214 North Lexington Street
March 24

6 – 9 p.m.

One of Pittsburgh’s most unique spots is about to get bigger, better and more creative.

Juliet Pusateri.
Juliet Pusateri.

Lovers of found objects, crafting, recycling and thrifting alike will rejoice to learn that Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (PCCR) is opening a new art gallery and launching an Artist Residency Program.

Help the one-of-a-kind nonprofit—which operates a 4,200-square-foot retail shop in Point Breeze—celebrate its expansion this Thursday, March 24th, from 6 to 9 p.m. Open to the public, the free event will mark the opening of PCCR’s new gallery space and will kick-off its inaugural Artist Residency Program.

Featured first in the new 275-square-foot gallery will be Pittsburgh-based artist Juliet Pusateri, whose colorful body of work is made entirely made from reclaimed materials. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Pusateri is also assistant curator of education at Carnegie Museum of Art and co-author of Art Chat, and has exhibited her work nationally.

Juliet Pusateri at PCCR.
Juliet Pusateri at PCCR.

Attendees will be the first to check out the new space, will enjoy light bites and libations and will meet Pusateri and PCCR staff and volunteers. All works on view will be for sale, with prices ranging from $60 to $560, and proceeds benefiting both the artist and PCCR.

The new gallery and accompanying Artist Residency Program are designed to promote the fine art potential and varied applications of reclaimed materials through innovative exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. For each residency, the PCCR will select an innovative local artist who will produce a new body of work that highlights the concept of creative reuse and celebrates reclaimed materials. Each artist will receive a stipend and free materials. The three-month residency will culminate with a gallery exhibition, a workshop and special demonstration days.

Ready to try your hand at creative reuse? Artist Juliet Pusateri will lead a hands-on workshop on April 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will create their own original pieces using reclaimed materials and art-making techniques, such as found photographs, paint, collage, and drawing. The workshop costs $10 and is open to ages 16 and up. Registration is required.

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is located in the same building as Construction Junction at 214 North Lexington Street in Point Breeze.

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