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In addition to educational programming, Sweetwater provides cultural programming that is open to the public and offered for free or for a nominal cost - including musical performances, educational lectures, and exhibitions featuring local, regional, national, and international artists. Through gallery exhibitions, educational programming, and fundraising events, Sweetwater supports over 300 emerging and professional artists, musicians, and teachers throughout the region annually.

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38 Pittsburgh cultural organizations granted big bucks by Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies dropped tens of thousands of dollars for unrestricted use on 38 organizations in the Pittsburgh arts community Thursday. Along with the big bucks, the charitable foundation also offered …

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MARKETPLACE Pittsburgh: Sweetwater Center for the Arts – test

PITTSBURGH — Based in Sewickley, Sweetwater Center for the Arts hosts a variety of programs and exhibits highlighting regional artists with a focus on art education and development for children …

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Sweetwater Center for the Arts Presents Original Work By Frank Dininno

Sewickley, PA, March 6, 2019, Sweetwater Center for the Arts presents 16 original Frank Dininno paintings and drawings from the collection of Luke Ward, a Sewickley community member and art …

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Longtime greeting card illustrator shares story with Sewickley Artist Guild

You’ve probably never heard of George Schill, but chances are, you’ve given — or received — one or more of his creations for a birthday or Christmas or just to …

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Events Up and Coming

April Artist Guild Meeting

April 29, 2019

Join us for this month’s Artist Guild meeting with Pittsburgh mosaic artist, Debbie Maier Jacknin.

Artist Bio

Debbie is a mosaic glass artist currently living and working in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her artwork combines her passion for social issues and inspirational messages with her love of nature, sailing, water, and Western Pennsylvania. Working in an impressionistic style, she evokes a sense of luminescent beauty while tackling provocative subjects, such as women’s issues. Debbie often uses reclaimed glass, stones from local creeks, and old windows to create her work.

Debbie’s art practice has always been very connected to her family. She worked closely with her late husband, creating custom glass mosaics, which can be seen in a window at the entrance of Temple David in Monroeville and in homes across the United States.

Debbie continues to create alongside her two daughters. The family opened Jenn’s Jems inside the Pittsburgh Public Market. It gave them a place to sell their mosaics as well as other handmade items crafted by Debbie and her daughter, Jennifer Orefice. This led to the opening of Songbird Artistry with Jennifer and her other daughter, Jacklyn Orefice.

Songbird Artistry is located at 4316 Penn Ave in Lawrenceville, Pa across the street from Children’s Hospital. The shop offers handcrafted merchandise made in the Greater Pittsburgh Area, vintage items, classes, parties, and events.

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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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