Carol Skinger Art Exhibition at Cooper Siegel Community Library

Tom Otterness Sculpture & Slide Aspinwall Riverfront Park

Carol Skinger’s watercolor of the playground sculpture/ slide at Aspinwall Riverfront Park. Sculptor: Tom Otterness

Solo art exhibition of 40+ works by Carol Skinger at  Cooper Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel,  PA

YEAH and THANK YOU! Cooper Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel has asked me to keep my exhibit up a few more months into the first quarter of 2018. So it will NOT be coming down on November 8, as originally planned.

Most pieces are for sale as well as prints. Greeting cards of the artwork are for sale at the desk (credit cards accepted). Unlike a gallery or museum show, the work goes home with the buyer the day it is purchased so there has been new art on the walls to replace pieces sold.

At 4PM Sunday September 10, 2017 I will be leading a 20 minute experience called “How to Make and Abstract Painting” in the McLaughlin Room at the library. Part of a “How to” Festival, it is free to the public.  Whole schedule and info here.

To come see my art show now through Winter 2018 and or to come to any of the free workshops this Sunday here is the address: 403 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 412-828-9520 Neighborhood: Fox Chapel Map link to library:

Mon 10AM – 8PM Tue 10AM – 5PM
Wed 10AM – 8PM Thu 10AM – 8PM
Fri 10AM – 5PM Sat 10AM – 5PM
Sun 1PM – 5PM (Please note: There are no Sunday hours in the summer)

I will be glad to meet you there if you contact me through my website here .

Publicity about Carol Skinger’s Art Exhibition at the library: August issue of Fox Chapel Living has a 3 page article  . The Herald (Trib)  July 31, 2017 issue had an article . Pittsburgh Post Gazette June 23, 2017 had an article . 


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Carol Skinger is best known for her landscape watercolor & gouache paintings bold in style, drawn from the imagination, of both abstract and recognizable places. Watercolor, gouache, ink and pastel, are her primary mediums.

For her  solo show at Cooper Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel May 14, 2017- late winter 2018  look for some views from her imagination and for views of the area served by the library. Some works in the show are of Aspinwall including Aspinwall Riverfront Park, Greenwood Cemetery, Hitchhiker Brewing Co (former Fort Pitt Brewing Co) in Sharpsburg, and various scenes Carol admires from her frequent local bicycle rides.

Her work includes commissioned work often custom house portraits of which there will be examples. She has done paintings of homes locally in Fox Chapel, Aspinwall, O’hara, Indiana Township, Squirrel Hill, Oakmont, Sewickley, and other locales.

Carol resides in Fox Chapel and has lived in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. Originally from Vermont she grew up in the Lake Champlain Islands and in Stowe at the foot of Mt. Mansfield.  After graduating from college in the Bay Area with an Art degree, she moved to Boston and developed a career in architectural space planning and interior design. Carol met her husband, John Horn, in Boston and they relocated to Pittsburgh when he became a professor of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh in the medical school.  In recent years, Carol has intensified her lifelong love of drawing and painting and has become active in the Pittsburgh arts community.

Education: California College of the Arts (BFA). Additional studies at Instituto Allende, Mexico, Boston Architectural Center, Carlow University and Truro Center for the Arts.


A few pieces in the exhibit:

Kayaking Near Brilliant Railroad Bridge, watercolor and gouache by Carol Skinger

Kayaking Near Brilliant Railroad Bridge, watercolor and gouache by Carol Skinger

Original painting SOLD, however  prints are available

Carol Skinger Sharpsburg, PA from Rt 28 green sky

Sharpsburg, PA Watercolor and Gouache

Original painting SOLD, however  prints are available

Sharpsburg, PA watercolor and gouache by Carol Skinger

Original painting SOLD, however  prints are available

Recent :

-Solo Art Exhibition Cooper Siegel Library May 14, 2017- late winter 2018

-Invited Artist summer 2016 Brett Yasko’s The John Riegert Show at Space Gallery – Pittsburgh

Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh 2015 received a Best of Show Prize (one of three) from Freyda Spira, Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for Skinger’s series of 6 paintings of mobile homes.

-“Internationally Inspired: A Response to the 2013 Carnegie International”  3rd Street Gallery, March 2014: A series of paintings bound in a book, inspired by seeing Carnegie International.

– 22″ x 30″ print of her ink drawing of “Sixth Avenue” in the collection at The Duquesne Club Pittsburgh

-Cover Art:  In Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac on August 20, 2015 he read from Paul Martin’s most recent book of poetry Floating on the Lehigh published by Grayson Books. My painting was licensed for use on the cover.

– “Small Works” exhibit juried by Joy Borelli — Honorable Mention for “Homage to August Wilson”.

Fein Arts Gallery “Urban Dreams” exhibit, sponsored by Pittsburgh Society of Artists, juried by Kathleen Zimbicki — Jurors Award for “Fake Urban Plan for East Liberty”.

Illustration:  Schenley Park Pictorial Map was licensed for use to illustrate Western Pennsylvania History, Fall 2015 issue. Article: What’s in a Namesake? Mary Schenley by Jake Oresick. The drawing itself done in the late 1930’s, and never had color. Carol rescued it from obscurity, added color, text and various notations. She sells the print on her website as well as at gift shop of Senator John Heinz History Center and Staghorn Café.  Sizes are 18” square and 30”square.

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Phone, write? email? facebook? tweet? Send a postcard to your elected officials

Post Card- Dear Elected Official

Post Card- Dear Elected Official

A packet of 24 postcards  4″ x 6″ can be purchased here

A packet of 12 postcards   4″ x 6″ can be purchased here

My post cards are blank on the back. Write your own message. There is nothing about my postcard  that suggests it is left or right or center leaning. I simply could not find any post office that was not out of postcards so I designed my own. So many folks are trying to communicate with their elected officials that the post office ran out of postcards. I am using them to write my senators and congressman and other elected officials. Folks feel email is not getting through as they seem to get boiler plate message back with no sense they have been heard. People have burned out on waiting to leave a message in voicemail. So snail mail is coming back! You feel like when you send it with a simple message to your elected officials offices, it will be read and counted.

Don’t be rude and don’t be anonymous. Put your full return address so it is clear you are their constituent. Our elected officials like to say this ground swell of communication and protest  is being organized by professional activists. I can tell you this is just me, an artist who decided I want to communicate with my elected officials. I want to let them know my thoughts, one or no  two things at a time.  My first postcards were about asking for my US Congressmen to support 1. a full investigation into the Russia connection with our election 2. pursue Trump’s tax returns to be made public.

It’s easy to find out who your elected officials are by searching find my elected officials. Voila. I did it for you. They usually have more than one snail mail address, so pick one.

Everyone comes up with a preferred method to keep in touch with elected officials over things that are important. If you have tried phoning and other methods, perhaps a simple post card will work for you. Being a citizen means voting and knowing who your elected officials are. Make a list and put it on your fridge. It does not matter whether you voted for them or not, once elected they represent you. Even if you never voted in your life, they still represent you. Being a better citizen is a little like deciding to get in shape by exercising. To exercise as a citizen is to be informed, to pay attention to the news, and to pay attention to how your elected officials voted. To communicate with your elected officials, let them know if you appreciate how they voted send them a post card. Or especially let them know how you hope they will vote on upcoming legislation, send them a post card. We are a nation of laws. Things change, and its usually people who change them. It matters. It all matters. Any way you decide to communicate with your elected officials is meaningful. It all counts. Its not just a “feel good” thing. They ACTUALLY  do count the communications they get and what their constituents are saying to them. Be sure to include your name and return address and zipcode when you write a postcard. If you don’t do that, they won’t count it. If finding your local elected official means knowing what county you live in and you are not sure what county you live in- check this site.



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Two artists who prefer small


“With his strong self-imposed limitations, the veteran abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski is a model for younger artists daunted by the infinite possibilities in contemporary painting. His drawings and paintings, scaled to fit in cramped apartments and the back seats of sedans and made according to a rigorous routine at his Hudson Valley studio, convey a remarkable sense of freedom within constraint. Ranging from free-flowing forms to rough grids to branching, map-like compositions, his works on canvas and paper are all connected by his subtle color shifts and responsive hand.”…

And Duane Michals, photographer and art collector  also extols the not huge and therefore more intimate in a video on Carnegie Museum of Art website.

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Sixth Avenue drawing goes to the Duquesne Club!

Sixth Avenue Pittsburgh by Carol Skinger

Sixth Avenue- Pittsburgh by Carol Skinger

A 22″ x 30″ archival print of my ink drawing of Sixth Avenue- Pittsburgh has been purchased this spring of 2016 by the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.

Prints of this pen and ink drawing on archival paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ can be purchased here. Contact me for larger sizes.

Now I am in the collection of the Duquesne Club which is very cool to say! They have an important art collection. Anyone who has been in there will not forget seeing Charles Russell’s “When Shadows Hint Death”!


The Duquesne Club appears on the right in the foreground of my ink drawing Sixth Avenue Pittsburgh. Other things seen in drawing: Trinity Cathedral, First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, the Granite Building, EQT Plaza, K&L Gates Center, Wood St Galleries, Wood St. T Station.

The Duquesne Club was the strictly the old boys network until 1980 when women could become members.

“Women were first welcomed as guests at the Ladies Cocktail Bar in 1934, but not as members until 1980. Yet, in this age of egalitarianism, the Club has thrived as has its art collection that most small museums would trade their marble columns for. It boasts a curator, published catalog, docent-led tours and distinguished Art Society in charge of new acquisitions.”  Read more:  The Duquesne Club: An exclusive retreat for the corporate elite by Jean Horne

Another article Duquesne Club’s art has reflected the city’s power and history by Patricia Lowry has more about the art collection, the history and the architecture of the Duquesne Club.

A smaller archival print was purchased previously for the Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh at Trinity Cathedral, which is directly across the street from the Duquesne Club. The Archives are open on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 4:30, but people need to set an appointment for research. Call 412-232-6404 x 138. The Archives are located on the third floor of Trinity Cathedral, 328 Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.

I first penned this drawing to add to my ink collection for a Black and White show curated by Kathleen Zimbicki.

My friend Pittsburgh artist Cynthia Cooley painted this piece for the Duquesne Club a while back.

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Phipps May Market and Pittonkatonk – both in Schenley Park

Schenley Park

So many many things going on! I will be an art  vendor at  Phipps May Market on the big front yard of Phipps for two days.
May 6, 2016  Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and May 7, 2016  Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please come and enjoy the whole place! To locate Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens look to left of Panther Hollow Lake.

During the day Saturday starting at 12 noon and going for several hours there is also something fun and wonderful right next door in Schenley Park. Pittonkatonk- The May Day Brass BBQ is held annually on the first Saturday in May (Saturday, May 7) in Schenley Park at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion. Watch a video of it. If you look at this map, the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion is in upper right right under the sign that says Bowling Green.

If you like modern maps better here is the drive or walk map from Phipps to Vietnam Veterans Pavilion. The place can be confusing!

Of course I will have my Vintage Schenley Park Map for sale which you can order here if you cannot make it. And if you are in Greenfield you can pick one up any time at Staghorn Garden Cafe 517 Greenfield Avenue Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15207.

They are also sold framed at Framework 5868 Forbes Ave Squirrell Hill.

Phipps May Market




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Stress reduction with pictures of greenery!

Carol Skinger's SchenleyParkMap 1

Most folks would agree a walk on a path in the woods or in a park is rejuvenating. After a few minutes you leave your cares behind. Data suggests that a short duration of viewing green pictures may help people recover from stress. Read a New York Times article here on this subject by author Gretchen Reynolds.

If it were that simple to lower stress by mentally taking a walk through this pictorial map of Schenley Park wouldn’t that be a great addition to your home or office, or as a gift to a family with a new baby?

But who needs an excuse to fall in love with the Schenley Park Pictorial Map? Penned in the late 1930’s a time in history we cannot call stress free, perhaps  the illustrator found it calming to draw the park. I found a print of the black and white ink drawing in the 1980’s while researching the park. I was so enchanted by it I added color and a brief park history.

Prints in two sizes are always available from me and can be ordered here.

If you love pictorial maps here is a link for more reading.

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Staghorn Garden Cafe carrying Schenley Park Pictorial Map

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Kate Morris of Staghorn Garden Café and I have at times been neighbors at Carrie Nardini’s I Made it Market events where artists and makers of all sorts come together for one or two days to sell directly to the public.

Kate has told me more than once she would like to carry my Schenley Park Pictorial Map in her Staghorn Garden Café in Greenfield which she and her husband Mark own and operate. Today I brought her a framed map and several of the maps in both sizes in tubes. So if you want to pick up a map you can go there and buy one. Usually you have to order it from my website, or call me to meet somewhere to get it, or come to some event where I am selling it as I do not own a store.

In late 2014 Kate and Mark who both have graduate degrees in architecture opened Staghorn Garden Café in Greenfield. Bill Driscoll of City Paper wrote a piece about it and here is another article  by Joanne Klimovich Harrop for the Trib.

Satellite map showing Staghorn Garden Cafe

Look for the fat red dot just below Schenley Park in the satellite photo on left  to see where they are at 517 Greenfield Ave in Greenfield, a Pittsburgh neighborhood. My Pictorial Map below is drawn from a different orientation with west at bottom of map.

Carol Skinger's SchenleyParkMap 1

Staghorn Garden Cafe offers food and coffee and tea as well as locally made gifts including her own terrariums. Coffee is Zeke’s Coffee from East Liberty.

Kate and Mark reach out to lots of folks to be part of their business. In a crowded field of food trucks which opened in 2015, Driftwood Oven stood out. (NEXT Pittsburgh listed them as 15 notable food businesses opening in 2015- both restaurants and food trucks)

Every Friday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Driftwood Oven parks their truck next to Staghorn Garden Café and you can order an outstanding meal and eat it inside!

Greenfield is adjacent to Hazelwood to the south, Oakland and Schenley Park to the north, and Squirrel Hill to the east. Staghorn Home & Garden Café a stone’s throw from where Andy Warhol with his family attended church and less than a mile from it to walk or drive. Here is a picture of that church:

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Poetry and Art in Pittsburgh, 3 events to attend!

Amelia will read her piece from Writing to Art workshop. She stands in front of her choice: Carolyn Pierotti's painting "Conversation"

Amelia will read her piece from Writing to Art workshop. She stands in front of her choice: Carolyn Pierotti’s painting “Conversation”

Saturday January 16 at 12 noon – 3 p.m. at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts address

Pittsburgh- April is national poetry month but Pittsburgh has its own ideas. This weekend on January 16, 2016 there are 2 Poetry & Art events. And later in the month at the Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl on January 22, there is a third one at Space. This was not a plan it just happened on its own. Kind of poetic isn’t it? And the way it worked out if WORD + ART is your thing you can attend them all! First stop January 16 Shadyside/Point Breeze; second stop Millvale; later in the month downtown.

Come one and all to the Closing Event of Pittsburgh Society of Artists 50th Annual Exhibition. Jurors for this year’s PSA selection were independent curator Petra Fallaux and visual artist and Carnegie Mellon professor Patricia Maurides. Many of the writers in Laurie McMillan’s Writing to Art workshop the previous weekend who created poetry addressing individual artworks will bring their poetry and read it in front of the artwork they selected to write about. Be there. Many exhibiting PSA artists will be on hand to hear the writer’s responses. Open to the public. A very different set of observations and thoughts regarding an individual artwork may occur to viewers as they hear the writer’s words.

Laurie Arnold Writing to Art Workshop Writing to Art Workshop Pittsburgh

How lucky the 26 people were who attended this wonderful program, connecting with art through writing, including  10 year old  Amelia Staresinic who was recently accepted to CAPA in the Writing and Literary Arts program. You will be amazed to hear her written response to Carolyn Pierotti’s monumental painting titled Conversation.

Spoiler alert I went to the workshop and I will be reading my written piece to Lisa Bergant Koi‘s large abstract painting “Departure”.  By design I did not look at the title when I created my written expression about her painting, so you will not hear about a departure.

The week before the closing it was 57 degrees and sunny in Pittsburgh, in JANUARY! Laurie McMillan lead an all ages, all abilities “Writing to Art” Workshop as she has done many times for Pittsburgh Society of Artists.  A group of 26 people, writers and non-writers met to experience Laurie’s writing guidance on Saturday January 9, 2016. Participants were responding with creative writing and poetry to the artwork of the 50th Annual Exhibition of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.

Laurie is a therapeutic writing facilitator in Pittsburgh who uses the magic of poetry to inspire people to get in touch with meaningful material that can alter the course of their life story. She is also a nurse and gardener and enjoys a vital literary community in Pittsburgh.

Saturday January 16 evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at Panza Gallery

Verse Envisioned: Poems from the Post-Gazette and works of art they have inspired

Panza Gallery address

**Anesthetic by artist Aimee Manion

by artist Aimee Manion

The Verse Envisioned project is a book and a gallery exhibition of poetry and art. It is a celebration of Pittsburgh’s brilliant artists and writers.

Saturday January 22 Gallery Clawl downtown  The Mountain and the Bumble Bee at Space

Space gallery address

Space gallery Pittsburgh

The Mountain and the Bumble Bee (Trib article by Kurt Shaw) brings together selected works by contemporary artists and poets who confront broadly defined notions of landscape as both cultural icon and raw material. Working in a variety of media including photography, sculpture, painting, digital media and poetic verse, featured artists maneuver the complex web of references contributing to our understanding of landscape. Scenes from Hollywood westerns abut survey photographs and miniature paintings to highlight America’s often‐contradictory role as both steward and exploiter of the land.

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Licencing my work for use: Schenley Park Map

Carol Skinger's Schenley Park Map - OptSchenly Pk map in Mary Schenley article Fall 2015 - OPT

I was excited when the quarterly magazine Western Pennsylvania History Magazine contacted me about using my Schenley Park Map (on the left) to illustrate a stunning and thorough 14 page article (125 citations!) about Mary Schenley titled “What’s in a Namesake” by Jake Oresick. It was published in Fall of 2015. Their publications are beautifully printed and designed and I could not be more thrilled to be part of it. This is the spread page where my map appears.

Listen to an NPR story about Mary Schenley written and produced by Margaret J. Krauss where she and  author Jake Oresick talk about Mary Schenley.

I am always happy to discuss licence agreements to use my work, and in the case of Schenley Park, the park has been  a passion of mine since moving here from Boston years ago. Obviously this is a Depression Era drawing and I am not old enough to have drawn it myself. As an artist, when I found the black and white drawing in a file it broke my heart to think Pittsburghers had no way to enjoy this map.

So I added color, information, history and a red border to make it more compatible with the Frick Park Map which people love to frame together as a set. I never set out to be a map seller but no one else I approached would take it over so I decided to do it myself. It brings such pleasure to so many people who love that park and it is a beautiful piece to get lost in while studying it.

The BIG audience for my print are children and men! Yes Pittsburgh women, or men  who do not know what to get for your husbands, or folks who have to come up with a great memorable baby present but don’t want to contribute to instant landfill, or alumni of Pitt, CMU and Carlow who are not fond of pennants or logos, this is your go to gift!

You can purchase it from me and it is here on my site in two sizes. It is a wonderful help in keeping my art supplies stocked and dealing with various dollar and cents issues we all have!

If you would like to discuss licencing any of my work shoot me a message through my site.

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RIP Dawn Hazelett

Winter on the Island (2)

I cannot believe hearing the news that another of the wonderful generation it seemed would simply always be there, has gone, Dawn Hazelett. She and her family were always there when I was growing up in Stowe. Weekend in and out you knew you would see Dawn and her husband Bill somewhere on Mt. Mansfield skiing. I had years of happy memories skiing with their kids  David, Susie and Ann. Susie and I am some other girls our age had what seemed to be  limitless good times skiing down Mt. Mansfield from top to bottom with as little time on a trail, and as much time in the woods as possible.

I never got see see their beloved Stave Island on Lake Champlain, but in 2011  my childhood friend Susie commissioned me to create a painting of Stave Island for the family to enjoy. She sent me a remarkable book of photographs. I began to develop the painting.

progress stave island 5 progress stave island 6

I decided to paint it in winter and Susie told me how delighted they were to see it in a season where they can never see it, as it is not accessible by boat or seaplane in winter. Susie passed along to me the fact  that her mother Dawn was especially intrigued to see the lights on in the boat house which made me happy to know some fond memory was perhaps activated.

Stave Detail Carol Skinger

I will always remember Dawn Hazelett so very fondly. A very loving, calm  and steady presence.

They were both remarkable, unforgettable people. I will include a little more reading here  (a Tribute to Bill from Senator Patrick Leahy in Capitol Words) and here (article about Bill’s part in ski history from Skiing Heritage March 2008  site with lots of great stuff and a very cute picture of Bill and Dawn skiing in 1947) .

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