ART and INSPIRATION INTERNATIONAL (please note: the linked website is undergoing a major overhaul, so it will be down for the next few days) is a non-profit organization founded by William Rock for the purpose of promoting the arts, cross-cultural collaboration, and creative expression. Meeting at 7 PM every Thursday evening at the Shaler North Hills Library, we host artists from the greater Pittsburgh arts community.
Thanks to the ongoing dumpster fire that 2020 has turned out to be, we’re on hold for the time being. Please enjoy these past events, while anticipating the seasons yet to come!
We were fortunate to host a salon with the inspirational Lonnie Graham. Thoughts and ideas were shared, friendships were made and strengthened, and we left ready to do our part to make the world a better place.
Local artist Henry Roll was the artist responsible for the graphics for Pittsburgh's own "Chiller Theater". Working in the film industry, he was tapped by George B. Romero to work as a zombie in the seminal "Night of the Living Dead" (Sony ⍺6300)
We've had many wonderful guests, but no one has brought more joy with him than Scott Bryte. Pastor, ventriloquist, painter, puppet maker and master entertainer, more than one person was brought to tears this evening. You can see more of Scott's work at: www.bryteart.com (Sony ⍺6300)
Scott Davidson shared his wonderful images from a journey to Paris, based on his expertise in Infrared photography. While he was working with the light, your photographer was struggling with the fact that since we turned the lights out, there was NO light... As you can see, a great time was had by all viewing this wonderful body of work. (Sony ⍺6300)
Gail Langstroth - poet, eurythmist, visual artist - returned with her latest film TOR-ROT - a eurythmic celebration of the City of Culture in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. You can find more of her work at www.wordmoves.com (Sony ⍺6300)
Well known Pittsburgh artist Gary Jurysta joined us for an inspirational evening talking about his career, projects, and innovative techniques. You can learn more about him at www.GaryJurystaArt.com (Sony ⍺6300)
We were fortunate to have local gallerist Coleen Rush coordinate our first annual exhibit at the Shaler North Hills Library. Opening night was a chance for all of our accomplished artists to enjoy sharing their work with the local community.
Aaron Raymond, photographer and teacher, brought us a presentation on elements of composition, as well as his work for National Geographic / Lindblad. Although focused on photography, there was plenty of fascinating content for artists of all disciplines. You can learn more about him at https://raaronraymond.com
"ART AND INSPIRATION INTERNATIONAL POETRY WORKSHOP WITH ALYSSA SINENI"
It was a dark and stormy night as an intimate group turned out for the inaugural workshop. Alyssa is a nationally published poet and well known within the Pittsburgh creative community. We are looking forward to many more of these, the first Thursday of each month, and hope you will join us!
Joan Bauer is a poet and one of the hosts of Hemingway's Poetry Series in Pittsburgh.(www.hemingwayspoetryseries.blogspot.com). Don Staricka is a photographer and provides photos for the blog. Joan read some of her recent works, and Don presented his photo essay "Phone Booths of the American West''
We were privileged to enjoy an evening with legendary artists Rochelle Blumenfeld and Claire Hardy along with several special guests from the artist community. Colleen Rush hosted the evening along with William Rock.
Johanna Chastek and Elizabeth Wheeler treated us to a wonderful evening of music. We are so fortunate to have musicians of this caliber in Pittsburgh, and are grateful they are willing to share their talents with our community.