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Gypsy Artistry Workshops for May by Tanya Bashor


Gypsy Artistry is celebrating one year of being in business this month!  It all started with winning the Pittsburgh Business Show Business Pitch competition. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my business in any way, and to those who have attended a workshop or scheduled a fundraiser or an event with me!

I appreciate you so much!

I will be back at the Pittsburgh Business Show on May 15 & 16 and will be hosting a craft at the show, so stop by!

 Do you plan and host retreats for women, or know someone who does?

 Perhaps a life coach, a women's group or maybe a church group?


Gypsy Artistry is available to participate in retreats that would like to have an element of art included. We make it fun and stress free so that even the people who aren't "crafty" can enjoy it!

We have some wonderful art therapy exercises that can be used and tailored to different retreat themes, along with many different craft workshops that can enhance the retreat experience, and we would love to participate in your next retreat.

 Please pass along Gypsy Artistry's information or give us a call at 412-956-6001

 Register here for a workshop

The workshops below are being offered at:

Elrama Tavern on May 13th 6 - 8 pm

Whitehorse Brewing on May 21st 6- 8 pm


Did you know that Gypsy Artistry offers Fundraisers?

Let us customize a crafting event that will be a fun evening out for your supporters.

We do all the work and you benefit from a portion of each ticket sold.

Fundraisers for the Pleasant Hills Library and for the Twilight Make a Wish Foundation


We have two fundraisers happening in May for the Pleasant Hills Library and the Twilight Make a Wish Foundation Washington Chapter, who grant wishes to deserving seniors.

 Both causes have chosen to create this 16" Americana Star Wreath.

 Portions of each ticket sale go to these great causes!

 Learn More about these Fundraisers

 Fundraiser for Brianna 

This fundraiser is for Brianna, a tenacious, vivacious, 13 year old who loves to dance and run, who happens to have been born with Spina Bifida. Brianna is now in need of a new lighter weight wheelchair that would bring her much more independence and allow her to dance competitively and continue her running with Girls on the Run. The new chair will be lighter and easier to manipulate providing so much more freedom for movement for Brianna.


Paint some wine glasses and help us to raise the money necessary to buy her a new chair allowing her to take on new adventures and live the best life she can!

 Learn more about this fundraiser

 Lighted Wine bottle Craft at Wilcox Winery, Settlers Ridge

Come and join us May 30th 6:30pm as Gypsy Artistry and Wilcox Winery in Settlers Ridge pair up to make a lighted wine bottle and sip on some wine.

Choose from the glass bead grapevine bottle or the painted sunflower bottle.


 The class is $35 per person and will include a personalized instruction to make your one of a kind lighted wine bottle, along with 5 one ounce wine samples of your choice and a keepsake winery logo glass as a memento from the event.

 You may bring in snacks and outside food, no alcoholic beverages permitted. Must be 21 + to attend and have to pre-purchase tickets in advance. Please let us know which bottle you choose so we can provide the correct supplies.

 Call 412-490-9590 to reserve your spot for this awesome event.

Booking Policy:

Booking should be made online a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the workshop, as we need to prepare all of the materials needed for the project.

Payment is due at the time of the reservation and guarantees your spot.

Check in with either your ticket or your name 15 minutes before scheduled start time.

Refunds will not be issued for cancellations after 10 days before a workshop. No shows and late arrivals will not be issued refunds. However, all tickets may be transferred to another user.

A credit that may be used towards a future workshop will be given for individuals canceling with at least ten (10) days’ notice.

Gypsy Artistry reserves the right to cancel a workshop if fewer than 3 people register and also reserves the right to cancel workshops for unforeseen emergency circumstances. Registrants will be notified at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled workshop time whenever possible and refunds will be processed if the workshop is cancelled by Gypsy Artistry.

For more information about Gypsy Artistry and their crafting classes, visit their website at or call 412-956-6001.




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