On Alder Street in Pittsburgh

A mural, Aqua Boogie, by artist Matt Spahr.

My friend Jen is friends with him and we walked around the corner, after coffee so she could show me his work.

On Alder Street near Highland Avenue Intersection
Artists signature

Brightening the urban landscape with colorful art!

Manna Pottery is All Painted by Hand

Meet Rezgar Mamandi who hand paints the beautiful pottery and tiles you see in the photographs below.

Manna Pottery was at Shadyside.. the Arts Festival on Walnut Street on Saturday.

The pencil lines will burn away when fired
Close up detail -all hand painted by artist
The colors even more vibrant in person
The tiles can be made in any size
Vases, bowls, mugs, tiles, teapots, plates, lidded jars .
All beautiful.

Watch this YouTube video to see Rezgar Mamandi paint and glaze a ceramic plate for a wedding gift.

From the Artist’s brochure
About the artist

Peruvian Folk Art on Walnut Street

These bright colors caught my eye as I walked by the storefront of La Feria on Walnut Street.

It’s a restaurant too.

Shot horizontally. Fingers crossed it doesn’t somersault.

Underground Parking Garages Make One Wary

Underground Parking Garages Make One Wary. Six word Saturday.

Too many movies spark one’s imagination. Especially at night.

Shot horizontally Friday night under the Giant Eagle Marketplace in Shadyside.

If it’s standing on end, do let me know.

Unusual Umbrella Stand

The other morning at Bastone Auto. My car’s state inspection was due. I sat in a chair and waited for my ride. I asked where they’d gotten the umbrella stand. Found in someone’s trash!

I’ve never owned an umbrella stand. I rarely use an umbrella . But this one caught my eye.

You might remember the Bastone brothers from my People at Work Series.

Being a tourist in my own city

 

When you turn 65 in Pittsburgh you can apply for a free PAT bus pass.

Monday morning I went downtown on the 71 B.  I am going to familiarize myself with schedules and routes but having a smart phone is a big help

You can pick the stop where you’re waiting it tells you how many minutes until a bus arrives. My plan is to visit all of the 88 neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh.

Here’s  Day One of my Free Bus Pass Photography Adventure.IMG_9946Me waiting at Highland and Bryant for the 71 B to go downtown.

Meet Kevin M. who accepted my medicare card until I get the pass.

His portrait will be wonderful in the People at Work show next July.

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taken as I exited the bus, with his gracious permission.

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The Port Authority where you fill out your application to get your bus pass.

 

I went to the City County Building where I was greeted by a sign and a bronze statue of Mayor Caligiuri

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IMG_9977Mayor Caligiuri by Robert Berks 1990

 

 

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Cathedral of Learning   University of Pittsburgh

 

I rejoined the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland

 

 

Crabcake and Slaw lunch at the Union Grill

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St. Paul Cathedral as I went to the next Bus Stop to get to Shadyside where they were setting up a Vintage Car Show on Walnut Street

Cars arriving in trailers  I caught the next bus on Highland Avenue and guess who my driver was?  Yep you guessed. Turns out Kevin went to the same high school as my sons but he was a class ahead of Mark.

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Steve and I  took a ride up to Shadyside later to see the vintage cars but it was raining