Substrates – ONE Night Only Gallery Show @ UNSMOKE Art Space 7/30/11

Click for more info about this ONE NIGHT ONLY (!) art show.

Hey gang! We’re in a very unique and fun gallery show that’s a ONE NIGHT ONLY gig at the iconic and very rad UNSMOKE Art Space in Braddock, PA. Yep! Pretty special. Ever wonder what that area that you see while screaming your head off on The Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood is? BOOM. It’s Braddock.

We’ll be showing art prints and brand new, one of a kind Monoprints / Test Prints, all of which making their debut at the show.

Substrates: A Group Show will show the work of 5 contemporary Pittsburgh area artist for one rockin’ night only on Saturday, July 30th. There will be a kickass outdoor pizza oven serving up fresh deliciousness and a free event poster for the first 50 guests. Come on now!

Here are the details all nice and neat for you:

WHAT: Substrates: A Group Show Free event / 21+ to drink and / or byob

WHEN: July 30th, 2011 starting at 6pm – Midnight

WHERE: UnSmoke Systems Gallery, 1137 Braddock Ave. Braddock, PA 15104

WHO: Featured Artists:

Featured Performers:

  • Paul Dang – 720 records
  • Tom Cox –
  • C-Town – Rocking Horse Gallery
  • Low Space –
  • Hooley – Pittsburgh’s premier Traditional Irish Music band, brings alive the ancient and contemporary tunes and songs of Ireland, with flute, whistle, concertina, banjo, guitar and percussion. And a little poetry thrown in for good luck. Get ready to dance, or just kick back and enjoy. 7 til 8pm

Additional Fun Stuff:

  • Pizza Oven – 6 til 7pm
  • Free event poster for the first 50 guests
  • Visual installation by C-Town
  • 720 Records booth

Hope to see you there for this ONE NIGHT ONLY art event!

UNSMOKE Art Space, before the show. Click for more info & directions.

“GIG!” – A new poster show at 52.5 Records in Charleston, SC

Hand printed poster for the GIG! poster show by Chuck Keppler

Hand printed poster for the GIG! poster show by Chuck Keppler

Alright! August is full of poster shows, ain’t it? Which is awesome.

I am super proud to be a part of a poster show at one of the coolest independent record stores around again, 52.5 Records in Charleston, South Carolina. The GIG! show is a rad collection of over 20 current poster artists with a incredibly wide range of work. The opening night is not only coming up on Friday August 28th, but it’s free! With music by DJ BirdFlu of the Bubbleguts Bros, drinks and a special donation event with 10% of opening night sales proceeds will be donated to the Lowcountry Aids Foundation as part of the “7 Stores, 7 Days” event.

All posters on view will be available for purchase at the show throughout the duration of the show, but they tend to go fast at the openings.

Artists in the GIG! show include: Alan Forbes, Leia Bell, Art Chantry, Matthew Foreman, strawberryluna, Johnny Pundt, Adam Turman, DWITT, Crosshair, Pete Cardoso, Matt Pfahlert/Get a Clue Design, Oliveargyle, Darren Grealish, Jessie Bowers, Jason Brachman, Chuck Keppler, Lil Tuffy, and Scott Campbell.

The essential details all nice & neat:

WHEN: Opening Night – August 28th from 7-9pm. (Show to hang through September 30th.)

WHERE: 52.5 Records at 561 King Street in Charleston, SC

More info is available at 52.5 Records’ website here and also at 52.5’s blog here. If you are in Charleston on Friday the 28th of August, go see some cool poster art and have a fun ol’ time supporting handmade and local.

Our one-of-a-kind Custom BUDs on sale NOW!

Tatsuta-Hime, my custom BUD, the Shinto Goddess of Autumn Tatsuta-Hime, my custom BUD, the Shinto Goddess of Autumn

Hooraaay! Our Custom Blow Up Dolls (aka BUDs) from Hero Design Studio’s the super successful This BUDs For You! show are now on sale. Yes yes! Let me be real real real real REAL real with you: These are truly one-of-a-kind toys.

Frownie Brownie, Craigs custom BUD, makin the batter Boss.

Frownie Brownie, Craig's custom BUD, makin the batter Boss.

First, they are entirely hand customized, from start to finish. We were lucky enough to get 2 completely blank BUD Blanks (show below) from Jamungo, which by the way, are Sold the heck Out. It was great fun getting to flex my painting muscles again on this surprisingly tricky 3-D surface. For a pretty annotated process set of photos, look at my Flickr here.

Blank BUD - now Sold Out

Blank BUD - now Sold Out

Second, I rarely do toy customs! This custom toy, Tatsuta-Hime, the Shinto Goddess of Autumn, is my second one ever, and Frownie is a first for Craig. So, they ain’t coming back around anytime soon. I.E. NEVER. Nope, never ever. So scoot on over and check them out, exclusively available from Hero Design Studio + Boutique both online and/or in person. All custom toys from the show will be up for your viewing pleasure and the remaining toys (going fast!) and for sale until December 23rd, so don’t blow it! Get it? Blow Up Doll?

For more photos like the one below of the opening night totally fun rad awesomeness that I was stoked to drive 4 hours to attend (all weekend, yay!), check out Hero Design’s Flickr set.

This BUDs For You opening night crowd

This BUDs For You opening night crowd