community + cultural info


Review of Charlee Brodsky show at art space 303,
located at 303 East Eighth Avenue, Homestead, PA


The community has embraced Charlee Brodsky’s show, Homestead Re-Viewed,
currently underway at art space 303 located at 303 East Eighth Avenue
in Homestead.

Community members, through their outpouring of support, have convinced
Steel Valley Arts Council to extend the show.  Homestead Re-Viewed,
which was scheduled to conclude on November 23, has been extended to
December 13 due to popular demand.  Brian K. Britza, the curator of this
show, explains it by stating, “We want as many people as possible to
experience this important show.  These images are powerful; they capture an
era in Homestead’s history in a way mere words cannot do.  We are very
pleased about the extension.”

Ms. Brodsky, a Carnegie Mellon University professor of photography,
took these photographs of Homestead between the years 1985 and 1995 for a
book she co-authored with fellow CMU professor Judith Modell entitled
Envisioning Homestead, A Town Without Steel.

Many local residents have experienced the Gallery and been astonished
by what they have seen -- faces of people they know, their family and
friends, and in some cases themselves. The Gallery at 303 East Eighth
Avenue lends itself very well to these images.  Visitors, as they study
the 64 photographs on the wall, are free to reflect upon their
significance in an uninterrupted well-lighted gallery.  The white walls with the
black and white images on them seem somehow blended as though they
belong.  You are left with a feeling that you belong there; something has
drawn you in; you were meant to experience this.

Ms. Brodsky will be conducting a Gallery talk on Saturday, November 22
at 2:00 p.m.   She has captured a historical time in Homestead and
welcomes the opportunity to exchange experiences with all who attend.  She
spent ten years in Homestead, during the transition of time when the
mills were closing.  She listened to people then and wants to share with
them now.  Photographs remind us who we were -- the past and the
present unite to help determine our future.  Ms. Brodsky welcomes you to
attend her talk and express your feelings about this era in Homestead’s
history.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays
and Sundays from noon to 7.   Photographer’s Gallery Talk November 22 at
2:00 p.m.   Show extended to December 13.   412.326.0100.