Rivers of Steel - Zydeco Dance
Rivers of Steel - Labyrinth Walk
Rivers of Steel - Pop-Up Exhibition
Rivers of Steel - Holiday Popup Market at Wash Arts

Steel City Sampler:

January 10 at 11 AM to 3 PM

In the early 1900s, The Steel Valley of Homestead, Munhall, and Braddock was home to immigrants from around the globe. These thriving towns, once dotted with retail shops, bakeries, backdoor gardens and many a beer hall, fell silent in the '80s when the mills closed, but now are a part of the Pittsburgh-area renaissance. Guests will visit a renovated church hall, a modernized mill bar, and other revamped treasures of the still gritty mill towns to savor culinary delights that reflect the region’s rich heritage as well as its now trendy rustbelt cuisine! This 4-hour shuttled culinary tour provides more than enough food for a meal plus other surprises!

Tour dates:

Dec. 6 at 11 AM
Jan. 10, Jan. 31, Feb. 28 at 10 AM

For tickets to the December 6th tour visit www.showclix.com/event/Rustbelt2

A portion of the proceeds benefits Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

All culinary tours created in full partnership with The Fork and The Road LLC, Pittsburgh's Best Resource for Food Adventures, owned by regional culinary historian Mary Miller, who has a passion for finding hidden culinary treasures in and around Pittsburgh! Check out her website here.

Zydeco Dance

January 3 at 7:30 PM dance lessons, live music begins at 8:30 PM

A one-hour dance lesson is available starting at 7:30. Live music begins at 8:30 and the dances last till 11:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Admission is $8. A cash bar and snacks are available. Free ample parking is available.

Bulgarian-Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center
449-451 West Eighth Avenue
West Homestead, PA 15120

Information:  412-461-6188 or www.bmnecc.org 

Labyrinth Walk

December 21 at 10:00 AM

Labyrinth Walk - Winter Solstice, December 21 at 10:40 AM

Homestead Labyrinth
880 E. Waterfront Drive
Munhall, PA

The Homestead Labyrinth is built upon a site of historic and energetic significance.  From the Native Americans to the U.S. Steel Homestead Works, this site will continue to exude a unique personal human experience.

Basic - How to Use a Labyrinth
Courtesy - Pittsburgh Bleep / Institute On Noetic Sciences Group

  • Please bring quiet to this space, as not to disturb others.
  • Please pause before entering and leaving the labyrinth.
  • Silenty pray, chant, use a personal mantra or mental focus. 
  • Be cognizant of each and every step you take.
  • A pause is suggested at each turn and at the center.  Retrace your walk to entrance point or leave the center.
  • Exit quietly.
  • Preserve the site.  All stones must remain in place.
  • Please dispose of any piece of found debris as you leave the site.
  • Pet walking at the site is discouraged.  Pickup of pet droppings is mandatory.

Information:  Find PBG/IONS Group info on Facebook or visit http://tinyurl.com/89q2y17



Pop-Up Exhibition

December 12 at 11 AM, Tues.- Sun.

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art will present a Pop-Up Exhibition featuring artists Richard Claraval and Mona Wiley at Westmoreland @rt 30 from Wednesday, December 3, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015

Celebrate the opening of the December Pop-Up Exhibition at Art on Tap this Friday, December 12 from 5 – 7 PM.  Admission is $7 and includes music by Brian Weaver, a scavenger hunt, light bites from Chef Mark’s Palate and drinks, including beer from All Saints Brewing Company. This month’s Art on Tap is sponsored by ThinkGreensburg.

For the month of December, Westmoreland @rt 30 will serve as a Westmoreland County Food Bank food drive location. Please plan to bring non-perishable food items with you to Art on Tap on December 12. All those who make a donation to the drive on that night will receive a special coupon for An American Marketplace, the shop at Westmoreland @rt 30, good for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more and valid through March 2015.

Richard Claraval is an award winning draftsman and sculptor. Similar to the way a jazz performer uses a familiar song as a starting point for improvisation, he uses the Renaissancesque human figure as inspiration for creating abstract expressionist gesture. Throughout history, various harmonious forms have been placed near the figure to extend its gesture, such as the swirling draperies of Baroque and Renaissance paintings. What Claraval wants though is not just to have complimentary forms exist in the same space as the human figure, but actually have them flowing from, and into it, thus integrating the two into a single, more complex form.

Claraval received a B.A. in art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1977. His drawings have been in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the Eastern U.S., including The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, North Carolina; Carnegie Museum of Art; and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, among others. Claraval received a juror’s award at an Associated Artists of Pittsburgh’s Annual Exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art and a juror’s award at a group exhibition at Panza Gallery. His work is in numerous collections, including the Westinghouse Corporation. 

Mona Wiley, a German born, Egyptian/Italian artist, is emotionally driven to express herself on canvas. Her work involves intense and free flowing emotions that transcend through painting mediums to show themselves as bright colors, irregular proportions, and varying textures. Each work is a process and is directly linked to a specific moment of emotion or conflict. 

Wiley creates these pieces because she has a desire to extricate her inner thoughts and emotions into visual concepts. The paintings are incredibly personal for her and yet they also arouse emotional responses in the viewer as well.

Wiley is currently living and working in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Master’s Degree in Professional Leadership with an Arts Leadership concentration at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Where:  Westmoreland @rt 30
4764 State Route 30
Greensburg, PA

Tuesday - Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM
Closed Mondays 
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day 

Upcoming Pop-Up Exhibitions at Westmoreland @rt 30 
January 7 - February 1: Chris McGinnis 
February 4 - March 1: Rebecca Slemmons
March 4 - March 29: Sean Derry, Gary Jurysta and Matthew Forrest 

Holiday Popup Market at Wash Arts

November 7 at 6:00 PM and various times through Dec. 30

If you're in the market for unique Christmas gifts that keep on giving, look no further than the Holiday Art Market in Washington, Pa.

The work of 30 local artists will be on sale beginning Nov. 7 at the Washington Community Arts & Cultural Center (Wash Arts) at 70 South Street. "We're so happy to give the local arts community an outlet," said Art Market committee member Jennifer Adamson. "And Wash Arts' share of the proceeds will go toward scholarships for students in need."

The juried work for sale includes paintings, prints, photography, pottery and ceramic art, jewelry, glass, handmade soaps, fiber art, knitted goods, scarves and more.

The Holiday Art Market opens with a reception on Nov. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through Dec. 30

Gallery Hours: 
Wednesdays, 11am-4pm 
Thursdays, 11am-7pm 
Fridays, 11am - 4pm 
Saturdays, 11am - 1pm 

Those attending Washington's Christmas Parade Dec. 5 can stop afterward at the Market to enjoy hot chocolate, shop and paint their own Christmas ornaments.

Special Hours: 
Monday December 22nd: 11am - 7pm 
Tuesday December 23rd: 11am -7pm 
Monday December 29th: 11am - 7pm 
Tuesday December 30th: 11am -7pm
Closed December 24th-28th

Washington Community Arts and Cultural Center
70 South Street
Washington, PA 15301 

Wash Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides instruction and creative art opportunities for children, regardless of their ability to pay. It also offers a wide range of classes, instruction and art activities for adults.

For more information about Wash Arts, visit www.washarts.org, or call 724-222-1475


160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.