April: Week two in a month of crafty happenings

With so many events happening this April, Handmade Arcade doesn’t want you to miss a thing. We compiled a list for this week, April 10 – 16, to keep you in the crafty loop. This is the second of four installments of HA’s April Crafty Happenings.

Out of Hand: Remix (7 – 10:30 p.m.)
Pittsburgh’s ultimate spring creative experience that you can’t miss! Join Contemporary Craft for a hands-on evening of art-making, art auctions, funky fashions, local cuisine, craft brews, eclectic tunes, freestyle dance moves and more!

Out of Hand is Contemporary Craft’s annual giving gala supporting free exhibitions, education and arts programming for all ages. Spin, mix, turn and twist the night away at this celebration of craft – an accessible art form perfectly suited for creative storytelling and personal discovery.

Saturday, April 14 is FILLED with worthwhile events to check out! Get up, get out and get creative with: 

Hammered Metal Jewelry with Lindsay Huff (10 a.m. -1 p.m.)
Hosted by The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh: Join artist and metalsmith Lindsay Huff of huffalo to learn to use letter stamps and texture hammers to create one-of-a-kind hammered jewelry.

Protecting it with Patents & Trademarks (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Hosted by Protohaven: Learn about patents, trademarks and copyrights in terms understandable to the non-specialist.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers Equipment Fair (1 – 6 p.m.)
Come one, come all to the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Equipment Fair! Snag some gear for sale at GREAT PRICES, including cameras, audio equipment, projectors and more.

This week in crafty classes and gatherings:

Cut & Sew Studio is a neighborhood sewing studio that hosts open studios and classes. This week’s classes include:

Assemble is dedicated to providing an on-ramp to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) in the community and hosts weekly events for youth makers in Pittsburgh.

Union Project hosts Mother of All Pottery Sales
Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stop by the fifth annual Mother of All Pottery Sales, a clay celebration that brings ceramic artists and lovers together! Featuring hands-on activities, live demos and a sale featuring 30 ceramic artists.

Pittsburgh Glass Center presents Wine Glass Charms
Sunday, April 15, 1 – 3 p.m.
Make up to four different Moretti glass bead charms for your wine glasses. A variety of colors and designs will allow you and your friends to always find the right glass. For a list of all upcoming Pittsburgh Glass Center classes, visit their website.

Events and classes are being held all month at:

Construction Junction continues its Earth Month celebration! 

Visit their Facebook event page for a list of in-store happenings including demos, plant sales, composting classes, seed starting kits, and a Handmade Arcade Pop-Up shop with a hands-on activity on Saturday, April 28.



SouthSide Works Exposed vendor market applications are open. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this three-day celebration of local art, music and food. Vendor market hosted by Second Shift Crafters. Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 25. Artists will be selected and notified of their acceptance in May. 

Wings & Wildlife Call for Artists at The National Aviary
The National Aviary will showcase regional artists and makers at the Wings and Wildlife Art Show November 2-4, 2018.  For its fourth consecutive year, this juried exhibition and marketplace will feature artists representing a diverse variety of mediums whose work is centered on wildlife, nature, creative reuse, sustainability, or is otherwise tied to the conservation mission of the National Aviary. The weekend will open with a soiree and benefit auction on the evening of Friday, November 2 with a two-day public show to follow. Application Deadline: Monday, April 30. Approximately 40 artists will be selected and notified of their acceptance in May. 

Startable Pittsburgh applications are open for its summer camp!
This free eight-week summer program teaches students (ages 16-18) entrepreneurship and maker skills. (Applications are rolling until filled.)

Coming later this month . . .

  • FULLTIME Pittsburgh festival  (April 19 – 29)
  • Spring LUXE at Sweetwater Center for the Arts (April 26 – 28)
  • JFilm Festival (April 26 – May 6)
  • Handmade Arcade Pop-Up Shop at Construction Junction (April 28)
  • PGH Photo Fair at Carnegie Museum of Art (April 28 – 29)
  • Art All Night (April 28 – 29)
  • Art for Change: The Auction to Benefit Persad Center (April 30)
  • And more . . .

Have a crafty event, workshop or class that you would like us to include in next week’s list? Email Tricia at sponsor@handmadearcade.org with details and links.