Upcoming Exhibitions

Opening every first Friday of the month and part of “Unblurred” on Penn Avenue!

Penn Avenue Arts District is Unblurred

There was a time when you might not have felt safe walking there. There was a time when you might not have found anything you wanted to see there. There was a time when you might have been warned not to go there. Oh my, how times are changing. The place in question is Penn Avenue on the Garfield/Bloomfield line between Negley and Mathilda Avenues and last Friday evening it was buzzing with activity as another rendition of Unblurred sprang from doorways all along the thoroughfare.

As the early evening sun threw long shadows up Penn Avenue towards East Liberty Circle, hundreds of strolling patrons took advantage of dozens of venues that opened their doors to showcase a variety of art, music, food and live performances. And the fun continued well into the night, giving testament to the undeniable fact that another Pittsburgh neighborhood is being transformed and rejuvenated with the help of the local artist community.

Unblurred is a program of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative and takes place the first Friday night of every month but January. A sampling of June’s offerings included the opportunity to have your portrait sketched by Cara Kleid while assuming your favorite yoga position at Yoga Hive, watch hot glass demonstrations at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, participate in a neighborhood painting party and create decorative boards to cover windows and beautify vacant buildings at the Pittsburgh Beautification Project Studios, and dance the tango at the Law Office of Richard J. Walters and Adjacent Downstairs Artspace. In addition, there was a lot of art to see – from the traditional to the avant-garde, music to hear, and delicacies to consume – mixed throughout a multitude of galleries, shops, restaurants and interstices. (A list of Penn Avenue attractions is available here.)

The crowd that flowed up and down the sidewalks was as varied as the artwork – as diverse as the city itself. People of different ages, races, sexes and styles moved easily among each other, sharing space, laughs and surprises. From mothers pushing strollers to seniors pushing walkers, from college students to union workers – all were there, all were welcome, all were having fun. There were even a couple of people from Cleveland and nobody seemed to mind.

The Penn Avenue Arts Initiative was created in 1998 by Friendship Development Associates in collaboration with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation. The PAAI’s mission is to revitalize the Penn Avenue Corridor by using the arts to enhance public perception of the district, instill pride in the neighborhood, and foster community ties. Their objectives include increasing the number of artists who live and work in the area, supporting the purchase and renovation of property to make them more accessible to artists, marketing the area to artists and arts-related activities, and empowering local youth by having artists engage them in meaningful art projects.

Friendship Development Associates is a non-profit community development organization whose mission is to revitalize the Friendship neighborhood. FDA works to improve the housing stock, provide high-quality affordable housing to low/moderate income households and develop commercial buildings. Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the social, economic and physical fabric of the Bloomfield, Garfield and Friendship neighborhoods by engaging and inspiring members of those communities. BGC strives to motivate people to revitalize the physical environment, improve the economy and strengthen the social well-being of their neighborhoods.

With many warm First Friday Nights ahead, why not head out to a part of town where your mother might have once told you not to go? Maybe you’ll find a new favorite place to eat, or buy a book, or take a walk, or take a class, or just hang out. You’re bound to see something new. You may even be part of its creation.

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November 7th – December 19th, 2014:

EVERYTHING AT ONCE: Artwork by Susan Constance, Jean McClung, John Morris, and Patrick Schmidt

Susan Constanse

Curator – Everything at Once

November 7 – December 19, 2014

Opening reception: November 7, 7-10pm
Portfolio sale and more: December 5, 7-10pm

Pittsburgh… It all starts with that single stroke: an object; a piece of paper; a sweep of the brush; the inexorable appeal of a singular image. Everything at Once features the work of Susan Constanse, Jean McClung, John Morris and Patrick Schmidt. The exhibit will take place at ModernFormations Gallery

In Everything at Once, artists Susan Constanse, Jean McClung, John Morris and Patrick Schmidt will be exhibiting their recent works. Common threads are found in the use of found objects and images, and a sense of experiment with their respective medias.  The presentations vary from static pieces to installed works. The artists share an approach to their practice, where the works are developed in thematically related groups.

There is no concrete completion, but an evolution within each practice that reflects the artists’individual journeys.
The works manifest an internal dialog, an interplay between the artist, their environment and their compulsion to create. Whatever the application of medias, the works present complex layers. Inspirations vary from found figurative images and objects to non-objective assemblage.

There is an artists’ reception on Friday, November 7, from 7-10pm. There will be a portfolio show and sale on December 5, from 7-10pm.

Susan Constanse
There’s a two-fold definition of murmuration; a low continuous and indistinct sound and a specific flock construction found in Starlings. In a starling mururation, the flock forms and distorts as a response to pressure from the environment. A flock member watches, not the movement of the bird closest to them, but the movement of the individual three places away. The shapes in these paintings are
organized the same way, through a process of action and reaction.

Jean McClung
Jean McClung will be exhibiting two and three dimensional light pieces from her new series “Lost
Bohemias”. This series examines decayed, neglected, abandoned, or destroyed places that were once a
playground for the avant-garde.

John Morris
By working with the forgotten and found, I try to test boundaries between art/non art; beauty/
ugliness; original-readymade; loved-unloved; precious object and worthless trash. The act of
making helps me value and seek possibility in almost everything. Hopefully the viewer shares
some sense of playful discovery.

Patrick Schmidt
As a painter, I value the primacy of color in my work. Because color suggests an inner
energy, enhances ties to identity, and strengthens cultural bonds, the combined effect of
line and color results in a portrait of the world around us where everything is happening at


The Spring Salon:

Modernformations Gallery and Performance Space

Annual Juried Exhibition

Opening Night: April 2nd from 7 to 10pm.

Artists and non-artists from the Western Pennsylvania area are being juried…by you!

Past winners include Kat Cole, Jairan Sedeghi, Ben and Andy Kehoe, and Jesse Best!

Please join us in the celebration!

Come for never seen before local art and artists, food, drinks, and fun.

Come to vote!

You will determine who wins their very own solo exhibition at the gallery in December 2010

You will help discover new talent!

Exhibit runs through April 30th