Ya gotta love the Knit the Bridge folk -- the 1,847 Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh members and other community participants who crafted the joyful panels that enliven the Andy Warhol Bridge and have drawn national attention to Pittsburgh.
The 1,847 contributors came from 80 Pittsburgh neighborhoods and 120 Allegheny County municipalities, fulfilling the vision of guild member Amanda Gross, who saw the project as an opportunity to initiate community connections. The final stage -- attaching the 3-by-6-foot knit panels to the bridge -- was completed by 337 volunteers who put in 30 hours over the weekend of Aug. 10-11. Professional riggers placed the pieces on the tall towers.
Now, after all the hard work, it's time to celebrate. An Art Party will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday on the Downtown bridge and the public is invited to meet the knitters and view the work up close (free). There will also be family-friendly, hands-on art activities and music by Brewer's Row, Cello Fury, Timbeleza, Diego Byrnes, Knit Together, Truth and Rites and Colonel Eagleburger's Highstepping Goodtime Band.
In the meantime, Knit the Bridge is enlisting your help to make sure the installation -- the largest yarn bomb ever completed in the U.S. -- keeps looking good. If you see any damage let them know by calling the KtB hotline, 412-208-4324. The installation remains up through Sept. 6.
Janet McCall recognized
Janet McCall, executive director of the Society for Contemporary Craft, has been named a Dignity & Respect Champion by the Dignity & Respect Campaign, a national organization that works with communities, educational institutions and businesses to support the individual right to dignity and respect.
Ms. McCall was selected for the honor for her efforts to bring an inclusive view of art to people of all walks of life by exhibiting the work of artists from different backgrounds, a campaign press release stated. As society director she has presented exhibitions that addressed bullying, gender identity, Alzheimers and art as a shared language through the expressions of Latino artists.
"I try to get people thinking how much of our artistic heritage has been informed by many different cultures and is a product of their shared journeys. This reflects a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person," Ms. McCall said.
Breyer P-Orridge films
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will return to Pittsburgh to introduce a program of short films, "Creating the Pandrogyne: Celebrating Breyer P-Orridge," at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at The Andy Warhol Museum.
Films to be screened are "transFormation," 2011, by Hazell Hill McCarthy III and Breyer P-Orridge; "The Transformation of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge," 2008, by Kel O'Neill and Eline Jongsma; "New York Story," 2007, by Breyer P-Orridge with Nicolas Jenkins; "Cheek Implants," 2006, by Breyer P-Orridge; "Genesis and Orlan," 2008, by Marie Losier; "Rant I & II," 2010, by Breyer P-Orridge; "Last 7 Words," 2009, by Scott Treleaven; "Spit Banquet," 2012, by Leigha Mason; and "Miss Jackie Shecky Bunny Lady Jaye," 2007, by Laura Parnes and Laure Leber.
The films are screened in conjunction with the exhibition "Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: S/HE IS HER/E," which continues through Sept. 15. Film tickets, $10, may be purchased at www.warhol.org or 412-237-8300.
Hollen Bolmgren art
A sale of artworks from the estate of Donna Hollen Bolmgren, who died in March, continues through Sept. 14 at Eastside Gallery, Village of East Side, 6343 Penn Ave. Large framed paintings are priced at $300, but most works are between $75 and $250. "We just want them to find good homes where they will be cherished," wrote estate co-trustee Coleen McKay Dingo in an e-mail.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Master Visual Artists: Preserving the Legacy project, which Ms. Hollen Bolmgren co-founded and was later named an honoree of. She videotaped many of the artists over the years and helped to establish the archive of Western Pennsylvania artists, an offshoot of the project, at the Senator John Heinz History Center (www.eastside-gallery.com).
The next edition of Master Visual Artists: Preserving the Legacy will open with a reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside.
The 2013 honorees are Tadao Arimoto, Tina Williams Brewer, Gary Jurysta, David Lewis, Constance Merriman, Risë Nagin, Chuck Olson, Mark Perrott, Marjorie F. Shipe and Paul Zelevansky.
Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: email@example.com or 412-263-1925. First Published August 21, 2013 4:00 AM