projects + events 

The New Spot…

Our new pop-up space in East Liberty will be home to a series of events for the next few months stop by, check it out, collaborate! 5852 Baum Blvd.

Exhibit Opening January 5th

STORM: a trilogy

Special event:

Art & Conversation

Thursday January 11th 6:30-8pm

About the Art

We observe some things around us, and at times what seems to be is not always what is…………………

STORM: a trilogy is comprised of some things.

But what….flowers? Some things pretty to look at? Something to consider? Look at and move on?

// Music & Light Refreshments //

About the Artist

Noël was born in Georgetown, Guyana, South America, also lived in Trinidad and moved to Toronto, Canada in his teens. He studied architecture, is a registered architect in New York State and resides in Pittsburgh. Noël views his professional experience as an architect and artist as a continuum with inter-related characteristics.

Noël’s influences have come from experiences, individuals and processes. As a child growing up in Guyana, kite flying was a big occasion at Easter, and, one of his fondest memories was seeing the sky filled with hundreds of kites creating a colorful mosaic. He feels that seeing so many colors simultaneously has had a subliminal effect on how he visualizes and composes his work to this day. Artists Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, and architects Frank Gehry, and Norman Foster are greatly admired by Noël because of their boldness. And, he has embraced newer digital influences that continue to inform and direct him, in his work, without foregoing traditional art methods.

Presently, Noël uses photography as one of his initial aesthetic generators – applying digital manipulation and techniques to create unique images. Noël’s other aesthetic generator uses his hand sketches to develop his work into digital fine art. Both generators combine his architectural design process and software based techniques that he continues to hone into a seamless integrated process.

Noël’s applies his aesthetic to themed collections such as architecture, landscapes, flowers and jazz, and, produces his work printed on photographic papers, canvas, acrylic and aluminum.

Noël was awarded Digital Artist of the Year by ADC Fine Art, Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati at their annual Art Comes Alive Awards 2017.

View Noël’s art on Instagram: @cnkennard and @c_noel_art

December 2017

Nicole Renee Ryan

Featuring pieces from her Remnant series. 6-9pm

Nicole Renee Ryan is a watercolorist, oil painter and muralist from Mercer, PA, working in Pittsburgh.

Nicole paints imagined landscapes, but surprisingly, she’s not all that interested in landscape paintings. She went to school for psychology and uses landscapes to explore the concept of memory. Her goal is to recreate a place she felt she had been, but can’t quite pinpoint. As memories move from reality to abstraction, it becomes easier to misremember things, or think they may have just been a dream. This hazy area is Nicole’s source of inspiration. She uses color and shape to create ethereal landscapes that illustrate the purgatory between memory and imagination, the real and the unreal. These memories are defined as much by what is missing by what is present. Parts of the landscapes shift and become their own active subject, playing moving and breaking away.

These paintings are both places and un-places.

A memory of a place almost lost.

Misremembered. Imagined.

In 2015 Nicole was awarded a residency at the New York Student’s League at Vytacil and a fellowship at VCCA. She was nominated for Pittsburgh Emerging Artist of the Year for 2016. She was just awarded a Flight School Fellowship through the Heinz Foundation.

Gather & Give

Tuesday, December 19th 6-8:30pm

We’ll be collecting monetary donations to support ARYSE.


We’re gathering once again to celebrate community, creativity, and collaboration!

This is the third annual Gather & Give! This year we’re collecting monetary donations for ARYSE. Please join us in supporting this wonderful organization.


Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE) supports immigrant and refugee youth in becoming engaged, confident, and celebrated members of our communities. ARYSE provides individualized mentoring and support to immigrant and refugee youth, organizing summer and other out-of-school-time programming (including PRYSE Academy, Girls Art and Maker Group, Global Minds After School Program, among others), and through advocacy for immigrant-friendly systems and policies on local, state, and national levels.

music + cocktails + holiday treats

Music by DJ illeso

***Artwork by Sarah Zeffiro


Makers and Music 

A series of events dedicated to providing a platform for the community to experience the work of local artists, makers, and musicians. Founded by local creative, Leigh Solomon Pugliano Makers and Music focuses on highlighting Pittsburgh’s creative community.

Although this began as part of Unblurred on Penn Avenue, in it’s second year, Makers and Music will move throughout the city and turn unique locations into interactive creative spaces.



The Pop-up Shop

Our shop pops up during the holidays. We sell goods made from artisans in Pittsburgh or companies created by Pittsburghers. The pop-up runs like a regular retail space with regular hours, staff and special services for customers. Things most makers can’t offer when traveling from event to event or selling online. These pop-ups provide a platform for artisans and entrepreneurs to expand their customer base and increase sales. Next pop-up coming in 2018!


life, by design

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