Alphachimp's Firehouse Studio

Back from vacation in the desert and ready to work!

After years of kvetching and cramming my easel into awakward office spaces, we have finally secured a creative space for big thinking and sloppy painting.

The Firehouse Studios are located on Pittsburgh's North Side in the historic Mexican War Streets, this 125-year-old firehouse serves as workspace for almost a dozen local ceramicists and a couple of 2-D types.

The building was originally a firehouse, the oldest still existing in the city. There is abundant natural light from 23 large windows. The expansive beauty of the space is not interrupted by cubicle-type walls. The first floor contains a massive gas and electric kiln.

Our recent vacation in Santa Fe has rejuvinated our entire team-- especially the one-year-old artist.

The current punchlist for paintings include a batch of color studies inspired by the mountains of New Mexico; a camo shirted self-portrait; a highway 66 smoke shop; and several large scale plywood cut-outs including a Mexicali pimped out truck; a folk art church and more.

I'll be working hard to produce for several upcoming shows in 2005.

Firehouse Studios Open House
June 24 at 1416 Arch Street in Pittsburgh

Annual Art in the Garden Show
August 6 at 1230 Resaca Place in Pittsburgh

36th Annual Mexican War Streets Home & Garden Tour
Sunday, September 11
(see official site)