Studio419 Grand Opening Party

We’re finally spilling the tea! Please RSVP below by filling out the online contact form.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts announces the opening of Studio419, a new initiative with a mission to connect community members and local students to art. We invite all community members, residents, business owners, families, and friends to an all-ages “Spill the Tea Party” on Thursday, April 4, 2019. The evening will be an opportunity to learn more about our vision and participate in multiple interactive art activities that will be later placed in the Sewickley community as public art pieces.

Thressia Kriebel, art educator and professional artist, first met with Barberry Handmade owner, Kirsten Recker in November of 2018 where the idea to transform the 419 Beaver location into a space where community residents and students can explore, learn, and create art. The Sewickley residents and friends then met with Sweetwater’s Executive Director, Thomas Walters, and the makerspace/studio idea quickly became a reality. The studio space is an annex location of Sweetwater Center for the Arts, which occupies the Old Sewickley Post Office building that was built in 1910.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity to have a presence in the heart of our community,” says Walters. “Our goal is to have a space for everyone, especially young people, to experience, create and celebrate art in a new way.”  “Tommy’s idea was to have a space that looked and felt different from Sweetwater’s headquarters in the (Old Sewickley) Post Office. We all agreed that the studio should be completely different, so we’re working together to design the space and programming to be modern and youthful,” said Ms. Recker.

Walters says, “Sweetwater Center for the Arts will continue to offer its traditional, classical art education programs in our space on Broad Street. Studio419 is our answer to reaching a new audience, programming new and different classes, and serving as the hub for our innovative public art initiative. I’m so grateful for Kirsten and Thressia’s energy and enthusiasm, and for helping to make this vision become a reality.”

The evening is free and open to the public and refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Beginning this spring, Studio419 will offer quarterly programming and monthly studio memberships. Open enrollment dates TBD. Please visit for more information or call Sweetwater’s office at 412.741.4405



When you or a family member is looking to take an art class, view an exhibition, or attend a cultural event, where do you turn? If you're like most in our community, you go to Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

$1,000 provides enough materials to fund a semester-long community outreach program.
$500 allows two senior citizens to take an oil painting class.
$250 provides enough clay for every student in an 8-week ceramics class.
$200 will send a child to summer camp for a week.
$100 provides the food for a culinary workshop.
$50 provides materials for two weeks of painting camps.

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