Passports: The Art Diversity Project/ Artica Gallery

Sunday, December 15, 2013


GA/GI or the Geek Art/Green Innovator's Festival has grown to become the main event that Passports Art Diversity Project (PADP) produces, held in April of every year as part of Unblurred on Penn. Now up four years from our first, we are now directing, GA/GI 5! Visit here.

Passports will be hosting their annual meeting this December to look at other events and possibilities to benefit Pittsburgh's artists.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

3rd Big Year for Geek Art / Green Innovator's Festival! "Jump" to 2012

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Once again, Passports/ARTica in partnership with Penn Avenue Arts presents GA/Festival! Our 3rd big year...learn about it here.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hitting It Out of the Park

The evening of Thursday, August 18, Passports was proud to deliver a quilt created by Christine Bethea to the Roberto Clemente Museum curated by photographer, Duane Reider.. It took one year to complete the work. Both the museum and Ms. Bethea's organization Passports are supported by Pittsburgh Gateways.
Adding tech assistance were artists, Brenda Brown and Susan Constanse. To see other work by Ms. Bethea, an award winning quilter, registered with the Heinz History Center, visit Quilter's Candy.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Passports/ARTica Ends and Begins Another Great Year!

We're proud of all our accomplishments in 2010. Some of the best being the creation of Pennsylvania's first Eco, Art and Tech Festival--GA/GI (pronounced GAH-gee) as a key event of  World Environment Day. Our Green Team helped a number of emerging artists move forward in their careers.through exhibiting and doing demos at the event. This year, in addition to the festival, we've teamed up with Pittsburgh Gateways to build a fiberarts business that will produce a series of fiberart quilts based on the history of Pittsburgh's Hill District. And  we're working with the Roberto Clemente Museum to complete a quilt for fundraising. Meanwhile the ARTIca shop will be totally overhauled by Grove City Student Sam Perry. We've put out a call for  artists to program it for the upcoming year, looking forward to showcasing  fiberartist Cathleen Bailey in June with an exhibition called "Sparkle."So many great ideas! We'll keep you posted.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Passports/Artica to Host Grove City College and Sam Perry for SamSamLand Exhibition in April 2011 @ GA/GI Festival

"Welcome To SamSamland: Don't Wear Black to My Funeral" will be a gallery and music event curated by Sam Perry of Grove City University. SamSamland's key focus is the balance between celebrating and mourning life. This will be done through the exploration of trauma and its effect on the individual and community. SamSamland serves as a freeing space for victims of trauma and their family and friends as well as an educational experience for all those involved. Recycled materials will be used for all of the pieces, showing that beauty can be created out of everyone's damaged goods. For more information, check out samsamland's blog or search "Welcome to SamSamland" on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

LIFE Pittsburgh and Passports Green Art Projects

Passports has been working with Life Pittsburgh for three years to produce art created from recycled items! Seniors have stamped vintage fabric, rolled paper beads made of magazines and wrapping paper, repurposed old string, sewed, pasted and collaged their way into producing many incredible works of art for the walls and common spaces of several local senior day cares. Other Life Centers hosting art by Passports are in the Hill District and on the North Shore. The Organization founders, Christine Bethea and Brenda Brown, have plans to work with other companies that cater to the senior population in the region, in the near future.
Shown here: Panels gracing the dining room of Life's Senior Center in Green Tree.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Passports is Looking for Artists

Think you've got a show??? Let us know! $100 bucks gets you in our window and on a wall as a guest artist for Unblurred. You may be the next Picasso! Send images to