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Pittsburgh Kicks Off Summer With Three Rivers Arts Festival

The 53rd annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is underway, and the event promises a chance to view a wide variety of art. Organized by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the festival spreads out over Point State Park, Hertz Gateway Center, and throughout the Cultural District, delivering a number of attractions dedicated to showcasing new and emerging artists.

At the Artists Market, visitors can browse over 300 booths offering original, handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces. It’s comprised of artists carefully selected by a panel that includes local curators and other distinguished members of Pittsburgh’s artistic community. Each year, hundreds of artists apply to display in the market, and the selection process allows for the best in everything from jewelry to painting, woodworking to photography.

The festival also plays host to the annual Juried Visual Art Exhibition at 805-807 Liberty Avenue in the Trust Arts Education Center. Curated by moxide DaDa, 79 total accepted pieces are on view, including several large scale three dimensional works. The show is one of many at the festival – others include MS. N. Link: The Drag Queen Photographs of Donald Rager, a collection of photographs documenting the sub-culture of cross-dressing, and the video installation Strange Radiance by John Pearson and Emily Newman.

The Three Rivers Arts Festival will run from now until June 10. All events are free and open to the public.