Photo by Russell Johnson

Pittsburgh Glass Center

March 8
1 – 4 p.m.

Where can you not only look at but also touch and wear works of art?

Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) celebrates the opening of its latest exhibition, ABC@PGC, with a free Family Day open to all ages on Sunday, March 8.

Have you ever stepped up to a work of art that is so vivid and inviting you just want to reach out and touch it? But then you remember the rules. Forget “do not touch” and head to PGC in Garfield to experience an immersive new exhibition that invites children and families to not only touch, but wear, artworks in the gallery—just like clothing or jewelry!

The fee fun-filled Family Day will showcase glass, colors, literacy, games and more.

What’s your favorite letter? Explore the creative side of the alphabet as you play with colorful 3-D glass letters that actually come off the gallery’s walls. Take your picture with your favorite letter, construct words and phrases, play fun word games and identify a special word of the day.

Enjoy storytelling with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, pop into Reading is FUNdamental’s Story Mobile and participate in hands-on activities led by Assemble and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

For just $5, visitors of all ages can also stamp letters in glass.Opening to the public on March 6, ABC@PGC features an interactive illuminated word building component juxtaposed with brilliantly hued blown glass assemblages, wall panels and mirrored objects. Boasting a primary color palette reminiscent of children’s play equipment, the enticing exhibit challenges assumptions about how art can be experienced in a gallery and encourages viewers to think about the role of seeing and looking in their everyday lives.Created by Seattle-based glass artists Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert, ABC@PGC remains on view through June 7.

Jennifer Baron

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...