Head to the Three Rivers Arts Festival for Fresh-for-Your-Home Finds

Keep an eye out for Kim Fox's line of wood and tin collages at the festival.


piece of work
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off Friday, June, 5, and you know what that means right? Rain in the forecast. We kid, we kid — kind of. If you’re heading to the 10-day festival — which features loads of talented visual and performance artists — in search of one-of-a-kind décor items for your home, be sure to check out the debut of Mt. Lebanon artist Kim Fox.

The creator of Worker Bird, a signature line of tin and wood collages, Fox has been selected to be part of the festival’s Emerging Artists program. The scholarship program — the first of its kind when it was introduced in 2002 — provides artists who have not shown at an outdoor festival with free booth space and a tent for five days. Recipients also are paired with an experienced mentor to advise them on showing at the festival.

This isn’t Fox’s first accolade in the art world. The Mt. Lebanon resident — who uses salvaged wood, vintage storage tins and nails to create collaged maps, owls and other images inspired by the landscape of Western Pennsylvania — also was selected as a 2014 finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made award. Her work has been featured in numerous local publications, and pieces from her collection currently are being exhibited in the Exposures series at The Andy Warhol Museum.
(The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is scheduled for June 5-14, 3riversartsfest.org)

designer spotlight
As a child growing up in Greensburg, Melanie Baker-Telford learned from her parents to make the most of the secondhand furniture that populated their home. “My parents taught me to paint and to reupholster,” she says. “They taught me to apply nail heads and everything else you could do to make pieces look brand new.”

That tutelage proved useful when Baker-Telford and her husband, Jeffery Telford, began to sell refinished furniture at art shows and boutiques in the Wexford area through their design company, BeCubed Designs. In February, Baker-Telford — a former makeup artist and hairstylist — opened Beautiful Boutique on Brilliant in Aspinwall. Besides BeCubed Designs furniture, the “lifestyle” boutique sells lighting and other décor, plus jewelry, handbags and gifts. Learn more about her shop here.
(101 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall; 412/784-8090, becubeddesigns.com

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Etsy.com is THE place to buy and sell handcrafted goods of all kinds (and from all over), and you can be part of it. Pittsburgh is participating in Etsy’s annual Global Craft Party, which involves people from across the world coming together to create crafts. More than 8,500 people participated in last year’s event.

This year’s global theme is Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape. Participants will create three different collage projects, which have yet to be announced. The party in Pittsburgh is set to take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at TechShop Pittsburgh, located at Bakery Square in East Liberty.
(192 Bakery Square Blvd., 412/345-7182, techshop.ws/Pittsburgh)


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