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.

June Unblurred

June 7-28

Opening Night: Friday, June 7 from 6-10pm

Sharrell Rushin’s multimedia art exhibition, Don’t Forget Your Kitchens, is an ode to Black American hair culture. This month-long show will feature mixed media art that presents iconic aspects of Black American hair culture in the form of Pop Art.

Born and raised in the east end of Pittsburgh, before it was the cool place to be– Rell’s youth was spent as a classically trained singer, studying voice from grades 6-12 at both at Rogers and CAPA, a Pittsburgh high school for the creative and performing arts. Long before her dreams of being an opera star, she took interest in fashion design, honing her sewing skills by creating fashions for her extensive collection of Barbie dolls. However, she did not take interest in drawing and painting until her senior year of high school while preparing her portfolio for art and design colleges.


July Unblurred

July 5-26

Opening Night: Friday, July 5 from 6-10pm

An Invitation of Inspiration is a two-part show featuring Visions of Inspirations, a collaborative art project between Matthew Forrest and Kristen Applebee, Art Teacher for The Georgia Academy for the Blind, and a series of prints by Zena Ruiz inspired by engagements at Gardweeno, a garden project which ran from 2014-2017 in North Braddock for youth to design, build, grow, and eat together.


Matt Forrest

Receiving his BFA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2005, Forrest also studied at the Poznan Academy of Art in Poland, specializing in offset lithography.  In 2008, Forrest received his MFA from West Virginia University with specialized focus in lithography & serigraphy. Forrest has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently including shows at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery (Ellensburg, WA) the Janet Turner Print Museum 11th National Print Competition at CSU, in Chico CA and the Wheaton Biennial: Printmaking Reimagined Wheaton College in Norton, MA.  Forrest’s research has also been published recently in both print and digital formats including studio visit magazine, and he has been the recipient of several grants to make printmaking more accessible to students with disabilities and to local community centers in Baldwin & Bibb counties. Forrest lives in Gray, GA and works at Georgia College & State University.

Zena Ruiz

Zena Ruiz, an artist specializing in sculpture and printmaking, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 and has been an advocate for the arts in community. She lives with her family in North Braddock; where she co-founded Gardweeno, a community garden for youth in the neighborhood to design, build, learn, grow, and eat together. Ruiz is currently the Arts in Context Manager at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Museum Lab where she collaborates with artists to create unique experiences for visitors and oversees the F.I.N.E. Art Residency, a residency that invites artists to exhibit their work and lead programs that share their artistic practice with the public.


August Unblurred

August 2-30

Opening Night: Friday, August 2 from 6-10pm.

Reverberations of Love explores the visual representation of sound and aspects related to sound, through digital art and mixed media mediums. Sound comes in many forms, from the words we speak to the sound of musical instruments. The work in this exhibition focuses primarily on capturing the visual representation of positive words and phrases including, but not limited to “I Love You”, “You Are Loved”, “Peace, Love, Light” from various participants of different races, genders and ethnicities.
About the Artist:
Stefani A. Allegretti is an interdisciplinary, contemporary, award-winning artist living and working in the Pittsburgh Metro Area. Her work has appeared in various regional and national exhibitions including “Art Meets Science: Is it Art or Is it Science? “, “Feast your Eyes: the art of Food”, the “Westmoreland Art Nationals”, “Loving Your Mother: Farming as if the Earth Matters” a photography exhibition presented at the (PASA) Annual Conference for the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture and many more.
The majority of her work focuses on the environment, nature or natural elements in the environment. She is also interested in exploring connections, connections between the natural world and the human body, connections in the environment and the human-to-human connection through the use of various technologies. Through this exploration, much of her work takes aspects of nature, science, or society that might typically be unseen by the human eye and brings these aspects into the normal visual plane. By seeing these aspects in a new way and from a different perspective, new connections can be made and an enhanced appreciation or awareness can be achieved. Allegretti uses a variety of mediums including mixed media and a combination of photography, digital imaging, and graphic design. For more information, visit her website at www.stefaniallegrettiart.com


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