People are the heart of the project

Some impressions from the opening events from guest writer Rise Nagin.

20171110_183537Visitors to East Liberty’s Spinning Plate Gallery this month will encounter a whimsical environment filled with thousands of polymer clay sculptures depicting various woodland creatures and plants. Over 300 artists participated in the creation of the installation in which a riotous mix of colors, texture and details elicit surprise and delight.

“People are the heart of the endeavor, which started out as an art installation but changed into a community project,” said Pittsburgh artist Laura Tabakman, one of three artists/organizers whose vision is on display through December 3, 2017.

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We have produced a beautiful catalog with work representing every participating artist.catalogscopyThe catalog is full color, 40 pages long and it measures 8.5″ x 12″. If you are interested in buying one, please click on the button below. The price is $30 per catalog and it includes shipping.

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Opening weekend!

Even the frigid temperatures did not keep people away from coming to the opening weekend of Into the Forest!

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A few pictures from Friday’s opening and Saturday’s forum.  We truly enjoyed Jackie Burns, Cynthia Tinapple and Brigitte Martin’s presentations.

If you want a little tour, check out Ann Duncan Hlavach’s video with her son and Keith as a guide. Enjoy it! Ann and Keith tour the Forest



An aha moment

Mary Towner is today’s guest blogger.

IntotheForest-creativeReuseIn between my shifts at The Spinning Plate working on Into the Forest, I’m reading a wonderful book, Ageless Soul, by Thomas Moore. Both activities—The Forest and The Book—are looming large for me right now. During a book chapter this morning, the two converged in an aha moment. The author speaks about “melancholy” being an important, and even positive, part of life. Rather than medicate it as “depression”, we can accept it as natural and work with it in several ways to achieve a positive result.

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Into the Forest — A Great Place to Go on a Lackluster Pittsburgh Day

From Connie Donaldson, today’s guest blogger.

IMG_20171104_133411_648 copyYou can tell that winter is coming to Pittsburgh fast. The dark mornings, the dreary rain-filled days are harbingers of another cold, messy season. That’s the way the day was when I went to the Spinning Plate Gallery to help my friend Laura Tabakman and Emily Squires Levine and Julie Eakes, the creators of Into the Forest, begin to assemble one of the most unique installations of polymer clay art there has ever been!

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A visit to Into the Forest


If you just are unable to join in the opening weekend celebrations of Into the Forest in Pittsburgh PA on November 10 – 11, 2017, you can still experience the installation through December 3, 2017.

Where:   Spinning Plate Gallery, 5821 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Dates:    November 10 – December 3, 2017

Hours:   Thursday through Saturday: 2 pm – 7 pm, Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

or by appointment (contact us at to arrange visit)

Closed Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving weekend

Into the Forest – All you need to know about your visit to Pittsburgh


We have put together a selection of hotels, restaurants and things to do while on your visit to Pittsburgh for the opening weekend of Into the Forest!  Check this out for all the information you will need: Pittsburgh Package.

And for more information about the weekend including the Friday night party at the gallery (open to everyone) and how to register for the Saturday Forum, click below.

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