Artists Image Resource (AIR)
4 – 11 p.m.
Printmaking, pinball and partying for a great local art center will converge at AIRcade. A benefit bash for Artists Image Resource (AIR), the all-ages event will feature 10 pinball machines, hands-on activities, live music, a video game lounge, food trucks, art raffles, and a special exhibition and sale of archival prints.
Equal parts community open house and annual fundraiser, AIRcade will spotlight the facilities, programs and resources of the nonprofit’s Deuschtown/East Allegheny HQ, where it has served as a vibrant resource for print artists and area educators for 15-plus years.
AIR’s galleries will be populated with pinball machines from Bradish Street Pinball Parlor, and for a $5 donation, party-goers can play all night and compete for prizes. In the digital lounge, retro 1980s video games will be ready for informal play and competition. Throughout the night, AIRcade-goers will enjoy live music by rock band Naked Spirit, electronic solo artists Permanent and Jordan Marin, folk-punk group Detritus, and DJ David Pohl.
And for anyone eager to plop down a dollop of ink and glide a squeegee across a burned screen, it’s time to roll up those sleeves. Participants can create their own pinball-themed prints and t-shirts using screenprinting, lithography and letterpress techniques in AIR’s fully equipped studios.
The fundraiser would not be complete without AIR’s signature exhibition of work donated by artists from throughout the region and beyond. All work will be raffled off via $5 tickets at the end of the night. Pittsburgh printmaker and internationally-known rock concert poster artist Mike Budai has created posters, t-shirts and a limited edition hand-screened print which will be available for sale. In addition, a selection of framed prints by AIR Project Artists will be on view and for sale at special prices, with all proceeds benefiting future artist residency projects.
In between bands and printing, enjoy local fare from the Franktuary and Mac and Gold food trucks, as well as a variety of craft beers courtesy of Commonwealth Press.
Admission is $10.