Enclaves: Anne Stone Home Tour

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Earlier this summer I was welcomed into the story-filled home of Anne Stone. Just beyond the quaint sidewalks of Aspinwall her abode was both a retreat and a passage into worldly explorations

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Anne is from a small town in central PA where she described her family as being the “oddballs in town. Everyone ate at 5pm and we ate at 8pm.” Her passions include art and adventure, collecting vintage clothing and preserving the art of dressing the part, helping artists realize their vision, and supporting the community through charitable work. She also has a love of genealogy that has snowballed into a family tree with thousands of kin!

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To the community Anne is a muse; she is also full of glamour, immensely caring and a pioneer DIY’er. In her presence it is hard not to be swept away by her inimitable spirit and her home is a direct reflection of these qualities. 

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She is the poster gal for innovative design which is confirmed by the Chinese wedding skirts and kimono’s that make up her curtains. She expertly mixes a cross-culture of belongings and paves the way of enjoying your treasures, without excessive attachment. She aptly states, “you don’t have to own everything forever. There are always other fabulous things out there.” This vigor for life and enthusiasm for individuality is a clear influence from her adventures: boarding school in Scotland, life as a young family in Palm Desert, honeymooning in Thailand (before it was trendy), moving to Hong Kong, and descending from a long line of wanderlust seekers.

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These qualities also leave their mark when Anne gleefully throws herself into local projects. This includes the arthouse, La Hütte Royal, in Troy Hill by Hamburg-based artist Thorsten Brinkmann. She was an integral part in helping collector Evan Mirapaul bring the piece to life from start to finish. Since, the multi-level installation has been celebrated on a national and international level, rightfully so! If you have yet to immerse yourself in this one of a kind experience, have a peek here.  

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More recently Anne helped local artist Diane Samuels create Luminous Manuscript, a large scale mosaic that is installed at the Center for Jewish History in New York. Imagine hand cutting thousands of penny-sized pieces of paper!

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It was a pleasure to meander through Anne’s nostalgic treasures. And any lady that declares she always shows up to work in a dress, no matter how vigorous the project, has our loyalty! Thank you again Anne for opening the door to your brilliant home and sharing with Treading Art your charmed stories. ~CRS

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Inside the Museum: Art Institute of Chicago 

Here are some museum images from my trip to Chicago in February. You can read more about the trip here and here. A unique attribute, as you can see above, to many American museums is there encyclopedic nature. I always feel as if I’m traveling through time. I hope you enjoy this small visual feast. 

To learn more about the museum click here.

- Melissa 

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1887 Jeff Koons, Woman in Tub, 1988 Boar Incarnation of God Vishnu (Varaha) India, Rajasthan 12th century 
Georges Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884-86 Jackson Pollock, The Keys, 1946 Honere-Victorin Daumier, Celebrities of Juste Milieu, 1832-35 Model of a River Boat, 2046/1794 B.C. Egyptian, Middle Kingdom Dynasty 11/12 Head of an Official, Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 13 (1794 -1648 B.C.) Paul Cezanne, The Bathers, 1899/1904 Attributed to Clara Pierce Wolcott Driscoll Made by Tiffany Studios, 1902-1932

Happenings: A Pittsburgh Nashville Exchange

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In May, Christine and I took a jaunt to our favorite little outside-the-city stop UnSmoke Systems Artspace in Braddock, PA for the opening of Terrestrial.

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It was refreshing to see work made by people from a different city. This artistic cross pollination was the second piece of a two part series which started in Nashville, TN.

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All the seven artists in this show, Alex Blau, Paul Collins, Rocky Horton, Ron Lambert, Jonathan Rattner, Thomas Sturgill and Willard Tucker are working artists from Nashville, TN.

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They are a part of COOP, a curatorial collective made-up for artists striving to open up a dialog across the country and to create a venue that is outside of the constraints of the retail market. 

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In April Pittsburgh artists took to the road to show at Coop Gallery for the first part of this collaboration in an exhibition titled, A Gathering of Things Seen and Unseen.

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The Pittsburgh artists involved were, Carolina Ramos and Annapurna Kumar, Jake Reinhart, Jake Alan White, Anna Mikolay, Heather White, Matt Newton and Zena Ruiz.

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The organization credit for the collaboration goes to, Pittsburgh artist, Jennifer Nagle Myers. 

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In my opinion, it is essential that exhibitions and collaborations of this nature continue to bring talent into the city promoting Pittsburgh as an innovative, sustainable art market and a haven for artists. One of the things I find intriguing about this city is its willingness to collaborate.  

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For Pittsburgh, this sort of exhibition gives local artists an ability to view, meet and interact with their contemporaries in other parts of the country. These influences will hopefully lead to the raising of the bar— pushing and inspiring artists to move their work forward. 

Collaborations like this one break the insular habit to only work and show within the local vacuum.  I’m interested in following this trend of inviting outside artists to town and hope to start a conversation of what it means to live and work in Pittsburgh as an Artist. It is important as arts advocates that we never stop questioning where Pittsburgh stands in National and International scheme of things and continue to demand a spot at the table. 

- Melissa

Image Credit: 1 & 2 by Treading art, 3,4 & 5 are from UnSmoke System Artspace, 6 is from Coop Gallery and 7,8 & 9 installation shots are the compliments of Jenifer Nagle Myers 

Local Treaders: Active in our Community

It’s beautiful days like these two that remind us to take our favorite activities outdoors and relish the snowless sidewalks and comfortable temperatures. 

Let us in on your interpretation of local treading - Facebook, Instagram or Tweet us your photo’s of just that! And don’t forget the #localtreaders. 

Happy sunny season! ~Christine & Melissa