

Artist Bill Pfahl-“Scenes of Sharpsburg”

You can still see the “Scenes of Sharpsburg” between 5-8 PM through February 28th at Roots of Faith, 800 Main St., Sharpsburg.

Steve and I went to the reception Saturday night.

There’ s a wonderful article about the artist and his work by Tawnya Panizzi at TribLIVE.

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Artist Bill Pfahl

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An Artist’s Palette

16th Street Bridge on Canvas

 

 

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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Eight is Going to be Great

Happy Eighth Birthday Maura Clare.img_1220Aunt Lala took this picture of Maura carrying her cousin Charlie

 

        November 17, 2008                                             October 2016

 

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Maura loves arts and crafts, swimming, piano lessons, dancing, going to the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh and taking good care of her dolls.  She brings a lot of energy and spirit to the party, that is for sure! Have a wonderful birthday, Maura.

Love from Grandma Frooey.

Hope you like your birthday blog.  You can always check out some more photos of when you were little here   on your 6th birthday blog.

What happened to ‘ I think I’ll be six forever and ever”?

Artist’s Choice Show Opening at Panza Gallery

Pittsburgh Society of Artists

Artist’s Choice Show Opening at Panza Gallery in Millvale PA

At Panza Gallery Saturday night.  What a crowd!

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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

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Patty Hill

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A few of the artists with their work

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Meet Rodney Burrell- Editor-in-Chief of LOCAL-Pittsburgh and arts/pgh LOCAL

 

IMG_3025Meet Brian Crawford  The River’s Edge  Station Manager “serving the communities along the Allegheny River”

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Love that purse you got in Wisconsin!

(If I missed anybody’s proper spelling of name, let me know)

Wildflower Paintings on Beehives

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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.

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IMG_0811Trying 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

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Blocking them out over the pencil sketches.

 

As you can see, Joan has painted lots of flowers onto things in her home, too.

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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

 

Life Imitates Art: WPC

The weekly photo challenge inspired by

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”

— Oscar Wilde

IMG_0697Grandchildren Anna and Michael and Vincent Van Gogh at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Thanksgiving time.