INTO THE FOREST: From a distance and up close

Blog post by guest writer Sherri Roberts

How might one describe INTO THE FOREST, both the artwork and the experience?
IntoTheForest-20171118_185138 copyFirst, how is a forest “supposed” to look? While I had nature’s beauty vaguely, distantly in mind, these 300+ polymer-clay artists have grabbed nature’s expressive details from within their own environments and countries to fashion unique elements for ITF. No one set of leaves or cluster of butterflies or bouquet of dandelions was like any other. And, just to be clear, this place used to house a car dealership–lots of space to fill. Continue reading

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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So sorry. We are sold out of catalogs! Please stay tuned for information about a second printing.

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.

 

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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