January 10-March 14, 2004
Free Opening Reception, January 9, 5:30-8pm

New 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

6 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.

“The art 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.”

The 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.

The 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.

Patricia 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.”

On January 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.

Richard 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 kstreeb@pittsburgharts.org. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is the big yellow mansion on the hill located at 6300 Fifth Avenue at the corner of Shady and Fifth Avenues in Shadyside. For more information call 412.361.0873.

*All taking place at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the big yellow mansion on the hill located at 6300 Fifth Avenue at the corner of Shady and Fifth Avenues in Shadyside. For more information call 412.361.0873 or visit www.pittsburgharts.org.

 
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