709 Penn Gallery to Open Holiday Artist Market 11/15
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Education and Community Engagement department presents the 2013 Craftsman's Guild of Pittsburgh Holiday Artist Market November 15, 2013-January 5, 2014, at 709 Penn Gallery in the Cultural District. An opening reception will be held at the gallery November 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This juried holiday show and artist market features locally made original works of art in a diverse range of media, including jewelry, clay, glass, wood, sculpture, textiles, paper, among others. All pieces, from simple and whimsical items to works of fine art, are unique and exclusively handcrafted by members of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh.
"We are pleased to highlight the beautiful work being made locally by the talented membership of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh," says Sonja Sweterlitsch, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's 709 Penn Gallery curator. "The work on display has been juried so that visitors will discover beautiful pieces in a variety of media, at a variety of price points for the holidays. This will be a fabulous opportunity for consumers to give a unique gift of locally made original fine craft."
Nearly thirty artists are represented in the holiday market. Among the group is husband and wife duo Nancy and David Gates, each presenting works in the show, Nancy a fiber artist and David working in wood.
"It is a major part of our ongoing mission at the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh to foster and enable opportunities for our very talented membership to display and sell their work, while at the same time maintaining the highest possible standards of quality and integrity," says Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh President Lisa Platt. "The Guild's cooperative and amicable relationship with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, through the Trust's generous invitation to Guild members to exhibit at their distinctive downtown gallery, admirably serves this mission in all respects. We pledge to put our best foot forward, and we are eager to share the outstanding work of our members with the greater Pittsburgh community."
Participating artists: Ada Bosonetto, Janet Brum, Barbara Campbell, Kathryn Carr, Robert Clegg, Christy Culp, Holly Dobkin, Lyn Ferlo, Edric Florence, Sandi Garris, David Gates, Nancy Gates, Mary Hamilton, Allison Jones, Don Jones, LaVerne Kemp, Sandy Kephart, Dorothy Lampl, Celest Michelotti, Jeffrey Moyer, Jamie Murphy, Lisa Platt, Jessica Rutherford, David Schwartzmiller, Nancy Smeltzer, George Wazenegger, Diane Wilson, Amanda Wolf, and Edward Zembrzuski.