On September 29, 2012, SLIDELUCK finally came to Pittsburgh! After several years of dreaming and talking and planning, the slideshow/potluck combo reached the Three Rivers, bringing with it a roomful of excited participants.
More than 100 guests brought delicious dishes to Clear Story Studio on the Southside – from a perfectly cooked pork loin with bourbon dipping sauce to Smokra (a chipotle brined okra) to a truffle-oil-infused mac and cheese.
Guest judges Amanda McFadden and Julia Gongaware (eatPGH) and Adam Milliron (Adam Milliron Photography) had their work cut out for them – choosing favorites on this buffet was not easy. Awards went to Earl Robinson for his blue cornbread (overall best dish) and Heather Visnesky for her coconut cilantro dip (most innovative). Fortunately, we had plenty to drink: Brooklyn Brewery generously furnished our potluck with a triple threat of IPA, brown ale, and lager.
At 9 pm, 23 photographers’ work was shown to a rapt crowd. Selected by curators Ellen Fleurov (Silver Eye Center for Photography), Nicholas Chambers (The Warhol Museum), and Evan Mirapaul (PGH Photo Fair), the work was met with laughter, audible appreciation and a whole lot of applause.
It’s not often that a group of diverse people gets together to enjoy a night of good, old-fashioned fun. But perhaps that’s what SLIDELUCK affords us – the chance to catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, have a bite, a good beer, and see some good art. After all, what else really matters?