Crankies, or moving panoramas, are an old (and magical!) storytelling multi-media art form. An illustrated scroll is housed in a box frame and is hand-cranked so that it passes across a viewing screen. It may be accompanied by a song, tune or spoken word. Most of the crankies at this year's fest will be back-lit, creating additional drama and warmth.
$20 Suggested / Students $10. All proceeds support artists and cover artist expenses.
ARTIST RECEPTION follows concert with works for sale. Light refreshments provided.
CRANKIE WORKSHOP Sat Nov 9th in Regent Square. Finished work to be performed at Fest. Visit www.wsscpgh.org / see Special Events
THIS YEAR'S FEST FEATURES:
BRENDAN TAAFFE A Vermont-based multi-instrumentalist, folk singer, recording artist, composer, and vocal workshop leader, and more. Deeply versed in Irish and American traditions, it is on the mbira that Brendan Taaffe has found a truly distinctive voice, blending old-time ballads with traditional Zimbabwean rhythms. Brendan has toured with many different groups, including nationally acclaimed dance band Magic Foot and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Northern Harmony. brendantaaffe.com
KATHY FAHEY From Baltimore City, a renown cut paper artist, maker and performer of exquisite crankies, such as Francis Whitmore's Wife, below. Kathy, originally from Virginia, has worked as an illustrator, designer, and decorative painter. Her love of art, nature, and music have brought her to many places. Layering of the man-made and natural world continue to be a focus in her art. katherinefahey.com
MAURA DWYER, multi-disciplinary artist and community muralist from Baltimore City. mauradwyer.com
ELLEN GOZION Pittsburgh-based musician and founder of the Pittsburgh Crankie Fest, Ellen is a member of the award-winning folk trio The Early Mays. She encountered crankies in 2011 and embarked on making crankies, leading workshops and spreading the word in Pittsburgh about moving panoramas. ellengozion.com
With LAURA RAMIE, JODY BEST, MELANIE GULASY, DANA CEFALO and HANNAH STANDIFORD.
First Unitarian Church (View)
605 Morewood Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213