August Agenda: The ‘Burgh’s Interactive Art Show

Published On August 6, 2015 | By Megan Tomasic | The Arts

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Hoping to build a more vibrant visual arts community in our city, Jenesis Magazine will host August Agenda, a series of art shows featuring painters, designers, digital creatives, and fashion makers. The events will take place from August 7-29 and showcase a multitude of artists each day at Boom Concepts. Featured artists at this year’s show will be Courtney Jefferson, Baron Batch, and Makayla Wray. August Agenda hopes to give artists an unconventional opportunity to display their work, create networking opportunities, and expand the Pittsburgh arts community.


Courtney Jefferson

Courtney Jefferson is a photographer and art director who began his career in 2009. His career highlights include beginning MAW Clothing Brand and Avant Garde Agency, being hired as a creative content developer for Reebok and First Class Clothing, hosting his first New York City show, “Perspective,” and shooting for Big K.R.I.T., King Mez, A3C, Skyzoo, and many more.

Baron Batch uses art to show the world who he is: spontaneously rough, edgy, colorful, and youthful. At the start of his career, Batch focused on how he wanted his art to appear. He was a painter, not an artist. One day, he realized that in order to be an artist, he had to step back from his work, let go, and know that what happened next would produce art rather than just another painting. Batch was inspired to create “Pop-X,” a blend of pop art and expressionism, representing the idea of stepping aside and allowing perfection to unfold on its own. Throughout his career, Batch opened Studio AM, has curated an art exhibit at the Pittsburgh International Airport, and was the Co-Director of Art for the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon.


Baron Batch

Makayla Wray, a 22-year-old fashion designer from Pittsburgh, established her first fashion line, MAW, in 2010. Through the line, Wray is able to express her everyday thoughts, ideas, feelings, and creativity. From a young age, Wray took an interest in fashion, painting on clothes, and oftentimes, getting yelled at in class for drawing on the desk. Recently, Wray was featured on the cover of the “Pittsburgh City Paper” where she expressed her desire to take MAW and create a national brand. In the meantime, Wray is a full-time student with a job on the side. In her free time, she attends and partakes in fashion shows, fashion affairs and workshops, and creates customized apparel.


Makayla Wray

The schedule for August Agenda is listed below:

On Friday, August 7, Unblurred marks Courtney Jefferson’s Pittsburgh debut, and his photo gallery exhibit will be on display. The exhibit will be shown from 7-11PM.

August 8 will then showcase the Baron Batch Art Installation. The event will feature a hand-painted pants display, where Batch will be painting interested attendees’ pants throughout the evening. The exhibit runs from 2-5PM.

On August 14 and 15, Makayla Wray will display her MAW Pop Up Installation featuring various artists pieced with different clothing arrangements. The exhibit will run from 6-11PM on Friday, with live music from Vince Gancia (aka DJ Bamboo), and artist collabs from Sadie Shoaf, Gianna Paniagua, Jordan Beckham x MJ Whalen, and Homestead Supply Co. On Saturday the 15th, the exhibit reopens from 12-9PM and will include #BoomAfterBrunch.

The August Agenda Closing Party will be held on August 29, and features DJ Christo with a special Drake Appreciation Teaser. The party will run from 10PM-2AM.

Come check out these talented artists all month long at BOOM Concepts (5139 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224). The Closing Party is $5 and will be open to the public.

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