PITTSBURGH, PA—Art All Night Lawrenceville is celebrating its 15th year. From Saturday, April 28th at 4PM through Sunday, April 29th at 2PM, Art All Night 2012 makes its home in the Willow Street Development at 4001 Willow Street, located at the corner of Willow and 40th Street. Admission is FREE and the event is open to the public.
In the 15 years since its inception, Art All Night has become one of Pittsburgh’s most popular arts events. The roving event that hosted 1,240 artists, 36 performances, and 12,000+ attendees last year may be unrecognizable from the small, intimate exhibit of 101 artists and 200 attendees in 1998, but the core values remain the same: No Fees, No Jury, No Censorship. Art All Night is FREE to attend and FREE to participating artists. Each artist may submit one—and only ONE—piece of artwork, about any subject, in any medium. The show offers artists of any skill level or experience to showcase their work. First-timers and professionals hang up their artwork side by side. Drawings, paintings, sculptures… every medium has a place at Art All Night.
Art All Night continues its grassroots tradition 15 years after it was first established; it’s organized by an all-volunteer committee, aided by hundreds of additional volunteers who help prepare the venue, clean up afterward, and do all the things in-between. Volunteers register the art pieces, hang them, man the retail tables, lead the children’s activities and create the on-site art.
Art All Night 2012 hopes to take advantage of the 50,000 square feet of the Willow Street Development with even more art pieces, performances and patrons. There will be several designated areas housing bands, dance troupes, theater performances, and more!
In addition to the art on exhibit, patrons will also have the opportunity to witness artwork being produced right before their eyes. Volunteer artists have been paired to meld their styles into collaborative paintings throughout the event. New to Art All Night’s live art this year is Cartooning-All-Night, a homage to 24 Hour Comics Day. Artists are scheduled in hour-long time slots to start and complete one page of a comic. Some artists have committed to be there for the entire 22-hour event.
Because of last year’s success, the children’s activities this year are preparing for an even bigger turnout than last year, providing arts and crafts activities on Saturday from 4PM – 8PM and again on Sunday from 10AM – 2PM. Saturday’s events include a Reuse-a-Palooza arranged by Pittsburgh’s Center for Creative Reuse, as well as activities hosted by the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
WYEP FM is once again taking the reins as media sponsor for Art All Night and will broadcast live from the event on Saturday night. Additional support comes from the Lawrenceville Corporation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, local businesses, and voluntary attendee donations.
Art All Night is committed to make each year’s event “greener” than the last. Taking advantage of Pittsburgh’s green transformation, the event reduces waste, saves energy when possible and promotes reuse, particularly in the children’s activities. Additionally, Art All Night will be accepting gently used and excess art supplies to redistribute to aspiring artists. Art All Night achieved a silver waste reduction accomplishment certification from Zero Waste Pittsburgh for efforts at last year’s event. The event is bike friendly and conveniently located a stone’s throw from the Three Rivers Heritage Trail System. The Willow Street Development is accessible from Port Authority bus routes like the 54, 64, 88, 91 and 93. The event is also within walking distance of Butler Street’s eateries, shopping district and nightlife. No carry-ins will be allowed at Art All Night.
Early online art registration will be available in early April at www.artallnight.org. Artists submitting work must show a photo ID during both registration and pickup. All artwork must arrive ready to hang or otherwise be displayed. Onsite registration is on Saturday, April 28, from 10AM to 2PM, and art pickup is Sunday, April 29, from 2:30PM to 5:30PM.
To learn more about the event, including how to register artwork and how to get involved as a donor or volunteer, visit www.artallnight.org. Like “Art All Night Lawrenceville” on Facebook and connect with your fellow artists and art-enthusiasts! Follow us on Twitter @ArtAllNight for updates and live tweeting during the event! Photos and images for Art All Night are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Tiffany Wilhelm