10-March 14, 2004
Free Opening Reception, January 9, 5:30-8pm
PCA Exhibitions Feature Unique Art of Over 30 Artists
Artists from The Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh and The Pittsburgh
Print Group featured, art of Patricia Barefoot and Richard
Claraval explore the human figure
January 2004 ... Pittsburgh Center for the Arts —
the contemporary arts center where artists and the public
can create, see, support and learn about art — announces
the opening of four new exhibitions featuring the work of
over 30 artists from The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh
and The Pittsburgh Print Group, as well as the drawings and
mixed media of Patricia Barefoot and Richard Claraval’s
colorful Styrofoam installations. The exhibitions run January
10 - March 14, 2004, and open with a free reception
on Friday, January 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at PCA.
Artists participating in the exhibition will discuss their
art, techniques and careers in free gallery talks set for
late January and early February at PCA.
in these exhibits illustrate a rich diversity of themes, colors,
techniques and uses of media,” says PCA Executive Director
Lou Karas. “The opening is an exciting launch to PCA’s
2004 exhibitions program, celebrating the best art and artists
in the greater Pittsburgh region.”
Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh - Working Series
The Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh presents an exhibition
of sculptures and three-dimensional works by nine artists
who explore their personal creative processes and themes within
the context of a series of work. The work was juried by Janet
McCall, Executive Director of the Society of Contemporary
Craft, and Kate Lydon, Assistant Director. Artists and media
in the Working Series show include: Joan Iverson Goswell (books),
Kyle Hallam (clay), Dale Huffman (wood-fired ceramics), Janet
Krieger (box turtle sculptures), Lauren Lampe (metal and drawings),
Duncan MacDiarmid (large clay figures), Nancy McNary Smith
(tableware), Ceil Leeper Sturdevant (large ceramic vessels),
and Laura Tabakman (metal figures).
On January 24 at
2:00 p.m. an Artist's Talk at PCA entitled, ‘On the
Human Figure’ will be led by Patricia Barefoot, Richard
Claraval and members of The Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh.
The talk is free and open to the public.
Pittsburgh Print Group - Witticisms/Criticisms/Cynicisms
Only a few years into the new millennium, Witticisms/Criticisms/Cynicisms
urges artists’ commentary upon not only our fledgling
next thousand years, but also the ones behind us. The presentations
of The Pittsburgh Print Group demonstrate an array of assorted
techniques, styles, and talents that exhibit the scope of
the printer’s element while reminding us of the investigative
quality of any artist’s voice. The diversity of work
utilizes traditional and more recent digital printmaking techniques,
and ranges from the abstract and the oblique to much more
acerbic and direct pieces, such as Christy Strub’s statement
on a Pontiff pregnancy. The art in this exhibit was juried
by John and Dillon Yothers. John is an adjunct instructor
at Washington and Jefferson College, and an artist and art
educator with over 30 years of experience. Dillon is a recent
graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and a member
of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators.
First prize was awarded to Elaine Morris, whose humorous work
is faithful to the exhibit’s theme and possesses an
altogether good design. Classic, iconic images of Greek sculpture,
as well as various female paragons of art’s past, have
been assembled together, begging the viewer to notice the
headless Greek marble amidst the portraits of three women.
The eye travels effortlessly around the small space of the
picture plane, enjoying the high detail of the printer’s
process and the pleasing agreement of color.
Second prize went to Paula Garrick Klein for her monotype
“Pax Americana,” which has a very confident painterly
quality among her fellows’ much more clear procedures.
The work encompasses three abstract images arranged vertically.
Klein’s abstractions are energetic, spontaneous and
display proficiency and adaptability in the medium.
Third place belongs to Dafna Rehavia-Hanauer for “My
Private Album: Kosher Crusade.” The piece consists of
four digital prints arranged on string, a pair each on either
side of a plain black, Latin cross. This intimate and personal
expression was apt for the theme and an innovative use of
materials including computer printing alongside wood and cloth.
A final award was given to “Contemplation on the Unraveling,”
a collaboration between Barbara Goldman and Sharon Wilcox.
This engaging piece has a true presence of its own among so
many of its two-dimensional peers. The glass and sand sculpture
demands to be viewed from many angles. Three concentric circles
of glass are arranged overtop one another, all over a loose
sand base. The glass has printed engravings of anatomy and
accompanying text that seem to layer and spin depending on
one’s point of view.
From 2:00 -
4:00 p.m. on February 21, members of The Pittsburgh Print
Group will conduct an Artist’s Talk at PCA that is free
and open to the public.
Barefoot - Anatomy/Autonomy
In Patricia Barefoot's large-scale drawings and mixed media
works composed of materials such as wallpaper and medical
documents, she explores the external and internal structural
makeup of the human female, reflecting her reverence and respect
for the human body and nature’s “design.”
31, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., in ‘A Poetic Response
to Anatomy/Autonomy,’ Dawn Patton will host readings
and discussions at PCA on the work of Barefoot. The event
is free and open to the public.
Claraval - La Joie De Vivre
Inspired by music, Richard Claraval's lyrical installation
constructed out of polystyrene (Styrofoam) combines murals
of abstracted organic shapes with large sculptures that fuse
the human figure with other natural forms.
Members of the
media interested in arranging interviews or a one-on-one gallery
tour with any of the artists, or in need of images of artwork
or photos of the artists, should call Kent Streeb at 412.361.0873
x307 or email to email@example.com.
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