Poly­mer plants and an­i­mals take over Spin­ning Plate Gallery

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Magazine - By M. Thomas

Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette

To get away from the gray cold that’s de­scended upon the city, take a stroll through the fan­tas­ti­cal wood­land brim­ming with col­or­ful flora and fauna at Spin­ning Plate Gallery in Friend­ship.

“Into the For­est” is pop­u­lated by 8,000 poly­mer clay el­e­ments con­trib­uted by more than 300 artists from 37 states and 27 coun­tries, said Laura Tabak­man, one of the ex­hi­bi­tion or­ga­niz­ers. All of the con­trib­uted el­e­ments were in­stalled upon and among pa­pier­ma­che trees to cre­ate the “for­est.”

Ap­prox­i­mately 100 peo­ple at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing Fri­day and 60 par­tic­i­pated in a re­lated fo­rum on Satur­day. Artists and guests came pri­mar­ily from the eastern third of the U.S. (from Illi­nois to Mas­sachusetts) but sev­eral came from as far away as Cal­i­for­nia, she said.

“Into the For­est” was co-or­ga­nized with artists Julie Eakes and Emily Squires Levine, who, with, Ms. Tabak­man, put out a call to poly­mer artists around the globe for con­tri­bu­tions.

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues through Dec. 3 at Spin­ning Plate Gallery, 5821 Baum Blvd. Hours are 2-7 p.m. Thurs­day through Satur­day and 1-5 p.m. Sun­day (closed Nov. 23-24). Ad­mis­sion is free.

Brazil­ian artist/an­i­ma­tor talk

Los An­ge­les-based de­signer, il­lus­tra­tor and an­i­ma­tion di­rec­tor Ad­he­mas Batista will give a free

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