Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Passports is Publishing Update!

Passports first book of events is now available! It begins in the summer of 2008 with the success of ARTini in the Penn Avenue Arts District and documents a full year of promoting and supporting some of Pittsburgh's finest artists. Photos of all the people, events and exhibitions! Are YOU in there? Click on the book cover for more!
Celebrating the di...
By Volume 1

Friday, October 2, 2009

ARTica goes to the Movies!

Lionsgate has informed us that a poster done for us by a former La Roche Student, will be part of a background scene in the new Russell Crowe movie being shot here in
Pittsburgh for the next several months titled The Next Three Days.
Apparently Crowe is in the Pittsburgh T-station, averting disaster while our poster looks on from the We'll let you know if we get on the poster's social calendar!

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Friday, August 28, 2009

UPCOMING PASSPORTS/ARTica EVENTS + Classes at Storefront U

Passports/ARTica hosts: "This November, It's all about December!"
Following "Look Pumpkin, winter is coming" ....Now through November 30, enjoy the end-of-season sales and clearances on home-grown art, unique antiques and curious collectibles @ ARTica plus tons coming into the store for the holidays!

Sign up for Fall Classes @ ARTica's "Store Front University"

DEC THE HALLS with Origami! Thursday, Dec 3 7-9 p.m.
A workshop with local artist, Susan Constanse. Make decorative boxes for small gifts or ornaments for your tree. Cost $6 per person
Register by e-mail:


Culinary Arts--Cold Cooking.... In this series of 4 classes, East End Chefs show you how to prepare Great foods as the weather chills. Mondays in October.

October 5. First class-- "Autumn BBQ" with Chef TJ from Z-Best , 6 to 8 p.m. $7 per class gets you a seat, a beverage and food samples. ---class completed, next class 10/12

October 12, "My Fav Marinades." Vegan Chef Steve Harlow from Brillo Box gives salads some edge and shows how to take Tofu from Wimpy to Awesome with his "Take Another Look at Tofu!" Bring a notebook!

October 19, Charles Smith of the Culinary Artists Catering Group prepares Thai Curry Pumpkin Bisque and Warm Wild Mushroom Salad with crumbled Goat Cheese.

October 26, Executive Chef, Mike Flom from the Sausalido restaurant in Bloomfield comes to ARTica to show you how to prepare an easy Napa Valley dish for the holidays.

Sew, You Want to Make a Quilt Ages 18+

(TBA in January 2010)

Make a quilt--Break the rules! CreateImprov Log Cabins your way! Design your instruction time around our flexible schedule!

Bring fabric assortment or cotton clothing, needle thread and scissors; some fabric supplied. $20 person or buddy program 2/$35
Chat and bond for free! Bring snacks and beverages for your comfort;
(includes follow-up classes in coming weeks to check your progress, and help you complete your quilt; Plus opportunity to join our ARTica quilt show for Mother's day in May 2010!)

To resister by e-mail or to ask questions:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

AHA-Moments By Christine

On Friday July 7, 2009 from 7:00 PM-10PM, ARTica Gallery @ 5110 Penn Avenue hosts:
AHA-Moments By Christine, a one-woman exhibition featuring the work of ARTica Gallery Director, Christine McCray-Bethea, who will showcase quirky, funky but always friendly salvage and fiber art from her African(American) Mask and Religion-at-glance series as well as her quilts and works on paper. Plus explore more art, antiques and collectibles to buy as you enjoy the usual fun, food, music and mixing! Visit our newest blog!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

LESS is MORE 2: The Little Art Show--EXPANDED-- Work by Constanse, Gyre, Gregio, Kemp, Strovers, Bethea, Weirzbowski and Fair!

Join us @ ARTica on Friday, July 3 for Less is MORE--EXPANDED. Our show which debuted last month was so much fun, we're expanding it into July. Come find out the real meaning of downsize! Our four featured artists represent a mix of mediums from femo to found objects. And we're adding the art of Christine Bethea, Richard Weirzbowski, a regular at ARTica, a return of Rene Fair from last fall's "Art Seen" and as promised in January--there's more of Robert Strovers! It shows to go ya that thinking small isn't such a bad idea. Also try some small art for yourself and add it to our "Gallery on Demand" Come enjoy another great evening of music, munchies, friends and all that! It's all @ ARTica from 7 pm to 10 pm, 5110 Penn Avenue 15224.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

McCormack Baron Salazar Inc. and Passports' Diversity Project Nominated for Work of Art Award

Passports: The Art Diversity Project is proud to announce its "finalist" title along with real estate developers, McCormack, Baron, Salazar, Inc. bestowed by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Only three such arts and business collaborations in the city were nominted for the "Work of Art" Award. The two have partnered for the last few years in placing work by local artists in the community spaces of McCormack, Baron and Salazar's buildings and leasing offices throughout Pittsburgh. The two entities have been nominated for the success of their collaborations, which include building one of the largest privately owned collections of local art by a developer in the city of Pittsburgh.

"It's been great working with such an innovative company," said Christine Bethea, Passports' Director. "They've shown what business and arts can do, if they just shake hands."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Quilts, Art and Other Women's Work: An Exhibition and "Artonomic" Stimulus Sale--Featuring RED BULL Energy Drinks and National Contest Information

A little Bull never hurt anybody! Join us for Friday, May 1st, 2009 Unblurred on Penn Avenue and get details on how to enter Red Bull's design competiton called ART OF CAN (more details at)> Also enjoy our art exhibit of quilts and art work by Susan Constanse, Christiane D and Amy Kerlin. We'll also unveil the winning logo designed by La Roche graphics students. ( See below) It's all @ ARTica! 5110 Penn Avenue.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

La Roche Students Ace Passports/ARTica "Exam"

Not long after Passports found a home at ARTica, La Roche College gave our fledgling organizations a makeover with logos and a new advertising campaign through a 72 hour competition among students in their graphics and design department, Called "Immersions" the program gives students real life work experience. Here, the winning team, "The Throwbacks" with left to right: Steve Mauro, Lindsay Tichenor, Anthony Atwood (team captain); Krish Mohan and Don Willow. Look for the winning logo and other student work at the Unblurred first Friday art crawl on May, lst @ ARTica!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

See it Again, Yunz!

(RE)Opens March 6, 2009
@ ARTica Art and Antiques
5110 Penn Avenue 7-9:30 pm
Unblurred Art Crawl

The "eastern" Segments of "Seeing Pittsburgh" which ran through January 31, 2009 in celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary at the Rivers of Steel at the Bost Building, is coming to the ARTica Gallery thanks to the Passports Project! Originally, "Seeing Pittsburgh" showcased 44 Pittsburghers from eleven neighborhoods who, armed with cameras and the instructions to show us what defines their community, photographed the good, the bad, the new, the old, the physical, the emotional... and everything that defined their neighborhood. Come to Penn Avenue's Unblurred Art Crawl event on March 6 from 7-10 p.m and see it all again! ARTica is proud to host segments of the show which include, Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze and the Hill District. The exhibit is up Thurdsays through Saturdays until March 28, 2009, or by appt.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Construction as Canvas

Passports is assisting the Office of Public Art in coordinating a special art opportunity for Hill District or Uptown Youth Groups called Construction as Canvas for the
Sports & Exhibition Authority. Check back with us to see how artists can get involved, too. Also don't miss an opportunity to have your art seen 365/24-7 on the Artist Listserv!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Passports is Publishing!

If there are no pictures, it didn't happen! So we're putting all our great art adventures of the last year into a book. Part report and part journal, our publication will layout how Passports: The Art Diversity Project made it all happen. From finding funds to wrangling art and services to create some of Pittsburgh's most innovative and artistic events, it's our group hug to our supporters and arts aficionados everywhere. We give extra thanks to The Spout Fund, without whose support we would could not have succeeded so fast. Expect this Passports publication at the ARTica Gallery, online and in specialty shops (TBA) by June 2009.