Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Photo Exhibit Shines Light on “Good” Work

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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.15.27 AMFrom the Tribune-Review:

Manchester Craftsman Guild director Bill Strickland stands by some of the images of himself which are being used for a exhibit on Friday Oct. 17, 2014. Being Good is a collaborative effort to document three remarkable locals who are using their art, and committing their resources, to improve distressed neighborhoods in the city.

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2014 Arts DOG

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ArtDog1Arts Day of Giving, affectionately called ArtsDOG, is an 18-hour opportunity for arts lovers to donate online to their favorite arts and culture nonprofits and have their contributions partially matched, making your dollars go further.

The October 2 Arts Day of Giving is sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

We hope you will save the date and plan to participate-it’s as easy as 1-2-3…

1. On Thursday, October 2, 2014, visit the Pittsburgh Gives website,, between 6:00 am and midnight.

2 . Select our organization-your Organization Name here-from the
online list. Gifts as low as $15 can be made – please give generously!

3. Your dollars will be partially matched, helping your donation go further
to support the arts!

We appreciate your support on Oct. 2 – Arts Day of Giving. Thank you!

Fall 2014 Courses for Adults

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MCG Youth & Arts offers art classes for adults as well as youth. Take the time out of your busy life to pause, connect and create in one of Pittsburgh’s best art facilities. Whether you’re an artist, art educator, art lover, or someone seeking a hands-on hobby, our staff of professional teaching artists will help you nourish your spirit in our beautiful and unique facility.

Digital Illustration
Teaching Artist: Jill Wiggins
Oct 1 – Dec 3 (10 classes)
6 – 9 pm
Tuition: $200
Materials: $50
Open To: All Experience Levels
Learn to create beautiful vector graphics in this class featuring Adobe Illustrator. Each week you will create a unique piece of artwork that can be resized infinitely while remaining crisp when printed. This is possible because Illustrator draws with paths not pixels. Some of the projects you’ll be creating include a logo, a perspective (architectural) drawing, maps and infographics. We’ll even create a cartoon character!

Studio Pottery
Teaching Artist: Jeff Guerrero
Oct 7 – Nov 25 (8 classes)
6 – 9 pm
Tuition: $160
Materials: $60
Open To: All Experience Levels
Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced potter, you’ll have a great time at MCG. Although we tend to gravitate towards wheel throwing and functional pottery, you are welcome to create hand-built ornamental and sculptural work, as well. Works made in this class will be high-fired in our gas kiln so they’ll look great and also be microwave and dishwasher safe.

Click here to register online, download a the registration form and mail it in with a check, or call Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 x302

MCG Alumnus Casey Droege Named to 40 Under 40

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Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 5.22.55 PMCasey Droege has a long and storied history with the MCG Youth & Arts program. She was a brilliant student who won numerous awards and scholarships. She returned to MCG as a teaching artist and worked her way up to a leadership position as a coordinator in the Youth & Arts program. As much as it was difficult for her to move on, she is now an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and an adjunct assistant professor at CMU. And she never ceases to create, produce and inspire—all day, every day.

We are overwhelmingly proud that Casey has been named to the 2014 40 Under 40. Each year, Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP sponsor the 40 Under 40 Program with the goal of recognizing 40 people under the age of 40 who are committed to shaping our region and making it a better place for everyone to live, work and play.

Learn more about Casey and her work at

Fall 2014 After-School Enrollment

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Fall 2014-15 CatalogThe dates for Fall 2014 after-school enrollment are September 9 and 10.

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Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild will hold two enrollment sessions for our upcoming after-school courses (ATP) from 3:00–5:30 p.m. Students will be introduced to MCG Youth & Arts, its teachers and the facilities. You must attend one of these sessions to be eligible for admission. Click here for more info.

Non-PPS students may register online for a fee. Please click here for online registration.

Inspiring Makers 2014

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inspiringInspiring Makers, showcases the talented staff’s artwork, and celebrates the artist mentoring relationships that form the basis of MCG Youth & Arts programming.

August 18 – October 3, 2014.

Closing reception October 3, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Poster image: Video still from “home worlds” by Di-ay Battad

Youth Arts Video

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Manchester Bidwell’s MCG Youth & Arts – also known as ‘The Guild’ – provides an environment that is a safe, nurturing sanctuary

Hear Me: Turning up the Volume on Kids’ Voices

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Hear Me: turning up the volume on kids’ voices from Sprout on Vimeo.

Hear Me amplifies kids’ voices using media and technology, giving them the power to inspire social change. This video includes footage shot on location at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and features MCG Youth & Arts staff and students. Learn more at

MCG Accomplishment 32 Fashion Show

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One of the most highly anticipated events of the year is the annual Accomplishment exhibition, featuring work exclusively from MCG Youth & Arts students. The event includes the much lauded MCG Fashion Show, which showcases the work of the talented students in the Design Studio. Take note of Cynthia’s dress designs—one uses reclaimed screen-printing transparencies, the other is made entirely from trash bags.

Roving Photographers Summer Course for Adults

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Roving Photographers

Roving PhotographersInstructors: Jill Wiggins and Jolie Valentine
Dates: July 3 to September 4, 2014 (10 weeks)
Thursdays 6 to 9pm (10 weeks)
Tuition: 200.00
Materials: $50

This summer MCG Art After Dark is offering a 10 week course in digital photography. The first 4 weeks will be spent, you guessed it, roving! Each week we will head out to a new destination where you will photograph with the intent of creating a series. After week 4 we will work in the studio editing in Photoshop. We are teaching some fresh, new techniques to add to your toolbox. The course will finish with an exhibition of your works. We hope you join us for an exciting summer!

Click here to register online or call Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 x302

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