local art. local music. local food.
The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh is a 10,000 square foot arts and cultural center featuring local art, music, and food. The entry level showcases local artwork, including ceramics, fiber, glass, illustration, ironwork, jewelry, paintings, prints, and woodwork. Live events, such as musical performances, lectures, and life drawing are held in the Koolkat Café on the first floor. The café is temporarily closed as it undergoes a new concept, but remains available for rental and Artsmiths events. The lower level, affectionately dubbed 'The Underground', features a second showroom for large works, such as furniture and sculpture, a rotating exhibition gallery, dedicated teaching spaces, and the ceramic studio of Artist-in-Residence, Doug Satterfield. The outdoor space boasts a parking lot with free parking, and soon-to come sculpture garden, a patio with pergola, and space for food trucks or other outdoor activities.
With an abundance of ideas and passion, we are actively engaged in making The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh a premiere cultural and educational destination. We hope that its existence will help bridge the South Hills to the Greater Pittsburgh arts community. We look forward to collaborating with the community to enhance everyone's exposure and experience with local art, music, and food.
In May 2006, Kate McGrady opened Koolkat Designs, a small art boutique featuring handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and art, at 691 Washington Road in Uptown Mt. Lebanon. Beginning with 22 artists, Koolkat almost exclusively featured jewelry, jewelry making classes, and custom beaded jewelry design and repair. As Koolkat's artist and customer base grew, ceramics, fiber goods, painting, photography, cards, and woodworking were also showcased. In 2010, Koolkat was accepted as a gallery in the Artist Market at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, and has participated each and every year thereafter. Representing 200+ local artists, Koolkat rapidly outgrew its space.
In October 2013, McGrady approached the owners of Rollier’s, the Satterfield Brothers, with an idea to expand Koolkat Designs, to bring local art, music and food to the South Hills of Pittsburgh via the former Rollier’s barn. The Satterfields fully supported the idea that a local arts and cultural center was the best use for the iconic South Hills landmark, and decided to invest in their community which had supported their hardware business for many decades. On May 19, 2014, The Artsmiths, LLC was formed. Since that day, the barn has undergone extensive interior and exterior renovations. The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh will open its shop and café doors to the public in late-August 2015.
meet the artsmiths
Kate McGrady | Managing Director, Owner, & Founder
Kate Wagle Hitmar | Creative Director, Curator, & Co-Founder
the satterfield bros.
Doug, Chuck, and Bob Satterfield | Co-Owners & Landlords
the 'smiths shop
Peter Ernharth | Shop Manager, Ambassador of Local Art & Music, Tech & Gadget Wizard, Lord of the Dance, & Department of Energy
Eileen Viloria | Assistant Shop Manager, Inventory Control Manager, & Mistress of Awesome
Samantha Bower | Blue Hair Goddess & Bubble Wrap Emergency Crew
Beth Hedin | Environmental Guru & Queen Quiche
Flannery Pillion-Gardner | Resident Ukelele Player
Kathy Poulton | Keeper of Sanity & Ambassador to Animals