Internationally Inspired: A Response to the 2013 Carnegie International

Carol Skinger painting of Carnegie International 2013

Carol Skinger’s piece “Family Portrait in the CMOA Permanent Collection”  22” x 12”Watercolor, ink,  color pencil 

Pittsburgh PA- The Carnegie International has been especially engaging since it opened October 2013.  I have 9 pieces titled “Carnegie International Sketchbook Project”. accepted for exhibit in the Pittsburgh Society of Artists (PSA) exhibit responding to the International titled “Internationally Inspired: A Response to the 2013 Carnegie International”. Show runs March 8-March 29, 2014.

Site is the 3rd Street Gallery in Carnegie, PA at 220 3rd  Street Carnegie, Pennsylvania 15106. Regular gallery hours AFTER the March 8 opening are: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11-4pm.

Internationally Inspired” is a creative response by members of PSA to the 2013 Carnegie International.  After viewing, reading and researching the exhibit PSA members used their artistic creativity to channel their reactions.

It was on my 4th visit to see the Carnegie International when I came across the work of Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh. The invitation to turn the pages of his painted book, wearing no white gloves, or being removed from it by a glass case or apparently hovering guards was exciting! I found the immediacy, the lack of preciousness, and therefore the remove from words like archival, acid free, work for the ages, DON’T TOUCH was inspiring and freeing. It made me want to run home, open the many drawers of collected art supplies, grab some paper and start making art around the subject of the Carnegie International. I found the screen itself was also a subject of my new pieces. So many people are using digital cameras in museums now and in many cases museums are fine with that. The screen of a phone being used as a camera, the lens of the film crew from WQED, and the TV screen imagined in Helen and Scott Nearing’s home are a few of the subjects in my sketchbook project. Each page can be purchased individually for $250. Watercolor, compressed charcoal, ink, pastel and color pencil are the media.

If you are the kind of person who wants to immerse yourself in articles and reviews of the 2013 Carnegie International here is a list of links. Study and go to the Carnegie International (which ends March 16, 2014) and by all means come to our opening March 8, 2014!

Local public television affiliate WQED made an 8 minute video about the 2013 Carnegie International here. I happened to be in the museum the day they were shooting, and this is one of my 9 pieces.

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Carol Skinger’s “WQED shoot at 2013 Carnegie International ”  22” x 12” Watercolor and Pastel. WQED’s  Tonia Caruso hosts in front of the Phyllida Barlow sculpture “Untitled: upturnedhouse”  which CMOA purchased. With producer Jill Neely, and Museum spokesman Jonathan Gaugler, and a bystander.   Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man I“ seen.   

This first article is about the re-hanging of permanent collection for this Carnegie International and why, is written by Graham Shearing, a collector, critic, curator, consultant and writer who has lived in Pittsburgh for nearly 20 years.

Andrew Russeth  reviewed the Carnegie International  for The Gallerist.  

Philip Anselmo writes for City Paper about Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh’s work  here 

Peter Schjeldahl’ piece for the New Yorker “Play Time: The Carnegie International” is worth reading, and so is Roberta Smith for the New York Times. “Global Extravaganza, but on a Human Scale”.

Jonathan Griffin, a British writer and critic based in Los Angeles writes about it in Art Agenda here. http://art-agenda.com/reviews/2013-carnegie-international/   

Bill O’Driscoll of City Paper writes about Transformazium, an artists’ collective based in Braddock in his article “The Carnegie International returns, this time with more local flavor: Curators look to bring the world to Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh to the world”.

 

 

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“Last Minute Shopping” Dec 15, 2013 at Boyd Community Center

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Come on out and support local arts makers and crafters at Boyd Community Center in O’Hara Township! Open 12 – 6 pm on Sunday, December 15, 2013.  “Last Minute Shopping” by I Made it Market (open this link to see all info & the artists and makers) founded by Carrie Nardini and Nina Barbuto, is holding a final opportunity  to  shop local. By now everyone is aware that there are local artists, crafts people and makers working hard to connect with local markets everywhere.  In Pittsburgh you may have MEANT to go to one or both of the hand-made-I-made-it-DIY (do it yourself)  type venues that are now past.  Did you want to go, hope to go and mean to go but then your couch beckoned?  It happens!  ”Handmade Arcade” was Dec 7, and “I Made it! for the Holidays” was the weekend before Thanksgiving . But you can still have the experience at “Last Minute Shopping” at Boyd Community Center 1220 Powers Run Rd, Pittsburgh, PA ‎.

Did you know the aging former elementary school which currently houses Boyd is closing in on final fundraising for a new center? Come to this IMI Last Minute Shopping opportunity and learn something about new exciting plans for a new community center! Here is an architectural drawing of the new center!

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No amount is too small to donate to make it a reality. It will be called Lauri Ann West
Community Center. The architects are Steve Cupcheck and Bruce Pollack of RSSC and  you can see additional elevations on the Lauri Ann West
Community Center facebook page. In November O’Hara Council offered a matching grant proposal where it would use tax dollars to match up to $1 million in private donations and hopefully see the construction complete by 2015. More here.

1467373_219546054836471_586718821_n   I take great pride in the fact that as a citizen I got involved with sharing my response to the first set of concept plans for the community center a few years back, when it was entirely low and linear. I more than hinted that  the agricultural history of the area suggested that the context of a barn building or two would be a reasonable goal for how these buildings could take shape, and I provided a bunch of examples of adapted barns.  The most exciting I had seen then was Herman Miller Design Yard at their headquarters in Zeeland MI, in the glory days when I got Lear jet rides to these places based on my corporate space planning and interior design career. Herman Miller used modified prefab barn structures, hopefully suggesting a possible route to an economic approach to a barn raising for  the communities of Fox Chapel School District. The response to my input re: “think barn” was very positive at the time and so I was pleased to see the elevation drawing as it has evolved, and every time I drive by the sign near Squaw Run Park I feel a sense of involvement.

I will not be a participating artist this year, but I really hope you will come out to support the artists who are, visit Boyd Community Center and learn about the future of Boyd, which they hope will be completed in 2015. Oh, BTW Route 28 is working much better these days if you have been avoiding it. And there is Route 28 news: as of November 25, the 31st St Bridge is now open again.

Boyd Community Center has partners, and programming and event partners. I sincerely hope they (and you) will do everything possible to attend  “Last Minute Shopping”, and to share  the information in this post with their audience. you can help by sharing it too! I look forward to attending as a last minute shopper myself!

Meantime I am stocking some venues with my latest on my Schenley Park Map printed on ceramic tiles, and painting some custom house portraits. Prints on paper of Schenley Park Map are $99 for 30″ print, $65 for 18″ print (matches height of Frick Park Map). The ceramic tiles (decorative only)  are $25 for 8″ tiles and $15 for 4 1/4″ tiles. The prints you can order online from me. If you want tiles just shoot me an email. carol@carolskinger.com.

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In time for Holiday Shopping 2013

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 I Made it! For the Holidays! Friday Nov 22, 2013 5PM-10PM AND

Saturday Nov 23 11AM- 6PM

I have been getting ready for vending at IMI (I Made it) by adding to my  display for my work. It can be joined together like in the picture above, or broken into smaller display pieces.  If you are looking for locally made, handmade for the holidays, this is the place to come.  This year IMI moved across the Mon to the Waterfront in Homestead.  This brief video made by Carrie Nardini explains exactly what it is and where.
Use this address to get there 270 West Bridge St. Homestead, PA 15120. Looking forward  to the fun, busy and CRAZY 2 days as a vendor at Carrie Nardini and Nina Barbuto’s I Made it! Market 2013! Feel free to  use this facebook link to attend event (FREE) and/0r invite others. At what I like to call  the fake town center with the Starbucks in the middle, near the big fat AMC Loews Waterfront movie complex.  WHERE? Inside two vacant retail spaces next to The Gap and across from Starbucks ~ previously Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. Check out what you will be seeing- little blurbs here on all the artist/maker/vendors. I will be in the Abercrombie Building but check out both places.

NEW: I am offering Schenley Park Map printed on small ceramic tiles in two sizes and  lots of other art and cards. As usual I will also offer my Custom House Portraits with examples on hand. I will have my art, greeting cards, prints, framed and unframed. You asked every year and this year I listened, “When will you offer smaller Schenley Park Pictorial Maps?” This year in addition to 18 x 18 and 30 x 30 maps (fyi the majority sold are 30″ square) I will have a total of 6 smaller framed Schenley Park maps, some in white and some in black frames, all have shadow box chunky depth so they look good! One is 12″ x 12″ and five are 9″ x 9″. So if YOU have been asking, hurry in. They will not last long.

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Autumn 2013 art news from Carol Skinger

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Tula Organic Salon and Spa

My work is on view at Tula Organic Salon & Spa at 2629 Murray Ave (Squirrel Hill) Pittsburgh, PA. Co-owners Emily Askin and Rebecca Spiller as well as stylist Stephanie Demetri are great to work with! Very art friendly. It is a lovely space for approximately 8 pieces. I also offer small things for sale there -cards and small framed prints. Exhibit is up through in of November. Oh yeah if you are in need of a really good hair cut, they do it. Here are their hours:

Sun closed
Mon closed
Tue 10AM-6PM
Wed 12PM-8PM
Thu 12PM-8PM
Fri 10AM-5PM
Sat 10AM-4PM

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At Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Friday November 22,  at 5:30pm is the opening reception for “The New Collective” at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA) 6300 Fifth Ave (Shadyside) Pittsburgh, PA. I am thrilled to have a piece accepted in this show which runs from November 22, 2013 to January 19, 2014. My piece explores the map of Pittsburgh using 2010 census data to portray the residential patterns in the city by race. This exhibition was open to members of all six PCA Guilds to submit to, so I am very happy to be included and cannot wait to see the show! That same night at PCA is the opening of the Holiday Shop.

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ANOTHER thing on November 22 and 23rd, 2013! IMI for the Holidays at the Waterfront in Homestead. I will be a vendor there along with Elizabeth Klevens, glass mosaic artist. She is standing above with Carrie Nardini checking out one of the two indoor spaces IMI is occupying this year. Use this address , (the fake town center with Starbucks at Waterfront) and you will be right next to the two stores!

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The Panza Gallery show “Sanctuary” (September to mid October 2013) has ended now. Above, Laurie Arnold-McMillan lead the “writing to art” workshop at Panza and later in the month the writers read their pieces to the art and to the artists at the closing. The readings were a result of a “writing to art” workshop that was presented at the gallery and facilitated by Laurie Arnold-McMillan.  Laurie is both a specialist in therapeutic writing and a registered nurse. Panza Gallery 115 Sedgwick St. Millvale, PA 15209.  There is NEWS about Sanctuary. Read the review by Kurt Shaw.

These are my two pieces in the exhibit titled “sanctuary” at  Panza titled Heron’s Nests at Big Sewickley Creek 1&2. Contact me if interested in purchasing the prints.

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Schenley Park Map goes to Vintage Grand Prix

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Carol Skinger and Audra Azoury  are teaming up to share a vendors tent at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) in Schenley Park July 20 and 21, 2013. Business hours are 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. It is FREE and open to the public. We will be located in Vendors Village to sell our work during race weekend. Artist Carol Skinger will be featuring her Vintage Schenley Park Map, so perfectly matched to this venue. Jewelry Designer Audra Azoury will be selling her Pittsburgh inspired jewelry. Audra pairs strong industrial materials, modern laser cutting technology, and gritty urban inspired finishes with classic lines and shapes to produce jewelry that doesn’t have to scream for attention to get it. Her work sells at Heinz History Center and the Carnegie Museum shop, among other places.

Where? Vendor Village is located on the fairway and around the green on the 2nd hole and around the tee of the 3rd hole of the golf course. Bob O’Conner Golf Course at Schenley Park 5370 Schenley Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Vendor Village is marked with signage along Schenley Drive, directly across from the Golf Course Clubhouse. It is known as Gate A, and also one of the main stops of the 15 or so shuttle busses that run free all day Saturday and Sunday. The Vendor tents are along a pedestrian pathway that leads from Schenley Drive to British Car Day(!), Patron Parking and good viewing location of the race course. It is the entrance that many use to start their walk through the Car Shows. It is also shown on PVGP’s  Schenley map on line and in the Race Programs.  (Note this is exactly why  Carol Skinger’s vintage map is needed!!!)

What’s up on Saturday July 20?    Schenley Park Car International Shows and Qualifying Races. Especially famous and close to everyone’s heart is British Car Day. Located in the middle of the golf course it is the anchor of our International Car Show. British Car Day, sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Triumph Association. It features 500 of England’s best sport and luxury automobiles. While you look at the international car show and shop at Vendor Village, there are qualifying races going on.  International Car Shows 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Gates open at 9:30 AM . Come see classic, antique, and exotic vehicles including British, American, German, Asian and Italian cars on the golf course. Watch 150 vintage racers compete on the track all day, 9-5 to quality for Sunday’s featured races.

What’s up on Sunday July 21?   Schenley Park Race Day! The PVGP Parade and Opening Ceremony runs from approximately 11:10 AM until noon on Sunday of Race Weekend in Schenley Park. The parade starts near the Westinghouse fountain on Schenley Drive and takes a full parade lap of the racetrack. After the completion of the parades presentations are made prior to the start of the first race at noon.

Parade & Opening Ceremony Schedule July 21

11:10 AM – Grand Marshal, Charity Ambassadors and Dignitaries
11:15 AM-  Marque of the Year Mustang’s
11:25 AM - Patron Parking Participants
11:35 AM - Welcome by Ted Sohier & PVGP Officials
11:45 AM- Presentation of Color Guard and National Anthem sung by Jeff Jimerson
Noon – Ladies & Gentlemen….start your engines!

The Vintage Grand Prix mission – To maintain a world-class racing event that is free to the public to give all money to our two charities. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds to help provide residential care, treatment and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region. Because of the generous support and contributions from our sponsors, and the dedication of our volunteers, we have been able to donate $3.2 million to two deserving charities: the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

Come on over to Schenley Park and see us and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix! Wear good walking shoes and bring a water bottle and sunscreen.The show grounds are open to car show participants and spectators at 8:30 AM  each dayPittsburgh-Vintag-Grand-Prix-presented-by-Shop-n-Save

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ARTday with PSA (Pittsburgh Society of ARTists)

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The 3rd Annual ARTday with PSA is Saturday June 29, 2013 from 10-4. The event is FREE to the public.

This art event will be in the Mine Factory, a space on the 2nd floor, 201 North Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208 in Homewood. It is just north of Forbes Ave, across from the East End Food Co-op. The favored entrance to the event from Meade St. is pictured above and it is across the street from East End Co-op, Pittsburgh’s only remaining old style bulk food health food store, an oldie but a goody. A freight elevator entry is also available at back parking lot. ARTday with PSA  will be featured in City Paper on Thursday June 27 in Visual Arts listings. Come on over to enjoy the event and see the great new art space in Pittsburgh!

ARTday with PSA was created to give tribute to, and offer appreciation for, the diverse and extraordinary talent of Pittsburgh Society of Artists  and their creativity. It is a time to provide enjoyment to members, friends and the public and to celebrate the joy and meaning that art brings to the world. See hands-on demonstrations by PSA artists. Our musical members will also be sharing their performing talents.

Various media will be on display, including prints, paintings, drawings, fiber, jewelry, glass, sculpture and more.  All works will be for sale. Art may be purchased directly from the artist. The event encourages all members to be actively involved by exhibiting artwork and engaging in on-site arts activities. Artist members of PSA will be selling small works as well.

This recently developed event space called the Mine Factory, was home to the  June 15 opening of the space with an exciting contemporary art show and open studio/ POTLUCK . The Mine Factory space was developed by (PSA member) Mia Tarducci Henry & fellow artist Merissa Lombardo… with their own hands patching and painting the walls, installing gallery lighting and building substantial movable partitions on wheels which allow for variability in dividing the space and for hanging art on. This was the flier for their opening party on June 15.

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You can get a last look at their great show before it comes down on Thursday night June 27, 2013 from 7pm-10pm. During the opening party for Mia and Merissa’s event space on June 15th, many of the artist studios throughout the building on 2nd, 3rd and 6th floors were open. A few will be available to the public during ARTday with PSA on Saturday, June 29 including Mia Tarducci Henry’s studio as well as Stunden Studios. PSA is hearing from others now. The expectation is that some other studios will be open to the public during this event.
Come on over to enjoy the event and see the great new art space in Pittsburgh! ARTday with PSA banner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dollar Bank Ink Drawing

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When you are new to a city, what you notice is often not the iconic images of the city. This is what I noticed when we moved here from Boston. I walked by it every day to the bus stop on the way  home after work. It is Dollar Bank in Pittsburgh. To me it is a fun and funny building, and I always loved the lions. It is the first ink drawing I made after moving here from Boston. Now you have to go to the Heinz History Center to see the lobster sign for Klein’s Restaurant. Eventually I did some space planning work for Dollar Bank and got to know some of the folks there. Now and then one of the executives would ask for a painted version of the drawing which I did more or less like this. All artwork is copyright by me and cannot be used or reproduced without my permission.

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77th Annual May Market, Carrie Furnace and Schenley Park

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Carrie Furnace photograph by Carol Skinger

What is the connection of Pittsburgh’s aging rusting steel mills to the beautiful urban parks in the city of Pittsburgh?

In Pittsburgh, Braddock to be specific, there is a place that has been the object of many conversations. Some of us have been lucky to see it in recent years. Anyone can take a tour of it now, and you can plan your tour at the Rivers of Steel website.

I took this photograph of Carrie Furnace on a beautiful June day, Father’s Day in June 2012, when Rivers of Steel was conducting tours.

The movie Out of this Furnace was filmed there, and is set to open in October 2013. Barbara Vancheri  of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  writes “Scott Cooper, whose “Crazy Heart” earned an Oscar for Jeff Bridges, directs the gritty dramatic thriller about fate, circumstance and justice and starring  Christian  Bale and Casey Affleck as brothers. The cast also includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and Willem Dafoe.” Everyone is looking forward to it. Full article here.

There is a connection between the old steel mills like Carrie Furnace to America’s public gardens and romantically designed parks such as Schenley Park and Frick Park. In the late 19th century, during  years of labor riots and before unions were established there were some who thought creating beautiful urban parks would be a balm to the public. They hoped to avoid true concessions to worker’s demands, and to bring labor riots to a halt. It did not work out as planned, but now we have these great parks even if the rational for funding and building them was based on a faulty pipe dream of those in power.

I will feature both my vintage Schenley Park Map and print of Carrie Furnace  at the two day event, the 77th annual May Market and National Public Gardens Day on the grounds of Phipps Conservatory, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Friday May 10, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. & Saturday May 11, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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77th Annual May Market and National Public Gardens Day 2013

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Phipps Conservatory presents  the 77th annual May Market and

National Public Gardens Day

When:  Two days: FRI May 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. & SAT May 11, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: On the grounds of Phipps Conservatory.

What:  Bring your friends and family to enjoy one of Pittsburgh’s finest public gardens and parks. Visit Phipps and Schenley Park. Purchase plants ‘n stuff at a huge outdoor festival, including Carol Skinger as vendor, especially featuring her vintage Schenley Park Map. Of course Phipps Conservatory has a prominent place on the map. Read about the entire event.

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What is National Public Gardens Day? This was new to me so I looked it up! It reminded me that our beautiful Schenley Park does have quite a history that touched on the City Beautiful Movement and the wrongheaded theory that romantically designed parks might be a solution to rioting workers of the late 19th century. Therefore I decided to feature both my vintge map of the park and my photo of the Carrie Furnace.

If you cannot attend, but you love Schenley Park: You can always see Carol Skinger’s vintage Schenley Park Map at Schenley Park Cafe & Visitors Center. You can order it there or through Carol’s website.

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What a GREAT day it would be to bring your bike and bicycle on Schenley Park trails or link up to miles of bike paths in Pittsburgh from there. That is what I would be doing if I was not a vendor on those two days! Come on over and celebrate one of Pittsburgh’s finest public parks.

 

 

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18th annual Garden & Landscape Symposium at Shadyside Academy Senior School

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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.

It is the free part of the 18th annual Garden & Landscape Symposium, presented by Penn State Extension, Phipps Conservatory and Shady Side Academy, which will run from 8 to 4, April 20, 2013 at Shady Side Academy’s Hillman Center for Performing Arts in Fox Chapel near Pittsburgh.

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!

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