Way back in 2008, I was delighted when I was first welcomed into Koolkat Designs’ gallery. Even after they crowded the works of so many artists into their small space that they could no longer host workshops (my metal clay ones, and others), I was still very happy for their continued growth. From the moment I heard about their plans to close Koolkat and reopen under an ambitious new plan, I have been eager to see it launched. When my re-application was accepted, I was thrilled to once again be included in this “family” of artists! And now, although the official “grand opening party” has yet to be scheduled, I am excited to be able to share the news that The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh opened for business on Monday, August 24.
I’ve found two articles, so far, that help cheer the opening, from:
To be honest, at this point it’s just the “main” floor of Artsmiths that has opened: but that contains the ‘Smiths Shop and the Koolkat Café, both of which are delightful. (Isn’t great how the café name helps to carry on Koolkat’s legacy?) At the café today, I had a wonderful lunch of pesto chicken panini with a cup of chai. (Locals may recognize the café treats, supplied by the Enrico Biscotti company.) Back in this paint, print, and photo section, I found a couple unique cards to go with the hand-made gifts I’m making for two different cousins with imminent weddings.
Artsmith’s lower level, with offices plus additional gallery and classroom spaces will be launched later on. (Yes, my dear followers, space for classes again for those of you on the other side of several rivers from the offerings in my Convergent Series studio! Likely not for a few more months there, but it’s coming.) In the meantime, Kate Wagle Hitmar is using the chained-off stairway landing up here on the main level as a temporary office, so she can be on hand to help the new staff, as needed, with any start-up questions. (Both that and, farther back just before I swing around to catch her, the ‘Smiths Shop check-out counter (as gorgeous as the rest of the art, and made from reclaimed materials), are shown in this little snippet of the wonderful sunlit display space.)
One of the things I love about the new facility is how it provides the space to expand the range of offerings. Though I didn’t actually buy anything from this side of the shop today, I did spend time exploring what all there is. The holiday season will be on us soon enough… Here’s hoping lots of folks will be celebrating with and from here this year!
(Though I’ll have to go back at another time of day and see what else I can do about all the shadows and reflections, what with glass cases and mirrors everywhere…) if you head over to The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh and are wondering where to find my Convergent Series art jewelry pieces, here’s the case to look for at this point in time. If you stop by, please let me know what you think, both of my works and the whole endeavor!