Artist in Residency Program Trains Volunteers to Paint Mural in Rices Landing!

Have you ever wondered what goes into creating a large mural on the side of a building or a bridge? Now is your chance to find out through a 10-week artist in residency program that will bring a professional artist to the Mon River Towns to teach community volunteers how to re-create a mural along the 52′ retaining wall at the bottom of Carmichaels Street in Rices Landing, near the Greene River Trail.

This project is made possible through the Arts in Education Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Arts in Education Partnership is administered in SW PA by Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

The workshops will be held at the Community/Scout Building, 100 Water Street, Rices Landing, PA  15357 on the following dates:

Wed. Aug. 29   9am – 12pm

Sun. Sept. 9     Time is flexible

Wed. Sept. 12  9am – 12pm

Sun. Sept. 16   Time is flexible

Wed. Sept. 19  9am – 12pm

Sun Sept. 23    Time is flexible

Interested in participating? Volunteers can contact Shelley Marini at or 724 986-3640,  or Becky Keck at or 724 998-8484. 


California River Fest raises funds for park improvements

From August 19, 2012

The first annual California River Fest kicked off Saturday, raising funds for park enhancements and trail projects along the Monongahela River, which stood as a backdrop to the festival located at the end of Wood Street.

Live music played under blue skies while guests enjoyed local food vendors’ wares and kids participated in activities like tie-dying shirts and having their faces painted. A few blocks away, cyclists whizzed by regularly as they made laps around the borough in an Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association all-day competition.

The California River Fest, which benefits the River Town Program, a project of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, was organized by members of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), which matches recent college graduates with internships in fields related to environmental conservation.

Read the full story here.

FREE Website and Social Media Workshop

On Thursday, September 13th, a free workshop on website development and the use of social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, will be offered at the East Bethlehem Fire Hall in Fredericktown from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Who Should Attend: Small business owners and managers who want to establish a website or learn how to more effectively use their existing site. Also, representatives of libraries, museums, community organizations, and social clubs who want to more effectively use the internet to attract members and visitors.

The workshop is open to all knowledge and ability levels, from beginners to those who have had websites for several years, and will feature guest speaker Joe Polk, a website consultant with over 17 years of experience.

Refreshments will be provided. This workshop is open to the public. For more information, contact or call 412-481-9400.

Calling All Photographers! Announcing the Friendship Hill/Arts Monongahela Photo Contest

Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Arts Monongahela are collaborating to sponsor a photography contest entitled “Friendship Hill through the Seasons”. Color or black and white photographs of Friendship Hill, the house or surrounding trails and acreage, will be the subject of the photo entries. The photos should focus on the changing seasons: summer, fall, winter or spring. Photographs should be taken between August 1, 2012 and May 15, 2013.

Friendship Hill National Historic Site, located just north of Point Marion on Route 166, was the country home of Albert Gallatin, an influential politician and diplomat in the early history of the United States. The park includes grounds that border the Monongahela River, 10 miles of hiking trails and a two story brick mansion begun in 1789. The site is open 9 to 5 daily from April through October and on weekends during the winter months. Admission to the house is free.

Guidelines are as follows:

  • Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places in both a 17 years-old and younger or 18 years-old and above categories.
  • Photos will not be used in for-profit publications but may be used for display or promotional use.
  • Photographs will be judged on artistic merit, technical proficiency and seasonal theme.
  • Selected photographs will be displayed at Friendship Hill and at Arts Monongahela at a reception and show in July, 2013.
  • Photos will not be returned unless picked up by the artist following the reception.
  • Photographers must fill out an entry form for each photograph and attach to the photo (limit photos to 3 per photographer). A $5.00 entry fee must accompany each photo.
  • Subject of the photograph must be Friendship Hill or its grounds and taken within the contest dates.
  • Images no larger than 8 X 10, mounted or matted on foamcore with a clean, white 11 X 14 matte board, wired and ready for hanging will be accepted.

Images must be mailed or delivered to Arts Monongahela, 201 High St. Morgantown, WV 26505, May 23 or 24, 2013, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., no exceptions. No electronic submissions can be accepted.

Download the Photo Contest Entry Form today.  For more information, contact email