Meet A. Boss, Master Optician

Meet Al Boss of A-Boss Opticians in Braddock PA. It’s a family owned business.  That’s his father up above the eyeglass frames, Albert A. Boss (1917- 2009) who established A-Boss Opticians, Inc. in 1971.

Mr. Boss was able to put new lenses into my current frames AND I ordered a new pair of glasses that I’ll pick up on Tuesday.  Since I wear glasses all day, everyday, it’s crucial for me to have glasses that work well.  Reasonable prices and great customer service.

I heard about A- Boss Opticians at two separate art events.  One time a woman at an art opening downtown was wearing some really cool glasses,  She told me how A -Boss will put lenses into vintage frames.  Hers were from Paris.  They do repairs, too.

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People at Work Show at Panza Gallery opening July 7th at 6

Press Release for People at Work Show

 

 

Pittsburgh Photographer Ruth E Hendricks has been photographing people at work for the past several years. Two years ago, gallery owner Mark Panza invited her to show her People at Work.  He followed Ruth’s daily blog and enjoyed seeing the People at Work series.  

This July 2018 she will have a solo show at Panza Gallery, featuring 60 portraits of People at Work. A retired Pittsburgh Public Schools Visual Arts and Photography teacher, she showed the photographs to students so they could see a variety of job possibilities.  Students’ awareness increased seeing that there are jobs where people  bake cookies, change tires, capture squirrels and sell bicycles to name a few.

Named Best New Artist at PERSAD Art For Change in 2008 , Ruth also received first place in the Downtown Living Exposed Exhibition. Best Color Photography in Bucks Gallery of Fine Art, Best Regional Work in The Pittsburgh Technology Council 15 Minute Gallery Exhibition, and was a finalist in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine 29th Annual Spring Photography Contest.

Her photographs have been shown in New Orleans Photo Alliance– New Orleans LA, Center for Fine Art Photography- Fort Collins CO, 1650 Gallery– Los Angeles CA, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center-Ft, Myers FL and A. Smith Gallery-Johnson City TX, Sirani Gallery – Pittsburgh PA.  Her images have been shown at Pittsburgh’s Silver Eye Center of Photography in The Looking Glass Exhibition and Self Portrait Silver Eye at 30 shows.

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Pittsburgh Photographer, Ruth E. Hendricks, upcoming solo show- People at Work; Primarily Pittsburgh will be shown the month of July at Panza Gallery, 115 Sedgwick Street, Millvale PA 15209

The Opening Reception is Saturday July 7, 2018 from 6-9 PM and Closing Reception is Saturday July 28, 2018 6-9 PM. In addition, the 60 portraits of People at Work can be viewed during Panza Gallery’s regular gallery hours W-Th-F 10-5 and Sat 10-3 

Contact info: rutheh(at)gmail(dot)(com), https://rutheh.com/

Silent Sunday

Reverend Father Dave Urban

American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese
St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church California Avenue
Pittsburgh

http://orthodoxpittsburgh.com/

Road Closed

Wednesday evening, I came out of the restaurant to this scene.

Liberty Avenue and 36th Street. All surrounding roads were closed due to night paving.

Had to walk a few blocks to Penn Avenue so Steve could pick me up.

Divertido is now in Etna PA

We took a short trip across the Allegheny River tonight to see Divertido’s new location.

357 Butler Street in Etna PA.

A cool gift shop with vintage glassware, Sea Salt Soaps, origami Tyvek wallets, all kinds of jewelry, art books, Swedish dish cloths and unique home decor items are just a sampling. Here’s Mary Ellen thanking us for coming. ❤️

Yes, it’s a Man OUTSIDE, 368 Meters High (that’s 1207 feet)

We were walking around Alexanderplatz looking for a spot to sit to sip a Radler, and my son said, “There’s a man rappelling up on the Fernsehturm” (TV tower).

You can see him in the second, third and fourth photo. Maybe he was cleaning the windows? Can’t see any equipment, though. There’s an observation deck and a restaurant inside the tower where you can get a great view when the sky is this blue.

I never would have seen him if he hadn’t pointed him out to me. Didn’t travel with a big camera this trip, so no 70-200 lens to get a clear view.


https://tv-turm.de/en/homepage/

Ensuring the Neighborhood has Heat and Hot Water When It’s Minus 11 Degrees Windchill

These gas company workers have been working outside for several days in bitter cold.

The thermometer in the negative column and windchill making it more severe with no relief in sight. Laura and James home didn’t experience the problems some neighbors did. I can’t imagine how the early settlers made it through the winters.

I know it’s colder in other locations around the country as I heard from a friend in NH and it was 35 below zero

I admire these men for working hard to get the heat snd hot water to the neighbors.

Sweet Work

Look at the unexpected fun I had at COSTCO when I sampled a Lindt truffle. I met Tammy, the Lindt Representative, and Kimberly and Christine who were offering the samples and talking with customers. Spoiler Alert :You know I bought some, too. It was an iPhone day as I didn’t have my good camera with me.

Tammy at work.

Christine on left and Kimberly on right

Up a Tree

How fortunate my neighbors scheduled their trees to be trimmed,

The branches were growing into the side of their house.

After Steve moved the cars out of the garage and onto the street, I thought to myself- “hmmmm- People at Work, right in my driveway!”  Perfect for an interesting photo shoot.  Andrew agreed to allow me to photograph him working. You should see those spikes that help him climb up the tree.  Takes a lot of skill and care.  You have to know what you are doing. Ascend is the word of the week, showing upward movement.

Meet Andrew.  I shot this with the 70-200 Lens.

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Throwing down a branch he cut