The 12th annual "ARTWorks" competition showcasing the creative talents of City of Pittsburgh employees, their families and members of their households has expanded in 2011 to include an "Artist Market" and "Artist in Action" demonstration series in addition to the ever-popular art exhibit at the City-County Building.
"The ARTWorks competition provides an amazing opportunity for individuals to express their creativity, and this year's participants represent more than a dozen City of Pittsburgh departments including Pittsburgh Police, Fire Bureau, Emergency Medical Services and Law Department," according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
Now through Thursday, April 14, the City-County Building's grand lobby serves as the setting of an impressive collection of nearly 200 paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery and other unique pieces of artwork created by more than 100 City employees and their relatives (professional, nonprofessional and youth artists).
The free exhibit - titled "ARTWorks: The National Arts Program In Pittsburgh" - allows artist of all skill levels the rare opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to compete for cash prizes and art education scholarships. The exhibit will remain on display weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through April 14 at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.
"ARTIST MARKET" - new in 2011
On Friday, April 8, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., an "Artist Market" in the lobby of the City-County Building will provide employees and their relatives with an opportunity to share their work with the public. The artists will sell handcrafted items including jewelry, paintings and pottery.
"ARTIST IN ACTION" SERIES - new in 2011
On three occasions in April, employees will showcase their artistic talents during free demonstrations in the City-County Building lobby:
Wednesday, April 6 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) - portrait sketching
Tuesday, April 12 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) - clay workshop
Thursday, April 14 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) - cartooning
The 12th annual "ARTWorks: The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh" is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation.
For more information, call Citiparks at 412-665-3665 or visit www.citiparks.net.