The first time I met Paul Roden, one part behind the Tugboat Printshop duo (well, three including their bambina), was at the Gallery Crawl’s Night Market in October of last year.  I am a huge lover of woodblock prints so their tent immediately caught my eye.  Melissa and I both loved their story, personalities and the quality and character of the work. 

After this initial encounter I became a bonafide fan and regularly stalked the website for new work.  And when the “Four Elements” set became available it was the perfect time to pounce because the work compliments both my personality and loves in life.  Being the lucky gal I am, I ending up receiving the set as a holiday gift from the silly and wonderful man that brought me to Pittsburgh!! 

Now they happily live in the Treading Art gathering room and are enjoyed everyday!


An exhibition of paintings and prints by Dianna Settles

Pittsburgh’s First Friday Art Crawl
at Runaway Studios
Located at 4016 Howley St, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

“Hi Lo”
Opening Reception Friday, July 3, 2015 at 6 pm

with a Special Musical Performance by Run Forever

Dianna Settles is an artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Her work springs from the anxieties of both loss and reclamation of identity. This is compounded by an interest in the overlooked and the mundane, giving passing moments and the commonly ignored a place to transcend from unremarkable to enduring.

Our friend Dianna Settles did all the paintings for our single “Big Vacation” and for our LP! She is an incredibly talented artist with a beautiful perspective. We sent her our record and asked her to just paint whatever came to mind. The imagery she made was perfect. This Friday she will be driving all the way from Atlanta, GA to share her work with us here in Pittsburgh! At 9:30 PM we will play all new songs that inspired some of the paintings she did!

Hope to see you!


The first Gallery Crawl of 2015 took place January 23. The Gallery Crawl is a free quarterly showcase of art in the Cultural District, Pittsburgh PA. The first three images are from the Cultural Trust Gallery. The last image is from Shaw Galleries Bad Art Sale. All photos by Victoria Alexes Mikula


TONIGHT we’ll be at @CASNightLife for their semiannual Gallery Crawl! We will have works from #PlatinumBlend‘s Christina Mrozik Art and our upcoming March solo featured artist L. Bustamante Art

We will also be previewing next month’s 'The Zealot’s Elixir’ with exciting new works from Doubleparlour, Steve Ferrera, and Crystal Morey Sculpture. Join us 6-10 PM in the African Hall!

Arts and Crafts for the Beer Drinker

Typically arts and crafts, and beer are not things that seem like they would go together. Then you realize it is Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week and about craft beer, now that we can get behind. This Friday, April 24th from 5:30-10:00PM join the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District and enjoy all the world class beers throughout the night. So hop from gallery to gallery and enjoy the arts and crafts. If you are still craving some more crafts after the gallery take a look at the list of the surrounding restaurants that are participating in Craft Beer Week.


Gallery Crawl: “Summer/Selections” – Works by Margaret Kilgallen, an interview with Book Conservator Dan Flanagan at Ratio 3 in San Francisco.


We had such a fun time at @casnightlife! A huge thanks to Matthew Robertson and Calvin Ma for sharing some progress on their upcoming solo shows this Fall and for letting the crowds get up close and personal with their works!

NoDa, Charlotte, NC

More shots of the neighborhood, this time on a Gallery Crawl night last Friday night. All taken (somewhat blurrily) with my Samsung Epic 4G phone and the Vignette app. Full sized photos can be found at my Flickr.

The Neighborhood Theatre

Drum circle at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse

Cabo Fish Taco

Tasty Yo Frozen Yogurt

Growler’s Pourhouse (yes you’ve seen lots of photos from here)

Band outside of Salvador Deli

Outside of Solstice Tavern

Food stand outside of The Neighborhood Theatre