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This year's festival will include several interactive workshops, demonstrations & lectures led by professional artists, musicians and writers, giving visitors hands-on experience of various art forms.  All workshops, demos & lectures are free. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. Preregistration is preferred.


At The Confluence

3:00 p.m. Embroiderer's Guild
This group will demonstrate cross-stitch and and attendees will have the opportunity to try it out for themselves! Other types of needle work will be available for viewing as well. 

4:00 p.m. Gregg Valley, Muralist
Hear from Gregg Valley, the Pittsburgh mural artist who completed the 5-story mural in the Mercer Street parking garage. He will talk about his experience doing public art to benefit communities and answer attendees' questions.

5:00 p.m. House Portraits Demonstration
Marianne Hilke will demonstrate how to create works of art of your home or favorite architectural structure through drawing or painting. 

6:00 p.m. Children's Cello Workshop
Cellist Beth Goldstein McKee will lead this fun, interactive cello workshop for kids. Bring your little ones and watch them try their hands at kid-sized cellos.

7:00 p.m. Floral Painting Demonstration
Marianne Hilke will demonstrate painting techniques for creating beautiful floral elements for your next art project.


In The Warner Theater (inside the Riverplex)

3:30 pm "The Melting Pot of Data"
Lawrence County Historical Society Director, Andrew Henley presents "The Melting Pot of Data". This lecture will focus on Big Data and how our local historical society is focusing on the collection of data and usefulness of harnessing large amounts of historical data from immigration records to support historical hypotheses.

4:30 pm "Writing for the Stage"
Playwright Timothy Ruppert presents a talk on writing for the stage, with an emphasis on his play, "The Consorts", which received its world premiere in Pittsburgh in 2016 and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Drama that same year.

5:30 pm "A Synopsis of Terror: The Torso Murders"
Award-winning author and local historian Robert A. Presnar has conducted extensive research concerning a series of murder investigations during the 1920’s and 1930’s that were sparked by the discovery of decapitated victims found within the general vicinity of the West Pittsburgh swamp. These ghastly murders have been connected with an unidentified serial killer dubbed the “Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run,” who was responsible for at least 12 horrific murders in the Cleveland area during the 1930’s and the B. & O. Railroad that connected West Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The Cleveland victims were, likewise, decapitated and often dismembered. Mr. Presnar will give an overview giving details concerning each local victim and murder investigation.

6:30 pm "Publishing, Editing & Prepping"
This local brother and sister team will share their creative process in writing and editing each other's work, the Amazon Top Ten Best-selling fiction series, Equipping Modern Patriots. Former US Air Force S.E.R.E. (survival) instructor, Jonathan Hollerman, will delve into his motivation for writing about preparedness, and CM Hollerman will share how she got dragged into it and what she has learned along the way! Find out why this project could literally save lives. Get an exclusive glimpse into the final book of the series before it's published, and bring your questions for the authors.

7:30 "Short, Short Story & Fiction"
Local Poet, James Perkins reads his 500 word story and discusses the process of creating it and other fiction and poetry.


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