To celebrate my first six months at Radiant Hall West in McKees Rocks, I have transformed my workshop into a gallery. The space is open by appointment. The show will run from December 18, 2021 through January 2, 2022. Works for sale include Pittsburgh drawings, paintings, fish art, and puppets. These works may be purchased (off the wall) or picked up later. An area of works-in-progress is also available for viewing. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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I’ll be selling my hand-crafted fish this Saturday, December 11th at the Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media’s Winter Artists Market. The event will feature work from over 25 artists and craftspeople and include ceramics, jewelry, photography painting and more. Vendors will be set up both inside and outside (be prepared for the weather)! The market will be open 10 AM until 5 PM and is located at 1047 Shady Avenue.
I’ll be selling a variety of wooden decorative fish, all inspired by fish species of Pennsylvania. Some are designed for wall display. Some have pedestals for display on a desk, shelf or mantle. I’ll also have some small holiday ornaments.
Fish Kiosk signage for the Winter Artists Market.
The past few months have been productive in the studio. I have a new workshop up and running at Radiant Hall Studios in McKees Rocks. More space to work has inspired me to bring back some projects that I had set aside.
One of those is Sarver’s Bait & Tackle. I’ve decided to bring back the project in the form of a retail business to sell painted wooden fish and decorative fishing lures. I’ll be trying out artist markets in the coming year and will have an online shop opening soon.
As part of my Pittsburgh Drawing Project, I occasionally meet with fellow artists for outings. Like the Early Modernists long ago, we often meet at coffee shops and bars to talk and sketch the scene. Here are some results from a recent night in Lawrenceville. Nightlife in the usually bustling neighborhood is still a bit slow (as the pandemic wanes), but we found people enjoying a rooftop breeze on a warm evening.
With a break from the pandemic and life starting to return to normal, I’ve returned to my Pittsburgh Drawing Project. Here are two from a day spent Downtown. The weather was hot and humid, so I tried to find some relief in mist from the fountain at Point State Park.
I’m happy to present the culminating event for my second Virtual Puppetry Residency project. Thirty-one participants from thirteen countries will be showing work in three online events on Saturday, December 12, 2020. For more information, please see the VPR Page of this website.
The first season of VPR was a big success! Check out the page on this site for documentation. Here is the call for participants for season 2:
INTERESTED IN A FREE, AT-HOME PUPPETRY CLASS? The second season of Virtual Puppetry Residency will run October 1st through November 15th, 2020. The program is designed for adults to explore the craft of puppetry and share developments with a supportive team of participants over the internet. The project will explore: 1. Creating puppet shows that can be shared in a virtual format. 2. Crafting puppet characters focusing on voice, movement, and form. 3. Exploring a variety of puppetry styles. The project will be run through a combination of scheduled Zoom sessions, YouTube instruction and Email. Participants are asked to commit to a minimum of ten one-hour sessions. Puppets and skits created during the project will be shown in an online exhibition on the project website and might be shown by the project supporters (Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts). If you are interested, please contact me at email@example.com by September 15th.
INTERESTED IN A FREE, AT-HOME PUPPETRY CLASS? I’m developing a residency project exploring the craft of puppetry that participants can do at home. The project would explore: 1. Creating toy theater for home entertainment. 2. Crafting a puppet character focusing on voice, movement and form. 3. Developing skits that explore empathy and conflict resolution. The project would be run through a combination of scheduled Zoom sessions, Youtube instruction and Email. Children and adults are welcome, but there will be separate Zoom sessions for the two groups. The residency would be free for those who can commit to the minimum of ten one-hour sessions. It will take place during the month of June. Puppets and skits created during the project will be shown in an online exhibition on my website and might be shown by the project supporters (Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media and PA Council on the Arts). If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15th. This is just an inquiry for now. Photo credit: Larry Rippel.
After several months of engaging in a process that involved sketching out my drawings on site, I have begun working from photographs. Photography has been part of the process all along. I’m continuously taking pictures as I research new sites. I also take photos while drawing to document people or things that move quickly through my field of view. The change will allow me to try some larger studio pieces.
East Ohio Street is a busy commercial thoroughfare in the Deutschtown (East Allegheny) neighborhood on the North Side of Pittsburgh. Aging shops are interspersed with a few new boutiques and ethnic grocery/restaurants. The neighborhood has been home to the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival and the annual Deutschtown Music Festival
Isaly’s was a popular deli and food brand from the early 1900’s. A handful of their locations still exist, as does their Pittsburgh-famous chipped-chopped ham.
Here are more works from my pen & ink Pittsburgh drawing series. I’ve now completed drawings in forty-three Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Like many artists, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced me to make some changes. In pre-pandemic works, like the Pittsburgh Zoo penguin piece, I was sketching in the middle of a crowd. I now draw in my car or in an isolated park area. In some cases I work from photographs. I’m hoping that a return to public interactions will come soon!