Artists at The Art Market
4128 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
With most jobs in the disability community focused on assembly-line production, it is rare to be able to offer people the opportunity to generate income from their artistic abilities. The Art Market in Lawrenceville features affordable, handmade gifts and t-shirts ranging in price from $4 to $40. Purchases benefit artists with disabilities. Since opening in 2011, Milestone (the program for artists with disabilities) has featured the artwork of over 85 artists with developmental or behavioral health disabilities and also provided retail work experience to 15 others.
If you're lucky, you can stop in at a time when these artists are hard at work. One particular artist who has contributed to The Art Market's collection is Patrick. He demonstrated his artistic excitement with a nine-pointed star. On a recent visit, Patrick elucidated, "When I color it in, it will be beautiful and gorgeous. I've been thinking about this for a long time."
The Art Market also collaborates with artists outside of the Milestone network. Barbara Page is one of them. An assemblage artist, Barbara uses found objects to create biblical pieces. She said, "My assemblage work represents the veneration, reverence and awe that I attribute to the written, revealed Word of God, i.e. the Christian and Jewish Bibles. The form celebrates the content." See her collection here.
Pittsburgh Glass Center
5472 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Daviea Davis is a "self-taught master glass mosaic artist and teacher." Working out of a studio in her home in Edgewood, she creates everyday, unique, expressive, glass mosaic windows and happily invites anyone who wants to learn. At Regent Square's Yoga on the Square, 10 wonderful windows hang above the gleaming wooden floors and yoga students enjoy basking in the color-filled light. You're best bet for seeing Davis' stained glass is at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. However, her work can also be seen at other Pittsburgh locations like Pittsburgh International Airport, The Allegheny County Children and Family Court, The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and more.
In a tight economy, the ability to combine function and art adds instant value. Perhaps that is why Mel Griffin was selected by the Society of Contemporary Craft as the 2011 Leap award winner. The competition is open to exceptionally-talented students and under-represented craft artists. Mel said, "through imagery and metaphor, line and clay, I am exploring the manner in which corporeal experience, mindfulness, memory and mood combine to create meaning in both everyday and imagined environments." Griffin's work captures and reflects elements of nature, animals and landscape and translates those themes onto useful pieces that will enhance your home decor. If you like to give the gift of art, this is an incredible option.
Society For Contemporary Craft
2100 Smallman St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Whimsy. wonderment, playfulness and movement are words that come to mind when looking at the work of metalsmith Warren Holzman. He said, "the shapes and imagery I reference in my work repeatedly hearken back to a more mechanized time. The vast amount of metalwork from the age of machines that lies rusting on the edges of our urban landscapes has become embedded in my subconscious. I feel that these decaying monsters communicate an evidence of past economies, priorities and lives that embody the drama of ascension and decline that we experience today. By working in processes similar to the ones used to build these ancient beasts, I have forged a connection with them and their method of communicating visual ideas." A 2011 Leap award finalist, his work can be seen at Pittsburgh's SCC in the Strip District.
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