Art Notes: Artists focus on gun violence in 2 local exhibitions

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"An epidemic of violence is on the rise across the U.S., from local teen gang shootings to family-on-family homicides to mass killings at theaters, churches and schools."

This observation made in a press release from the Society for Contemporary Craft is one that we all know too well. But there's a follow-up that pulls it out of the realm of talk: The exhibition "ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out," which features more than 40 works by American and European contemporary artists.

The exhibition opens with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Saturday activities begin at noon with a peace drum circle (visitors are invited to bring drums and join) followed by the performance movement group InterPlay. From 1 to 3 p.m., exhibiting artists Beth Barron, Stephen Saracino and Blaine Siegel will talk with visitors and answer questions about their art. The broadcast program "Saturday Light Brigade" will record visitors' thoughts on the topic of violence, and there will be hands-on family art activities. All events are free compliments of the Allegheny County Regional Asset District tax.

"ENOUGH" continues through March 22 at 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. Programming on the subject of violence will be held during the exhibition run. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 412-261-7003 or

CI artist Tuesday

The doors open officially on the 2013 Carnegie International at Carnegie Museum of Art Oct. 5. However, one of the 35 exhibiting artists, Pedro Reyes, will give an early talk, free and public, at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University. It is co-sponsored by CMU's School of Art. Mr. Reyes' International installation, "Disarm," comprises musical instruments made from guns, most of which were confiscated during a drug war in Juarez, Mexico. ( or 412-268-2409)

Festival of Firsts

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is launching its Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday with a welcoming party for the smile-inducing giant rubber ducky at the Roberto Clemente Bridge, where Night Market VI will feature art and food vendors. There will also be openings of Festival of Firsts visual arts exhibitions during the concurrent Gallery Crawl at Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood St.; SPACE, 812 Liberty Ave.; and at 943 Liberty (restricted to 18 and older because of intense strobe effects).

Master Visual Artists

A screening of short videos of the 2013 "Master Visual Artists, Preserving the Legacy" honorees will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 1047 Shady Ave., Shadyside (free and public, RSVPs appreciated). Featured artists are Tadao Arimoto, Tina Williams Brewer, Gary Jurysta, David Lewis, Constance Merriman, Rise Nagin, Chuck Olson, Mark Perrott, Marjorie F. Shipe and Paul Zelevansky. The exhibition continues through Nov. 3. Information: 412-361-0873 or

AOY/EAOY talks

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 2013 Artist of the Year Akiko Kotani will speak about her work at 6 p.m. next Wednesday, and PCA 2013 Emerging Artist of the Year Lenka Clayton will speak at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Admission to both talks is free. The exhibitions continue through Nov. 3.

Courthouse show

Pittsburgh photographer Roy Engelbrecht is exhibiting 20 of his color and black-and-white images, including Pittsburgh scenes, in the lobby of the U.S. Courthouse, 700 Grant St., through Oct. 31. The Aruba native earned a degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and taught at North Catholic High School before turning to commercial photography in 1979. His architectural images, a specialty, are often featured in Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine.


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: or 412-263-1925. First Published September 25, 2013 4:00 AM


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