7 p.m. – midnight
RAWk your way through the holidays with local handmade art.
For its sixth and final showcase of 2014, RAW Pittsburgh is presenting 40-plus local artists during a one-night showcase at Xtaza. Turning the club into a pop-up art gallery, Holiday RAWk will feature original work across a wide range of media, including visual art, film, fashion, photography, music, accessories, hair and makeup artistry and performance.
If you have yet to catch a RAW Pittsburgh happening, the Xtaza showcase is a great opportunity to experience the independent art organization’s latest production and ring in the holiday season in the Strip District. Equal parts art exhibition and nightlife hotspot, Holiday RAWk will include live music by Crystal Lee Morgan and Wreck Loose, along with more than 30 up-and-coming visual artists, photographers, fashion designers and accessories artists.
Hosted by Sereny, Holiday RAWk will also feature special guest DJs, Tracksploitation. Additional performers include Gene & Luz of Healthy Living Spirit, Gabe Felice and Joanna Abel, and 3rd Street Belly Dance. The night’s fashion show will feature designs by Sofiya Mozley and makeup by Destenee Guy. Several bars will be set up throughout the venue, and RAWkers can nosh on fare from Brassero Grill, which will set up shop in front of the club.
In February of 2013, Pittsburgh joined the growing list of 54-plus international cities that now produce local artist showcases as part of the independent arts organization, RAW. Since launching locally, RAW: Pittsburgh has showcased more than 350 local artists in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair and makeup artistry, photography and performing art. During 2014, each RAW showcase attracted approximately 800 attendees, featured 40 local artists and sold more than $15,000 in artwork. RAW also provides emerging artists with important tools, resources and exposure, and connects them with the project’s national network.
View a complete list of participating artists on tap for Holiday RAWk.