Artist and executive director of Radiant Hall Studios, Ryan Lammie is on a mission to create Pittsburgh’s largest artist resource network. Lammie’s nonprofit, which will have three locations by the end of 2015—Lawrenceville, Homewood and the Lower Hill District—currently has 37 artists located at its Radiant Hall and Mine Factory locations and is expecting that number to grow to 75 by the end of the year. A Pittsburgh native who graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2012, Ryan now lives in Lawrenceville.
Monday, July 13
I’m starting my week with an early morning meeting with Seth Clark, studio director of Radiant Hall’s Lawrenceville location at Barb’s Country Kitchen in Lawrenceville. Around 9 a.m. I’m meeting my friend Nina Barbuto at Commonplace Voluto on Penn Avenue. We’re talking about programming we’re working on for the Feastival in McKees Rocks. Later on, I’m meeting with Juliana Morris from the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh at Tender to discuss the AAP’s next moves. Normally on Mondays, Seth, my girlfriend Maddison and I would go to New Amsterdam for wing night, but since they’re under construction we’ll probably walk down to Smoke.
Tuesday, July 14
Tuesday of this week is jam-packed. I’m going to start with walking my dogs down to Espresso a Mano to grab some coffee. Afterwards, I’ll meet with Radiant Hall’s board president Matt Galluzzo, executive director of the Lawrenceville Corporation, at the Ice House. Then I jump in the car and head to 7800 Susquehanna Street in Homewood for a studio visit with Alexi Morrissey to see what he’s been working on for his Have You Seen Me? project. I’m going to make a quick stop at Construction Junction to talk to Steve Shelton, executive director and founder of the Pittsburgh Trade Institute, about the new Project RE workshop. I’ll stop at the Deli on Butler to grab a Patty’s Panini before a fundraising meeting at Radiant Hall. This meeting will have all Radiant Hall staff, as well as a bunch of other young professionals who are offering their time and expertise to make this a successful event. Afterwards, I’ll head over to the Energy Innovation Center in the Lower Hill District to catch up on some other work.
Wednesday, July 15
Wednesday is a lot more low-key. I have a Radiant Hall board meeting at noon. I’ll probably stop at La Gourmandine around the corner for pastries and coffee. That night I’ll be heading to arts MODE at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse.
Thursday, July 16
Thursday morning I plan to start with a bike ride down to the Strip. I’ll stop at Pamela’s for strawberry hotcakes. I’m having lunch with Bill Generett from Urban Innovation21. Thursday night I’m back at Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse for the Creative Clash Mixer. I’m hoping to catch up with Kim Chestney from the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
Friday, July 17
On Friday I’m heading to the Northside to meet with Henry Reese from City of Asylum at his place. I’ll stop at El Burro for an early lunch. Later in the afternoon I’m going to the Art Space 616 gallery in Sewickley to discuss new work with Elysia Cecchetti, the gallery director. Friday night Maddison and I try to relax when we can, so we’ll go to Pusadee’s Garden and sit in their awesome outdoor space if the weather is good.
Saturday, July 18
I plan to start my Saturday early and get some time in my own studio at Radiant Hall in Lawrenceville. Later in the day we’ll head to BOOM Concepts for their After Brunch Day Party.
Sunday, July 19
On Sunday we’ll head to Franktuary, one of the best brunch spots in the city. I’ll wrap things up from the past week and start planning the next one!