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Pittsburgh parks curator receives national honor

Thanks to her role as parks curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Susan Rademacher will receive one of the highest national honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

The ASLA bestows the honorary member title on those who've provided notable service to the profession of landscape architecture. Since its founding the 1899, the society has granted honorary membership to only 176 recipients, including former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Robert Redford and Ladybird Johnson. 

Since joining the conservancy in 2007, Rademacher has served as the project leader for the recent renovation of Downtown's Mellon Square and wrote the 2014 Princeton Architectural Press book Mellon Square: Discovering a Modernist Masterpiece.

Rademacher was editor in chief of Landscape Architecture magazine from 1984 to 1987 and was a founding editor of Garden Design magazine. She served as both president of Louisville's Olmsted Parks Conservancy and assistant director of Louisville's Metro Parks Department from 1991 to 2007. 

As parks curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Rademacher has completed master planning and project design for the Walled Garden in Mellon Park and Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain. She is currently working on Cliffside Park renovations; master plans for Arsenal Park, Leslie Park, and McKinley Park; Heth's Run in Highland Park; and the Northeast Fountain in Allegheny Commons.

Local Etsy artist takes wholesale business to next level

When e-commerce site Etsy went public last week, Etsy crafters in Pittsburgh and across the world gained global attention, too.

The New York Times recently profiled Highland Park artist Amy Hamley’s association with Etsy before the company went public. Hamley, who makes jewelry and decorative items out of porcelain, credits Etsy for taking her wholesale business to the next level. She started the business is 2008 and made it her full-time pursuit in 2010.

“I’ve gained as many buyers and retail stores as I had in the entire three years doing it on my own,” she told the Times.

Since Etsy’s beginnings in 2005, the massive online site for vintage and handcrafted artisan goods has provided a vehicle for sellers to display their work for low sales fees plus a 3.5 percent commission. This changed the game for artisans, who used to depend on street fairs, arts festivals or gift trade shows to market their items. But with tens of millions of unique visits to Etsy’s site each day -- many of whom are retailers buying products wholesale-- sellers like Hamley gained a level of visibility never before granted to artists like her.
Last year, Hamley moved her studio out of her Highland Park home and launched Redraven Studios from a building converted from an old ice cream shop in Sharpsburg. She was one of a select group of Etsy sellers worldwide invited to attend the ringing of the stock market bell the morning the company went public. She was also among the small gathering of artisans who set up shop in Times Square to display and talk about her work. 

Pittsburgh is home to a number of Etsy crafters who bring their imaginations to market at the e-commerce site.

Source: The New York Times, Nasdaq, Upstart Business Journal

Men's Journal ranks E2 among best U.S. brunch spots

Weekend brunch at Highland Park eatery E2 recently ranked among Men’s Journal’s Best Brunch Spots in America. 

While the restaurant offers brunch standards such as French toast, polenta, eggs, and sausages in a range of combinations, E2’s “willingness to embrace fried dough” won special accolades from Men's Journal, as the menu opens with an array of doughnuts, zeppoli, and beignets.

Learn what other American restaurants made the list here.

E2 gets some love from LA blogger

Anyone who knows E2 loves E2. The Highland Park restaurant recently launched a Kickstarter campaign which netted $12,000 from the post we saw on Twitter and now this LA blogger writes a loving profile.

Read the full story here.

Rare rhino baby at Pittsburgh Zoo gets national press

Ah, rhino love. There's nothing quite like it and perhaps that's a good thing. An intense and aggressive courtship between two 2700 lb. rhinos (that's each, not total) will result, if all goes well, in a rare black rhino baby birth in September at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Read the full story here.

Pittsburgh is for crafters: Five local stops that highlight handmade

Pittsburgh gets some gushy, well-deserved love in a recent post on Handmade in PA, a blog devoted to supporting the arts and crafts in Pennsylvania.

The post, by Carrie Nardini of I Made It! Market and Pittsburgh Craft Collective, calls out "five stops [that] highlight some opportunities for making and selling, learning and experiencing craft hands-on."

1. The Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District "offers exhibitions, a juried gallery shop filled with beautifully handcrafted items, classes in their studios and short 'Try It' workshops where master artisans provide a taste of their craft in one session enabling participants walk away with a final product."

2. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside "offers classes in a variety of medium including ceramics, photography, metals and printmaking; holds a summer camp for kids; and features a gallery and juried shop."

3. Touchstone Center for Crafts, about an hour outside the city, "offers week and weekend long intensive classes for beginners and artists seeing to fine tune their skill set."

4. Wildcard, on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, sells "all handmade wares with a focus on items produced by local artists and makers."

5. I Made It! Market, "Pittsburgh's nomadic indie crafts marketplace," pops up six to eight times a year throughout the city. Next I Made It! is Sat., Feb. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Union Project in Highland Park.

Click here to read the complete Made in PA blog post.

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Senator Jim Ferlo: Pittsburgh's fighter for civil liberties

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles Senator Jim Ferlo, calling him "a politician with soul of a protester."

The Highland Park resident, who came to Pittsburgh 40 years ago to protest the war, is among those fighting for protesters' rights at the G-20 summit. He says he wants to avoid property damage and is "all about peace," but is committed to ensuring the civil liberties of activists decrying injustices.

The article outlines Ferlo's history and accomplishments (including his contributions to various neighborhoods' revitalizations), as well as his public disagreements with Mayor Ravenstahl.

To read the complete Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, click here.

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