In January 2020 I completed 21 new artworks, mostly watercolor and gouache and rushed 12 of them to the printers. For the next 90 days I am so happy to say I am one of the new artists and makers who will have work for sale at Casey Droege’s Small Mall in Lawrenceville. My work will be archival glicee prints of these latest artworks at Small Mall at 5300 Butler St in Upper Lawrenceville. The opening is Wednesday February 12, from 6-8 PM. See my new prints here.
All my work created in January was a promise that each artwork would include a sculpture, or what I think is a sculpture. Most of them are in Pittsburgh.
“Small Mall is the concept store for CDCP, an arts business focused on growing Pittsburgh’s art economy. Stop by our experimental retail space to purchase art and design objects from some of the region’s most talented makers.”
Have you heard of the new TRYP Hotel in Lawrenceville? Read more about the architecture and art there. Casey Droege was the art consultant bringing the artwork of many artists to the walls. Monmade was involved too.
All the original paintings I made in month of January 2020 which include a sculpture will be displayed along with a whole bunch of other month long projects by lots of people. Very family friendly, plenty of fun!
Fun a Day the Art Show: Opening Reception February 29, 2020 6-8 PM CDCP Project Space317 S Trenton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
2020 I’m starting the year with a month of art making on the theme of including a sculpture, or what I think is sculpture in each artwork. It’s an annual exhibit called Fun a Day Pittsburgh. Lots of artists and non artists are participating. Here is what I completed in January 2020.
Fun a Day the Art Show: Opening Reception February 29, 2020 6-8 PM CDCP Project Space317 S Trenton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Saturday Feb. 29th, 12- 5PM and the Opening is 6-8PM Sunday March 1st 12- 5PM (12- 1PM is Acoustic Open Stage) Friday March 6th 2-7PM Saturday March 7th 12-5PM Sunday March 8th 12-5PM (Closing)
The Art Show: Two Weekends of FUN February 29-March 8, 2020 CDCP Project Space https://caseydroege.com/projectspace 317 S Trenton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 Facebook Event-https://www.facebook.com/events/2586363008356143/
About the venue: Casey Droege of Casey Droege Cultural Productions (CDCP) expanded from the still current Small Mall space 5300 Butler St Lawrenceville into the former Percolate Gallery space Wilkinsburg in summer of 2019. The director of Percolate Gallery Space Carolyn Pierotti stayed on as a key partner in Droege’s Wilkinsburg expansion named CDCP Project Space.
You might know Casey for her programs mixing 5 minute artist presentations with chefs in various locations titled Six x Ate. You can subscribe to her Six x Ate eblast here so you won’t miss one.
Watercolor and Gouache. El Anatsui design for façade of Carnegie Museum of Art 2013-14, Carnegie International. Made and installed in Pittsburgh by Dee Briggs and community. Richard Serra’s Carnegie 1985.
Watercolor and Gouache. Henry Moore plus El Anatsui design for façade of Carnegie Museum of Art 2013-14, Carnegie International, plus Richard Serra’s Carnegie 1985.
Watercolor and Gouache. Hartwood Acres Sculpture Park 2
Watercolor and Gouache. Hartwood Acres Sculpture Park 1
Watercolor and Gouache. Hartwood Acres Sculpture Park 3
Pencil drawing of our kitchen with one of my father’s sculptures
Vine charcoal and watercolor. My father Joseph Skinger’s fiberglass, wood and steel sculpture
Soft pastel on charcoal paper. Rock in the Alaska Woods. Sometimes you see a very intentional rock sitting in the forest. A friend Caitlin Ena saw this in Alaska and posted a photograph. I saved it in my future art file for several years. I’m always noticing these in your face sculptures in the woods.
Thaddeus Mosley sculpture group at Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie International 2018. Dan Kiley’s Scaife Sculpture Court. Sol LeWitt color block drawings above stair at left.
Guyasuta on his pedestal in Sharpsburg, PA
Shaped landscape as sculpture at Frick Museum Pittsburgh.
This was a temporary sculpture which is no longer there
My January 2019 daily paintings of goats were inspired by visits to Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy . Their goat cheese is amazing and I learned how personable goats are. I created the paintings for a 2 day event in Feb 2019 at Artist Image Resource. The unframed original paintings (not prints) are for sale. Those already sold begin with SOLD under the image. Just send me a message if you would like to purchase one of them through my contact page .
My facebook page ‘Carol Skinger Artworks’ which I invite you to like also has a full album with dimensions and prices.
I did this on the first day before I realized I wanted to make art about goats all month.
1/1/2019 New Years day pastel. First artwork of the year.
Pastel of Mid Century floor lamp with with bittersweet in a vase.
I got the bittersweet on a bike ride on Thanksgiving morning.
This article in City Paper about doing a new piece if art every day in January inspired me to do just that. After this first artwork I settled on “goats” as a theme. I had meant to do some goat paintings last year. Take a look at my goat-paintings-a-day for January 2019. If you want to buy one that is still available, contact me.
Resolve to exercise your art muscle this New Year
By Jan 2nd I settled into a theme. GOATS. Adding my January 2019 daily paintings of goats inspired by visits to Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy This article in City Paper about doing a new piece if art every day in January inspired me to do just that.
Where: Artists Image Resource (518 Foreland Ave, North Side)
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8 from 7-9 p.m.
Open Hours: Saturday, February 9 from 12-3 p.m.
Cycling Across the Allegheny River, Watercolor and Gouache by Carol Skinger to be auctioned this coming Friday Dec. 7, 2018 Art of Cycling, A Benefit for Bike MS at the Wigle Distillery in the Strip District Pittsburgh MS fundraiser between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Wigle Whiskey Distillery 2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society, PA Keystone Chapter & Bike MS. Join us for cycling-themed cocktails, Blue Sparrow Food Truck and an auction of cycling-themed artwork by Pittsburgh artists including two paintings by me. They will be unveiling and auctioning the first-ever Wigle Whiskey cycling jersey, produced locally by Aero Tech Designs. Between now and then my two Art of Cycling paintings are on display with 2 others (one by Baron Batch) at Kindred Cycles, 2515 Penn Avenue in the Strip District.
Camping and Biking, Watercolor and Gouache by Carol Skinger to be auctioned this coming Friday Dec. 7, 2018 Art of Cycling, A Benefit for Bike MS at the Wigle Distillery in the Strip District Pittsburgh MS fundraiser between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Wigle Whiskey Distillery 2401 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society, PA Keystone Chapter & Bike MS. Join us for cycling-themed cocktails, Blue Sparrow Food Truck and an auction of cycling-themed artwork by Pittsburgh artists including two paintings by me. They will be unveiling and auctioning the first-ever Wigle Whiskey cycling jersey, produced locally by Aero Tech Designs. Between now and then my two Art of Cycling paintings are on display with 2 others (one by Baron Batch) at Kindred Cycles, 2515 Penn Avenue in the Strip District.
Phipps Conservatory and Robert Burns sculpture Pittsburgh, PA
Ink drawing by Carol Skinger. An 8 1/2 ” x 11″ print for $25 can be purchased here.
Each year the St. Andrews Society of Pittsburgh hosts a Robert Burns dinner including traditional piping in the haggis, Taste of Scotland Buffet, traditional toasts, and Burns recitations. Membership in the St. Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh is open to men and women of all ages. The St. Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh offers several classes of membership including those have no ancestral ties to Scotland, but have an interest in Scottish life and heritage.
It sounds sort of interesting since I have never done it before. I am not Scottish and neither is my husband. (WOOPS! Revised. Turns out I am partly Scottish)
We do like scotch though and we did meet at a bar in Boston (really Brookline) called the Tam O’Shanter or simply the Tam which closed in the 90’s And later I did draw a tam o’shanter on Robert Burns head in my silly ink drawing of Phipps Conservatory and the Robert Burns statue in Oakland which is the university area in Pittsburgh.
Finally what I hope brings me to Scotland itself one day is to see at least some of or even all of the route of my mom’s bicycle trip there in August 1938 with her college roommate Jean. Her photo album of the trip includes the map and diary. Bucket list stuff…
Ink drawing Copyright Carol Skinger www.carolskinger.com
“Aspinwall” original painting by Carol Skinger 24″ x 31″
“Aspinwall” a painting of the rooftops of Aspinwall from Route 28 is original painting by Carol Skinger. It is a watercolor, gouache & ink painting on 400 lb watercolor paper, $500 framed. It was created for my 10 month solo art show (now ended) at Cooper Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel, PA May 14, 2017- March 15, 2018.
Prints available in two sizes 11″ x 14″ printed on watercolor paper $55. Larger prints suitable for a 16 x 20 frame are $80. To order a print or purchase the original painting contact me
At left the chateaux style yellow brick building is on Maple Avenue in Aspinwall, PA. It is a former convent of Saint Scholastica Church in Aspinwall built in 1925. The architect of the former convent Edward J. Weber was a native of Cincinnati who studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and traveled throughout Europe. He came to practice in Pittsburgh, where he had a number of Roman Catholic commissions, of which this convent was one. Weber clearly loved the medieval period, even writing in 1927 that this was when, “art was at its best.” In this convent, he seems to have been inspired by the 15th century Château du Moulin in the Loire valley, which clearly was the inspiration for Central Catholic High School in Oakland. Information on the architect thanks to historianFrank Kurtik, Docent at Heinz Memorial Chapel and a former Heinz family archivist. Very near it is Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (formerly called St. Scholastica School), and Saint Scholastica Church.
Detail from my full size painting “Aspinwall”
The red brick church sitting more or less in the center of the painting is the Aspinwall Presbyterian Church. Everything but the church’s tower burned down in 1999 and was rebuilt immediately. The sanctuary a KSBA Architects design has a wood-beamed ceiling and interior cross plan with a wide center aisle and holds a 40 pipe Luley type organ. Four large Hunt Studio designed stained glass circular windows illuminate the sanctuary.
Brilliant Railroad Bridge a truss bridge spanning the Allegheny River beyond, was built in 1904 by the Pennsylvania Railroad as part of a bypass of the narrow tracks around downtown Pittsburgh. The rail line has been out of use since the Azcon Metals scrapyard on the outskirts of Aspinwall ceased functions around 2010. It connects Aspinwall with Highland Park. On the Aspinwall side it lands at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park and at the other end is very near Choderwood, a house was built by the Corps of Engineers in 1905. The property is a unique private residence that sits on the Allegheny River at the Highland Park Dam. Choderwood is an “ideal space for individuals planning smaller scale events and gatherings. Perfect for intimate weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, family reunions, special events, birthday parties, corporate retreats, or relaxation.”
D.J. Bryant, a designer at AE7 Planners and Architects, proposed a bike and pedestrian use for the Brilliant Railroad Bridge an ambitious new idea—the Brilliant Branch Rail-to-Trail—in a July 2017 Next Pittsburgh article. It would increase connectivity and access to safe, affordable transportation options for several communities in the city. I hope this becomes a reality. Open link for exciting renderings.
Thanks to Fox Chapel Living (August 2017 issue) editor Lisa Corna for the opportunity to be the subject of her monthly “Business Beat” profile in the magazine. My solo show at Cooper Siegel Community Library was on display for 18 months ending through March 15, 2018. As artworks sold people took them home the same day. The library benefited 25% on each sale which included original paintings, prints and greeting cards. Many of the artworks were created to show things in the area, especially near the Fox Chapel Area School District: Fox Chapel, O’hara, Sharpsburg, Aspinwall, Blawnox and Indiana Township