THE TAKEAWAY On View 7/11-8/1 at 937 Gallery

THE TAKEAWAY On View 7/11-8/1 at 937 Gallery

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of The Takeaway: Made With Love, an exhibition of nearly 100 amateur artworks handpicked from thrift store collections across several states. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors are able to enter into a free lottery for a chance to take home their favorite piece from the show. The exhibition, organized by Robert Raczka, is on view July 11-August 1, 2014, at 937 Liberty Avenue, second floor. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:30-9p.m., during the Cultural Trust's quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural Distract.

Raczka purchased the exhibition's artworks-paintings, hand-knit afghans, handmade ceramics, and objects crafted in wood-for their aesthetic appeal and all-around interest, though they are artworks not generally presented in a fine art context. Among the works included are painted landscapes, pet portraits, spiritual imagery, and a wood mosaic Mayan calendar.

Raczka uses the exhibition budget, generally reserved for shipping and materials, to buy the art in thrift stores while exercising his curatorial eye. He sees the distribution of the artwork to the audience through a free lottery as a gift from the gallery as well as from himself.

"I have a genuine appreciation for amateur art at its unselfconscious best, and I wanted to share that with the audience," says curator Robert Raczka. "I had noticed that when someone is in an art gallery contemplating a purchase, they really look closely and think about the art. I have found that if the audience feels that they might end up taking the art home, they consider it more deeply."

At the conclusion of the exhibition, Raczka will select the winners at random, who are notified and able to pickup their artwork at the closing party Friday, August 1, 5:30-9 p.m., with an additional pick-up time Saturday, August 2, 1-5 p.m.