Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Jerry Sowden's image in this morning's News Herald cements my belief that he's one of the most underappreciated working artists in the area. Why can't I find any of his work in a local gallery?


My contribution appeared in the fine regional blog, Overheard in Pittsburgh, on the day after Christmas (caution - cursing ahead)

Looking ahead, Yankee Zydeco Company announced that they will be playing a free show from 7:30-9 p.m. as part of Oil City's Arts in the Park, Friday, August 10, 2007.

As part of Oil City's arts revitalization effort, a quilting guild is being established in Oil City.
It's for all quilters, beginners and professionals, hand-quilters and machine-quilters, traditional quilters and art quilters.
The NQA has certification programs for quilt teachers and judges, a Master's Guild to recognize outstanding quilting achievement, and a Grant and Scholarship program to give monetary assistance to individuals or groups studying or researching the field of quiltmaking.
An organizational meeting to determine the best meeting times and dates will be held at Oil City's National Transit Building on Saturday, January 13, 2007, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Please contact either Ms. Roby-Lavery at 814-677-3795 or Ms. Joann Wheeler at 814-676-5303 for more info.

The Arts Council of Erie's Art in Education Partnership is seeking professional artists in all disciplines to apply for inclusion in the 2007 Pennsylvania Directory of Artists. Artists accepted into this program are eligible to participate in residencies at schools and community service organizations funded partly by the AIE partnership.Individaul artists, ensembles, and companies may apply. Application deadline is March 15, 2007.
For more information and/or an application, contact: Michelle Martin at the Arts Council of Erie by calling 814-452-3427 or by emailing .Holly Nowak from the Arts Council of Erie will be in Oil City on Saturday, January 20, 2007 to explain the program in detail to interested area artists at 1:00 pm in the Great Room of the National Transit Building, 206 Seneca Street, Oil City. Local artist and composer Jill Mattson will co-present. For more information or to register for the free presentation, call Joann Wheeler at 814-676-5303

The Erie Playhouse has announced they'll be presenting one of my favorite shows, The Piano Lesson, on February 2 & 3, 8-11, 14-18. But, they also announced that due to contractual difficulties The Erie Playhouse is replacing Copenhagen with I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett. Bleh.

Bill Miller's show "Vintage Linoleum Works" opens this weekend at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Miller, who once scavenged through old mill sites as a founding member of the Pittsburgh Industrial Arts Co-op is a connoisseur of old linoleum, which he varnishes and then fills with images ranging from landscapes to portraits to political assassinations.

The opening is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested for nonmembers.

3 comments:

Peter A. Greene said...

Jerry Snowdon is the man. Nice to see this in digital form.

John M. Karian said...

Jerry does GREAT work. I've purchased prints at the Transit Fine Art gallery. His work is now available at Victorian City Art and Frame

Dittman said...

Thanks John!