Jergel's Merging Art Series

Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
May 4
7 — 10 p.m.

Five artists, five concerts, five charities—and a great way to spend Wednesday nights, thanks to the brand new Jergel’s Merging Art Series. It all culminates this Wednesday at the free Merging Art Festival.

Photo by Gina Vensel
Photo by Gina Vensel

A new event series launched at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille is bringing together the act of making art and doing good. Presented by Green Mountain Energy Company, the aptly named Merging Art Series combines the creative and performing arts while raising funds for and awareness about regional nonprofits.

Each event pairs Pittsburgh-based musicians and visual artists who merge their mediums during a unique, live collaborative performance. Rethink hump day at Merging Art, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month at the Warrendale-based music venue, restaurant and cigar bar.

Experience an evening of live music by local and national acts and watch firsthand as paintings are created right before your veyes while bands perform.

Photo by Gina Vensel
Photo by Gina Vensel

The series’ culminating event, the Merging Art Festival, on Wednesday, May 4th, will highlight all of the work created thus far. Since its inception in December 2015, up participatingmusicians and artists have merged their mediums for live collaborative performances that resulted in original art pieces that will be auctioned off to benefit regional charities.

The final installment will feature music by DJD PGH, Red Room Effect and The Semi-Supervillains. All of the artwork created throughout the entire series will be auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting selected charities.

Paintings from the following local artists will be auctioned to support the corresponding nonprofits: Sarah Zeffiro: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; Tom Mosser: Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center; Baron Batch: Community Kitchen Pittsburgh; Dante Lombardi: Young Womens Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation; and Jason Sauer: Chromos Eyewear’s Chromos Cares.

The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. and will close at 10 p.m.

Created by Easy Street Promotions and Acrobatique, the Jergel’s Merging Art Series is free and open to ages 21 and up.

Looking for more events? Read our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in May 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.