Seven venues and more than 40 artists will be featured on this year’s Art Buzz Tour, set for Dec. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The tour will extend through much of the East End, from Edgewood and Swissvale, down Braddock Avenue and over to Forbes Avenue to Squirrel Hill.
New to the tour this year will be the Edgewood Elves, a group of more than 30 artisans who will showcase their work at the Edgewood Club, 1 Pennwood Ave. The Edgewood Club has hosted a holiday sale in the past, but this is the first time it has been a part of the Art Buzz Tour, coordinator Shirley McCormick said.
Photographer Lisa Seligman of Edgewood is one of the artists who will show her work at the Edgewood Club. Seligman, who is also a teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, has taken pictures in and about Pittsburgh for years. She specializes in landscape and botanical photography.
“I love to be outdoors (and) I love to be around plants and flowers,” said Seligman, who had a show of her photographs last fall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
McCormick will be showcasing her handmade purses of leftover upholstery fabric. Several other fiber artists, a potter, about half dozen jewelry makers and a soap maker will also be on hand. Former Edgewood resident Ruth McCormick, who was a fashion artist for more than 40 years for Gimbels department store, will have watercolors that she painted from her travels all around the world.
Bruna Riccobon of Verona will be selling her new travel guide, “An Insider’s to Italy: Tips, Tidbits and Tales.” A native of Trieste, Riccobon bases her book on her 20 trips back to her home country.
Swissvale resident Rachell Youngman and the Artful Divas will once again be part of the Art Buzz Tour at 7105 McClure Ave., Swissvale. Youngman has been part of the tour for four years. As in the past, she will offer her mixed media creations that are often featured at Gallerie Chiz in Shadyside.
Youngman starts with recycled piggy banks and birdhouses that she finds at flea markets and adorns them with assorted trinkets, old jewelry and small glass beads. Each piece can take from six to 10 hours to design. Sometimes she’ll find a special decoration that she wants to use for a new bank.
“I’ll have an inspiration piece and that will start the bank off.”
Other stops along the tour are: Glenn Greene’s Studio, 635 S. Braddock, where stained glass is featured; Diane Wilson Studios, 206 Biddle Ave. and Carol Scheftic Studio, upstairs in the Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave.
Boksenbaum Fine Art, 2635 Murray Ave., and Stevo’s Studio, 5800 Alderson St., both in Squirrel Hill, will also be part of the 2012 tour. Painter Kevin Wenner, jewelry maker Jessica Rutherford and ceramist Karen McFee will join mosaic and fiber artist Stevo Sadvary at his studio on Alderson Street.