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


PITTSBURGH’S GALLERIES and art centers continue to re-open with a wide range of exhibits, classes, fundraisers and online artist talks. Check your favorite gallery for the latest happenings.

A look into Dennis Maher’s “A Second Home” (photo-Tom Little, courtesy of Mattress Factory)

MATTRESS FACTORY re-opens July 9 to the walk-in public with Dennis Maher’s A Second Home, an immersive environment spanning three floors with contributions from a half dozen Pittsburgh artists conjuring dreams, memories and magic. 516 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh. (412) 231-3169.

* ARTISTS LOOKING to sell their work at the Small Mall arts marketplace at 5300 Butler Street in Lawrenceville can apply to the Small Mall Open Call (deadline July 20); Small Mall is open Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

* THURSDAY, JULY 16 (5 p.m.-midnight) you can attend the Hotline Ring Virtual Fundraiser Benefit benefiting an array of local artists — One Hood Media, Boom Concepts, Braddock Carnegie Library Association, Dreams of Hope, Legacy Arts Project, PearlArts Studios and Kelly Strayhorn Theater — featuring new digital artworks from local and national artists and a dance party to close out the night. Check here for the full schedule. Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 363-3000.

* NO MATTER WHAT open-color phase we’re in, you can still take a refreshing self-guided walking tour of the city’s vast array of public art thanks to a free handbook offered by Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Office of Public Art. Pittsburgh Art in Public Places covers visitable art in the Cultural District, Grant Street Corridor, Retail District, Northshore, Northside; this book covers public art in Oakland. (412) 391-2060 x23.

“Liberty Avenue Musicians” by James Simon (photo-Waheeda Harris)

** Online Artist Talks **

July 1, 6:30 p.m. Michael Hawley, head of Photographs Council at the J. Paul Getty Museum and chair of the Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles, presented by Casey Droege Cultural Productions and PGH Photo Fair.

July 8, 1 p.m. Artist Talk with Vanessa German & Alison Saar at Concept Art Gallery, 1031 S. Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 242-9200.

July 11, 3 p.m. A(WAKE)NING, a performance by Ayana M. Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen celebrating the exhibition I came by Boat so Meet me at the Beach, offers a post-performance discussion with Caroline Hunter (educator and Inkwell Polar Bears leader) and Dominique Duroseau (architect and visual artist) moderated by literary curator Jessica Lanay. August Wilson African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 339-1011.

Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m. PGH Photo Fair presents Esa Epstein, Executive Director of New York’s sepiaEYE Gallery and author of eight books on modern photography. 

Sept. 23, 6 p.m. Silver Eye Center for Photography and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures present Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator at Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum. (412) 431-1810.

** Art Camps, Digital & In-Person **  

Mattress Factory (July 20-Aug. 14) — eight online classes engaging children ages 7-13 in meaningful art-making and discussion. (412) 231-3169.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (July 20-Aug. 22) — online and in-person classes in clay, printmaking, photography, sculpture, drawing, ceramics for ages 6-17. 1047 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh. (412) 361-0873

Fireborn Studios has re-opened its gallery and re-fired its 300-pot kiln for pottery classes at 2338 Sarah St. Pittsburgh. (412) 488-6835.

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (July 6-Aug. 13) — virtual ceramics, photography, design, digital art classes for youth grades 5–12. 1815 Metropolitan St. Pittsburgh. (412) 322-1773

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination (July 6-Aug.7) — online and in-person classes for ages 6-13 in music making & song writing, self portraits in mixed media, herbal alchemy, puppet play, poetry, making miniatures, fiber arts, art & movement, DIY space craft & aliens. 5006 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 924-0634.

Artsmiths of Pittsburgh has cancelled current classes but has re-opened Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with online store open 24/7. 329 E. Main St. Carnegie. (412) 341-2299.

“Living Picture” from “Still Life” exhibit by Deanna Mance / BoxHeart Gallery

** Exhibits **  

BoxHeart Gallery. July 15-Aug. 14: Annie Heisey Arterial Thread and Deanna Mance Still Life. Aug. 26-Sept. 25: Ellen Chisdes Neuberg Missing Persons & Other Puzzlements and Erin Treacy Reciprocal Relationships. 4523 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 687-8858.

Zynka Gallery. To Aug. 8: Brenda Stumpf Consecrated. 904 Main St. Sharpsburg. (412) 952-7370.

Silver Eye Center For Photography. To Aug. 8: Erik Hagen Team Member. 4808 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh. (412) 431-1810.

Ketchup City Creative. Aug. 8-30: William Pfahl. Sept. 4-13: Bob Freyer. Sept. 18-Oct. 4: Jamie Bird. 612 Main St. Sharpsburg. (412) 593-4386.

Art All Over Wilkinsburg. July 4, July 25, Aug. 8: John Burt Sanders solo show. 725 Wood St. Wilkinsburg. Schedule tour at

Christine Frechard Gallery. To July 17: local abstract painter Michael Maskarinec and Indian portrait artist Manjushree Roy. July 18-Aug. 31: artist/actor John Romualdi’s Grateful Dead photo exhibit Who Are the Grateful Dead And Why Are They Following Me? with opening reception July 18, 4-7 p.m. 5126 Butler St. Pittsburgh. (412) 407-9319.

Carnegie Museum of Art. To Sept. 7: Moored to the Moon includes works by famed Chicago Surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977). To Jan. 18, 2021: An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain is the first comprehensive survey of the politically charged work of photographer An-My Lê. To Jan. 3, 2021: Counterpressures featuring 10 Pittsburgh–area artists grappling with the current ecological present and its uncertain future. 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh. 412-622-3131.

Andy Warhol Museum. To Jan. 3, 2021: Femme Touch, a museum-wide exhibition featuring the women and femmes intertwined with Andy Warhol’s life and career. 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh. (412) 237-8300.

“WabiSabi” by Manjushree Roy and “San Lorenzo” by Michael Maskarinec / Christine Frechard Gallery