Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Solar and wind-powered public art by David Edwards

Sure you can expect the usual great art, exhibits, music and eating choices during GA/GI Fest, but can you walk the walk? In addition to the indoor buzz, you can stroll down the Penn Arts District and make the best of  the 60-degree (they predict-we pray) weather. Check out the map (right column) for our listing of Green and Screen Public art including Dave Edwards "Equal Equation" next door to Awesome Books at
5111 Penn.

And don't miss GA/GI window installations. Like the one especially created for GA/GI by Smithsonian fellow, Rich Pell at 4913 Penn, The Center for Post-Natural History.

Wojdylak's 2011 installation...what's next?
Another work to be appreciated from the sidewalk...Wojdylak’s “Untitled,” a reclaimed materials and digital photography installation recounting the 6-month journey of a mysterious & rare illness. Sarah wowed GA/GI-goers last year with her window world of mini terrariums. See the newest window view starting Friday at 5013 Penn Avenue.

Monday, April 2, 2012


The Pittsburgh Glass Center's tech apprentice program has brought nearly 25 young artists to live and work in the city over the last seven years. The exhibition, "Aspire: A Retrospective of Young Talent" will showcase their artwork and tell the story of where they are now. Artists include:Jess Amarnek, Jason Bauer, Jon Capps, Zach Compton, Brian Engel, Daneal Ferraro Hansel, Kaley Finegan, Jason Forck, Elizabeth Fortunato, Jarrod Futscher, Billy Guilford, William Haynes, Everett Hirche, Chris Hofmann, Laura Konopinski, Janice Larko, Ashley McFarland, Scott Percival, Liz Potenza, Suzie Ririe, Travis Rohrbaugh and Becky Smith. Exhibit during now and through May 20.

One of the Glass Center's special guests for GA/GI Festival on April 6...

POWER FLOWER & LIQUID LIGHT: The 12' tall solar and wind energy harnessing sculpture Power Flower from Art Energy Design will be outside the Glass Center. This year the flower will be powering an internally lighted stream of water in an exhibition called Liquid Light. Water is transformed into a crystal clear state called "Laminar Flow" and has the ability carry and bend light, much like a fiber optic cable. GA/GI goers can get some fun hands-on playtime and make a splash that will not be forgotten. Thunderbolts of lighting! See the video in our right column.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

GA/GI Details: Green Fire, Haute(r) Fashion

This fire is lit and fed by stories shared. Come down to BFG Cafe(Big Fat Greek), at 5335 Penn Avenue and take part in our Unofficial Show and Tel l(Meet and Greet), Open Jam, and Interactive Story-Sharing Circle. Bring your music, acting, poetry, stories and- if nothing else- bring yourself!

Tentative Story-line for Gathering(Could be longer or shorter)
2-3 pm: Unofficial Show and Tell( Connections and Conversation Time)
3-4 pm: Open Story Jam (Improb Collaboration)
4-5 pm: Story-Sharing Circle(Main Event)

We encourage you to share stories that are related to the environment, but are open to all subjects that uplift.
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Handbag by Douglas

Fashionation: March of the Fashionists @ Pittsburgh Glass Center is GA/GI's way of showcasing eco, reimagined and vintage looks from unique fashion designers from Pittsburgh and beyond! A newcomer from Philadelphia is artist Joanne Douglas with an upcycled handbag collection--Feonixe. Feonixe is a movement in modern material culture. Each piece is one-of-a kind and custom made by upcycling fabrics and materials, encouraging us all to, live, shop, design on purpose," Returning fashionistas include the Neighborhood Academy and LaVerne Kemp who wowed the audience with her stylized bee-keeper hat
Charm necklace by Kemp
and jewelry from only the best recycled (and fabulous!) parts, bits and pieces.

Matchbook pins by Kemp