Commonwealth Press Warehouse

May 30
6 – 9 p.m.

Creativity, compassion and charitable giving are fueling a new local project called Wolfepack Goods, which launches with a free art show and benefit concert on Friday, May 30th at Commonwealth Press.

A collective of Pittsburgh talents is teaming up to make art in honor of sisters Sarah and Suzy Wolfe, who were senselessly murdered in their East Liberty home on February 6, 2014. Both women were active in the Pittsburgh community; Sarah worked as a psychiatrist focusing on children’s development, and Susan held degrees in education and worked as a child care provider.

To honor the Wolfe sisters, and to pay tribute to their vibrant and inspiring lives, personal passions and dedicated work in the community, a group of local artists have come together to create charity artwork that will continue their legacy. Debuting at Friday’s launch party, Wolfepack Goods features a series of limited-edition works, including t-shirts, stationery, ceramics, art prints, tote bags and more. Created by local artists who knew or cared about the Wolfe sisters, the work is inspired by the Wolfe sisters’ own passion for children, animal welfare and female empowerment. Both Sarah and Suzy were also active in the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1990s and 2000s.

All proceeds from the sales of Wolfepack Goods will be donated to Girls Rock! Pittsburgh, where the funds will help to establish the Sarah & Susan Wolfe Scholarship Fund. Inspired by national Girls Rock charters, the group uses music to instill self-confidence, creative expression, independent thinking, mutual respect and cooperation in girls, support positive girl-empowering change in the community and nurture a supportive and inclusive network of peers and mentors.

Providing the inspiring soundtrack at the launch event will be the Electrocats and The Fabulous Falcons, two Girls Rock! camp bands who are reuniting to perform. Attendees will have the chance to peruse and purchase locally produced art, and meet the artists who developed the project. Free and open to all ages, the family-friendly event will also feature screen printing demonstrations, food trucks, drinks and make-your-own-s’mores activities.

The Commonwealth Press warehouse is located at 2315 Wharton Street on the South Side. After May 30th, the artwork will be for sale online.

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.