Current Exhibition

Visit Sweetwater’s gallery on the mezzanine level of our historic building. The gallery is free and open to the public 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, as well as weekends and evenings pending class schedule. Check the schedule by calling the office 412-741-4405.

Statement Pieces

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019, 6:00-9:00pm in conjunction with Sewickley Spring Gallery Walk.


The wearable object has a long history of holding strong meaning and communicating specific intention, for both the maker and the wearer. Jewelry art enjoys a unique connection of intimacy with the viewer. These qualities can inherently amplify concept and expression of social awareness, political ideology, gender identity, personal experience, etc. The Statement Pieces exhibition showcases jewelry created not only to wear, but to tell a story, communicate an idea, or to make a statement.


Artists Include: Yasmina Conti, Rachel Andrea Davis, Dawna Gillespie, Bethany James, Cathryn Jasterzbski, Katie Kameen, Karen Krieger, LaVerne Kemp, Mary B Mason, Erin McCue, Adwowa Obeng-Osei, Liz Sabol, Rebecca Schena, Sarah Jane Sindler, Cyan Mengxin Zhang, and Yingqi Puffy Zhao.


Statement Pieces is juried by Kate Lydon. Lydon is the Director of Exhibitions at Contemporary Craft (CC). She received dual degrees in Art History and French at Denison University in OH and a master’s degree from the Archival, Museum and Editing Program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Lydon served as registrar for The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh and as exhibitions coordinator at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She has juried, curated and adjudicated many exhibitions and competitions throughout the US, including The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA; The 2014 Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC; and The Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, among others.

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Dates: 06/13/2019 – 06/15/2019
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MASTERS: Power of Pastel with Christine Swann MA03

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MASTERS: Plein Air Landscapes with Aaron Schuerr MA02

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