April: Week two in a month of crafty happenings

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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.

 

CALL FOR ARTISTS

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.

April: A month of crafty happenings

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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 2 – 8th, to keep you in the loop. This is the first of four installments of April’s Crafty Happenings.

Inclusive Innovation Week 2018
April 2 – 8
Join the city, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals to support and participate in the inclusive efforts happening across Pittsburgh. Check out the on-line calendar for event details.

Celebrate Earth Month with Construction Junction
Visit their Facebook event page for a list of in-store happenings that include demos, plant sales, composting classes, seed starting, and a Handmade Arcade Pop-Up shop with a hands-on activity on April 28th.

Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival
Friday, April 6 from 12 to 7 pm

Saturday, April 7 from 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, April 8 from 12 to 7 pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Three-day festival featuring classes, special events and a marketplace for quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, jewelry makers, fiber artists and more!
Visit them online for tickets, classes, and schedules.

 

Unblurred: First Friday Art Crawl on Penn Ave
Friday, April 6 from 6 to 11 pm

Penn Avenue Arts & Commercial District, Penn Ave from Mathilda St to Negley Ave.
Unblurred is a monthly art and entertainment crawl. Visit Unblurred’s Facebook event page for a complete list of activities.

PGH Vintage Mixer Home Show
Saturday, April 7 from 9 am to 6 pm

Teamsters Local Union 249, 4701 Butler St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201
Kitsch! Conversation! Collectibles! The Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer is a one-of-a-kind genuine vintage vendor fair that melds community, creative inspiration and nostalgia. Now in its 11th season, PGH Vintage Mixer is gathering the best in regional vintage furnishing and fashion sellers for their annual spring PGH Vintage Mixer Home Show
General admission tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. (Kids under 12 are free.) Visit their Facebook event page for all the details.

ARTventures: Print-Making Sundays
Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Every Sunday, Starting on April 8 – May 27
12:30 to 4:30 PM

Looking for your summer crafty fix?

SouthSide Works Exposed vendor market applications are open now through April 25th. 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.

Startable Pittsburgh applications are open for its summer camp! This free eight-week summer program teaches students (ages 16-18) entrepreneurship and maker skills. (June 25 – August 17, applications are rolling.)

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

Coming later this month

  • Pittsburgh Filmmakers Equipment Fair (April 14)
  • Full Time Pittsburgh  (April 19 – 29)
  • Handmade Arcade Pop-Up Shop at Construction Junction (April 28)
  • Art for Change: The Auction to Benefit Persad Center (April 30)
  • And more . . .

SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS Avoid the crowds and shop small this Friday and Saturday!

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Shop small and buy local this weekend, on Fri., Nov. 24, and Sat., Nov. 26, and support Handmade Arcade sponsors with storefronts.

Start your shopping on Friday in Mount Lebanon at Commonwealth Press located at 691 Washington Road. In their bright and welcoming space, you will find T-shirts, “the official Pierogi Pillow,” totes, onesies, cards, stickers, pins, koozies, skateboards by TROIKA, vinyl records, and much more. All made by a small group of hard-working, independent, ink-soaked, music-addicted, design-loving, event-throwing, Pittsburgh-embracing screen-printers. Flying out of Pittsburgh for the holiday weekend? Pop into Commonwealth’s new store in Pittsburgh International Airport and stock up on gifts for your out-of-town family and friends.

 

After you get your fill of Pittsburgh-themed merchandise, head over to The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh located nearby at 1365 McFarland Road, also in Mount Lebanon (you can’t miss the big green barn!). The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh is a 10,000-square-foot arts and cultural center featuring local art, classes, exhibits, summer camps and more. Within this one-of-a-kind space, you will find art and crafts from more than 300 local artists, including many Handmade Arcade vendors. Gifts at the ready include: jewelry, cards, prints, photography, ceramics, woodwork, candles, fiber arts, and more. You will also find products from fellow HA:2017 sponsors strawberryluna, bel monili, Hey Beast Studio and Go Carr Go.

Ready for leftovers and a nap? After a rest, head down to Lawrenceville’s main drag, Butler Street, to celebrate Small Business Saturday! So many stores, so little time. Visit Lawrenceville Corporation’s website for a complete list of stores and restaurants.

 

Be sure to stop by the stores run by Handmade Arcade supporters and sponsors, Wildcard and Una Biologicals.

Located at 4209 Butler Street, Wildcard has been providing the area with a fun and unique selection of products since opening its doors in October 2009. Owned by Pittsburgh native and Handmade Arcade co-organizer Rebecca Morris, many of the unique products found inside are made in Pittsburgh by local artists. Wildcard is a treasure trove of cards, housewares, clothing, jewelry, accessories, Pittsburgh-themed goodness, books, journals, stationery and more. 

Next, head across the street to Una Biologicals located at 4322 Butler Street. There you will find everything you need to keep your body looking and feeling great. All of your wellness needs will be met in one delightful store — from organic lotions and facial products, to soaks, scrubs and lip balms — plus products like deodorants, salves and natural remedies. What’s more, all products are made on-site. All Una Biologicals products are vegetarian-friendly and many are vegan. They are never tested on animals.

Exhausted? Not yet? Great! Don’t forget about stocking up on your crafting supplies to make your holiday a handmade one.

Visit Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse at 214 North Lexington Street in Point Breeze. PCCR offers a wide array of affordable materials, including donated and recycled arts-and-crafts supplies, fabric, yarn, picture frames, beads, office supplies, artwork, paper, design samples, and various odds and ends. The inventory is all donated, so it changes every day!

Finally, head up to Squirrel Hill to Artist & Craftsman Supply – Pittsburgh at 5603 Hobart Street for all of your art supplies! A 100 percent employee-owned company, Artist & Craftsman Supply has everything an artist could ever need. From screen-printing to yarn, painting to sculpting, kid’s crafts to paper crafts, and more — if you can think to create it, A&C has the supplies you need.

SHOP SMALL! BUY LOCAL!