Overgrown in Pittsburgh Exhibit, a Friendship Bagel and an Artistic Tree Grate on Penn Avenue in Garfield

An eclectic post

A sneak peek from the catalog of the show.  Tonight I just had the old iPhone with me and didn’t capture the artwork.  Took a few shots of the artist and a few family members-  I didn’t ask if it would be okay to blog them so if you are in the Pittsburgh Area you have until July 15th to experience these stunning paintings in person. IMG_7265

Lots happening on Penn Avenue  as it was a first Friday and it’s called Unblurred

-art galleries open and the street abuzz with activity.

We were walking to the  Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination where my friend Joan Brindle was having an art opening along with 3 other artists Roshida Abira Ali, Jim Brindle and Irma Freeman.  The show will be open until July 15th

Friendship Bagel complete with an Ode to a Spring Meadow Poem on the sidewalk in Garfield on Penn Avenue.

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And when we crossed the street to ensure our friend V got in her car, I captured one of the new Artistic Tree Grates that have been installed recently as part of the Penn Avenue Reconstruction

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Light and Landscape Show Opening in the Cultural District

Photographer Joey Kennedy‘s solo show, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opened tonight at 709 Penn Avenue, directly across from the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.

You may be familiar with Joey’s elegant wedding photography.

I met him at Silver Eye Center for Photography a few years ago when we were in a Self-Portrait show.  He has always been generous in answering photography questions.

Tonight Steve and I went to the wonderful and well attended opening and bought a print.  The prices on his prints and stretched canvas photos were affordable!  Familiar skylines and bridges in soft fog, Allegheny Cemetery scenes, trees and scupltured angels, the incline- just as the show is titled-  Light and Landscape

 Followers who viewed his images made the selections for the exhibition AND the size of the printed photo was determined by which on got the most “likes”.

“Kennedy invites the public to participate in the exhibition’s image selection by visiting his Instagram account, instagram.com/joeykennedyphoto. Each image included in the exhibition is tagged #lightandlandscape.”

The good news is that the show is up until April 12th.

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709 Gallery on Penn Avenue in the Cultural District

Joey Kennedy on Right
Photographer Joey Kennedy on the right

Light and Landscape Group Shot

Joey calls everyone together for a group shot!

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(Experimenting with the panorama setting on the new mirrorless SONY)

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The view when leaving the gallery

Art Car Show in Garfield on Penn

Friday night I read about the Art Car Show in an article in the Post-Gazette.   At this show, there weren’t any cars like the Art Car in Columbus OH I posted a couple of years ago.

Steve and I ventured out Saturday afternoon and what started out as a gray, dark day became perfect

First, we met George and his 1973 VW Thing.  He came when the weather was good as his vehicle has no roof!  Made in West Germany and customized in Redondo CA, he bought it in Indiana and told me his goal is to have every car he thought was cool when he was a kid.  He has five cars and I should have asked him what the other four were but that question will have to wait for the Oktoberfest Car Show at the old VW Factory in  Westmoreland next Sunday, October 14th.

Jason Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery was the host of the event and showed me his demolition car named DOA and “that’s what it is”  he said,”Dead!” That is why it was covered with a white sheet!

Parts of it have been torched out of the body and grace his Art Gallery walls and there is even a car pieces wind chime hanging from the tin ceiling of the gallery.    He was the host for the day. He was at an event in Texas and had Xerox Most  Wanted signs and people posed for the piece you see on the gallery wall. All the photos are on the trunk of a car, hanging on the gallery wall and the participants tagged themselves on FB.

Sam Thorp posed by the van she painted.

Steve bought a psychology book at Awesome Books a few doors down and he pointed out the giant sleeping cat in the front of the bookstore.   We had fun in Garfield Saturday afternoon.

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