Pop Filter Hot Pick: 9th annual Lawrenceville Artists' Studio Tour hosts largest event to date
Why you should go: Lawrenceville
has its own Rock All Night Tour, House and Garden Tour and even its own Cookie Tour. Now, one thriving community that has served as a catalyst for the neighborhood's ongoing growth is opening its doors to the public.
Free and open to the public, the 9th annual Lawrenceville Artists' Studio Tour
runs on Saturday, November 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in spaces located throughout the eclectic nabe. With 42 makers and 17 spaces on its itinerary–from glass blowers to fiber artists–the studio tour is back with its biggest event to date
You have likely strolled past the many creative spaces in and around Lawrenceville where art is made every day (and late into the night!), but now, go behind the scenes to actively engage with the creativite people and places that provide a strong community and cultural thread. Featured artists, who range from recent college graduates in their early 20s to longstanding professional artists in the 60s, represent a wide range of mediums and hail from locations all over the country.
"It's a flourishing neighborhood with a lot of new businesses and boutiques opening up, and it does feel like a cultural part of town. It is also important for artists to be grouped together here. There are artists all around the city, but especially in spaces like Radiant Hall, when you have artists around all the time, it allows us to bounce ideas off of each other as a gateway for collaboration, and to share that with the community," says artist and event co-organizer Seth Clark, a Massachusetts native who has lived in Pittsburgh for five years and occupies a studio in Radiant Hall. "These are spaces that are not often open to the public, and a lot people do not even know they exist. This is a great chance for the Lawrenceville community and people from all over the city to see what's around them."
Step into the work spaces of furniture designers, fiber artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, iron workers, glass artists and printmakers, meet the makers of Lawrenceville and learn about a variety of art techniques and methods. Opening their doors to the public, participating artists will share insights about their creative practice, lead hands-on demos and talk about their artistic disciplines. View works-in-progress, purchase local artwork and experience the environments firsthand that are helping to fuel and nurture Lawrenceville’s creative culture.
At Tugboat Printshop
, tour-goers will meet the husband and wife team of Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth, who work collaboratively to hand-craft and publish original woodblock prints. Tugboat's work has been exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally. Peruse available editions, see new woodcuts in progress and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the couple's Main Street printshop.
Stroll into the Catalyst Building
to explore the work of Linda Price-Sneddon, a multimedia artist who creates installations inspired by nature. View her new oil series “Liminal Landscapes," works on paper and an in-progress video projection.
Inside Lawrenceville's new Radiant Hall studio building
, visitors will meet studio artist Giuseppe Ragozzino
, creative director at Mullen advertising, who will display his works on canvas. Founded in 2012 by studio director: Ryan Lammie, Radiant Hall
now houses 23 painters, sculptors, photographers and filmmakers.
Along Butler Street, pop into the new letterpress and print shop Sapling Press
, run by designer Lisa Krowinski. View antique printing presses and finishing equipment, and see the shop's line of greeting cards, invitations and custom stationery. View samples of printed pieces, enjoy a demo of the equipment and don’t leave without pulling a custom print of your very own!
Be dazzled by glass works created by artist Meeghan Triggs in her Butler Street studio and gallery, Atelier
. View functional artwork, such as fused glass tables and housewares, commissioned glass works and an array of mosaics on display in the gallery.
View a tour map and a complete list of participating artists
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Photographs by Ben Filio.