Fall Gallery Roundup from LOCAL’s Visual Arts Editor L.E. McCullough


SO MANY PITTSBURGH visual artists make Art rooted in the region’s history, especially its lesser-known People’s History. This Fall, several museums and galleries will celebrate local heritage and heritage-makers with a myriad of special events.

§  95-year-old Kathleen Ferri first picked up a paintbrush when she was 58; she hasn’t stopped putting color and brilliance on canvas yet.

Through Feb. 27, 2022, her collected works will be displayed in Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective by Rivers of Steel at the Bost Building, 623 E. Eighth Ave. in Homestead. Ms. Ferri’s ouevre has been called Outsider Art, but truly, it’s as deep and inside of a glimpse into the people and culture of the mid-20th century Mon Valley as you’ll find in any sociological study.

You’ll want to check out these additional exhibit-related events — Memory Sketches: A Drawing Workshop (6-8 p.m., Oct. 26, Nov. 16) where artists use collection objects as the basis for a still life composition, and Curator-Led Gallery Talks (12-1 p.m., Nov. 6, Nov. 20) with discussion by exhibit co-curators Barbara Jones and Ron Baraff. Contact info@riversofsteel.com or (412) 4644020 for details.

Left-right: “US Steel, Homestead, PA ”, Kathleen Ferri (Rivers of Steel); Marisol Escobar with her sculpture (Andy Warhol Museum)

§  Sat. Oct. 16, The Mattress Factory celebrates “Slavnost” with a major all-day festival, inspired by Factory Installed 2021 artist Andréa Stanislav’s new installation Surmatants: Mars Rising.

• From 2-5 p.m. Slavnost is free and family-friendly with delicious Slavic food, Czech & Slovak mask-making workshops, presentations on historic/cultural backgrounds of Russian and Eastern European dolls and masks provided by Czech & Slovak School of Pittsburgh and Pitt’s Czechoslovak Nationality Room Committee plus workshops and performances by the legendary Tamburitzans music and dance ensemble.

• From 6:30-9:00 p.m. (and 21+ only), more entertainment by The Tamburitzans, NYC-based performance art collective Dirty Churches and drop-in tours with Andréa Stanislav.

§  Pop Art not only lives but can made by you … check out a pair of Oct. 23 workshops at Andy Warhol Museum:

• 12-4 pm. Marisol Takes the Warhol! — take an exhibition tour with Jessica Beck, Milton Fine curator of art, and enjoy sketching and other artmaking activities inspired by 1960s’ Pop Artist Marisol … create a large-scale collaborative assemblage project with Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

• 6-8 pm. Counterbalance: Redefining the Archive — 6 films by artists Akosua Adoma Owusu, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Cauleen Smith, Malakai, Nan Collymore and Kite, selected by Alisha B. Wormsley.

“This Sacred Thing” at SPACE Gallery.

§  This Sacred Thing is a 37-artist, multi-multi-media show running through Nov. 21 at SPACE, 812 Liberty Ave. that is by turns explosive and elegiac, incendiary and introspective. From 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 several of the artists (Lenore Thomas, Nick Daniels, Stephen Grebinski, Dyvika Peel, Zach Brown, Dan Burfield, Julia Betts, Andrew Allison, Dafna Rehavia, PJ Zimmerlink) will answer your questions about their inspiration and their artistic ideas of The Sacred.

** Exhibits **

Andy Warhol Museum. Oct. 14-Feb. 14, 2022: Marisol and Warhol Take New York, shows influence of pioneering French-Venezuelan Pop Artist Marisol. To Nov. 29: A Taste of Grace, tribute to singer, actress, cultural avatar Grace Jones. 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh. (412) 237-8300.

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Oct. 14-Nov. 12: Extending a Hand: An Exhibition of Paper Artists features 22 paper artists, opening reception Oct. 16, 4-6 pm; Nov.18-Dec. 28: 111 x 111 x111 celebrates AAP’s 111th year with 111 works of art by 111 member artists, each priced at $111. 100 43rd St. Pittsburgh (412) 361-1370.

August Wilson African American Cultural Center. To Oct. 31: CIRCLES: reclamation featuring Staycee Pearl, Bekezela Mguni, Kitoko Chargois, sarah huny young. 980 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 339-1011.

Left-right: “Abstract”, Elizabeth Lana (Christine Frechard Gallery); “Modern Landscapes”, Dave Klug (Double Dog Studios); “Sleeping Giant #1”, Sharif Bey (Carnegie Museum of Art)

BoxHeart Gallery. To Oct. 15: Karen Antonelli: I Am the Weather and Mary Becker: Finding True North; Oct. 27-Dec. 3: Daria Sandburg: The Workbook and Tiffany Simmons: Mourning Morning. 4523 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 687-8858. 

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 622-3131.

Christine Frechard Gallery. To Nov. 10: Elizabeth Lana: Solstice. 5126 Butler St. Pittsburgh. (412) 407-9319.

Concept Art Gallery. Nov. 10: Books & Prints Auction. 1031 S. Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 242-9200.

Contemporary Craft. To Nov. 29 (Satellite Gallery, 500 Grant St.): Prepping Pittsburgh: Art Sustaining Community; to Mar. 19, 2022: Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art. 5645 Butler St. Pittsburgh. (412) 261-7003.

Double Dog Studios. Nov. 13, 6-9 p.m. opening reception: Modern Landscapes: Painting and Prints by Dave Klug. 317 Second Ave. Carnegie, PA. (412) 343-5584.

Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. Oct. 14 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): Lecture with architect/fiber artist Valerie Goodwin;  Nov. 17 (1-2:45 p.m.): Argentinian textile mosaics with Chiachio & Giannone. P.O. Box 9211, Pittsburgh PA 15224. fiberartspgh@gmail.com.

The Frick Art Museum. July 3-Sept. 26: Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960; To Nov. 28: Cast in Chrome: The Art of Hood Ornaments; Nov. 6-Jan. 30, 2022: Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement. 7227 Reynolds St. Pittsburgh (412) 371-0600.

“Black Community Survival Conference Tea Party Ice Cream Social Moonlit Cinema”, Naomi Chambers (The Mattress Factory)

James Gallery. To Nov. 19: Defying Dimensions: Sculpture by Dan Droz and Seeing in Solitude: Paintings by Chuck Olson. 413 South Main St., Pittsburgh. (412) 922-9800.

Lohr Gallery. To Oct. 16: Works by Kelly Malone. 725 Wood St. Wilkinsburg. (412) 727-7855.

Mattress Factory. Installations by Njaimah Njie (Did You Get Everything?), Andréa Stanislav (Surmatants: Mars Rising), Naomi Chambers (Black Community Survival Conference Tea Party Ice Cream Social Moonlit Cinema), Gavin Benjamin (Living in Eden). 516 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh. (412) 231-3169.

Pittsburgh Glass Center. To Dec. 17: SiO2 Student Exhibition; to Jan. 18, 2022: Gathered Locally, a 20th anniversary celebration of Pittsburgh glass art. 5472 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 365-2145.

Silver Eye Center For Photography. To Oct. 23: Hernease Davis: Recapitulation and Jacob Haupt:   Real to Me; Nov. 4- Feb. 19, 2022: Radial Survey, Vol. II with Ryan Arthurs, Nakeya Brown, Anique Jordan, Njaimeh Njie, Jay Simple, Raymond Thompson Jr., Hannah Altman, Nadiya I. Nacorda. 4808 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 431-1810.

SPACE. To Nov. 21: This Sacred Thing features 37 local and international artists expressing the relationship of objects, possessions, rituals, artwork. 812 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 325-7723.

Spinning Plate Gallery. To Oct. 22: National Parks-inspired oil and acrylic paintings by Steph Moraca. 5821 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh. (412) 592-6418.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts. To Oct. 23: First Fruit: Bring Me Your Best featuring the MAVIUNO Exhibit art of Norman Brown, Elizabeth Asche Douglas, Dr. Amber Epps, Jayla Patton, Dominique Scaife, Brett Wormsley. 200 Broad St. Sewickley. (412) 741-4405.

Thoughtrobbers Gallery. Oct. 16, 6-10 p.m – Treacheries of Ghostman (Michael H Thomas). 438 S. Main St. Pittsburgh. (702) 854-0507.

Zynka Gallery. To. Oct. 31: Seeking Sanctuary with sculptor Atticus Adams and painter Mia Tarducci. 904 Main St. Sharpsburg. (412) 952-7370.