Cocktails and Conservation 2019
An Annual Celebration of Maxo Vanka’s Millvale Murals.
Delicious Bites, Creative Cocktails, Art Action AND…
The Art of Social Justice Art Auction
hosted by WYEP’s Rosemary Welsch
featuring the taste sensations of:
- Acclamation Brewing
- Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails
- St. Nicholas Bakers
- Tupelo Honey Teas
- Vecenie Distributing Company
Entertainment by Stari Drugovi featuring the talents of Brock Belich, Justin Greenwald & Kristofer Vucelich
We were inspired by the premiere of “Act of Sister.” A tribute to women inspired by the Vanka Murals by interdisciplinary artist Alisha Wormsley.
Program: 1941 – 1991
We experienced the “wallpaper” years of Maxo Vanka’s famed murals, when decades of Pittsburgh weather, pollution and lack of lighting left them dark, damaged, misunderstood and nearly forgotten.
We heard the story of how a handful of activists helped kick-start awareness and efforts to save these priceless works of art, creating a masterpiece of historical theater in the process.
Special appearance by founding members of the Iron Clad Agreement reading from Dr. David Demarest’s “Gift To America.”
Written and Produced by Lynne Squilla
Dessert Reception featuring more than 1,000 homemade treats from the St. Nicholas Bakers
St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, Millvale, PA