Friday, June 7th – Sunday, June 16th, 2013
12pm to 8pm daily
Koolkat is happy to be in the Artist Market representing our talented local artists in our fourth year on Gallery Row. We will have a great selection of hand-crafted jewelry, accessories and art. You can find us at Booth #56 & #57 near the Gateway Center Fountain for the entire duration of the Arts Festival.
This fun and exciting event features more than 300 artists in the Artist’s Market, lots of great exhibitions, musical, dance and theater performances, interactive experiences, food and more.
Friday, June 7th, the Point Park Fountain will have a grand reopening with a light and laser show, and live music by River City Brass Band, Donora, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. We hope to see you there!
These ceramic owls by Washington, PA master ceramicist Yoko Sekino-Bové are incredibly popular. One of our delightful customers came in to buy more of Yoko’s work for her mother for this past Mother’s Day. She had given her mother one of Yoko’s bird sculptures as a gift before, and her mother was so excited to find the hole in the base of the bird. For practical purposes, the hole provides an escape for the hot air that may otherwise build-up and explode the ceramic work when it’s in the kiln. But this customer’s mother told her of a tradition of writing a wish on a piece of paper and stuffing it in the hole on the bottom of ceramic birds. Supposedly it helps the wish come true, or at the very least, keeps it safe.
We have all been very curious to know more about this quaint tradition ever since we learned about it, but our searches have been unsuccessful. Has anyone heard of this tradition? If so, please share with us.
This lovely beaded necklace by Olga Mihaylova of Oli’s Beadwork was made with Czech glass beads. Czech glass is known for its high quality and beauty. A tradition of the region since the 13th century, the beads are cut by hand by a cottage industry of skilled artisans. Visit Koolkat to see how Olga and our other talented artists use Czech glass beads in their jewelry creations.
We recently received a new shipment of miniature paintings and art dolls by talented Ellwood City artist, Katie Keally of Bobbidi Boo. We love her use of color, and the distinctive personality each of her works has.