An Artful Holiday

February 27, 2017 , In: Art History, Culture, Inspiration

I keep threatening everyone that one year, over the winter holidays, I am going away to an island.  Since that didn’t happen again this year, I tried to pack as much art as possible into my days off.  And I thought I’d share some of that with you!

My mom and I took a little day excursion to the Frick Art Museum and Clayton House here in Pittsburgh.  Henry Clay Frick purchased the Italianate house in 1882 for his family.  The Frick fortune was made from coke manufacturing, and if you know anything about Pittsburgh, this was the place to be! The Frick’s did not reside in Pittsburgh very long, but the house remained in the family and there’s an endowment for it’s upkeep to remain a resource here in Pittsburgh.  You are not permitted to take photos of the inside of the house, but here’s an outside photo of me and my mom.  It was snowing that day, very festive!

Here are some photos of the artwork housed in the museum.  The museum holds the Frick’s private collection of art, and there was also an Impressionist exhibit occurring at the time of our visit, as well.

On another day, my boyfriend Jason and I took a trip to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  I’ve been there before, but it had been a long time and he wanted to go for his birthday – so off we went.  They have several glass pieces that were purchased after a Dale Chihuly show there – and of course I had to take photos of those pieces as well! 

They have an awesome orchid room, I took so many photos, but I’ll just show a few here!

As with the above venues, every child in Western Pennsylvania also takes a trip to the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms at some point.  The nationality rooms are actual working classrooms in the Cathedral of Learning – organizations related to specific countries apply for space in the Cathedral – all rooms are completely decorated from ceiling to floor and maintained by the specific organization.  The rooms are decorated for Christmas every year, and I had never been there during the holiday season, so we went there as well!  Here are some photos from some of the rooms – unfortunately I can’t tell you which room is which as the tour moved quite quickly.

And, finally, we went to downtown Pittsburgh, which is always decorated, but in particular, to PPG Winter Garden, where they have a Christmas Tree/Santa exhibit, and every year they have a gingerbread house competition with the local schools.  This year was phenomenal! First, the tree at the PPG Skating Rink, and the International Santa Clauses.

And now the awesome gingerbread houses created by local students!

And what trip would be complete without a great drink at lunch, and some awesome city grafitti!


Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy Susan, the owner of SueBeads, started making glass beads in 2005 because she loved lampworked beads so much, but wanted to make her own instead of buying them on ebay! She also makes enameled components and dabbles in polymer clay, but her first love is glass. She has attended jewelry-making classes at ArtBLISS and has taken classes from Barbara Lewis (torch fired enameling) in addition to several classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
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    So many wonderful things to see! I liked the orchids best!

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    Wow! love that glass and the flowers 🙂

    • Deb
    • February 27, 2017

    Museums and art are some of the things I really miss (and the food!) about moving from Chicago 17 years ago to this dinky town I live in now. January and February are good months to visit a greenhouse too – helps lift one’s spirit. Thanks for taking me along with you Susan!

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    Beautiful photos and it all looked like fun!

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    So interesting! I wish I had spent more time in Pittsburgh!

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