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Art and music mark Gallery Crawl’s return to Pittsburgh’s cultural district

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s annual Winter Gallery Tour returns January 28 to the Cultural District, with more than 20 free events from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The 14 crawl stops include Trust galleries and other outdoor and indoor venues and public art venues.

“We have some very exciting events planned as we welcome people downtown to the first stand-alone Gallery Crawl since the start of the pandemic,” said Sarah Gilmer, Head of the Trust’s Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement Program. . “Everything that will happen is a one-time thing.

“Who knows when these people will be back in the cultural district? That’s part of what makes this multi-location showcase so special,” she said.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District will feature exhibitions in four permanent galleries, as well as two pop-ups. Events will also take place at the Trust Arts Education Center at 805 Liberty Ave. and at the Greer Cabaret Theater at 655 Penn Ave.

The education center will host a pop-up artists’ market featuring Nafasi in the center and Ohringer’s artists-in-residence on the fourth floor. The University of Pittsburgh Musical WPTS Radio will host a musical showcase at Pierce Studio, featuring Byron Nash at 6 p.m. and SpeciàlK at 7 p.m.

The center lobby will be the site of “Listen to Me… NFT Cocktail Bar”, a pop-up to showcase the new wave of art collecting, trading and creating. Visitors can enjoy a creative drink, learn about NFTs, and see them on display while having the opportunity to own one or add to a collection.

Commitment to return

A Night of Soul is coming to the Greer Cabaret Theater, featuring an artist lineup curated by BLKNVMBR (Black November), a marketing, support and promotion organization for black R&B and R&B-adjacent art in Pittsburgh. “BLKNVMBR: A ​​Renaissance Showcase” will feature Mani Bahia & The Mob, Jrouz3 and Arie Cole from 5:30-9pm

The crawl’s only paid event will follow at the theater from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Crawl After Dark will feature the music of rapper Benji., a Pittsburgh native now based in Atlanta.

Born Ian Benjamin Welch, Benji. grew up in Homewood with musical influences ranging from 50s and 60s soul to modern R&B, rap and rock. Now a member of Atlanta rap collective Spillage Village, he released his debut album, “Smile! You’re Alive,” in September.

“I like to stay overtly upbeat in my music and as positive as possible, but also get to the bottom of it, the dirt, all that encompasses life too,” he said.

At the Greer Theatre, the 28-year-old musician will be joined by his friend, Jourdan Martin, who performs as Slim Tha DJ.

“It will be a deep dive into my music so far, and we’ll try to give a taste of a new project I’m working on right now,” he said.

“It’s always a joy for me to be able to come home and play and keep my bonds, and Crawl After Dark is one of those events for me,” Benji. noted. “It’s always fun to have the opportunity to play in front of the local crowd and keep an eye on everyone and give something back to the city that has given me so many opportunities to do what I like to do.”

Tickets for the 18+ show are $10, available on the Trust’s website.

Gallery exhibits and featured pop-ups include:

Wood Street Galleries

“New Work”, by Matthew Schreiber, with three immersive exhibitions: “Double Gemini”, a laser sculpture; “Summoner”, a video installation, and “Gift Shop”, a dark space. On view until March 13.

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Image from ‘New Work’ by Matthew Schreiber, on display at Wood Street Gallery in downtown Pittsburgh through March 13.

SPACE

“FRILLS: Glories, Excess, and Getting Weird”, the work of several artists that “subverts common notions of extravagance by playing with the boundaries between ruffles and the simplicity of everyday life”. Each artist takes materials from their personal experience and home environment and transforms them through embellishment and decoration, revealing how necessary flourishes are for a greater appreciation and rediscovery of the forms, memories, and objects that hold us. surround. Available for viewing until February 27.

707 Gallery

“For Tonight That’s All”, Wren Visual Arts. Available for viewing until January 30.

937 Gallery

“The Border is a Weapon,” featuring new artwork from the US/Mexico border region, curated by Laredo, Texas artist and educator Gil Rocha and presented by Other Border Wall Project. This exhibition includes sculptures, prints, videos and performances by artists Maritza Bautista, Angel Cabrales, Juan de Dios Mora, Daniela Madrigal and Jose Villalobos. The opening of the exhibition will take place from 6pm to 9pm during the Gallery Crawl, with commentary from the curator and the artists and a performance by Villalobos at 8pm. Available until April 10.

Center for Arts Education Trust

“InVisible”, by the Colored Section Black Artists’ Collective, curated by Natiq Jalil and artists Zeal Eva and Amun Ray, featuring works in various media by 12 artists highlighting their personal struggles with mental health and exploring the vices, cures, mental disorders, health practices, therapy, medications, coping mechanisms and triggers. Available for viewing until February 13.

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“Intrude”, by Australian artist Amanda Parer, with inflatable bunny sculptures that “juxtapose the fairy-tale innocence of the bunny with the great destruction and imbalance they are causing in Australia”. The pieces mix visual humor with a more serious environmental message. The crawl will be the last opportunity to see “Intrude”.

Information about additional offers is listed on the Trust website. Participating cultural district partners include August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Arcade Comedy, Con Alma, love Pittsburgh and Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural Quarter is presented in accordance with the Trust’s health and safety policies. For galleries and Trust locations, guests must be fully vaccinated, provide proof of vaccination before entering, and wear a mask inside. Guests under the age of 12 are not required to be vaccinated, but must present a negative covid-19 test, wear a mask and be accompanied by an adult who meets the health and safety requirements of the venue.

For more information, visit trustarts.org.

Shirley McMarlin is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .