Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud!
On Saturday, September 26th, we’re bring Touchstone to you! “Nothing beats visiting Touchstone’s campus and watching live demonstrations, but perhaps touring our studios virtually, watching online demonstrations, and interacting with artists virtually will actually reach more people than our typical event does” says Lindsay K. Gates, Executive Director at Touchstone Center for Crafts.
· EXPLORE Touchstone’s beautiful 150-acre campus and well-equipped studios without leaving the safety of your home. Learn about things to do in the Laurel Highlands and take a virtual nature walk around campus.
· DISCOVER new artists, techniques, opportunities, and browse our virtual gallery exhibition. Hear conversations with professional and emerging artists, educators, and Touchstone participants.
· PARTICIPATE in online art activities and view demonstrations in blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, metals & jewelry, and plein air painting. Watch a live stream* of the noborigama wood kiln being unloaded!
· EXPERIENCE what it’s like to be a part of the creative community and have a chance to share your Touchstone Experience!
To enjoy and participate in the Virtual Open House, visit touchstoneopenhouse.org from 11am-4pm on Saturday, Sept. 26th. Registration is required for hands-on activities, list of materials provided.
Participating artists and organizations include: Frontline Arts, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, Boris Bally, Sharif Bey, Jim Bové, Ed Claypoole, Ron Donoughe, Yoshi Fuji, Joy Knepp, Maia Leppo, Michael Nashef, Jared Ondovchik, William Pfahl, Kyle and Kelly Phelps, Kevin Rhode, Touchstone Friends, Interns and Staff, and more! Please check back as the list will be updated.
This project is supported by a Craft Futures Fund Grant from the Center for Craft. Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corp. (91.3 WYEP & 90.55 WESA) is the official media sponsor for Touchstone’s Virtual Open House. Funded in part by the Fayette County Tourism Grant Program.
Thank you to our Sponsors: Navarro Design Associates, Drs. Paul and Diane Kiproff, QCOL Inc., National Road Heritage Corridor, First National Bank, DiceCo Technologies LLC, Enscoe Long Insurance Group LLC, Hranec Corporation, Halstead Jewelry Supplies, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Somerset Trust Company, Artist & Craftsman Supply, FastSigns of Uniontown, Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.
*Special thanks to DiceCo Technologies LLC for supporting the live stream.
ABOUT TOUCHSTONE CENTER FOR CRAFTS Founded in 1972, Touchstone Center for Crafts’ mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. We achieve this through an array of media including blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, fine metals, drawing/painting, and other special topic areas. Touchstone’s 150 acre wooded campus is located in the Laurel Highlands, just 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Ohiopyle State Park, and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Touchstone is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering immersive learning experiences in 7 fully equipped studios, workshop scholarships for teens and adults, artist residencies, internships for artists, and professional gallery exhibitions.
To learn more about Touchstone Center for Crafts please visit www.touchstonecrafts.org.
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