Jun
22
6:00 pm18:00

Jazz & Crepes

Lee Robinson and ISKA Jazz Performance will be performing in the Koolkat Café from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $10 at the door. BYOB. Lee is a musician, saxophonist, and composer has been an active participant in the Pittsburgh Jazz Scene for over 35 years. ISKA band members participating are Lee Robinson (saxaphone), Chris Potter (piano), Eli Nagron (bass), and John Korpiel (drums).

Plus, PGH Crepes Food Truck will also be selling their delicious sweet and savory crepes on-site at The Artsmiths from 4pm to 8pm!

May
11
6:30 pm18:30

An Evening with Pittsburgh Cityscape Artist, Linda Barnicott

Benedum | Pastel | by Linda Barnicott © 2017.  All rights reserved.

Benedum | Pastel | by Linda Barnicott © 2017.  All rights reserved.

Linda Barnicott, a member and Vice President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, will give a gallery talk on what inspired her to paint Pittsburgh Cityscapes and the stories behind them.

Linda began her career as a portrait artist in 1975. As a young child she found great joy in painting portraits and connecting with those she shared them with. In 1989, LInda was asked by a gallery to create a streetcar painting and chose to paint her bus stop, Kaufmann's department store in downtown Pittsburgh. Using her medium, soft pastels to a leap and painted her very first street scene. The print was an immediate success and launched her career into painting Pittsburgh's greatest memories.  

Loving to paint people, and believing that our city is much more than it's architecture, Linda has always included her family and friends into her paintings.  

Learn more about Linda's paintings and her accomplishments at http://www.lindabarnicott.com/ 

This talk is one of several special events being held in conjuction with Pure Pigment, an exhibition presented by the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. Pure Pigment is on display at The Artsmiths from April 9th through May 20th, 2017.

May
7
2:00 pm14:00

Portrait Demonstration from a Live Model with Christine Swann

Determined | Pastel | 22" x 18" | by Christine Swann © 2017.  All rights reserved.

Determined | Pastel | 22" x 18" | by Christine Swann © 2017.  All rights reserved.

Nationally known portrait artist and President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, Christine Swann will demonstrate how to work in pastel and how to start a portrait from a a live model. She will briefly cover her approach to light, color, and the stages her pastel paintings go through. Everyone is welcome.  

Southwest Art Magazine selected Christine Swann as an “Artist To Watch” in the June 2015 issue of the magazine. Known for her “personality portraits” she started as an illustrator and is now an award-winning artist on the international level, including winning the 2015 Best of Show “Prix de Pastel” Masters Circle Exhibition award and the 2013 Gold Medal at the IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Conventions. She won the PSA Award in 2013 in honor of Flora B Guffuni at the Pastel Society of America’s International Exhibition in New York where she has been part of this prestigious exhibition seven times. Her work has received 5th place in the 2015 Portrait Society of America Member’s Competition and as finalists in the 2015 and 2016 Art Renewal Center International Salon. She has been featured for 6 years running in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 Competition, including Second Place for a portrait in 2014.

The French Magazine, “Pratique des Arts” has showcased her portraits in two recent feature articles and she was also included in the French book, “40 Pastel Masters” under the chapter on “Masters of Composition.” The Pastel Journal featured her work in the 2016 October issue with an 8-page article, “Powering Up”. A finalist in the International Artist Magazine’s “People and Figures” competition, she was also published in the books, “How Did They Do That? - 100 Ways To Paint People and Figures”, and recent editions of “Strokes of Genius ”.

Christine is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the IAPS Masters’ Circle. She is currently the President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League and a Past President of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society. She is also a long-time member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and Portrait Society of America.

This talk and demonstration is one of several special events being held in conjuction with Pure Pigment, an exhibition presented by the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. Pure Pigment is on display at The Artsmiths from April 9th through May 20th, 2017.

May
6
1:00 pm13:00

What Not to Bring—A Simple Approach to Plein Air Painting

East Ohio Street Pittsburgh by Diane Grguras © 2017.  All rights reserved.

East Ohio Street Pittsburgh by Diane Grguras © 2017.  All rights reserved.

We all know what a difference painting in the open air makes in the perception of light, color, and atmosphere. But the idea of packing up everything you think you'll need and hauling it to the perfect painting location is overwhelming. In this gallery talk, Diane will offer ideas and advice on bringing the essentials for plein air painting. She will show her outdoor setup, and do a quick demonstration on how she starts a pastel painting. There will be plenty of time for questions during and after the talk. 

Diane Grguras has a B.S. in Medical Illustration from The Ohio State University and an A.S. in Scientific Illustration from San Bernardino Valley College. She has worked in graphic design, illustration, and has taught art classes for adults and children.  

Her work in pastel considers color temperatures and the effect of light.

In addition to be a member of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, Diane is represented by the Gallery of 43rd Street in Lawrenceville, and Glass Growers Gallery in Erie, PA.  

"My paintings are an expression of how I see and feel about the natural world. I appreciate its beautiful diversity, order, and logic. Painting outside has increased my observational skills by letting me see light, color, and atmosphere in their true appearance. It has also provided an awareness of the spiritual quality of the landscape. The idea that each person is unique and important is mirrored in nature.  

The artists whose work has been influential for me are Andrew Wyeth, Claude Monet, Wolf Kahn, and the California Impressionists."
— Diane Grguras, pastel artist
http://dianegrguras.com/

This talk and demonstration is one of several special events being held in conjuction with Pure Pigment, an exhibition presented by the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. Pure Pigment is on display at The Artsmiths from April 9th through May 20th, 2017.

Apr
22
1:00 pm13:00

PanPastels—A New & Convenient Pastel Medium with Diane Murray

PanPastels are an exciting new medium that will make life easier for pastel artists. They are pure pastel pigment with almost no binder and create little dust. PanPastels are easy to carry, clean to use, and combine well with pastel sticks and pencils. They are wonderful for rendering portraits, backgrounds, and dogs, cats, birds, and other animal subjects. Diane will demonstrate the advantages, techniques, effects, and best grounds to use with the medium. Diane's gallery talk and demonstration will include time for questions and a chance to experiment with her set of PanPastels, tools, and grounds.

Diane Murray, a member of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, was an early adopter of PanPastels and gives talks and workshops on their advantages and use. She has learned techniques in pastels, as well as watercolor, from numerous workshops by locally and nationally known artists. Diane has won local awards for her work in both pastel and watercolor, and often combines the two mediums.

Diane has been interested in art all of her life. She studied basic design and drawing as an art major at San Jose State in the early 1960s, but did not become a dedicated artist until 2012 after returing from teaching English in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

"I find painting helps me appreciate the beauty around me in my day-to-day life. That is what I try to portray in my work. Art helps me deal with emotions and reduces pain levels. I am most influenced by the Impressionists, but I appreciate and gain from all art." — Diane Murray, pastel artist

This gallery talk and demonstration is one of several special events being held in conjuction with Pure Pigment, an exhibition presented by the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. Pure Pigment is on display at The Artsmiths from April 9th through May 20th, 2017.

Apr
20
1:00 pm13:00

A History of Pastel with Fran Marze

Three Dancers | Pastel | by Edgar Degas.

Three Dancers | Pastel | by Edgar Degas.

Pastel artist Frances Marze will give a talk on the use of pastel by artists from the 16th to 20th century, highligting famous artists who used pastels as finished works and those who used pastels for studies for larger pieces in oil. Fran will show some of the various styles that the different artists chose. The talk, which will feature photos and slides of artists' work), will last approximately an hour with time allotted for questions.

Fran is a member & the Treasurer of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League and a docent at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

This talk is one of several special events being held in conjuction with Pure Pigment, an exhibition presented by the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. Pure Pigment is on display at The Artsmiths from April 9th through May 20th, 2017.

Apr
9
2:00 pm14:00

Pure Pigment Opening Reception

Image: Ocean's Power | Pastel | 11" x 17" |  Jan Pini © 2017

Image: Ocean's Power | Pastel | 11" x 17" |  Jan Pini © 2017

Join us for a Sunday afternoon reception with members of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL) for the opening of Pure Pigment on April 9th from 2pm to 5pm.   The reception will feature light appetizers and refreshments.
 

Mar
5
1:00 pm13:00

Awakening Opening Reception

Lifework | 59" x 102" x 2" | wool, synthetics, cotton warp | pile weave | David Mooney © 2017

Kick off Spring by joining us for a Sunday afternoon reception with members of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh for the opening of Awakening.   This exhibit, juried by Margery Amdur, conjures thoughts of revitalization, coming alive, rebirth, seeing the light, beginning again, and a variety of visions and images.  The reception will feature light appetizers and refreshments.  

Dec
3
11:00 am11:00

Artsmiths LLC Blood Drive

The Artsmiths is honored to host a Central Blood Bank Blood Drive on Saturday, December 3rd from 11am to 4pm.  This is a great way to help community members in need.  All participating donors will receive an "ugly holiday sweater" T-shirt.  

Registration is encouraged and appreciated.  Visit http://www.centralbloodbank.org, click Make an Appointment and search with the group code K342.  You can also contact Terri at Central Blood Bank at 412-354-8846.

Prepare for your donation.  
Eat well.  Stay hydrated.  Bring ID.

Nov
26
10:00 am10:00

Small Business Saturday

Join us on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for a celebration of our small business and the hundreds of small Greater Pittsburgh art & food businesses The Artsmiths support.  

FREEBIE
Your choice of a a free item with a $50 purchase:  select earrings or select bracelet or café coupon for a treat.

RAFFLE
A basket of unique, locally made artworks.   

TRUNK SHOWS
Audra Azoury | Audra Azoury Jewelry  & Pittsburgh Gift Company

Larissa Graudins | Rissi Designs

Carol Scheftic | Convergent Series

 

 


 

Nov
25
9:00 am09:00

Fa-La-La-La-Friday

Join us on the Friday after Thanksgiving for a day of friendly fun and shopping local!  The Artsmiths artists have been busy in their studios creating wonderful and unique pieces perfect for everyone on your list.  Our shop will be giving out Early Bird Special Goodie Bags for the first 50 customers to spend $50 or more (one per customer while supplies last).  Our Café will be offering drink and food specials.  Stay tuned for details!

Oct
20
6:00 pm18:00

Amazing Neighbors: Dinner and Discussion

Amazing Neighbors Dinner and Discussion Series will feature an inspirational and educational talk after a delicious meal catered by one of our local restaurants. BYOB!

 

6pm-7pm  

DINNER catered by Atria's 

Slider Buffet featuring BBQ Pulled Pork & Mediterranean Chicken

Served with Fresh Fruit Salad, Coleslaw,  Dessert, Coffee & Tea

 

7pm-8pm   

TALK— "Downsizing Your Home, Not Your Lifestyle" with Jill Yesko

Thinking of moving into a smaller home or an apartment? Let a professional organizer take the stress and anxiety out of the process. Learn a step-by-step method to clear the clutter efficiently before you list your home on the market. Discover what local resources are available to turn your household treasures into cash. Take home tips and ideas that you can use immediately so that you can stage it for a quick sale. Who knows? Maybe you may love the changes and decide to stay!

ABOUT THE SPEAKER—Jill Yesko has owned Discover Organizing Inc., a proffessional organizing firm, since 2003. Her prior experience in executive-level Human Resources and Social Work creates a great oppurtunity for her to connect to general and specific audiences regionally and nationally. 

Tickets are $25 per person.  Registration is required.  To register, click on the button below.

Oct
15
1:00 pm13:00

Artist Talk with Painter, Scott Hunter

Painter Scott Hunter will give a gallery talk about his process and works currently on display at The Artsmiths.  His solo exhibit titled I Love You This Much: Figurative Paintings by Scott Hunter.  As Scott explained to Harry Funk in his Almanac article,  “I hope [the paintings] have more meaning than just sort of copying the photograph. I think they transcend that, because they’re funny. They’re awkward. But they’re meaningful. That kind of speaks to the title of the show, ‘I love you this much,’ meaning, let’s take a photo. We need to save this moment.”   The exhibit will be on display through November 12th.

Oct
15
12:00 pm12:00

Fall Artsmiths' Anniversary Celebration

Join us on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 12pm to 3pm (weather permitting) for the first anniversary celebration of The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh!

•  Paint Your Own Mini Pumpkin
•  Play Corn Hole
•  Sample Arsenal & Trax Farms Cider

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A variety of special foods will be available for purchase:

•  Grilled Sausage Sandwiches
• Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
•  Make Your Own Caramel Apples

Sep
15
6:00 pm18:00

Finding Presence with Art

The Finding Presence Series is a three-part collaborative programming event with the Mt. Lebanon Public Library, the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh, and The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh that explores three different mediums; sound, body movement, and art as pathways to fuller awareness of the present moment. Each event will be held at the host site. Please call the Mt. Lebanon Public Library for additional information (412) 531-1912.

The third program in the series—Finding Presence in Art featuring Brita Thompson of Zenspire Designs—will be held on Thursday, September 15th at 6pm. This program is presented by and at The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh. Embrace the concept of slowing down and working on an art project that will foster mindfulness. The class is taught by Artsmiths staff and guest presenter, Artsmiths artist Brita Thompson. Attendees will choose if they want to draw their own black and white design, develop a design from templates, or color in one Brita's beautiful designs.  The cost of this program is $10 per person.  

Sep
9
Nov 12

EXHIBITION
I Love You This Much
Figurative Paintings
by Scott Hunter

Scientists define the purpose of love in biological terms. It exists as a means to ensure the reproduction of the human race, or can be a result of our attachment to caregivers in childhood.

We seek spiritual love, are nurtured by familial love and defined by romantic love and are perplexed by them all.  

Oddly, we seek to quantify love and find its limit in order to better understand it, so as to improve our chances of making it last. Love endures until it breaks and can only be unconditional on the condition that it lasts forever.

Someone once told me:

“Love is a gift, make sure you return it.”

This exhibition of figurative paintings by Bethel Park artist Scott Hunter will be looking at love that is felt with the heart, the brain, the gut, and with tongue in cheek.

Join us for an evening reception with the artist on Friday, September 9th from 6pm to 9pm.  The show runs from Friday, September 9th through Saturday, November 12th, 2016.  

Sep
9
6:00 pm18:00

OPENING RECEPTION
I Love You This Much:
Figurative Paintings
by Scott Hunter

Scientists define the purpose of love in biological terms. It exists as a means to ensure the reproduction of the human race, or can be a result of our attachment to caregivers in childhood.

We seek spiritual love, are nurtured by familial love and defined by romantic love and are perplexed by them all.  

Oddly, we seek to quantify love and find its limit in order to better understand it, so as to improve our chances of making it last. Love endures until it breaks and can only be unconditional on the condition that it lasts forever.

Someone once told me:

“Love is a gift, make sure you return it.”

This exhibition of figurative paintings by Bethel Park artist Scott Hunter will be looking at love that is felt with the heart, the brain, the gut, and with tongue in cheek.

Join us for an evening reception with the artist on Friday, September 9th from 6pm to 9pm.  The show runs from Friday, September 9th through Saturday, November 12th, 2016.  

Jun
24
Aug 20

UNBIASED: CUTTING EDGE FIBER ART

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Exhibition Dates: Friday, June 24th, 6pm — Saturday, July 30th, 6pm

Opening Reception: Friday, June 24th, 6-9pm

In as much as this exhibition is a conglomeration of extraordinary work by many of Pittsburgh's most innovative fiber artists, it is a celebration of all that fiber art has come to express through a variety of new mediums. Fiber work is no longer represented only by soft treaded materials, but by paper, metal, glass, wood and other elements that enhance and duplicate the properties of how fiber has historically been viewed. Today, artists explore new shapes, tell modern stories, and champion social change.

Christine Bethea, Curator

ARTISTS
Tina Williams Brewer
Katy DeMent
Amanda Gross
Mayota Hill
LaVerne Kemp
Harriette Merriwether
Gigi Nieson
Saihou Njie
Karen Page
Steve Sadvary
Janet Watkins

Jun
13
12:00 pm12:00

Nirvana Beads Trunk Show

Don't miss this one day Trunk Show with Nirvana Beads! They will be bringing a variety of Czech and Sea Glass beads on Monday June 13th, from 12pm-4pm.

Nirvana Beads imports its own high quality merchandise from around the world. They are especially proud of their selection of Czech glass beads and buttons, most of which they design, and have manufactured in the Czech Republic by artisan makers. They are proud to offer you items that are distinct and unique, all while supporting an industry that has produced high quality glass jewelry for hundreds years. They design and manufacture upwards of 600 new beads and buttons per year, more than almost any other bead wholesaler, and they are sure that you will experience delight with nearly all of them.

May
15
1:00 pm13:00

Kathryn Carr Book Signing

Come meet local Scherenschnitte artist, Kathryn Carr when she will be at The Artsmiths' Shop to sign copies of her new book.  Kathryn did a series of photographs of her hand-cut paper dioramas for Troy Howell's Lizbeth Lou Got a Rock in Her Shoe.  While written for ages 2-7, Kathryn's beautiful illustrations will delight readers of all ages.  Books will be available for purchase for $17.99 + tax (while supplies last).

"It's Carr's elegant cut-paper dioramas that command attention.  Rendered in warm browns and lit by fiery golden light, their whimsy dovetails nicely with Howell's verse, while out-of-focus trees and grasses create a lovely sense of three-dimensionality.  Carr's trees feel inspired by the art nouveau movement, and along with characters' formal attire, seem to plant the story in the early 20th century (a wide-angle view of the park reveals an angel fountain and nearby buildings, suggesting New York City's Central Park as a possible setting)." — Publishers Weekly

Apr
2
Apr 30

SOS—Underground: Exhibition

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh is happy to announce that it will be hosting an exhibition for one of Pittsburgh's oldest art guilds, The Society of Sculptors (SOS) this coming April.  SOS—Underground is the first exhibition to be held in The Artsmiths' Exhibition Gallery located in its lower level, a.k.a. Underground.   The show will feature the works of current SOS members: Anders Anderson; Saige Baxter; Peter Calaboyias; Ron Copeland; Laura Defazio; Elizabeth Asche Douglas; Ashley Jean Hickey; Stan Koepke; Duncan MacDiarmid; Ron Nigro; Priscilla Pfanstiel Robinson; Alexander Sutlic; and Suzanne Trenney.  An opening reception was held on Saturday, April 2nd, from 6pm to 8pm.  The exhibition runs through 1pm, Saturday, April 30th, 2016.

It's a Clearance, Clarence!  Seconds, Supplies, and More!
Jan
30
10:00 am10:00

It's a Clearance, Clarence! Seconds, Supplies, and More!

Join our artists for a trunk sale of art & craft supplies, seconds, discontinued works and more!   "It's a Clearance, Clarence!" will be held in The Underground, the lower level of The Artsmiths from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, January 30th.  

Nicole Bloch | Erra Creations

Kathryn Carr | Go Carr Go:  Kathryn will have grab bags of mixed greeting cards, coloring books, discontinued prints, and more!

Judi Erno | Urban Baroque Jewelry & Accessories

Larissa Graudins | Rissi Designs

LaVerne Kemp | The Warped Weaver: LaVerne will have yarn, Scrabble tile earrings, Scrabble tiles, Bakelite pieces, lots of vintage buttons & beads, covered buttons, deals and more! 

Arthur Lapidus | Paradox Design Werx: Arthur & Phyllis will have cigar box curios, corner jewelry holders, and other goodies! 

Kirsten Lowe-Rebel | KLoRebel Art

Olga Mihaylova | Oli's Beadwork

Paula Nettleship | designs2c

Jessica Rutherford  | Jessica Rutherford Designs

and more!