Unblurred: First Friday on Penn Ave


Mathilda to Negley (Penn Ave) 15224 Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn is a monthly art and entertainment crawl organized by the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, and sponsored by The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation.

Each month, people from all over the region stroll Penn Avenue between the 4800 and 5500 blocks to meet with artists and local business owners. Visitors can expect to see everyone and everything. Families, singles, workers, students, long-time residents and first-time visitors alike can bask in Penn Avenue's creative energy – experiencing a mix of photography, dance, painting, sculpture, music and spoken word performances.
If you take any cool pics during your visit to Unblurred, please feel free to share them on your social media sites with the hashtags #proudtobepenn #unblurred #pennavenue412 #openonpenn.

Check out the following participating venues!

*indicates accessible restroom

Silver Eye Center for Photography*
4808 Penn Ave.
6 - 9pm
Web: silvereye.org
Facebook: /silvereyecenterforphotography
Twitter: @silvereyecenter
Insta: @silvereyecenter
Silver Eye has two incredible exhibitions currently on view. Fantasy Life, by Tabitha Soren, and Sismos, by Tarrah Krajnak.

4824 Penn Ave.
6 - 10pm
Join us for an interactive sculpture showcase featuring the work of Jamie Smittle. This interactive gallery takes you out of the gallery and into a surreal landscape. During this February Unblurred showcase, visitors are invited to work with Jamie to construct the puppets for the landscape. Create your own puppet using stuffed animals, recycled materials, feathers, and fabric. Learn about Jamie's process behind the sculptures, and how you can create your very own art with the materials around you!

Level Up Studios*
4836 Penn Ave

Arts & Crafts: Botanica & Occult Shop
4901 Penn Ave.
4 - 8pm
www.facebook.com/artsncraftspgh instagram.com/artsncraftspgh

Incense, oils, sage, candles, and more! @artsncraftspgh

4901 Penn Ave.
6 - 8pm

$25 art work and $10 prints by Danielle Robinson. @daniellerobinsonart

4907 Penn Ave.
Open as usual! 21+ with id.

5001 Penn Ave.
https://www.facebook.com/events/161600927812749/ http://kylakemmerer.com/

Ethereal, wild, and imaginative, Kyla Kemmerer's works meld the wild abandon of childhood imagination with the sporadic and energetic feel of adulthood. Come to challenge your inner wilding, as we celebrate the whimsical and electric journey that is FERAL.

VaultArt Studio*
5100 Penn Ave
6 - 9pm

"No one comes to mind, except _______."
1. Single-minded regard for another.
2. Interpret emphatically and insert your own person, place, or thing.
3. A statement of censure. The inability to express. Unmet needs. Lack of access to viable options.
VaultArt Studio is a project of ACHIEVA, the only agency of its type in southwestern Pennsylvania that provides lifelong supports to individuals with disabilities and their families.

Bunker Projects
5106 Penn Ave.
7 - 10pm

Steph Neary's, "folklore forevermore." A solo exhibition brimming with over 100 pieces of work.

ARTica Retro & Antiques
5110 Penn Ave.
7 - 10pm

TO THE WALLS Sales and Clearances! It's gotta go! Not holding back on the bargains to make way for a whole new slew of art, furniture and cool objects! No reasonable offer refused!
Friday, FEB 2, ONLY!

METTĀ: A Healing Arts Community
5118 Penn Ave. 2nd Floor
Opening for the works of Samir Gurai and Suman Gupta.
Samir Gurai is an Indian artist living in a small Indian village called Mayapur, in the state of West Bengal, on the bank of the river Ganges. In Mayapur they are building the worlds biggest Krishna temple. These paintings are from Mayapur.

Suman Gupta is an artist who imagines Eden-like play in nature that children & adolescents retreat to & dream of inhabiting. He blends the elements of an abstract-realist painter, blissfully besotted by the colors, forms and lights of a tranquil oasis of nature. An artist who makes simple humble folk his models, one who sits and watches a old musician playing and creates a counterpoint of compositions that bring in the pastoral surroundings of the Northern Himalayas.

METTĀ practitioners will also be offering for donation services-- reiki, massage, tarot and astrological readings, and nutritional and herbal consultations.

We will be offering herbal tea, small snacks, music and movement, and a relaxed healing environment for those who want to get out of the cold and noise of winter in the city.

5135 Penn Ave

Workshop PGH first Friday's presents a Bill Murray party. DIY, art and fun all night for Groundhog Day. We'll have Baby Loves Tacos and East End Brewing too.

BOOM Concepts*
5139 Penn Ave.
6 - 10pm
facebook.com/boomconcepts, paulpengdotcom.com, https://www.facebook.com/events/322898571523105/

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation presents photography exhibition "Men of the African Diaspora." (Feb. 2 – 24 at BOOM Concepts) to disrupt stereotypes of Black men across the African diaspora. Images from Cuba, Africa, the US, the Caribbean, and Europe transport viewers across cultures and geography and challenge how viewers see Black men in their environments, without the stereotypes and biases that haunt and encumber their lives—no matter where they live in the world.

This exhibition is in collaboration with photography collective, "Feel Like Going On," which showcases the work of local photographers documenting the positive side of life and culture for Western PA's African American community, and with members of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, who've traveled aboard to report on issues in the African diaspora. It includes the photography of PBMF members: Ervin Dyer, Germaine Watkins, Brian Cook, Kenneth Neely, Olga George, Jonathan Brown, and Patricia Strothers. Photographer B. Denise Hawkins, an independent journalist in the Washington, D.C., area, and Waverly Duck, a local artist, are also contributors.

People's Indian Restaurant*
5147 Penn Ave.
5 - 9:00pm
All you can eat dinner buffet 5pm to 9:30pm $14.95

BFG Cafe*
5335 Penn Ave.
5 - 8pm
Order wonderful food from Greek menu! Vegetarian friendly! Continued show featuring paintings by Hugh Watkins, Darsie O'Donnel and sketches by Mimi Jong.

Pittsburgh Glass Center*
5472 Penn Ave.
6pm - 9pm
Hot Jam open house features heat defying acts of art and glassblowing demonstrations. This is the last chance to see "Interiors with Impact" a Monmade exhibition in the Hodge Gallery.

Robin's Nest
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