Sandy Kephart. Courtesy of the Mt. Lebanon Artists' Market.

Academy Avenue & Washington Road

September 26 & 27
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Courtesy of the Mt. Lebanon Artists' Market.
Courtesy of the Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market.
Courtesy of the Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market.

A great way to experience the artsy side of Autumn is at this weekend’s Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market, on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For its second annual installment, more than 69 local, regional and national artists will fill the parking lot at the corner of Academy Ave. and Washington Rd. (behind PNC Bank) with their handmade wares. And if it’s anything like last year’s event, we highly recommend it.

This year, the juried selection will extend into the community’s streets to include a larger gathering of handmade crafts, decor and fine art. Market-goers can shop for everything from eclectic jewelry, unique woodworking and glass objects, to fiber pieces, wearable goods and mixed media artwork. Featured vendors for 2015 include everyone from Three Rivers Clay Works, Go Carr Go and strawberryluna, to Red Clay Tile Works, Abandoned Pittsburgh and Upcycled Designs. Prices will range from $10 to $2,000.

In addition to showcasing locally produced and sourced goods, the market will also feature a variety of hands-on activities and special events. Visitors can watch live demonstrations of art techniques led by Laurel Highlands-based Touchstone Center for Crafts, enjoy live music by the Luke Williams Band and The Rents and can purchase this year’s winning t-shirt design ($15) which was created by Mt. Lebanon artist David Klug.

MPKyros Jewelry. Courtesy of Mt. Lebanon Artists' Market.
MPKyros Jewelry. Courtesy of Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market.
MPKyros Jewelry. Courtesy of Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market.

Looking for children’s activities? Assisted by artist educators from The Andy Warhol Museum, kids can create their very own frame-worthy silkscreen prints based on photographs of Lebo and Pittsburgh.

Attendees can also purchase lunch from local food trucks and purveyors, including Arancini House, PGH Crepes, Pitaland and Family Farm Creameries. Don’t forget to bring along a non-perishable food items to donated to the Wallace Food Bank.

Jurors for this year’s market were Adam Kenney from Bridgeway Capital and former executive director of Touchstone, award-winning artist and illustrator Mark Bender, who is a faculty member at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and artist Melissa Fabian, who runs Wild Rose Landscape Design and teachers at Phipps Conservatory. Co-sponsored by the Mt. Lebanon Partnership, Mt. Lebanon Magazine, Howard Hanna and UPMC, the market’s co-chairs are Wendy and Steve Denenberg of Create A Frame Handworks Gallery. NEXTpittsburgh is a proud media sponsor.

View a complete list of artists.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

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.