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4828 Penn Ave.
6:00 - 10:00pm
Loryn Bertoti, a mixed-media artist with a background in engineering and fabrication, is Assemble's April Unblurred artist. Loryn's exhibition for the April show will be a large tessellating pattern of two main elements. The first is laser cut wood, and the second is hand-made aluminum can flowers. The overall theme is springtime, and a celebration of the new beauty that is soon to emerge in nature – flowers, vibrant colors, bees, etc. Most of the material used in this piece, as well as my previous work, will be recycled. The wooden pieces in the tessellation will be intricately cut and illuminated to mimic the bright colors and patterns found in nature. The mixture of the two materials organic and inorganic (wood and aluminum), is Loryn's favorite way to simplify and represent the beauty in the world around us.
Level Up Studios*
4836 Penn Ave.
6pm - 12am
We are at it again at Level Up with another amazing night of art, music and of course dancing!! As part of Penn Ave's Unblurred Gallery Crawl, join us April 7th from 6pm-12am for a listening of Kendrick Lamar's anticipated album with featured wire artist Julius Houser!!
About the Artist:
Julius Houser: An Artist who grew up in Pittsburgh PA found his passion in Wire Art between the ages of 7 & 8. It started with not getting the exact toys he wanted, so he created his own toys from his imagination and could fashion anything he laid eyes on; from superheroes, to bridges, buildings and cars. As an artist he's a really big fan of superheroes and villians and spends his time creating pieces inspired by fictional characters and even mystical creatures.
Exhibition 6pm-9pm Showcasing Wire Art by Julius Houser
Listening Party/ Dancing 9pm-12am (byob)
Arts & Crafts: Botanica & Occult Shop
4901 Penn Ave.
4 - 11pm
We have some great things going in this month for first Friday! Ever wanted to build your own altar but weren't sure what to do? We will be providing guidance and some items that will allow you to create a simple altar ($5 suggested donation). Also, come get a taste of our special "Black Magick" drink! We will also have our infamous incense special going on: buy 5, get 1 free! www.facebook.com/artsncraftspgh instagram.com/artsncraftspgh
4901 Penn Ave.
6 - 11pm
Ladies' Room Exhibit
Featuring works from various amazing women artists! www.facebook.com/local412pgh instagram.com/local412pgh
Los Sabrosos Dance Co.
4909 Penn Ave.
7 - 9pm
Los Sabrosos Dance Co. is excited to host a new artist in the studio. Diana Balderson's work interprets portraiture through vivid imagery and contrast, experiencing every day circumstances and creating new images from those puzzle pieces. There is a disconnect within her artwork - the feeling of being alone in a sea of people, both a comfort and a feeling of tension within the same atmosphere. http://pgh.lossabrosos.org/inhale/
5001 Penn Ave.
6 - 10pm
Utterances: New works by Jay Michael Del Greco
This new series is called Utterances, because I wanted to produce a series of small, tight pieces that each succinctly evoke a unique thought or emotional state. They are all uniform 1 foot squares with strong iconic compositions. In a broader context my work's purpose is always to give shape to shapeless things; namely time, weight, heat, and distress. To that end, I draw inspiration from my own life, obfuscating away mundane details that would make the work too specifically about me and my frame of reference. It's important to me that my work is accessible and able to mean whatever a viewer needs it to mean to them. With each new piece I aim to create the most beautiful thing that I can, and express myself entirely with it. From a technical standpoint, I work with a very broad vocabulary of materials. Each piece is very sculptural mixed media, generally on wood, involving any combination found animal parts, house paint, spray paint, polyurethane, epoxy resin, burnt wood, various found rusted metal objects, twine, string, wire, cloth, vinyl, permanent marker, and charcoal illustration.
5139 Penn Ave.
6 - 10pm
The exhibit will showcase artists from both sides of the prison walls including Mary Dewitt's profoundly moving portraits of women serving life in PA. Illustrations describing prison conditions and self portraits by incarcerated artists from The Prison Poster Project (PPP) will also be displayed. The PPP was a collaboration between artists across the razor wire to create a teaching tool about the prison industrial complex. There will be speakers and songs including family members of people serving life, survivors of violence who support the campaign, readings from the writings of those sentenced to life as juveniles, and information on the Campaign to End Death by Incarceration.https://www.facebook.com/boomconcepts/
People's Indian Restaurant*
5147 Penn Ave.
5 - 9:00pm
All you can eat dinner buffet 5pm to 9:30pm $14.95
5335 Penn Ave.
4 - 8pm
New paintings on display (and for sale) by Susan Wagner. classic-sculpture.com
5430 Penn Ave.
5pm - 11pm
Join us for delicious cocktails and small plates!
Farm & Forest
5437 Penn Ave.
7 - 10pm
Stop in and get your hands dirty at our enchanting home & garden shop! We'll have a DIY terrarium station set up and lots of beautiful plants and terrariums available for purchase. We've got a nice stock of candles from North Ave Candles and beautiful doTerra oils to sample as well. Stop in and get amped for spring!
Instagram and Facebook: @pghfarmandforest
Pittsburgh Glass Center*
5472 Penn Ave.
6 - 9pm
Join us for Hot Jam, a free open house featuring heat defying acts of art including live glassblowing demonstrations and a contemporary glass art exhibition. Fun for the entire family. www.pittsburghglasscenter.org
5504 Penn Ave.
Local art, Daily Bling, handbags, jewelry and more; Featured: Paul McMillian and many other wonderful local Pittsburgh artists.
KST Alloy Studios*
5530 Penn Ave.
7 - 10pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is proud to announce the launch of FUTUREMAKERS Mixtape, as part of Inclusive Innovation Week and Penn Avenue Arts Districts April UNBLURRED .
FUTUREMAKERS Mixtape is a Look and Listen into Pittsburgh's Music, Film, and Performance Arts scene.
FUTUREMAKERS Mixtape attendees will experience a listening party of new music curated by local experts, followed by screenings of films and short projects happening around the city.
Margaret Welsh // Music Editor of Pittsburgh City Paper
Thomas Agnew // Co-Founder Jenesis Magazine
Jeff Betten // Misra Records & Wild Kindness Records
Kahmeela Adams // Founder Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project
James S White // The Plug Media
Davon Magwood // Comedian & Actor
Join us at KST Alloy Studios during the April Penn Avenue Unblurred for FUTUREMAKERS Mixtape; a celebration of creative diversity amongst local entrepreneurs. The evening focuses on connecting projects to new audiences, highlighting unique products, and the positive growth of creative entrepreneurs. KST believes that diversity of skill, thought, and identity amongst creative entrepreneurs is key to the success of any thriving city. FUTUREMAKERS Mixtape will highlight game-changers across industries and disciplines. The event will feature a light refreshments provided by KST. Tickets are Pay What Makes You Happy and can be purchased online at www.kelly-strayhorn.org, by phone at 412-363-3000 or at the door.
Kelly Strayhorn Theater*
5941 Penn Ave.
8pm - 12am
Dance the night away as KST transforms its lobby into a Jamaican dance hall filled with your favorite new and old-school Reggae tunes, special performances, treats and more!
Featuring a special concert by Afar Music Group's Oriel & The Revolutors + Jah Ques ft. Clara!
Food Truck Spotlight: Curbside Twist
Pay what makes you happy ($5-20)