Back in March, we featured a sweet little 325 sq ft apartment in Lawrenceville.  It is part of a 4 unit building that was beautifully renovated by architect Kate Dougherty.  Kate lives in the building too, and this is her space.  She’s a girl after my own heart who loves community and genuinely cares about the careful quality restoration of old Pittsburgh buildings.  Her general contractor was Chad Sipes / Sipes & Son General Contractors.  Check out before & after pictures of this building as well as info. on her current project – a duplex on 45th Street, on Kate’s Urbanspace blog.  Kate’s personal website is here, where you can see among other things, some of the movies she’s worked on as a set designer.  

custom coffee table from reclaimed pgh urban wood by Jason Boone at Urban Tree
the beam above the tv was sliding door hardware original to the home – the sliding doors were reused in a bedroom

“hungry ghosts III” by Stephanie Armbruster

Ossie thoroughly enjoys the view from every window in the space

black & white photograph from the “lines” series by Jeremy Ehly
decorative pillow by Sarah Pack – soon available at Werk in Lawrenceville

photos – Kelly Carter
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As Mayor of Pittsburgh, I pledge to connect at least one piece of locally made artwork with every home.  There you have it – my platform for 2025.  Really though — I’ve been working on this post for weeks now!  I keep getting lost on the various local artists websites.  I had to just stop myself this morning and share some of the great stuff I found – all made right here in Pittsburgh.  It was so much fun putting this together – I think we should consider this a regular thing.

Could you imagine living in a city where you didn’t eat in local restaurants or get your hair cut at local salons?  Of course not.  I believe that buying at least something from a local artist is the same sort of thing.  It’s your civic duty.  And it will make you and your home feel awesome.  There’s my pitch.  I shouldn’t have to beg you to do something this fun though.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Picasso

Seth Leibowitz

I’ve known of Seth for awhile now and just met him for the first time a couple weeks ago.   He’s had several shows at New Amsterdam in Lawrenceville and I’ve admired his work there.  He did a painting of Larry David a few years ago that I really loved – more on that later.  But listen to this — Seth recently broke his right wrist in a bicycle accident.  He makes his living as a right-handed tattoo artist at Artform Gallery & Tattoo, so that was bad news on several levels.  While his wrist is healing though (for the next 12 weeks), he’s been teaching himself to paint with his left hand – pretty, pretty, pretty amazing!  I ran across these painting auctions he’s been hosting on facebook to pay the bills – including older stuff and new works from his “Lefthand Leibowitz” collection.  It turned out that he was auctioning off another more recent Larry David painting.  So, even though all of my money is tied up here in home rehab projects,  I placed my bid, never thinking that I’d win the painting.  But I actually did win the painting!  Who needs a refrigerator anyway.  It’s probably worth quadruple what I paid for it.  On the right is yet another Larry painting that Seth plans on giving to LD himself.  Seth also does work on commission, and now would be a great time to take advantage of that as he’s painting every day for the next 12 weeks until he can get back to tattooing.  You can reach him here or at Artform.

Larry David (proud owner right here), Larry & Jerry

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left-handed work in progress

Carol Skinger
I met Carol a few years ago when I organized a bike-themed art show benefitting Bike Pittsburgh as part of one of the Gallery Crawls.  She really helped to promote the show, where lots of artwork was sold.  It was a fun experience.  Check out Carol’s work on her website, including custom house portraits.

Dane Horvath
Dane runs the awesome local website Steeltown Anthem, and now has branched out with a second website – pghdigs, featuring her spectacular illustrations of Pittsburgh homes.  She does work on commission – so if you’re house crazy like me and would love to see your home illustrated in all its glory, get in touch with her here.

Jesse Best

James Gyre / Naked Geometry

Giuseppe Ragozzino

Gabe Felice