September 19, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave
This FREE monthly social at the KST Lobby Bar offers an opportunity to meet your neighbors and grab a snack from a local food truck and to purchase upcycled goods made from at least 50% recycled materials. The event is organized by Ricardo Solis who is currently one of the artists in residency for the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and its Futuremakers 2019 program.
The upcycled artists
Jennie Kay Snyder
Jennie Kay Snyder is an award winning artist with a BFA in Painting and minors in both Drawing and
English. She is best known for her watercolor paintings, and has exhibited and competed at regional,
national, and international levels. She has been represented by galleries in major cities throughout the
country, and her work is included in private and corporate collections throughout the world.
During her 30-year career, Ms. Snyder has taught drawing, painting, collage and other 2-D media to
children and adults of all ages, and developed and implemented drawing programs in California, Oregon
and Texas school districts. She designed and painted theater sets in California and Oregon, gave
workshops and painting demonstrations throughout the West, and painted dozens of residential,
commercial, and municipal murals and decorative embellishments throughout the country.
She returned to Pittsburgh in 2007, where she was a faculty member of the Fine Arts department at
Community College of Allegheny County. She is now a private art and voice teacher, owner of her online
shop and blog, Queen Boheme Maison (), and proud crew member at
Kit Ward is a Pittsburgh artist, plant lover, thrift store enthusiast, and fantasy writer. She won the Rachel Carson Sustainability Award in 2014 for her efforts in improving the environmental focus at Chatham University, and continues that mission in art and activism. Her art primarily consists of terrariums and live arrangements in upcycled containers, and furniture pieces crafted from reclaimed wood from the foreclosure that she is renovating.
As a lifelong Pittsburgher, Brad has been collecting forgotten and discarded items since childhood. His passion for our environment and its creatures is what started his journey to turn these found objects into something new. He is always working on something different, whether it's furniture, sculpture, wall art and even film props. Brad's work can be viewed in multiple locations all over the city.
A Drift Arguello is a local neurodivergent, abstract artist/maker and shutter bug who loves taking trash to treasure.
Christina resides in the Monroeville, Pennsylvania area. When she was young, growing up in Seattle, she enjoyed working with the samples of fabric, leather, and carpet that her father, Richard, used in his work as an Industrial/Interior Designer. After graduating from The School of Fashion Design in Boston, she worked at various jobs in the industry before moving to New York City where she worked as a handbag designer for Pierre Cardin and Ronay. She then moved into the position as Liaison to Calvin Klein and Omega Fashions, the belt and handbag manufacturer. There she also developed a line of handbags and accessories for the career woman. Traveling to Europe on a buying trip she met with Pierre Cardin and in New york, worked directly with Calvin Klein and his design team. Marriage and motherhood came along and the family moved to Pittsburgh where she continues in her own business as and accessories designer and manufacturer.
We hand make our stuff it’s a combination of Uganda and congolaise art work it’s a small family business. We make paper bead bag products, clutch bead bags,and some plastic and wood jewelry.