A guide to the arts and culture of Pittsburgh

An article by Lucas Peterson for the New York Times highlights the local art, music and food scene of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Randy Gilson's house-turned-art project, Randyland, is featured in the story as a favorite of the city, and is also the subject for many pieces by Pittsburgh artist Catherine Drabkin

"...but Pittsburgh’s art scene impressed me the most. Not just standbys like the world-class Mattress Factory, where I saw light-bending shows by James Turrell and Yayoi Kusama, but less conventional exhibitions like the home of Randy Gilson, a local artist. The 60-year-old, who lives with his partner, Mac, turned a dilapidated home he bought in the ’90s (“It was all drugs and gangs back then,” Mr. Gilson said), for $10,000, into Randyland, a personal expression of joy and an extraordinary piece of public art."

Painting of courtyard outside colorful (yellow, green, blue) building with an umbrella, chairs in green and orange, and plants

Catherine Drabkin, Courtyard, Found Object Garden No. 2, 2016, gouache on paper, 20 x 14 inches (50.8 x 35.6 cm).