The Etna Art Tour will take place on September 25th from 4 - 9 PM and is just days away. Artists, performers, and local businesses are ready and excited to return to the in-person event! This year will look a little different, but it is shaping up to be one of the most exciting Art Tours to date.
The 2021 Etna Art Tour will mostly take place outdoors on Butler Street between Bridge Street and Freeport Street. Participating artists will be set up under tents on Butler Street, which will be closed to traffic during the event. Many local businesses will have their doors open and will be selling delicious food and drinks. A limited quantity of Etna Art Tour screen-printed shirts by Etna Print Circus will be available, but we expect that they'll be sold out in the first hour so purchase one early.
This event is free for all and will host TWO stages for a large mixture of bands, dance performances, brass, and drum groups. This year’s lineup includes:
4:00 Jane West
5:00 Gabriella Salvucci
5:40 Colonel Eagleburger's Highstepping Goodtime Band, first set
6:00 Rocket Loves Blue
6:40 Colonel Eagleburger's Highstepping Goodtime Band, second set
7:00 Cisco Kid
7:40 Ideal Dance
8:00 Truth and Rites
The emcees will be Etna Councilperson Jessica Semler and Etna Mayor Tom Rengers. Stage and sound will be provided by Zero Fossil on the Walnut St. Stage and Tyler Kirin on the Bridge St. Stage.
There will be lots to see outdoors and in. Kiya Tomlin Work/Shop will be open and are hosting the Pittsburgh Classical Guitar Society at 7 PM. Stop by Cop Out Pierogies for some grub or see the latest wares at Divertido. At least four newer businesses are participating this year (Rear End, Metamorph Jewelry Studio, PGH Print Shop, Evolutionary Minded Wellness), and we have heard from Jamilka Borges that Wild Child will be open (please, please, please!) We're thrilled to see .5 Gallery reactivated and we'll have the traveling art exhibit, Roadkill Gallery, set up for viewing. For everyone's safety, the owners of the two large artist studios have determined that it would be best to keep the buildings, 412 Studios and Etna Studios, closed to the public this year. But do not fear: the list of artists and businesses participating outdoors continues to grow and we'll have a map available when you arrive.
The return of the in-person Art Tour highlights our community's resilience as we continue our tradition of supporting the arts and local businesses in a really tough time. We all know how hard-hit the arts, retail, and restaurant industries have been in the past year and a half, so it is important that we all show them our support! Can’t wait to see you there!
Oh, yeah, and get vaccinated if you can, wear a mask if you are not, and stay home if you feel even a little bit unwell.
See the Facebook event page for more information.
Please sign up to volunteer and help keep the Etna Art Tour a free event.
Thank you to the Etna Art Tour event sponsors that cover the cost of the event production, expanded our live performance section, and helped to purchase outdoor tents for artists: Etna Borough, EEDC, Triboro Ecodistrict, and ECO.