We’ve had many children’s art projects in Mt. Lebanon, but the ones planned for the Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market could be the coolest on record.
The Andy Warhol Museum will be leading a collage project, where kids can select images and simulate Warhol’s two-layer printing process, either with architectural images of Mt. Lebanon or summer-themed items such as cupcakes and ice cream cones. The final take-home piece will be pop-arty and fun—think of Warhol’s famous images of Cologne Cathedral, which was the inspiration for the project. The event is free and will be set up for kids of all ages on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, from noon to 4, in the Academy Avenue parking lot.
Lindendale Drive resident Tresa Varner, Curator of Education and Interpretation at the Warhol, facilitated the project, after wanting to become involved in the Market. She and her husband, Ben Harrison, the Warhol’s Curator of Performing Arts, moved to Mt. Lebanon three years ago. “I am always looking for ways to become involved in the community,” she says.
The project also is a good way for the museum to get visibility in Mt. Lebanon for the family-friendly focus it is marketing this year.
“Wouldn’t it be fun to do a [mock] silkscreen of one of the schools or prominent buildings in the township?” says Steve Denenberg, owner of Create A Frame/Handworks Gallery, and organizer of the Artists Market. Event chairs are volunteers Anne Frederickson and Judi Neely.
This is the second year for the revamped version of the two-day juried arts festival, produced by the Mt. Lebanon Partnership, the nonprofit volunteer group that works to promote the vitality of Mt. Lebanon’s business districts. Approximately 70 artists from around the country—and locally—will have booths at the fair to sell works in many media. Food and music will be a part of the festival, and admission is free.