Artists are taking over the Parkway Electric Building in Wilkinsburg this weekend. It would be great if artists would take over the world (along with musicians to provide the riffs), but one building at a time is not a bad policy.
Hannah Reiff, an artist who binds books and makes prints, is also production manager at Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery. She wrote to tell me about this event, which is in two parts. Saturday night you party and Sunday you really take a good look at the art.
Saturday’s opening at the garage, 754 Rebecca Ave., runs from 6-10p. Sunday’s show is from noon to 4p. The event is free, but you are free to make a small donation. Check out the event on Facebook.
Keep an eye and an ear on Wilkinsburg. Like in Braddock, Homestead and other great old inner-ring boroughs and townships, creative people in Wilkinsburg are just going ahead and making cool things happen, even if some members of the old guard are clueless, static or tired.
“This show is independently put together by neighbors and friends living in the Hamnett Place section of Wilkinsburg. Shannon Bennett owns the building and she is a friend and neighbor. The building is empty currently, so Shannon approached me about organizing an art show in the space of community members who are artists, since there are quite a few we know of!
“My boyfriend Jason LaCroix is a painter and printmaker, and many of our friends that have moved to the area are artists.
“Some participating artists have been in international shows while others do not show and just make work for friends and the joy of it. Almost all work will be for sale, and there will also be a small vendor market of handmade clothing, jewelry, and paper goods such as cards and blank journals.”
The line-up of artists for the garage show is as follows: John Burt Sanders, Jena Seiler, Brandon Boan, Jason LaCroix, Manya Mankiewicz, Jason Cohn, James Shipman, Joanie King, Ruth Clover, Hannah Reiff and Jeff Lovett.
Photo by Hannah Reiff