Friday, February 21, 2014


As usual, the Mattress Factory’s first Saturday of the month was a huge success with ARTLab! This week’s installment was “Puppet Party,” where educator, Derek Reese, and MF visitors explored the many intricacies of puppet making through a wide range of styles and sophisticated designs. While some devoted their time to elaborate sock and shadow puppets, others focused on creating marionettes. Two participants in particular collaborated together to create an almost life-sized marionette of a mermaid, complete with sequined scales. This imaginative creature was then paraded throughout the museum in full performance.


Be sure to join us next time on March 1st as part one of four Photovoltaic Solar Energy and Art Series (PV-SEAS) installments. Educator, Indigo Raffel, will be joining us from the Conservation Consultants Inc. to increase awareness of solar energy and its benefits on our environment. Hands on solar games, educational projections, and a mural inspired by Design 99’s Following the Sun 2, will make up the three stations available for the next ARTLab.

ARTLab is a great opportunity for people of all ages to come together and create art through laboratory style activities that promote and encourage visitors to use different materials and discover the benefit of problem solving with their hands. We hope to see you every first and third Saturday of the month to investigate new and exciting methods of art making!


  • March 1st, 1-4pm, Mattress Factory Lobby - ARTLab: A Sun-Filled Afternoon
  • March 15th, 1-4pm, Conservation Consultants Inc. Center - ARTLab: Board the Solar Express 
    • This ARTLab will be held off-site at the Conservation Consultants Inc. Center at 64 S. 14th St. Pittsburgh, 15203. A bus will transport ARTLab participants from the Mattress Factory to the CCI promptly at 1pm. Reservations are required. E-mail felice[at] to reserve your spot.
  • April 5th, 1-4pm, Mattress Factory Lobby - ARTLab: Solar Panel Jamboree
  • May 3rd, 1-4pm, Mattress Factory Lobby - ARTLab: Searching for the Sun

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