June Happenings in Pittsburgh

The first weekend of June was a busy one for the city of Pittsburgh.

Unblurred, the monthly First Friday gallery crawl on Penn Avenue in Friendship/Garfield opened Friday, June 6th.  One of our favorite stops along the crawl, the very kid-friendly Assemble, is featuring Transformed Linearities, a solo exhibition by Julie Mallis, for the month of June. The exhibition features video art and an interactive projection installation.

My husband Karl, interacting with the exhibition.

My husband Karl, interacting with the exhibition.

You can find a list of participating galleries and exhibitions here, many of which will remain open through the month of June.

Through October, Unblurred will also host the Garfield Night Market, a corridor of food vendors and local crafters. I recommend coming hungry. We enjoyed an amazing dinner of Edgar’s Tacos and the most decadent ice-cream sandwiches from Leona’s.  You can find a list of food vendors and crafters here.

Friday also marked the first day of the Three River’s Art’s Festival, a Pittsburgh tradition of music, theater, dance, gallery exhibitions, food, and most notably a huge artist market. This year’s market features some of Pittsburgh’s favorite local artists: garbella, strawberryluna, and Pittsburgh Pottery. You can find the complete list of artists here. The festival runs from June 6th through Sunday, June 15th, and spans Point State Park, Gateway Center, and the Cultural District. Each afternoon and evening, there is a free concert in Point State Park. If you attend, please be sure to visit the Koolkat booth, they are featuring wares by many of the Pittsburgh artists that sell at their Mt. Lebanon shop…including our greeting cards!

photo credit: Koolkat Designs

photo credit: Koolkat Designs


Upcoming Pittsburgh events include:

Mattress Factory Urban Garden Party – Friday, June 20th (tickets available here)
Mattress Factory Community Garden Party – Sunday, June 22nd (free)
July Unblurred Penn Avenue Gallery Crawl – Friday, July 4th (free)
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl – Friday, July 11th (free)


/Jessica Schaefer is a graduate of Edinboro University with a degree in graphic design. She rekindled her love for design by creating, printing, and binding her wedding save-the-dates, invitations, and programs. She is a member of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts where she continues to study paper making and printmaking. Jessica started her Etsy business with designs from her own wedding before expanding to new ideas. This year her business, theBird+theBeard, also began selling cards in independent shops in several states. When not working on new ideas for theBird+theBeard, she enjoys camping and spending time with her husband and stepson. You can review her work at thebirdandthebeard.com.

The Bird + the Beard

Class Picks: Toggle Hide & Seek Bracelet – August 9, 2014

Toggle Hide & Seek Bracelet, August 9

Come and create beautiful beadwoven structures with Teddi Fine.  The project for the class, a Toggle Hide & Seek Bracelet, capitalizes on the fabric-like look of beadweaving and a fun multiple-toggle structure.  Once it’s on, people will wonder how it comes off.  Only one of the toggles is real!

Over the course of the class you will learn how to:
1. Beadweave using basic even- and odd-count peyote stitch
2. “Zip” flat stitched beads together to form rings and toggles
3. Create and embellish the bracelet using pearls or other beading elements, and
4. Take the bracelet in a totally different direction with a few changes

When the class is over, you may well have a finished “toggle hide and seek” bracelet. You will definitely have techniques that can be adapted and reinvented as many times as your own imagination chooses!

Visit the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s website for all the details!

PA Guild Hands on Workshops