Brew, baking and Beethoven. It is not too much to Handel. What more could the holiday season need (other than a visit from the Jolly Fat Man) at Pittsburgh’s historical art and architectural gem the Frick? Tts mere presence is quite the present. Doing the mall haul? Make sure you save time for taking part in at least one of the diverse selection of the Frick programs and events. Remember, he’s watching those who are nice. And naughty. (Please remember that the Frick will be closed December 24 and 25; and January 1.) For reservations and/or more information on any/all of these programs, visit thefrickpittsburgh.org or call Call 412-371-0600.,
“Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at Meissen,” now at the Frick Art Museum, features an extraordinary group of porcelains made by Chris Antemann while working for Meissen porcelain at their art campus. Inspired by the rich history of porcelain, Antemann creates figurative porcelain for today’s world using the same techniques Meissen made famous in the 18th century, but with a mischievous sense of humor and a 21st-century edge. Free. The exhibition continues through January 10.
Setting the Table for Christmas at Clayton
This special tour runs through January 10 and emphasizes the 19th century’s elaborate culture of dining and entertaining. As a companion to “Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at Meissen,” exceptional examples of porcelain in the collection are highlighted throughout the house, along with period photographs, copies of holiday shopping lists in Mrs. Frick’s handwriting, stockings, books, and, of course, the traditional Clayton Christmas tree, live greens and colorful poinsettias. Short, entertaining gallery talks will be provided every half-hour. Members free, regular tour prices apply for non-members. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended. Purchase tickets at tk. Free docent-led tours of the exhibition are provided every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2. Groups of five or more are asked to schedule a private tour by calling 412-342-4070.
Welcome winter with the first of five fabulous, fun Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m.; tonight marks the the first one. This week, “Cocktails in The Cafe” features “Forbidden Fruit”-themed cocktails and desserts. Future Winter Friday themes are “Craft Beer”, “Classic Cars and Live Music”, “Shopping Night”, “Adults’ Night Out” and an exhibition-closing evening on January 8 with artist Chris Antemann in attendance.
Steer Yourself to the expanded Car and Carriage Museum
The garage doors of the Frick’s expanded and renovated Car and Carriage Museum have been opened. The building also houses our new Education Center, with three classrooms and modern technology to help facilitate learning, and a new Community Center that is available to rent for your next private or business gathering. The new facilities complete our two-year, $15 million site expansion project and complement the Grable Visitor Center, which opened last year. (No, it’s not named in honor of Betty.)
A Little Salon Music
Friday, December 4 @ 7 p.m.
With a nod to many of the scenes presented in the exhibition “Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at Meissen,” the Frick offers an evening of music first enjoyed in 18th- and early 19th- century French salons. The evening features the talents of soprano Colleen Gray and pianist Nanette Kaplan Solomon. Hear and learn more about the role of music in this period, take in the exhibition and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres in the Frick Art Museum rotunda.$30 members; $35 non-members and guests. Advance registration and pre-payment required.
Cookie Decorating Workshop: Decadent Decorating
Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn and practice new ideas for decorating holiday cookies, led by pastry artisans from Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique of Pittsburgh. Take your creations home, or indulge on the spot. Participants must be 16 years or older. $20 members; $25 non-members and guests. Materials included. Advance registration and pre-payment are required.
This CarKids program will have the small ones learn about the beautiful creatures that worked so hard to pull the carriages owned by the Fricks. Make a clothespin toy horse to take home. Meet at the Car and Carriage Museum. Free.
Cool Yule:Family Fun Day
Families with kids of all ages will enjoy stories, interactive tours, and holiday art-making at the Frick Art Museum. Design a dazzling ornament, craft a heartfelt greeting card, and string a garland to hang at home. Take away not only your charming creations, but also memories of fun time spent together. Free
Add a Clayton family tour to your Cool Yule experience. Special family-friendly tours are offered at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Free to children ages 16 and under and to member adults; regular tour rates apply for non-member adults. Tours most appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. Advance reservations strongly suggested.
Holiday Family Workshop: Build Your Own Gingerbread House
Sunday, December 13, 1-4 p.m.
Calling young designers! Enjoy the fun of trimming your own gingerbread cottage with icing and lots of sweet decorations. From gumdrops on the rooftop to ice cream cone landscaping, adults and children work together to create confectionary masterpieces to take home. A quick tour of Clayton’s holiday finery is included in this special family event. Ages 6–12 with an adult. Advance registration required. Meet at the Education Center. Child member, $16; Child non-member, $19. Free to accompanying adult.
Gingerbread Stories: A Holiday Adventure for Pre-Schoolers
Saturday, December 19, 10-11
Looking for a new way to share seasonal magic with your preschooler? Storytelling and games await little ones as they participate in the adventures of a stowaway gingerbread boy on Christmas Eve. As a final treat after searching for gingerbread folk around the site, children will decorate gingerbread cookies to take home along with their storybook keepsake. Meet at the Education Center. Kids ages 4–6, with an adult. Advance registration required. Child member, $10; Child non-member, $12. Free to accompanying adult.
Shop ‘Till You Drop
Celebrate the holidays with distinctive items from the Frick Museum Store. In addition to a selection of unique gift ideas, the museum store will be offering a line of holiday themed items, including a new custom ornament. This Frick exclusive features a detail of Clayton’s porte cochereand was created by local artist Audra Azoury. Azoury works out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, designing cut metal work by hand with the help of modern cutting edge technology. This design is part of a collection of work by Azoury, inspired by the Frick’s architectural elements.
And after you drop . . .
Treat your holiday visitors to lunch or tea at the Cafe
With the holiday season here and family members visiting from out of town, there’s nothing they’ll enjoy more than lunch or afternoon tea at The Café at the Frick. It’s also a great place to bring business associates, employees and co-workers. From our gourmet dishes prepared with fresh ingredients to our selection of fine wines, spirits and craft beers, to our delicious homemade desserts, there is much for your guests to enjoy. Get our current menu, wine list and children’s menu here. Call to learn more about holiday dinners, planned for Fridays, December 4, 11 and 18; and January 8.