Tuesday, July 29, 2008

East End-Inspired Mosaics at Pittsburgh Glass Center This Friday

Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) will unveil three new neighborhood glass mosaics on Friday, August 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at its studios at 5472 Penn Avenue. The colorful glass mosaics created by Pittsburgh artist Daviea Davis and many community members depict three communities near PGC – Penn Avenue, Lawrenceville and East Liberty.

The neighborhood mosaic project began on June 6 during Art Cubed, a celebration of art, music and culture in Pittsburgh's East End. Davis worked with community members throughout the weekend to create the mosaics on old windows approximately 5' x 3' using recycled glass from Youghiogheny Glass Company in Connellsville, PA. After August 1, the mosaics will travel to their respective neighborhoods for permanent display. The project was funded by Friendship Development Associates in part by Mainstreets Pittsburgh and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

The unveiling coincides with PGC’s monthly free Hot Jam open house and Unblurred: First Friday's on Penn, a monthly event that highlights artists, art studios, galleries and arts organizations on and around the Penn Avenue Corridor. PGC visitors can expect to see live flameworking and glass blowing demonstrations throughout the evening, plus they can explore PGC’s current glass exhibition “Glass & Steel: Art Transcends Industry.”

For more information, visit PGC's website.

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