The WCDC’s Art All Over initiative transforms the workshop space in our newly renovated headquarters located in the historic Lohr Building into a gallery-level display space for local, Wilkinsburg artists. A partnership with the Sleeping Octopus Artist Initiative (SOAI), the year-long initiative will celebrate and promote the many accomplished artists who live in the Wilkinsburg area.
In order to respect social distancing, the WCDC is embracing technology and social media to allow the public to enjoy local art in new ways. From the comfort of your home you can experience the exhibits through photos and a virtual tour online.
For those who are passionate about seeing works first hand, the exhibits will be accessible on select dates with in-person artist tours.
Daybreak by Zoë Welsh
See the work during our in-person with the artist gallery hours:
Location: 725 Wood Street, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Hours: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dates: 8/15, 8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24 and 11/7
or enjoy our digital gallery below
Daybreak is a collection of paintings created almost entirely out of the artist’s home in Wilkinsburg during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Drawing inspiration from what has been growing around the house during quarantine, Daybreak keeps a record of what is in bloom and emphasizes drawing as a practice of being in the present. These works capture both the soft ambiance and cacophony of growth during the summer months, inviting the viewer to gaze through screens of transparent color revealing heavy linework and ink sketches, torn from newsprint, underneath. The tonal shifts from electric blues to warm pinks echo saturated morning light, and Daybreak embodies the slow act of watching, observing, and living in a present that is simultaneously quiet and vibrant.
Zoë Welsh is a painter from Wilkinsburg, PA. She holds a BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and currently works out of her studio at Radiant Hall Studios in Homewood, Pittsburgh.
Zoë creates large scale works using a mixed media approach based on her interest in the reconfiguration of memory and the present into symbolic and immersive spaces. Zoë works through an intuitive process that explores personal narrative as it represents journey, obstacle, time, and experience. Through inspiration and observation of the natural world, working in tandem with images from memory, she translates perceived space into felt landscape, allowing the formal elements to take on symbolic form.
Daybreak by Zoë Welsh
Photos Courtesy of the Artist