Contemporary Craft Prepares to get Out of Hand

Published On March 18, 2015 | By Theo McCauley | The Arts

out of handSince their initial founding in 1971, Society for Contemporary Craft has been hosting thematic exhibitions that promote the work of more than 1,400 nationally and internationally renowned artists. Their doors are open and free to the general public; this means that Contemporary Craft is one of the only completely non-profit organizations that focus their efforts primarily on showcasing contemporary art for public appeal.

When constructing exhibits, Contemporary Craft always has a special eye for art that is culturally diverse, unique, and interactive. For this reason, many featured artists from the past decades have been classically trained, as well as self-taught, and therefore display work that is, quite literally, one of a kind.

On March 21Contemporary Craft will be hosting their annual gala, “Out of Hand.” In addition to being one of the most exciting, interactive, and (you guessed it!) out of hand events of the year; the gala is also a fundraiser, and counts for a significant portion of the SCC’s yearly funds which help to support free exhibition, education and arts programming for all ages.

The gala will feature  wood turning, paddle making, and a silent auction, as well as more hands on exhibitions including henna tattoos, craft instructions, and fantastic cuisine, and finally (remember we said it was out of hand), the gala will feature live performances by local musicians, and fire dancing demonstrations.

It’s events like this gala that make it possible for Contemporary Craft to remain open as a free hub for some of the most exceptional artwork in Pittsburgh. Guests are encouraged to wear accessories or outfits that have been handmade and flaunt their creative flare.

Out of Hand is happening from 7-11PM at Contemporary Craft (2100 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222) on Saturday, March 21; tickets are available now, and programs and tiers are listed below:

$60 Just Desserts (9-11PM)
$100 Just Desserts for Two (9-11PM)
$200 Individual
$350 VIP Patron
$800 Craft Sponsor
$1000 Behind-the-Scenes Sponsor


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