local. local. local.
The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh Art and Cultural Center (APACC) is a 10,000 square foot space featuring classes, exhibits and local art. The entry level showcases local artwork, including ceramics, fiber, glass, illustration, ironwork, jewelry, paintings, prints, and woodwork. The café is temporarily closed as it undergoes a new concept. It remains available for rental and is used for Artsmiths’ events. The lower level, affectionately dubbed ‘The Underground’, features a rotating exhibit gallery, classrooms and a second showroom for large original. The outdoor space boasts a parking lot with free parking, public art installations, space for food trucks or other outdoor activities.
With an abundance of ideas and passion, we are actively engaged in making APACC a premiere cultural and educational destination. We hope that its existence will help bridge the South Hills to the Greater Pittsburgh arts community. We look forward to collaborating with the community to enhance everyone’s exposure and experience with local art.
In May 2006, Kate McGrady opened Koolkat Designs, a small art boutique featuring handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and art, at 691 Washington Road in Uptown Mt. Lebanon. Beginning with 22 artists, Koolkat almost exclusively featured jewelry, jewelry making classes, and custom beaded jewelry design and repair. As Koolkat’s artist and customer base grew, ceramics, fiber goods, painting, photography, cards, and woodworking were also showcased. In 2010, Koolkat was accepted as a gallery in the Artist Market at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, and has participated each and every year thereafter. Representing 200+ local artists, Koolkat rapidly outgrew its space.
In October 2013, McGrady approached the owners of Rollier’s, the Satterfield Brothers, with an idea to expand Koolkat Designs, to bring local art, music and food to the South Hills of Pittsburgh via the former Rollier’s barn. The Satterfields fully supported the idea that a local arts and cultural center was the best use for the iconic South Hills landmark, and decided to invest in their community which had supported their hardware business for many decades. On May 19, 2014, The Artsmiths, LLC was formed. Since that day, the barn has undergone extensive interior and exterior renovations. The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh will open its shop and café doors to the public in late-August 2015.
meet the artsmiths
board of directors
Mary Kay Davis
Kate McGrady | Executive Director & Founder, Jill of all Trades
Samantha Bower | Artist Manager & Blue Hair Goddess
Daniel Fox | Assistant Shop Manager, Instructor, Fox in the Woods
Anne Pillion | Assistant Shop Manager, Opinion Strongwoman
Flannery Pillion-Gardner | Resident Ukelele Player, Sweet Smartalec
Sadie Pillion-Gardner | Keeper of Cool, Owner of the Stage
Grace Meyer | Gerce Merr, Engineering Guru
Kathy Poulton | Queen of Sanity, Den Mother & Animal Ambassador