The Sideways Museum begins as a window installation at 812 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh.
The Sideways Museum is officially up for viewing today. The project features the work of seven Pittsburgh artists including Jim Rettinger, Liz Hammond, the late Dorothy Williams, Steve Smith, Joann Kielar and Doug Hill. As organizer, I’ve styled the show with logo, Chartreuse green walls and a few of my own works.
Liz Hammond is showing her hanging fiber arts sculptures for the first time at The Sideways Museum. Five pieces gently spin with the changing air currents.
Items are numbered for viewing from the window. Private tours are available by request.
At middle, robotic hand and other cardboard sculptures by Doug Hill. At bottom, paintings by Steve Smith.
Post-War, a piece by Joann Kielar.
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Dance Contest, embroidery floss on cardboard by Dorothy Williams.
I’ll be rotating work by the late Pittsburgh visionary artist Dorothy Williams through The Sideways Museum starting Friday, January 23rd. Williams (1926-2005) created dozens of works in her retirement remembering important events of her life growing up in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. The works were created by gluing strands of embroidery floss, one string at a time, to various types of cardboard. Her subject matter included family and social scenes, floral arrangements, nature and abstractions. I’ve been trying to spark some interest in her works since 2001.
Masks, embroidery floss on cardboard, by the late Pittsburgh visionary artist Dorothy Williams.
Tom Sarver with visionary artists Steve Smith and Dorothy Williams in 2001.