About Our Gallery
Our gallery opens for every first Friday gallery crawl along the Penn Avenue Arts District. Each first Friday of the month, called Unblurred, Assemble features an artist, maker, technologist, academic department, or student. The work is in the space from the first Friday to the last Friday of the month.
For more information on upcoming shows and workshops, visit our calendar.
August Unblurred Showcase: A Familiar Place
Jameelah “Mimi” Platt and Vania Arthur
“A Familiar Place” is translation of the spaces a community can mutually acknowledge, remember and embrace. When we are approached with something recognizable, we are often faced with emotions that take us as viewers to a memorable space. The rendition of these themes are presented to create comfort through depictions of communal spaces and awaken ideas of nostalgia.
About Jameelah “Mimi” Platt:
Jameelah is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of the Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). She also attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia for 3 yrs. She has grown an interest in investigating the playful nature of color. She is also interested in exploring different methods used to illustrate the interactions of color and its relationship to the content presented. She enjoys creating visual narratives that allow the viewer to nurture an innocent almost childlike curiosity . When she is not painting she can be found studying the vast species of flora, adorning spaces with plant life and writing poetry.
About Vania Arthur:
With her passion for children, knowledge growth, Vania Arthur is a Teacher’s Assistant at Assemble. Throughout the years she has found herself in positions of teaching and mentoring, whether that be as a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, at Urban Pathways in Downtown Pittsburgh or as a child care assistant at the YMCA. Besides finding joy in working with children, Vania also finds herself as a photographer, finding joy in capturing the organic moments that go unnoticed.
In our contemporary culture we are encouraged to be emotionless, that we are the only ones in which we can depend on. It has been cultivated within our culture that the only thing that is important and the only thing in which we should look up to is ourselves. For guidance, for love and for peace. I have found that in my experience with this strain of independence that I have experienced the most confusion and the most loneliness. And in these lonely spaces is where I’ve found the most beauty for the world around me, for the people around me, and most importantly for myself.
I have always found that to let go of pain it is best to express these unspoken emotions through visuals where i discover, cultivate, and nurture many of my concepts. I want people to feel. Through my work of poetry, portraiture and landscapes, it is the intention of my work to give a voice to the voiceless. With each of visual experience I am to create spaces in which the view feels connected with the world around them and that they feel more in tune with their own experiences.