Photo: Porter Loves

Society for Contemporary Craft
April 2
7 – 11 p.m.

Channel your inner crafter and get out of hand for a great local arts organization on Saturday night. Celebrating all things handmade, Society for Contemporary Craft’s (SCC) festive spring fundraiser provides patrons with a unique, firsthand opportunity to see art being made, purchase local art to take home, and participate in a range of artmaking techniques on-site.

Photo: Porter Loves
Photo: Porter Loves

Gala-goers will welcome spring by making “pop des fleurs” flowers and pompoms with Ray Gold, flower seed paper with Katy Dement and Albert Pantone and enameled wine charms  with Jenny Soracco and Lucas Pointon. Attendees can also watch a variety of live demonstrations, including art journaling with Chris Fondi, forging with Glen Gardner, wooden top making with Turners Anonymous and hand-building clay with Margaret Haden.

More fun awaits at Out of Hand, which will also feature paper cutting activities led by Gianna Paniagua, mind and palm readings by Michael Mykita and a photo booth outfitted with DIY props designed by artists Tom Sarver, Kristen Barca and Daniel Baxter of the Kreepy Doll Factory.

Throughout the night, SCC supporters will be treated to live music by The Clock Reads and handcrafted spirits and local fare by everyone from Bar Marco
 and Edgar’s Tacos, to Mon Aimee Chocolat and Maggie’s Farm Rum

This benefit bash encourages making for a purpose, because all proceeds from Out of Hand—SCC’s largest fundraising event—directly support the organization‘s free art exhibitions and education programs for all ages. In 2015, Out of Hand raised nearly $100,000, which is 10% of SCC’s annual operating funds.

Marc Soracco Photography
Marc Soracco Photography

If you’re looking for a conversation piece for that bare living room wall, a wedding gift for a June bride, or the perfect one-of-a-kind keepsake for your significant other, look no further than Out of Hand’s outstanding auction, which boasts a staggering array of 200-plus objects handcrafted by nationally renowned artists—from furniture and jewelry, to clothing and visual art.

Auction highlights include mixed media artwork by Swoon, a Moop handbag and ceramics by Laura Jean McLaughlin and Kevin Snipes. This year, all bidding will is mobile, and the auction is now open online, so you can even start bidding today.

This is one gala where creative attire is strongly encouraged. Hint: don something handmade, your favorite hand-me-down or wearable art. You can even make your own unique accessory at the party.

Out of Hand often sells out in advance, so grab tickets now.

Looking for more events? Read our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in April feature.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.