Ritter’s Diner breakfast? It’s been a while.
July has been a busy and satisfying month with the People at Work Show exhibiting at Panza Gallery. There was a well attended opening three weeks ago and now tomorrow (Saturday 7/28) the closing reception is at six.
Early Wednesday morning, my good friend Vincie texted me this photo she took when she opened her morning paper. What a happy way to start my day. It just felt great! Mary Thomas wrote a nice article (with four color photos) about the People at Work Show in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
V sent me the online version when it became available (link below )
Later in the day, I received another text from From Vincie. Her cousin Paula had texted her the photo below saying “Great article about Ruth in the Post-Gazette today”
Very thoughtful of them both. Thanks Vincie and Paula.
It’s been a nice feeling to have good friends and family who cheer me on and encourage me.
Aphrodite at Ritter’s Diner came to see her People at Work portrait. Her photo was in the newspaper, too.
This is a good time to thank Panza Gallery Owner Mark Panza who (2 years ago) invited me to show my People at Work series and who hung the show beautifully.
Also thanks to his wonderful daughter, Jennifer Panza, whose generous help was essential in making the show a success. And a grateful nod to her fiancé J for getting the beer and ice.
(Mark Panza on left, photo taken by my son Mark)
Thanks to artist Carol Skinger, fellow member of Pittsburgh Society of Artists Guild, who tutored me about publicity for the People at Work Show.
And special thanks to Tom Underiner of Pixel River Images for making me shine by printing my work expertly, using the archival pigment on the Hahnenmuhle rag paper.
Bernie Pintar was the official greeter and encouraged gallery goers to sign the guest book.
Krista Stevens at WordPress creates some interesting photo challenges. This week we’re to show where we live with the theme Tour Guide,
Here’s a Pittsburgh montage. Knowing when to stop digging in the archives is the problem but it’s one AM so we’ll start with this gallery tonight.
If you enter the city from the south- Ft Pitt Tunnel and Bridge this is the view when you emerge from the tunnel,
Duquesne Incline and a view of the city
Statue of beloved Mayor Caliguiri on the steps of the City-County Building
Andy Warhol Museum Detail and the old Lobby
East Liberty Carnegie Library and Presbyterian Church
Mr. Rogers Sweater and Sneakers at the Airport Display
The Point and the fountain. Where the three rivers meet, Allegheny and Monongahela form the Ohio River,
Incline in the Snow
Carnegie Museum of Natural History\
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Courtyard
Above-Forbes Field Wall and Bill Mazeroski Statue with Fireworks. 1960 World Series
St Paul Cathedral at Night
Heinz Field at Night
Heinz Hall at Night
Prantl’s Bakery-Home of the World Famous Burnt Almond Torte
Keeping Tabs- Holocaust Memorial- Squirrel Hill
University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning
From the Norhside- Fineview
Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River
Got Bridges? Why yes, we do!
Lost Kennywood- Kennywood Amusement Park
North Side- Cloud Arbor by the Children’s Museum
Southside Club Cafe Live Music VenueSt. Paul Cathedral in Oakland
AMTRAK station downtown
Carnegie Library- Oakland
East Liberty- Motor Square Garden and the Presbyterian Church
St Mary on the Mount -Mount Washington
Guard rails, hills, and retaining walls.
Lawrenceville Neighborhood- Arsenal Lanes
Art Rooney Statue in the Snow
Shadyside Variety Store
Kaufmann’s Clock Downtown.
Kennywood Amusement Park- Racer
Meet Sophia and Aphrodite.
Last week I made arrangements to photograph Aphrodite for the People at Work Series. Steve and I’ve known Aphrodite for more than 23 years now. Sophia asked me if I knew what Sophia meant and I had to admit I didn’t.
But I do now! Wisdom. And Aphrodite means Love.
I ordered two eggs over medium, dry wheat toast with butter on the side and potatoes with the well done crispy bits. Coffee and a glass of water.
I asked Sophia if I might photograph her, too, and she graciously agreed. I forgot to ask Sophia how long she’s worked at Ritter’s Diner but I know Aphrodite has worked there for 39 years!
Chances are if you’re from Pittsburgh, you’ve had the good fortune to meet both of these wonderful women.
Sophia and Aphrodite
Sophia at the cash register
Ritter’s Diner on Baum Bloulevard-
A Pittsburgh Landmark just a block away from Shadyside Hospital
Jen H at WordPress has created the weekly Photo Challenge: Local.
What feels familiar, home. The places you know by heart. Local diner, local playground, local neighborhood, local church,local streets-I live in the city by a park.
I notice I shoot a lot of local coffee, too.
Here’s my iPhone local gallery. Pittsburgh.
Just after arriving from Sleepy Hollow, NY, my cousin Lori, husband Fredi, her college freshman roommate Patricia( who lives here in Pittsburgh), & my friend Steve met at Ritter’s. Can’t remember the last time I ‘d been in there. They’re on their way to Cincinnati to see friends. May 19th Lori will be Honorary Bat Girl for the Yankees and throw out the first pitch!(click link) She won the contest. Tonight she photographed her Peanut Butter pancakes but I forgot to photograph the food. I had two eggs over, wheat toast with butter on the side. Scroll down for gallery.