The Society of Contemporary Craft, tucked away at the back of the Strip District at 2100 Smallman Street, is hosting a number of Sunday Salons this summer. The morning salons, running from 11am until 1pm, are a chance for community members to be introduced to, and learn more about, the art projects that are going on all around the city. It’s not just a good way to become more involved in the local art scene, but, on quite a few of these Sundays, it’s a great way to see some of our Seed Award winners in action. Three of these salons involve Seed Award projects or project managers bringing what they love to the people of Pittsburgh.
Community Supported Art Pittsburgh (CSA PGH) is featured this Sunday, July 28th, introducing their program that is aimed at connecting local art makers with local art lovers and collectors. The project was funded in late 2012 and takes on a similar approach to local, affordable art-sourcing as farmers markets do to locally-sourced, high quality foods. Instead of farm-to-table, it’s canvas-to-wall, helping local artists produce sustainable lifestyles, while at the same time supplying art lovers with some of the best art their city has to offer.
On August 11th, you can meet former Seed Award project manager Andy Scott (last year’s Pittsburgh Zine Fair) and learn about his ongoing project, Andromeda Quarterly, a comic anthology featuring local cartoonists and illustrators. The series used to be released monthly but the newer, thicker quarterly edition just has published three issues of great comics already and is always looking for new talent.
The last Sunday Salon on August 25th will feature newer Seed Award winning organization, Alloy Pittsburgh as they introduce their public art project located at Carrie Furnace. The group is helping 15 local artists to create temporary public art pieces at the National Historic Landmark site in Rankin to stand alongside the famous Carrie Deer. The exhibition will open in September, but find more out about it early at the salon.
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