Three Rivers Arts Festival has a busy Creativity Zone

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Visual arts abound at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. daily unless otherwise noted. Here's where you can find it. For more details visit

Artist Market

More than 300 fine art and fine craft artists will exhibit in Gateway Center and Point State Park daily, with additional booths added along Penn Avenue Saturday and Sunday.

Juried Visual Art Exhibition

Three jurors selected 50 works by 38 regional artists in a range of media. Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave., 4th floor (accessible).

Flight School Visual Art Exhibition

Work by 35 participants in the Pittsburgh Flight School Fellowship. Education Center, 3rd floor.

'Confluence: New Works'

Member show by the 78-year old Pittsburgh organization Society of Sculptors. 937 Liberty Ave., 2nd floor, accessible.

Giant Eagle Creativity Zone

Fun and creative immersion for all ages with craft demonstrations, art making activities and performance. A special event is the Crazy Bike Parade from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Sunday for ages 5-8. Participants may make a Big Head Puppet for the parade with Pittsburgh artist Cheryl Capezzuti beginning at noon (puppet making continues to 6 p.m.).

This weekend Turners Anonymous demonstrates woodturning from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts demos wheel throwing pottery from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. From noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday turn handwriting into art with the Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh or make art with Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley. Tree Pittsburgh shows how to turn leaves into crafts noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Learn about "yarn bombing" and the Knit the Bridge project with Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, or renew recyclables with Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, noon to 6 p.m. daily. Build a boat from recycled materials and enter it in a contest with Children's Museum of Pittsburgh noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Join a drum circle and/or listen to the Sounds of West Africa with Sister Bea from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

And don't skip the bike-themed Dream Cycle Tent where from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Kohl's Hard Head Patrol will teach bike safety and pass out free helmets while supplies last. From noon to 6 p.m. daily you can take your bike to a photo booth then cover it with sticker art by Ferocious Ostrich Helmets, learn about bike science from the Carnegie Science Center, and check out bike-inspired photography.


Check the new daily theme and respond with a 140-character poem or observation using hashtag #TRAFPT. The festival will retweet the best, from noon to 9 p.m. daily.

Guided Walking Tours

Tours of Cultural District public art will be given at 2 p.m. daily and also at 4 p.m. weekends. Meet at festival Information Tent, Gateway Center.


"The Drift" -- an interactive installation/performance work anchored at the Allegheny Riverfront in Point State Park that visitors reach by boat. The 20-minute shows on board will be offered to very small groups from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3:20 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (the platform with artwork, "Azimuth," will be placed Friday). Visitors may sign up with a Drift team member at the launch point on performance days. Artists Scott Andrew, Steve Gurysh, Luke Loeffler, Felipe Castelblanco, Erin Womack and Craig Fahner collaborated on this latest iteration of "The Drift," which was initiated last year.

"Floating Echo" -- a transparent inflatable 10-foot-tall statue of Buddha in a lotus position, beneath the Point State Park Portal Bridge. The work by Korean-born New York City resident Chang-Jin Lee debuted last year at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, N.Y., which commissioned it. "It is seeming present and absent at the same time," her website declares. (Daily.)

"American Hero #4" -- Dallas native and African-American artist Hugh Hayden explores race within the context of mainstream American culture through the potent symbol of a 1965 Ford Mustang, its muscle car racing stripes replaced with wide bands that emulate black hair braided into corn rows. Also a 2012 Socrates Sculpture Park commission. (Gateway Center Lawn, Daily.)

"Conflict Kitchen" -- The home-grown takeout that serves ethnic foods from nations the U.S. is in conflict with will be at the Point State Park Food Court with Iranian specialties from noon to 9 p.m. Friday. It is a project of Carnegie Mellon University art professor Jon Rubin, Dawn Weleski and Robert Sayre.

"Instabiles" -- The motions of passers-by influence the shapes of virtual mobiles that then spin up the building side, by Andrew Hieronymi and Ian Brill. In Tito Way behind the Benedum Center, from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday.


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: or 412-263-1925.


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