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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MODERNFORMATIONS 2014

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

 

 

 

May 2nd – June 20th, 2014:

“Death Masked” Artwork of Stephen Tuomala
May 2nd Opening Reception 7-10pm.
Death Masked is a solo exhibition exploring forms and ideas relating to the figure. These watercolor paintings combine images dealing with remasking death masks, human targets and sex.

Stephen Tuomala is a visual artist living/working in Pittsburgh. He has shown extensively in Pittsburgh and in group shows in New York, Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE. Tuomala’s art is currently focused on distressed figures and landscapes inspired by media images of executions, historic tragedies, medical imaging, crime scenes, and war. The emphasis of his work is on the bodies’ gestures and the stories they tell to establish a greater connection between death imagery and life. Other portions of Tuomala’s body of work address the tension between figures and objects using the visual dialogue of color, line and tone to create context, emotion and structure within a visual space painted from life of figures in interior spaces.

July 3rd – August 15th, 2014:
Artwork by Gabe Felice

September 5th – October 17th, 2014:
Artwork by Masha Finkman and Brian Gonnella (Pittsburgh).  Their process involves making “conversations” on canvas, which are then used as a theme for the exhibit. The process is sort of a game where the canvas is passed back and forth over the course of several weeks, adding to and subtracting from the other’s last move.

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They have both been producing art for several years now and both have experience with running their own Unblurred exhibitions at Artisan (March 2012) and Imagebox (June 2011) and again this upcoming June..

November 7th – December 19th, 2014:
EVERYTHING AT ONCE: Artwork by Susan Constance, Jean McClung, John Morris, and Patrick Schmidt


 

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