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Carrie Furnace Project Art Reception 2009

Carrie Furnace Project Art Reception 2009
October 1st, 2009   6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Pump House & Water Tower
880 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120
This is the Location Where the Event is Located

Open Gallery Hours:
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 &17 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
& by Appointment through  412.464.4020

The Carrie Furnace Project

This project features the work of 4 artists who have gathered inspiration from the giant blast furnaces known as "Carrie."  The work features images of the massive iron-producing blast furnace remains, steel sculpture, and illuminated sculpture incorporating graffiti from the furnace site.

The opening reception will be Thursday, October 1st 2009, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historic Pump House & Water Tower Museum, which is part of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.  

Specialty wines are being poured by Dreadnought Wine distributors at the opening reception for your enjoyment.

The Square Cafe will provide delightful appetizers.

For more detailed exhibition information, please preview of some of the work in the photos below, and visit each artist's website at the links provided after their biographies.

In depth history about the Carrie Furnace is available at the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

Special thanks to (electronic media coverage),  Alpha Screen (printing service), and the Rodgers Insurance Group (art on loan from the permanent collection).

Photographic access to Carrie Furnace grounds was granted through cooperation with John Earley and Michael Gornick of the Allegheny County department of Economic Development.
Artist Bios
Dee Briggs
Dee Briggs is a sculptor currently living and working between New York and Pittsburgh. Born in 1968 near Pittsburgh in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Wellsburg, West Virginia, Briggs moved to New York in 1986, and has recently returned to Western Pennsylvania. Briggs has two degrees in architecture from the City College of New York (BA '97) and Yale University (M.Arch '02), and has worked with several leading architecture firms in New York .  After 15 years in architecture, Briggs began making sculpture full time in 2002.  Most recently, she has been teaching in the Schools of Art and Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Briggs works mostly in steel and bronze at various scales, and does all fabrication work herself. Currently, her work is rooted in the exploration of chirality, or 3 dimensional handedness, pursued through the study of basic principles of geometry and symmetry.  I am very interested in the resulting relationships of line and plane, and the way in which each composition describes or implies space.  Although my work often appears chaotic and whimsical, it is, in fact, highly ordered.
Dee Briggs' web site:
Jean McClung
Jean McClung is an artist who lives and works in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She has exhibited extensively and was recently featured in a group exhibit at Agni Gallery in N.Y.C. Jean had a one-person exhibit at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 2006. While she is primarily a painter, her work since 2001 has mainly involved photographing street art and graffiti in urban areas. These photographs are then combined with painting and drawing, and used to create illuminated "paintings" and sculptures. These works are intended to celebrate the complexity, spontaneity, intensity and individuality of the urban world.
Jean is a member of both the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Group A.  Jean held a number of positions in Group A, and served as President of the group from 2001-2006.
Additional images of Jean McClung's work can be found at:
George Thomas Mendel
George Mendel is a freelance photographer with over 20 years of experience specializing in architectural and corporate event and location photography.   His images have appeared in Architectural Lighting, Western Pennsylvania History, Pittsburgh Metropolitan, Pittsburgh Professional, and Mt. Lebanon magazines, to name a few.  Mendel's images featured in the book "Death by Renaissance" and shown at The Silver Eye Gallery are now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution's affiliate museum/library, the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center.
Mr. Mendel works professionally with digital cameras (Leica and Canon).  As an artist he utilizes film-based view cameras, as well as film and digital technology (35mm format).  He has exhibited annually since moving back to Pittsburgh in 1988.
George Mendel's web site:
Norm W. Schumm
Norman W. Schumm started photography as a freshman in high school and estimates that, since 1946, he has taken over 100,000 pictures. Since moving to Pittsburgh in 1959, he has spent many hours photographing the different moods of the city itself.  Many of his Pittsburgh pictures grace the walls of Pittsburgh homes, offices, and distant cities where former Pittsburghers now live.  His pictures have been published in books, posters, calendars, and post cares.  Stefan Lorant, noted author and pioneer photojournalist, chose Norman to take photographs for three different editions of his book: "Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City."
Norman photographs primarily with a 4x5 view camera and uses both color and black & white film.  He personally controls each step of the photographic process from the initial exposure to the developing and making of both color and black & white prints in his darkroom.  Norman's personal preference is for the full tone, expressive black and white prints such as those taken by Ansel Adams.
Norman's portfolio is on the web at:

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