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.
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.
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
My watercolor & gouache painting titled Rustbelt Kayaking is part of my solo show of 40 works at Cooper Siegel Community Library 403 Fox Chapel Road in Pittsburgh (Fox Chapel) 15238. On the walls from May 14, 2017- March 15, 2018 , a public reception was held Saturday June 24, 2017. Each purchase benefited the library 25%.
This original painting SOLD in mid summer but there are high quality framed prints of it still for sale, as well as unframed prints which can be purchased from me or through the library. Check Dovecote in Aspinwall for a framed print. Contact me directly for framed or unframed prints.
Venture Outdoors and Kayak Pittsburgh rent kayaks at Aspinwall Riverfront Park in summer.
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 .
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:
Original painting SOLD, however prints are available
Sharpsburg, PA Watercolor and Gouache
Original painting SOLD. Prints are available
Sharpsburg original painting SOLD. Prints are available
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.
You can order a map from me and it is here on my site in two sizes 18″ square $50 or 30″ square $100. It is a wonderful help in keeping my art supplies stocked and dealing with various dollar and cents issues we all have!
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!
If you would like to discuss licencing any of my work shoot me a message through my site.
So thrilled to be the recipient a ‘Best of Show’ Award from Freyda Spira, Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
My series of six 9″ x 9″ watercolor & gouache paintings of mobile homes, trailers and manufactured homes were accepted for exhibit at a Pittsburgh Society of Artists juried art show titled “Intr(au)spective” at the 56th Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival (TRAF) in Pittsburgh June 5- June 14, 2015 at 937 Gallery 937 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15222.
I titled my series of six paintings which were awarded Best of Show ‘Unscenic?’. The overall theme of Three Rivers Arts Festival that summer was Unseen Unheard, therefore I used one of the words in making my title. No I do not think mobile homes are unscenic. These homes remain an affordable and needed housing solution. However I’d like to see progress in design. The interest in the Tiny House Movement has never yet produced an affordable solution that can compete, and cost of living is very much an issue. I hope someone can soon achieve scale in manufacturing a new series of modern designs.
Juror Freyda Spira, Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art awarded 3 Best of Show Awards and my series received one of them.
For this exhibit 92 artists submitted 160 pieces of artwork. Spira selected 34 pieces by 30 artists to be shown. My second submission was also accepted titled “Trailer Toile”.
Serving as juror for PSA’s Intr[au]spective is Freyda Spira, Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and specializes in Early Modern German art and works on paper. Spira has curated exhibitions including, Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2012); and Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings (2012). Presently, she is curating an exhibition entitled Prints & People: The Building of a Metropolitan Collection, 1916-1966, which will be accompanied by a catalogue (2016). She has also curated numerous smaller exhibitions on nineteenth and twentieth century visual culture, including Legends of the Dead Ball Era, Century Posters, Life Magazine and Pop Art, and A Sport for Every Girl.
Freyda Spira Juror’s Statement:
“50 years ago a hardy band of eight artists formed the Pittsburgh Society of Artists with the mission to facilitate and promote the exhibition of original art by its members. Today more than 380 artists living within a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh comprise PSA. The title of the show is a playful twist on PSA’s 50th anniversary nodding to the periodic table and the 79th element of gold, but it also reflects the interior life of the artist and the introspective nature of traversing the mindscape where the image and inspiration for the artwork first appear.
The provocative work submitted for the Intr(Au)spective exhibition ranged from beautifully detailed craftwork, to abstract paintings, sculpture, and prints. As varied as the artists who submitted the works, the questions posed, lives exposed, and continuing battles fought spoke to the underlying idea of the exhibition and demonstrated not only the artists own musings, but also set into motion open-ended reactions. As a juror, I was constantly engaged by new ideas, new ways of seeing, and this was a complete pleasure. The three works that I selected as “Best in Show” prompted in me the greatest introspection. Unscenic? (2015) posed the question of pride in our home, and captures the movement of the eye as it crosses a familiar but perhaps not faultless landscape, creating snap shots with the fugitive media of watercolor and gouache. Untitled (Salt 0806) (2015) fascinated as the perfect rendering of details of the mind as it distills and crystallizes into actionable thought. Unsee (2015) rather than bringing into focus the movement of the mind hides it beneath layers of wax and collage, leaving the viewer to search and grapple for clarity. As the juror who had the privilege to select the works for the Intr(Au)spective exhibition, I thank the Pittsburgh Society of Artists for this honor and congratulate the guild on reaching this special milestone and a future that shines brightly towards its next 50 years.”
Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Writer Brandon Getz engaged by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust write this about the exhibition:
“For its golden anniversary, the Pittsburgh Society of Artists has put together a fantastic exhibition of work from 30 local artists. From abstract paintings to sculpture to magnified photography, the 34 pieces in the PSA’s 50th anniversary Intr[Au]spective at 937 Liberty Gallery were handpicked by nationally recognized juror and curator Freyda Spira, each a variation on the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival’s 2015 theme UNSEEN/UNHEARD.
Spira, an Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is a specialist in paper-based and print works, especially Renaissance-era and—at the other end of the spectrum—“American visual culture from the 19th and 20th centuries,” including advertising prints. “I have a broad appreciation,” she says. “Because I’m not often working with contemporary art, it’s something I can bring fresh eyes to.”
Please join me on Saturday when I will be an art vendor in Fox Chapel on Saturday April 20, 2013 from 8AM – 3PM at “A Garden Marketplace” inside the ice rink on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus. It is a part of a most interesting gardening symposium described below. I will be showing and selling my paintings, custom house portraits, photographs and greeting cards.
Each vendor will donate something to a raffle to raise scholarship funds. Proceeds from the scholarship raffle fund applicants to attend the Garden & Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania the following year at no cost. Scholarships might still be available for this year. Call 412-441-4442 ext. 3925 to request an application.
My donation will be the chance to have a custom house portrait of your home painted by me. This is NOT a minimum bid situation, so it really is a great chance to commission me, for very little cash outlay on your end! This is FREE and open to the public. The marketplace will feature unusual, hard-to-find perennials, annuals, shrubs, heirloom vegetable plants and seeds, natives, bonsai specimens, alpines and rock garden plants, botanical art and photography, and garden accessories. This Penn State site here gives a list of all the vendors.
Note that this next part of the exciting and super worthwhile symposium is not free. The symposium, which includes breakfast and lunch, costs $115. Register by calling Phipps Garden Center at 412-441-4442 or online. Perennial expert and author Kerry Ann Mendez of Albany, NY is the featured speaker. In her 2010 book, “The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists“, she presents 70 garden-transforming lists, including perennial categories such as needy, unusual, fragrant and thugs (!)
Map to event. Great description of all the speakers here. More info about both sides of the event on April 20 here and here and here.
A big thank you to Garden Marketplace event chairs Lyn Lang and Suzanne Warnick. They really know how to plan a great event!