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Pittsburgh named as Under the Radar Cultural Destination

The Scene: Struggling industrial center turned cultural breeding ground.

The Signature: Museums. Visit the iconic Andy Warhol Museum (117 Sandusky St.; warhol.org) for an infusion of pop art, the Carnegie Museum of Art (4400 Forbes Ave.; cmoa.org) for an upcoming exhibit on modern decorative arts and the Mattress Factory (500 Sampsonia Way; mattress.org) for “room-sized” installations of contemporary art. 

Insider Knowledge: While Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (fallingwater.org) is the city’s most famous architectural landmark, H. H. Richardson’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church (emmanuelpgh.org) is worth a visit. The building features Tiffany windows and a wood interior reminiscent of an inverted ship’s hull.

Don’t Miss: The Pittsburgh Glass Center (5472 Penn Ave.; pittsburghglasscenter.org), where visitors can tour galleries of ornate glasswork or take a glassblowing class themselves.

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Brett Freund up for Emerging Artist of 2012 in Ceramics Daily

Selected as one of 14 finalists for the 2012 Emerging Artist award by Ceramic Arts Daily, artist Brett Freund returned to Pittsburgh a year ago following grad school and travel. He now he uses the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Pittsburgh Glass Center to fire and finish his work.

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Read more about Brett here and see his work here.

Geek Art/Green Innovators Festival brought energy, creativity to Penn Avenue

Table & Spoon, a Pittsburgh-based food, garden and urban farming blog, visited the Geek Art/Green Innovators Festival on Penn Avenue on Friday night, and reports back with some lovely photos of the arts district in bloom. Highlights include seedlings from Grow Pittsburgh, the Glass Lofts serving as a lively art gallery, intricate terrariums by Alberto Almarza, and participating in painting Warhol Flowers with Bob Ziller's Pittsburgh Beautification Project.

Read the complete Table & Spoon blog post.

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From the Chesapeake Bay to the three rivers: Eco-friendly fun for the whole family

Pittsburgh is an eco-friendly hot spot with history, art and animals galore, says The Baltimore Sun, which revels in the National Aviary's penguin exhibit, the bustling Cultural District and the sensory-rich Children's Museum. Penn Avenue's Glass Center finds its place among the area's more established destinations, such as the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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