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Museum Shop Holiday Gift Guide

Does your mom love home goods, your aunt enjoy craft cocktails, your sister accessorize, and do your friends love repping that they’re from Pennsylvania? Whatever your family and friends are into, you can find something for everyone at The Westmoreland’s …

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Winter at The Westmoreland (2020-2021)

As the days become darker and colder, many of us are tempted to be a little less active than usual. Don’t go into hibernation mode this winter! Instead, connect with The Westmoreland, both on site and online!

The Westmoreland will …

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Rip Van Winkle Returns!

After being absent from The Westmoreland’s 19th Century Gallery for almost a year due to its frame undergoing an extensive conservation treatment, visitor favorite Rip Van Winkle by George Frederick Bensell (1837–1879) has returned!

Welcome Bensell’s Rip Van Winkle

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Meet the Maker: Jonathan Bolivar

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jonathan Bolivar of Glass Bolivar has been blowing glass for six years. His glass blowing journey began at Tulsa Glassblowing School, where he learned from and assisted Cedric Mitchell, and continued in Kansas City, Missouri at …

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Meet the Maker: Kirsten Lowe-Rebel

Native Pittsburgh artist and small business owner of KLoRebel Art, Kirsten Lowe-Rebel, creates architectural drawings of iconic landmarks and buildings, and reimagines them as pieces that can be used, worn, or shared. Her product line includes her original artworks, mini-prints, …

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Meet the Maker: Florence Smith

Maker and artist Florence Smith left the corporate world and founded her own Pittsburgh-based company Djoi Designs, named for her two children, son Dee and daughter Onsaya Joi. Djoi Designs features Florence’s beautifully designed and handcrafted leather handbags, leather goods, …

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Meet the Maker: David Pearson

Pittsburgh-based artist David Pearson is a self-taught woodworker who takes discarded pieces of wood and turns them into one-of-a-kind bowls, clocks, boxes, cutting/charcuterie boards, jewelry and ornaments. His pieces showcase the grain patterns, beautiful figuring and warmth of wood, …

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Animated Landscape Autumn Edition

For this Animated Landscape installment, we turn toward fall and William Coventry Wall’s View Along the Allegheny Near Aspinwall Pa., 1867.

William Coventry Wall was born in London on December 8, 1811 and immigrated to the United States with his …

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Make a Hat Day: Art, History, and Hats!

Today is #MakeAHatDay! Get inspired by these artworks from our collection all of which feature people wearing hats! Find a little more about the history of the hats in these artworks and try your hand at creating a hat with …

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Take a Walk Down a Country Road

Even though Westmoreland County has moved into the Green Phase of the Plan to Reopen Pennsylvania, many of us are still practicing social distancing and still experiencing a bit of cabin fever.

Some good ways to help cope with cabin …

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