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.
“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
“Aspinwall” a 24″ x 31″ painting of the rooftops of Aspinwall from Route 28 is original painting by Carol Skinger.
It is available for purchase $500. framed. It is a watercolor, gouache & ink painting on 400 lb watercolor paper. 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 11″ x 14″ printed on watercolor paper $55. Larger prints suitable for a 16 x 20 are $80. A high resolution scan has been made for future reproduction uses which can be generated (larger prints and other uses).
To learn more about buildings in the painting, see details within the painting and find additional information look 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 .
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
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
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.
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.
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.