The weather finally broke and the jump off of this summer season was marked with the infamous Three Rivers Art Festival held in downtown Pittsburgh. The festival is a 52 year old annual event that celebrates the gift of art, food, music, and culture. Many vendors, artists, and musicians swarm the city in hopes of showing off their innovative creations.
This year, like every other, I took advantage of the opportunity to celebrate the creativeness of the Three Rivers Art Festival that took place June 3-12, 2011. This year I went on the first weekend of the festival. Fortunately, I was able to get a great parking spot being that the location is in the heart of the downtown area. At any rate I began my journey through the maze of artists/vendors first stopping to listen to the Pittsburgh Symphony while enjoying the deliciousness of a funnel cake, one of the many treats offered there. As I traveled throughout the maze of creativeness I began to notice that many of the artist/vendors were selling home décor and jewelry. I enjoy both but being that this is an interior decorating review I am going to essentially review the home décor.
More the half the vendors were those that were selling paintings, photography, pottery, glassware, iron work and sculpture. These artists came with originality and quality in the works. This year’s theme amongst the artists seemed to be abstracting reality and applying three dimensional effects to normal two dimensional pieces. An example of the abstraction of reality is a framed photograph that juxtaposes a young girl in a field with a background of an abandoned building. The application of three dimensional effects was a framed wood carving of a cat. It seems the artist took a two dimensional carving and carved away layers to expose certain features of the cat that gives it that three dimensional effect. These creations are reflections of the innovation that we see in technology and culture today. Amongst others there were ceramic pottery and dishware as well as hand-blown vase and accents. The sculptures are what stood out to me amongst the many creative individuals. One particular sculptor, Sean Corner or Wichita,KS, creates sculptures that are inspired by his own face. He uses clay with a raku glaze. I had the opportunity to adorn my home with a moderately priced piece of his.
Ultimately the Three Rivers Art Festival 2011 was a hit. It brought many great creations that can be used to adorn your home. Signature, quality and original paintings, photography, pottery, glassware, and sculpture were displayed in hopes of finding a good home that it could be shown off in. If you were not able to go this year make sure to go next. No home should go without a piece from this festival of art.