An event that is too cool to exist - Pittsburgh's Art All Night 2017

Originally published May 1st, 2017.

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A bizarre event that is too cool to actually exist happened this weekend in Pittsburgh: Art All Night.

Seriously, I am so confused how this event exists? And that so many people come out for it?  Seriously, I think Pittsburghers rally for sporting events, and Art All Night - there is no in between.

Art All Night is a (nearly) 24 hour long art show with the motto, “No Fee, No Jury, No Censorship" - and they mean every part of that.  

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The entire event is free (including the booze), and anyone - from you elderly g'ma, to your 2-year-old niece - can enter a piece of art into Art All Night.  Moreover, it can be anything  from a sketch on a napkin, to a painting that took you a decade to complete, an interactive devil mask, a photograph from vacation...anything!

It doesn't end there... there are other mediums of art as well: comedy rooms, music stages, dance floor, drum lines, live mosaics, live paintings, children's fort making, crafts, and more! It is just one gigantic, late night, art festival in a warehouse... and it is brilliant. 

THE BEST PART? The people.... like I said, I couldn't believe how many awesome Pittsburghers showed up for this event.  Pittsburgh isn't even a late city, and yet thousands of people were there into the wee hours of the morning... in the name of art! Not even for the Steelers! 

When I say it is free, it is... but considering donating in some of the collection bins to keep this awesome event going! 

I am currently still riding the high of this fantastic event. There is so much I could say, but instead I am going to encourage you to look up the event yourself, check out my artist friend Ryan who introduced me to it, and share my... 

FAVORITE MOMENTS FROM ART ALL NIGHT 2017:

The drum lines

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Starting at 11:30 PM to 1:00 AM there was a drum line procession/parade of very, very talented people.  This was easily my favorite part - watching them play, dancing along, following them around the space, and seeing other people have fun as well! Included in the parade:

  • Colonel eagleburgers
  • Highstepping Goodtime Band
  • Timbeleza

Check them out! 

Perusing all the art

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I mean, this is the point of the whole thing, ain't it?  I must say, we have some wacky, talented, and wacky talented people in our city. 

Seeing the live painting

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My friend Ryan (who I mentioned above) was one of several artists who took part in the "live painting demonstration" part of the evening, a.k.a. people painting on site.  What talent! 

Eating bread

I will be honest - at first I judged the bread hard. Why were there just piles of bread chillin all over the place? Then I realized: plain bread is under appreciated. A slice of mancini with nothing on it was delectable. Good call, Art All Night!

The free booze

Need I say more? They were "free," but is always nice to donate a dollar per drink!

Playing Favorites

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I bid on some art... not sure if I got them.  I didn't bid on the two above, but I love them! 

Judging parents who let their kids stay out late

I get it is fun, but it is 1:00 AM and I am pretty sure that kid is 3 years old. 

Seeing a Shih Tzu puppy 

Once again, need I say more?

Watching people look at my art

Being a (not so subtle) creep while other people looked at my piece was probably the best part of the show for me, not even gonna lie. I don't know much about art shows, but I doubt you get such an opportunity to be a fly on the wall.... some of my favorite things people said include:

  • "What does Compton even have to do with it?"
  • "Ha! Like the Drake song!"
  • "You would want prenup because like... that is something people say?"
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Long story short: support art, support the arts, and support Art All Night - a show with no fees, jury, or censorship. 

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HAPPY GALLIVANTING!