As this blog owner does every single year, I took some time out to stop buy, and actually make a few purchases too, the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA.
Here are a couple of scenes I would like to share with you.
One of the first things I noticed before even entering the main area was the beautiful decorated trash receptacles. How creative is that?
Outside the vending area, a group of musicians calling themselves the 4th River Musical Collective played for the crowd.
Hou-Tien Cheng, a master paper cutter, is a festival regular. I once bought a silhouette of a wolf off of him.
I just loved this quote at a vendor’s tent. it says a lot about life.
This collection of public art by Fernando Orellana is called “Confluence” and was located in the waters along the underpass entering the inner section of the city’s Point State Park.
Although not part of the festival, this mural lines the wall of the station in which I caught the subway to ride home. It seemed like a fitting end of the day.
I’ve always admired people who can draw well
It is such as skill in that it is artistic, creative and involves serious attention to detail and patience. At a recent celebration in my area, local caricature and portrait artist Sam Thong spent several hours creating drawings for patrons of the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. In addition to having mine done, one of the other subjects was my father, and I shot some video of the process just for you.
As both an art fan…
and a resident of the great city of Pittsburgh, I was extremely excited to find out that previously unknown art by Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh Born and raised) was found on floppy disks from the 1980s.
These computer generated pieces were generated in 1985 using an Amiga computer and unlocked by students at the city’s Carnegie Mellon University.
Check out some samples here:
My hometown of Pittsburgh has seen a lot of first…
and now for the second time in less than a year, this city has been the first in the nation to feature a new an innovative work of art.
The Market Square area of Downtown Pittsburgh has been the setting for a temporary installment of an interactive exhibit designed by two men from the United Kingdom, The creators are KMA visual media artists Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler.
Here’s how it works. Every night at dusk through 10 p.m. on weekdays and 12 a.m. on weekends, a projection unit with thermal heat detection comes on, plays music and produces a stunning light show based on the movement of the people in Market Square at the time. The piece will be in Pittsburgh until March 16.
Check out a few video samples below:
Things start off slowly at dusk.
After a few minutes, the show moves into full swing.
The show in full swing.
When I make plans to shoot artistic photos of skies, landscapes and architecture, I get out my professional-grade DSLR. However, there are times when a beautiful shot presents itself and you just don’t have the big gun handy. So, you can either miss the shot or make do with what you have. And what many of us have these days are mobile phones with workable cameras.
Here are a few pictures I thought I’d share that feature some amazing skies, a very cool rainbow and some stylish lights inside one of Pittsburgh’s largest entertainment venues. I hope you like them.
The Giant Rubber Ducky drew the attention and affection of tens, or perhaps even hundreds, of thousands of fans during the art piece’s 24-day stay in the city of Pittsburgh.
Here are some photos I took one beautiful evening during his stay.
I hope you enjoy them.
What’s up duck?
The 40 foot tall colossal rubber duck currently floating in the rivers of Pittsburgh has taken the city and even the country by storm. After all, it’s the first time this art price has been in the United States. So, I got to thinking. Maybe it would be fun if someone could get the duck’s perspective on the whole experience. That being the case, I decided to use my own personal journalistic background along with my artsy side to create the first ever fictional interview with the world’s largest duck.
Photo by Heather McClain
Me: Hello Ducky, thanks for agreeing to do this interview.
Ducky: My pleasure.
Me: What do you think about our city of Pittsburgh?
Ducky: I love it here, this place is quacktastic.
Me: How about the reaction you’ve gotten from the locals?
Ducky: It quacks me up to see how much buzz there is about me.
Me: Did you know anything about Pittsburgh before making your way here?
Duck: I did some research and learned a lot from WQED and Rick Sebak duck-umentaries.
Me: Have you seen the local news coverage?
Ducky: A little but I mostly tune in for the feather forecast.
Me: Have you taken in any of the local culture?
Ducky: Sure, there’s a lot of fun stuff to do here. And the food is great! Of course, I’m still partial to simple old cheese and quackers.
Me: Thanks for your time and have a wonderful rest of your visit here in the steel city.
Ducky: Quack to ya later.