Emerging Artist Scholarship Winners – Part 1

by Tim

Three Rivers Arts Festival’s Emerging Artist Scholarship Program helps local artists new to outdoor festivals show their work for the first time, providing them with a tent and booth space free of charge. The scholarship helps these artists launch their art careers and also hooks them up with established artist mentors who can give them advice and direction on how to succeed in the festival setting. Through a series of posts over the next few weeks, we will introduce you to this year’s Emerging Artist Scholarship recipients.

Hip pack by Ray-MinMinette Vaccariello & Raymond Morin
Minette Vaccariello & Raymond Morin together run Ray-Min Shoulderware, specializing in bags like purses, messenger bags and hip packs. Their bags are durable, trendy and efficient wearable art.  Ray-Min uses an array of patterns and fabrics to craft their bags on a 1940s sewing machine.

June 4-8, Plaza Booth 59

Ceramic mugs by Seth PayneSeth Payne
Seth Payne moved to Pittsburgh last year after completing his MFA in ceramics at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  Seth aims to create practical objects that the user can establish a lasting relationship with. He combines earthy and bright colors on mugs, plates and bowls, all of which are functional and food safe.

June 9-13, Plaza Booth 96

Allison Jones necklaceAllison Jones
By day, Allison makes an impact in Pittsburgh through her nonprofit work, but by night, she’s making an impact with her jewelry – and you’d never guess she just started making jewelry in 2009. Allison uses metals, primarily sterling silver, to produce pieces that merge industrial and elegant aesthetics.

June 4-8 , Plaza Booth 99