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TechShop Team joins the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival

Event takes place Aug. 22-23

Published: August 7, 2014 1:44 AM

MARS, PA—Barbara Grossman, Founder of the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, is teaming up with her sister Ann Szilagyi on a new endeavor: The Inaugural Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival takes place at the Four Points by Sheraton in Mars, PA, Aug. 22-23, 2014. It will feature classes, workshops, lectures, interactive demos and a marketplace focusing on a variety of creative arts!
The TechShop of Pittsburgh will be onsite during the Festival and will be holding demos along with a display of some member’s handmade items. “We are excited that they have joined us,” says Grossman. They are also donating a 1 Year Membership for one lucky grand prize winner to be drawn at the end of the day on Saturday at the Festival. This membership is valued at $1395.00 and gives the recipient unlimited access to TechShop facilities. The winner can use their advanced machines and tools, sophisticated design workstations and software, network with other members, work on their own projects, and learn new ones. Includes all member perks: http://www.techshop.ws/pittsburgh.html
A variety of Vendors, Artists and Guilds will be presenting demos throughout the Festival.  We are excited to introduce many demos that will offer participants an opportunity to explore a new art form and have local guilds to support them after the festival.  Guilds and groups such as the Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild, Pittsburgh Lace Group and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts are organizations offering Lace Making Demos, Interactive Rag Rug Demos and Paper Making Demos.   Some of the other vendors offering make-it and take-it interactive demos include Kreinik Mfg, with String Art Demos, David Heatwole with greeting cards from rubbings, Quilting Stencil notecards with the Stencil Company and a Creative Drop In Studio Project with FeltLOOM and Stramba Farm and Fiber Mill, all included with the cost of your admission. 

“We are excited to have the participation from our vendors and guilds” said Grossman. “Most of the demos are designed to be interactive and inspirational, offering guests the opportunity to have a finished take home project.”
Participants can also enjoy a free yoga class on Friday evening and a free lecture with Daniel Nie, creator of the Coolligraphy art form.
The website, www.pghcreativearts.com,  is open for registration for admission and classes.  Visitors can also sign up for a free enewsletter at the site.
Grossman says. “Pittsburgh is brimming with talented artists and teachers, as well as creative students eager to learn more about a given art or a new technique. We want them all to consider this Festival as an event created just for them. We are excited to have such a variety of artisans gathered in one place to share their talents and work with us, as well as so many vendors who are both artisans with finished work for sale and vendors with supplies to support the classes offered at the show."
“Some artists work in a variety of media, and others choose to stick mainly with one medium, such as fiber,” she notes. “The Creative Arts Festival will appeal to an even wider audience being able to explore  other media like beading, fabric design, paperart, surface design, quilting, sewing, glasswork and more."
The event will feature a kick-off reception with a sneak preview of the marketplace on Friday evening, Aug. 22, 2014 that will include demonstrations, mini classes, and the open marketplace.  Classes, demos and marketplace will be open all day on Saturday, Aug. 23 , 2014. 

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