Artists to hold benefit to honor Wolfe sisters


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A group of local artists seeking to honor two sisters who were slain in East Liberty will host a concert and art show Friday with proceeds benefiting Girls Rock! Pittsburgh.

Sarah Wolfe, a pediatrician and psychiatrist, and Susan Wolfe, a teacher's aide, were found shot to death Feb. 7 in their Chislett Street home. Police have charged their next-door neighbor, Allen Wade, in their deaths.

Sarah's boyfriend, artist Matthew Buchholz, organized a group of local artists, including Amy Garbark and Dan Rugh, to contribute original and one-of-a-kind pieces as part of a collective dubbed WolfePack Goods.

The Wolfe Pack was a nickname for Sarah Wolfe and her colleagues who were enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh's triple board program in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and pediatrics.

"We all knew we wanted to do something and find a way to contribute to charity in honor of Sarah and Suzy," Mr. Buchholz said Wednesday.

They came up with donating to Girls Rock! Pittsburgh, a music camp that seeks to empower girls from ages 8 to 18. Ms. Garbark works there.

"It just seemed like a really natural fit. It seemed like an organization they would have cared deeply about," Vanessa Veltre, a Girls Rock! volunteer, said of the Wolfe sisters.

The proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship fund to help girls who could not otherwise afford the camp.

Art -- including T-shirts, ceramics and stationery -- is available for purchase online at http://wolfepackgoods.com.

"All of the artwork is made by individuals who knew or cared about the Wolfe sisters and are inspired by some of their favorite things: children, animal welfare, female empowerment and more. All of the artists involved have donated their time, materials, and creativity," according to the website.

The free show Friday is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Commonwealth Press warehouse, 2315 Wharton St. on the South Side. There will be art for sale, food and drink, and music by two Girls Rock! Pittsburgh bands.

Mr. Buchholz said the collective already has been a success, with more than $1,000 raised in online sales during the past few weeks.

"It's been really great for me to have a way to remember and to honor them," Mr. Buchholz said. "But it's also been great to see the support of friends who have come out and offered to make things."

The Wolfe family supports the charity work, said the sisters' mother, Pierrette Wolfe.

"It's wonderful. We're so happy. I think the girls would be happy to see the proceeds would go to a charity that empowers women," Mrs. Wolfe, of Clinton, Iowa, said. "I have six girls and two boys, and we've always wanted the girls to do everything that the boys were able to do."


Jonathan D. Silver: jsilver@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1962 or on Twitter @jsilverpg.


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