OPENING RECEPTION: 6 – 8 PM Dec. 8
In the midst of the holiday bustle, an exciting new exhibit has emerged at the Bottle Works.
Just say’n is a group show featuring 47 members of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. With 93 pieces on display and for sale, this show enhances the holiday shopping selection at the BOTTLE WORKS.
According to the exhibit’s curator, Jill Larson, since 1910, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh has given a platform to thousands of Pittsburgh area artists to exhibit their work and express subjects important to them. “Just say’n” showcases 47 of the organization’s most promising and exciting artists whose work invites meaningful conversation.
Larson goes on to say that giving voice to what matters most is not a new concept for artists, but it has particular relevance today when more and more people are taking to the streets to express themselves through protest and personal stories shared with the media. This exhibition is a collective display of 47 voices whose vocabulary is visual, each with their own way of looking at the world.
“It was a great honor to work with this dynamic group of artists, and I hope you enjoy the abundance of talent displayed by these AAP members. The artists have all mastered their craft, handling their medium with precision and expertise. Look closely and you’ll be intrigued, like me, by what they are “just say’n”,” Larson Said.
The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is the oldest, continuously-exhibiting, visual arts organization in the country.
Priya Ahlawat is a Contemporary Impressionist, born in India and based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She works in oils and embraces impressionism to depict profound moments of beauty often hidden within the particulars of daily life. Priya has derived her style from the lifelong study of past masters, the influence of contemporary painters she admires and her studies with artists and mentors Kim English, Ron Donoughe, Elio Camacho and Jennifer McChristian.
Priya loves to paint ‘en plein air’ and uses her studies painted outdoors along with other references to design and create larger paintings in her Studio. All her paintings are done ‘Alla Prima’, transitioning from thin washes of color to buttery areas of generously applied paint, creating texture and reinforcing the impact of overall design.
Stefani A. Allegretti is an interdisciplinary, contemporary artist living and working in the Pittsburgh Metro Area. Her award-winning artwork has appeared in various exhibitions throughout the United States and focuses on exploring connections, connections between the natural world and the human body, connections in the environment and the human-to-human connection through the use of various technologies. Through this exploration, much of her work takes aspects of nature, science, or society that might typically be unseen by the human eye and brings these aspects into the normal visual plane. By seeing these aspects in a new way and with a different perspective, new connections can be made and an enhanced appreciation or awareness can be achieved. She uses various mediums including mixed media and a combination of photography, digital imaging, graphic design and oil painting to create her work.
She received her formal training at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, a B.A. in English from Rutgers University and has multiple certifications. For more information about her work or upcoming exhibitions, visit her website at www.stefaniallegrettiart.com
Born in 1963 in Canandaigua, NY, Carol Amidi has lived most of her life in Pittsburgh, PA. She studied Industrial Design at Carnegie Mellon University. While she didn’t study painting there she benefitted immensely from the design curriculum and it has framed her work. Being a self taught painter has afforded her the luxury of not knowing the “correct” way to paint. Carol recalls the moment in her life when she was sparked with the inspiration to make art. As a youth she wandered into library stacks filled with art books. A world opened up to her. From that point on she has been drawn to making art. Some time later Carol discovered a quote by Max Ernst regarding his art making philosophy. It resonated with her and inspired her in her pursuit ever since. He wrote, “I succeeded in simply attending at the birth of all my works.”
Carol’s current artistic endeavors include abstract and expressionistic works. Exhibitions include AAP annuals at the Carnegie Museum, Photography in the Three Rivers Art Festival and she has exhibited in numerous juried shows. Corporate collections include Anderson Consulting, Cleveland, OH, and Deloitte Touche, Cleveland, OH. Artists who inspire her include Helen Frankenthaler, Antonio Tapies, Anselm Kiefer, Guillermo Kuitca, and her children.
Kyle Anger is a 2D mixed media artist originating from northeast Connecticut, who is currently living and working in Pittsburgh. He creates intensely layered intuitive abstractions utilizing an ever expanding variety of media. Due to his love of nature, biological forms, and experimentation with artistic materials his pieces evolve into detailed amalgamations of internal and external life.
His interest in art was fostered at a very early age by his mother who is an elementary school art teacher in Connecticut. He went on to earn his BFA in painting from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009 and his MFA in Painting from Boston University in 2012.
This past year his work has been included in a number of group exhibitions around Pittsburgh. A more recent member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, several pieces of his work were featured in this past Springs AAP exhibition Control is an Illusion at The Mine Factory curated by Christine Smith. Over the Summer he was juried into the Group A show Now at Boxheart Gallery curated by Nicole Capozzi. Most recently his work was included in the Group A show Small Works at Framehouse and Jask Gallery curated by Graham Shearing. He maintains a studio at Radiant Hall Lawrenceville.
Pati Beachley (1971) is a sculptor living in Pittsburgh. Originally from Baltimore, she moved to Pittsburgh to teach at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, where she serves as Chair of the Art & Design Department and Associate Professor of Art. She exhibits her work actively in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Tennessee. She has had multiple solo shows, national shows, curated, and juried exhibitions.
Her studio and foundry is in Pittsburgh where she casts all her own metalwork. She attended University of Maryland College Park for her undergraduate degree, studying with Anne Truitt and John Ruppert. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond studying with Liz King, Myron Helfgott, Howard Risatti, Kendall Buster, and Lester Van Winkle. She contributes volunteer service to the larger arts community in Pittsburgh by serving on multiple boards of arts organizations. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.
I am a Pittsburgher, born, raised, and now working here. My influences include Janet Fish and American still life artists, the post-industrial city I live in, and the graphicness of relief printmaking.
Christopher is an emerging artist, who was born and raised in and around Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. In 2012 he graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his Bachelor’s in Fine Art in Drawing and minor in Painting.
Currently he resides in Pittsburgh working on his current body of work, Along the Path. He regularly does commissions, and exhibits his work. He shares a studio with his amazing wife, Heather Heitzenrater, in the Radiant Hall studio at 7800 Susquehanna Ave in Pittsburgh PA.
His artistic focus has been concentrated on organic objects with connections to nature, people, or legacy. His work is done in a traditional direct observational style, but with a contemporary twist on concept.
A Pittsburgh native and graduate of CMU in graphic design, Kathy Boykowycz has worked in advertising, architectural graphics, calligraphy, and book design over the last 40 years. Since re-joining AAP after a 30-year absence, her photos and photocollages have been in four AAP group shows and one Annual, as well as a two-person show at Silver Eye.
Kathleen Kase Burk
My work chronicles an artistic journey from representational still life drawing to abstract, grid-like works reminiscent of mid-twentieth century design. In between are works that are semi-abstract, realistic works with abstract qualities, and works that appear realistic but are partially or wholly imaginary. Interesting design and surface textures appeal to me in any kind of art, no matter what medium or style. Tightly organized geometric designs are satisfying, but even more so with the addition of color and organic shapes as counterpoint.
Drawing is a reflective and meditative activity, one that grounds me and structures my days. The centralized design of these works makes them seem like objects for contemplation—like modern versions of ancient mandalas. In looking at them, I hope the viewer experiences both a sense of peace and calm, as well as of exploration and discovery.
Alan Byrne is a native of New York, but has spent the past forty odd years in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. His degrees in Theatre Arts are from SUNY at New Paltz and the Pennsylvania State University. His background in the visual arts led him to a career as a scenic design in college and community theatre. He is a member of several professional arts organizations in Pittsburgh and has exhibited his art throughout the region. Most of his work is urban landscape executed in oil. Occasionally he produces small pen and ink using an intricate cross-hatching method.
Cai started with figurative drawings in his teenage years. His primitive slate carving was inspired by ancient rock art. Following the evolution of pictorial languages, he explores figurative drawings with Chinese ink on rice paper. His art work has been exhibited at Buttler Center for American Art in Pennsylvania, Cerveno Museum and Bergamo Archeology Museum in Italy. He is a member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.
Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer has been working as an artist and designer for over 15 years. A native of Palmira, Colombia, Sheila graduated with a degree in Architectural Design from the Fundación Academia de Dibujo Profesional. She also studied Fine Arts at the Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes.
Sheila relocated to Miami Florida in 1999 and Western Pennsylvania in 2004 to become the art director of three community newspapers.
In the past few years, she served as curator of Westmoreland Art Nationals, a well-established juried art show, and has worked on a series of paintings entitled Exodus. She is also exploring digital composition and furniture design. Sheila o en donates her graphic design services to local non-pro t organizations, such as Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, Casa San José, and the Latin American Cultural Union. She served on the Westmoreland Art Nationals Committee and was the treasurer of Colombia en Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization that facilitates mutual help and integration among Colombians in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.
In 2015, Sheila was invited to show her work at the Pennsylvania State Capitol and Susquehanna Museum of Art for the Hispanic Heritage Celebration.
In 2016, her work was shown at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the artist was invited by the United States Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to be the guest speaker and represent the Latin American Community at their Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.
Sheila recently participated in Contemplating Others the first show of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 2017 season, curated by Sean Beauford.
She currently serves on the publicity and marketing committee of the Washington Symphony Orchestra. Her work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections such as Royal Caribbean Cruises. She has exhibited in Colombia, Miami, New York, and Pennsylvania.
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Images rage like a river through the theater of my mind. All I need do to see them is shut my eyes. But when I open my eyes they dissolve away quickly- like an elusive melody one might hear in a dream. Remembering is where the challenge lies. Grasping and holding on. Its like wading through a thick mist of consciousness; though all the critical details are there, they hide in the shadows- just beyond reach of my senses.
The works I paint are brief glimpses into that raging river of images. They spring from my subconscious and take on a life of their own. For me, painting is an intuitive act.
Because of my imagination, and because of a stubborn insistence to resist convention, my work is inherently unique. I am an explorer, pushing deep into the frontiers of my imagination and of my technique- searching for new and exciting ways to communicate what I find.
Myth Busters Adam Savage was on to something when he spawned the oft quoted phrase I reject your reality and substitute my own. Reality; a cold, harsh and sometimes ugly thing. Therefore I create my own reality in the works I paint. They are worlds in and of themselves; self contained microcosms which defy the norm of collective thought and run wild through the fields of possibility.
In order to unbridle the full potential of my creative energy, I have made a vow to myself. I hold fast to these three simple but thoroughly liberating concepts:
- Free the mind of preconceptions- there are no mistakes.
- As much as possible, work unfiltered and unfettered from conscious thought.
- Know the rules, but work as if there are no rules.
My purpose in creating is to awaken the viewers imagination. Perhaps when you explore my work it will take you to a place you’ve never been; to enable you to challenge your perception and see beyond the waking stream of the hive mind. Perhaps it can awaken you to a reality that has been here the whole time- dormant and just out of reach, like that elusive melody from your dream.
Glen Gardner began working with metal in the late sixties. From 1972 to 1976, he was resident blacksmith at Peters Valley Craftsman in Layton, New Jersey. In 1977, Glen built a forge and studio in the mountains of North Carolina, located near the Penland School of Crafts. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1992 and since that time, has maintained a metals studio there.
Glen is a sculptor/metalsmith. His work ranges from purely sculptural to functional and has been shown at galleries and museums throughout the country. His work is included in both private and public collections of art and metalwork.
Public works of sculpture, contemporary weathervanes, jewelry, and interior design work are all represented in his vast body of work. He works in all metals, including copper, bronze, silver, gold, and iron. Preferring to use hammer & forge as well as torches and welders, the fabrication of metal is his preferred mode of operation. Since beginning his career at Peters Valley Craftsmen, he has taught workshops in a variety of settings, including Penland School of Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Society of Contemporary Craft, and Touchstone Center for Craft.
Tyler Gaston is a woodturner and sculptor residing in Indiana, PA. He is currently a second year MFA candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Tyler’s artwork explores human experience through the use of contextual materials, such as the living nature of wood and the cool rigidity of concrete. He has received workshop scholarships from Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Tyler received first place in the 2017 AAW Turning to the Future competition in the functional, post-secondary division.
Working in watercolor, liquid acrylics and inks, Judith creates bold, intuitively directed compositions.
Judith holds an Associate Degree in Fashion Illustration from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and an Interior Design Certificate from Seton Hill College. A member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Group A, International Society of Experimental Artists, National League of American Pen Women and Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, her award winning works are exhibited nationally and locally and can be found in several private collections.
Amanda K Gross is a mixed media fiber artist and anti-racist organizer living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia to Swiss German Mennonite parents. Recent bodies of work include Domesticated, which examines how U.S. society has integrated war and violence into our economy and homes, and Knit the Bridge, the largest fiber art installation (yarnbomb) in the world ever, which sought to knit together stronger communities and bridge disparate ones through the project of covering Pittsburgh’s historic Andy Warhol Bridge in knit and crochet. Currently, Amanda is exploring the intersections of race, gender, and class through a body of work entitled Mistress Syndrome, inspired by Dr. Joy de Gruy’s work on Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome.
All-while growing up in California, Claire Hardy loved to drawing. Early on, her art teacher recognized her talent and taught her shading and how to create the illusion of form. Hardy began drawing realistically and has since continued with realism as her signature style.
While earning her business degree at the University of New Mexico, she continued taking art classes. Post-graduation,Hardy sought classical art instruction. This training brought her to study at the Art Institute of Florence, Italy. It was there, while in total immersion, that she threw herself into oil painting.
She backpacked through Europe and the Middle East for five months studying art, culture and history and then moved to Sewickley, PA. By day, she worked as a graphic designer. By night she painted still life studies. Claire began showing her work in local galleries and then expanded to galleries in Santa Fe, NM.
Since 2010, Claire has been painting full time and opened a professional studio. She continues to study and experiment with oil painting, always eager to get to the next painting. She served on the executive board of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and later as president, Pittsburgh Society of Artists. Her work can be found in numerous private collections in Pittsburgh, the Southwest, Canada and Europe.
Annie Heisey is a painter living and working in her native Pittsburgh, PA. She received a BFA in Painting and a BS in Art Education from Penn State University in 2003, and in 2007 she was earned an MFA from Boston University. She was awarded the Junior Artist in Residence position at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR, in 2007 and continued to live in Portland, painting and teaching at OCAC, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Nike’s Blue Ribbon Studios, until her move back to Pittsburgh in 2016. Heisey has exhibited her work at museums, galleries and colleges across the country including the Boston Center for the Arts and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She currently has a studio in Radiant Hall Lawrenceville.
Robert Howsare’s interdisciplinary work highlights the glitches occurring in systems. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and graduated with an MFA in printmaking from Ohio University.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; selected venues include the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and the International Print Center of New York. Howsare’s work has been recognized by WIRED Magazine, Abitare International Design Magazine, HOW, and other publications. Most recently his work has appeared in The Art of Tinkering, Meggs’ History of Graphic Design and on Adult Swim.
Lisa Bergant Koi
Lisa Bergant Koi holds an MA in painting from Illinois State University and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. She has exhibited nationally, and her work is held in private collections as well as the corporate collections of both PNC Bank and The Benter Foundation. She is a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists professional organizations.
The paintings in her ongoing Departure series depict indeterminate spaces. Her work is derived from sketches she makes of the landscape while traveling as a passenger in a car. The manner in which the paintings evolve is inspired by an underlying notion of the physiology of visual perception.
I was born in Altoona PA, but grew up in Johnstown PA and I lived in Philadelphia and Los Angeles before moving to Pittsburgh, PA. to practice architecture. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Fine Arts and Architecture and the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. I retired in July 2017 from my architectural practice “ Joel Kranich Architect” a practice diversified in design and the construction of both contemporary commercial and residential projects with an emphasis to rehabilitation and re-use of older structures.
My interest in painting was rekindled about six years ago and i have studied in Pittsburgh with Lila Hirsch Brody.
I am a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Artists and a member of the “Pittsburgh 10” a group of artists exhibiting works contemporary in character from abstract expressionism to realism.
Seth LeDonne is a multidisciplinary artist with an interest in the intersections of community, spirituality, and wellness. His work examines and amplifies perceptions and reflections of the everyday. Seth explores the use of vulnerability and sentimentality as tools for reflection, connection, and eachotherness. The bulk of his work operates primarily within 2-D images, as well as writing and performance.
He lives in Pittsburgh and creates at Radiant Hall, Lawrenceville.
Christine Lorenz uses photography to examine the ordinary, overlooked, disposable and forgotten. She earned her MFA at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and BA at Ohio State University. She teaches courses in visual culture at Duquesne University and Point Park University.
Mary B. Mason
My sculptural metal works are an expressive art form. The storytelling begins from one found bullet casing.
The foundation of my art experience is built upon twenty-five years of creating and teaching art in W.Va., Ohio, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. Moving to the Pittsburgh area from Baton Rouge has helped me make connections with people and materials for my glass and metal pieces. Retiring from teaching art in the Seneca Valley School District in Cranberry Township has provided a wider focus and energy to create. My home studio has a kiln for enameling. I share a larger space with equipment used for torching and metalsmithing.
These brass bullet pieces were gathered at many sites in and outside of the city. Friends in the city and suburbs have given me hundreds of various sized casing from parks and shooting ranges. Residue in my purse and on my hands set off TSA sensors. Each piece has as a message. Soldiers and hunters have used bullet casings as whistles for alarms or making music. A similar piece was purchased for a music video.
My work is exhibited with the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and the Cranberry Artist Network, which I am a board member. Please visit the Hoyt Museum Gift Shop, New Castle or the Appalachian Rock Shop, Harmony or their online sites to see more metal designs.
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Richard McWherter’s unique inspiration is clearly demonstrated through the images he creates with his camera near his home in Western Pennsylvania and his travels in North America and the British Isles. But his landscapes reveal more than just a record of a particular time or place; they speak to much more universal themes. McWherter is an artist who is continuously interpreting the landscape through new and inventive ways. He has been successful in exploring both traditional chemical and silver-based processes, as well as cutting-edge digital technologies.
Since 1973, McWherter’s activities have included the learning, creating, exhibiting and teaching of photography as a vital medium in visual art. He received his first opportunity by winning a scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts while still in high school. McWherter’s photographs have since appeared in many regional and national exhibitions and have also been reproduced in nationally recognized magazines for fine art photography. In 1990 he received the top award for black and white photography from Photographer’s Forum magazine and his work appeared in the book The Best of Photography as a first place winner. More recently, his work received the State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Art Award for 2014 and in 2015 he was part of an international showcase of photography at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
As an educator, McWherter is dedicated to the continued artistic growth of all learners. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1993 from Seton Hill University with a major in Studio Arts and a minor in Art Education. In 1996 he became the current Visual Arts Instructor at the high school in his hometown in Western Pennsylvania and served as the Art Department Chair for many years. He has also taught photography and digital imaging at the University and other local art centers. He has received many awards for his photographic art, as well as for his innovations in teaching, and in 2007 he was named the Art Educator of the Year by the Greensburg Area Cultural Council. It is his belief that creative thinking and inventive problem solving skills are extremely important to the success of both individuals and society as a whole.
McWherter was one of the first contemporary artists in the country to exhibit their work online through a self-designed personal web page. The page was featured in a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in March of 1996 and appeared in syndication in newspapers across the nation. Since then, his work has appeared in many feature articles in newspapers and magazines regarding art, photography and art education.
His commercial clients have included both regional and national corporations and institutions, as well as freelance assignments for family portraiture and groups. Currently he works exclusively on self-assignments for galleries and book projects. His book projects are represented by his entrepreneurial venture, Walkwood Publishing. His artwork is also available in local art centers and gift shops. For more information, please visit his webpage at richardmcwherter.com, where you can view online portfolios of his work.
Joseph Noderer was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1978. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2001 and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Since then he has been showing his paintings around the country, with frequent solo shows at Linda Warren Projects in Chicago. His work is included in various collections and publications, including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas and New American Paintings #96, respectively. After living in Chicago and then Austin, Texas for a number of years, he has moved back to Western Pennsylvania in order to paint the subjects that he seems irresistibly drawn to.
Desiree Palermo (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1986) earned a B.S.Ed. in art education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and earned her M.F.A. in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia. She has had solo shows in Pittsburgh and Savannah, including “Di[pro]gress,” at Fresh Exhibitions Gallery in Savannah, “Fleeting Elation”, currently on view at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Her selected group exhibitions include “AAP Newest Members Exhibition”, “Group Juried Exhibition”, and “Port City Review Showcase”. She creates large-scale abstract paintings with a focus on relationships between the materials, formal elements and intuition. Currently, Palermo is a studio art teacher at Propel Schools in Pittsburgh, and is exploring sculptural elements in her work.
I use an expanded set of resources to capture and manipulate the world around me through digital photography.
Utilizing technology to attain efficiency and precision, my work evolves as the subject matter changes. I’ve explored the mysteries of the human figure, the elements, flora, and modern architecture.
These inspirations have become increasingly suggestive of one another, allowing both the artist and viewer to personalize the imagery. As their separate components begin to converse, new relationships and reactions are revealed.
Owning and operating a framing business for over three decades has led me to concoct novel ways of presenting my art, such as reverse-angled degrees and levels to add increased dimensionality to the work.
My work has been on display at Carnegie Museum of Art, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Hoyt Fine Art Institute, among others.
William D. Pfahl
I earned a BFA in painting from RISD in 1974, and attended the Rome honors program for my senior year.
I participate in both the AAP and PSA and have taught oil painting to adults and high school students at Touchstone Center for Crafts where I was honored as Touchstone artist of the year in 2015.
I have had my work in group shows at the AAP annuals and in Concept and James Gallery regional art shows. Recently my work was written about in an article by Bob Bahr in the on-line version of Plein-Air magazine.
I recently showed a series of 41 oil plein-air paintings of Sharpsburg, PA. I showed a series of 16 Mt. Lebanon paintings in September of 2017
My oil paintings-landscapes, figure and portrait work may be viewed on
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My work is born of the land and its forms macro and micro. As a child I preferred the company of trees—neighborhood games of hide and seek were an opportunity to be consumed by the forest, lost in the wonder of an unfurling fern or the grisly horror of a rotting animal carcass.
At my core, I am a painter though my materials and methods vary. I draw inspiration from observing complex and interdependent systems in the natural world. My process oscillates between the algorithmic and the stochastic. I often utilize an underlying set of rules to initiate a work; however, resolution of a piece is intuitive and emergent from exploitation of the physical properties of the material.
Liminality, a threshold between two conditions or states of being, is an important idea to me as I wrestle with the reconciliation of binaries. I think of my work as existing in the liminal space between waking and dreaming. Motifs of mountain, water and cloud are characters for my exploration of Form/Formlessness, Time/Timelessness, Stasis/Flux.
A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Studio Program, I have received grants from institutions such as the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. Fund, the St. Botolph Club, the Target Foundation and Citibank. As an artist-educator, I have taught painting and installation art in a wide variety of settings and performed artist residencies in schools and institutions including MASS MoCA’s Kidspace and The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. My works on paper were featured in the 2017 Chautauqua Institution summer season in the Strohl Gallery show “Conversations in Red”, and in 2016 I was included in the 105th AAP Annual at the Carnegie Museum of Art, curated by LA arts writer Sarah Lehrer-Grainer.
Katie Rearick received her BFA with an emphasis in Metal/Jewelry from Western Michigan University in 2008, and her MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2012. Supplemental to her formal education, she has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts.
Her work ranges from small-scale body adornment to large sculptural installations that utilize personal narrative as a starting point. Katie’s work was included in the publications 500 Gemstone Jewels and 500 Enameled Objects. Notable exhibitions include: Staring : in HINDSIGHT at The International Design Museum in Munich, Germany, the College Art Association NY Area MFA Exhibition at Hunter College, New York, Fresh: Metalsmith Exhibition in Print at the National Ornamental Metal Museum and Allegheny Metals Club Exhibition at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.
Previously, Katie has taught at SUNY New Paltz and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Currently, she is a faculty member at Waynesburg University.
Having founded the Allegheny Metals Club in 2015, Katie is actively engaged in the Pittsburgh metals community and currently teaches workshops at the Society for Contemporary Craft. She also maintains a home studio in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
George Roland is a visual artist and Professor Emeritus of Art at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.
He was trained as a painter and printmaker. For the last several years, he has been working on computational art. In this medium, computer programs create the display you see in real time. He has always been interested in abstract form and color. Working in this new medium allows him to make images that move, and what colorist could resist working directly with light?
Elizabeth Claire Rose has researched and created many series of artworks which explore ecology, wilderness, and place. She uses methods of printmaking and photographic processes to create works on paper, illustrations, and public art. She is a recipient of several artist residencies including: Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta Printmakers’ Society in Alberta, Canada, Sedona Summer Colony, Arizona, Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina (2), and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, Montana. Rose earned her BA cum laude in Fine Art with a minor in Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana..
Nicole Renee Ryan
Nicole Renee Ryan is a contemporary watercolorist, oil painter and muralist from Mercer, PA, working in Pittsburgh.
She is obsessed in painting her memories of the natural world. These memories are misremembered, wrong, overly romantic or tragic and are defined as much by what is missing by what is present. Her landscapes are dominated by large clouds, grey skies, storms and flattened patches of earth.
Landscapes are her perfect metaphor. Clouds and weather become mood and personality. Light and color shift and move to become a simple description of time when seen subtly changing over multiple paintings.
In 2015 Nicole was awarded a residency at the New York Student’s League at Vytacil and a fellowship at VCCA. She was also nominated for Pittsburgh Emerging Artist of the Year for 2016. Nicole is featured in a just released book of watercolors by North Light Books, Splash 15: Texture.
Janice Schuler is known for her highly textured abstract paintings. The pieces in Bottle Works exemplify this interest in texture, working with tar and unconventional materials and tools for mark-making. Her series: “Bad Genes,” and “Fabulous” address political issues such as the diseases of addiction and the underlying neurological brain disorders. Her latest series, “Pink Poison: Gender Studies” attends to ideas about gender fluidity and questions historical roles that are gender-specific.
Schuler is interested in working with people in confinement–jails, hospitals prisons, rehabs. She has worked with students at the Shuman Juvenile Delinquent Center. She is also a member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI,) and NARANON-a support group for families and friends of drugs addicts. She advocates treatment options and the de-stigmatizing of these diseases.
Currently Schuler is making photo-collage masks landscapes and portraits. The multiplicity of images are taken from extreme close-up images covering the subject(s) both near and far in the composition.
This close proximity to subject creates intimacy with the subject(s) and questions ways of seeing. Points of view mimic the way we, as humans see-not with a fixed pov, but with roaming eyes scanning all directions.
Schuler cites among some of her current inspirations, the painters, Joan Mitchell, Jean Dubuffet, and Gerhard Richter. David Hockney’s “Pear Blossom Highway” series and writings on photography has also been influential in her current photo-collage series.
“As we grow and emerge as artists our muses change. Learning is a life long process and I am always keen on seeing and creating something new that wasn’t there before. Something unique. What speaks to me are marks that make a visceral connection.”
Schuler considers herself an emerging artist She earned her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Carnegie-Mellon. She went on to get her MA in Motion Picture/Television-Critical Studies from UCLA. And went on to earn her doctorate in Telecommunications and Film from The University of Oregon. She spent her working life as an academic researching and teaching in the Communications/Media Arts field.
Schuler works out of the 57th Street Studios in Lawrenceville. She welcomes visitors anytime.
Brian Sesack (b. 1957) is an American photographer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a self-taught artist, he can’t remember the exact day, but still can remember the feeling that came over him when he recognized the desire to photograph in black and white. Up until that time, he was photographing in color and mostly on vacations and at family events. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, but like other events in his life, he just had to “drop the reins” and experience the journey of discovery.
Brian has learned how to use photography as a vehicle for his creative self-expression and for the transformation from looking to seeing. As a result, he works from the inside out and finds himself moved by concepts that he cannot explain, but that need to be interpreted by documenting textures and tonal qualities. He also attempts to create images that bring the viewer into the subject. Over time, Brian has discovered that not only is it important to produce a beautiful image, it is through the process and the state of being creative that joyfulness comes to him as an artist.
Phiris Kathryn Sickels
Phiris Kathryn Sickels has been drawing and painting since she could hold a crayon, pencil or paint brush in her hand. “I’ve always been an artist – even when I didn’t know it.” It is my way to communicate with all of my senses. When my husband died a few years ago I gave myself permission to lose myself in ART. Painting gives me joy, community, fellowship, and a faith in creating and sharing beauty. My favorite medium is watercolor, how it flows and blends, the unexpected accidents and the wonderful watercolor papers that I can select. It is not a forgiving medium, mistakes and misjudgments are not easily corrected. I love color and use it extravagantly and I don’t always start a painting with a particular subject in mind. My most successful work seems to evolve from abstract shapes and contrasting colors. “I hope that people can see that I‘m having fun and that they also enjoy my work.”
Always seeking art instruction, she has studied Fine Arts at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon Univ.), Community College of Allegheny County, Kathleen Zimbicki’s watercolor classes for many years at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and workshops by Miles Batt, Skip Lawrence, Alex Powers, Fran Larsen, Katherine Liu, Mary Ann Clarke, Donna Zagotta, Mark Mehaffey, Gerald Brommer, Pat Dews and Frank Webb.
Phiris is a board member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, past board member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, President of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, member of the East Suburban Artists League and co-manager of the Eastside Gallery. She has participated and won awards in numerous juried and group shows:
Pittsburgh Society of Artists annual exhibits: 2009 – 2016
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society – International Aqueous Exhibits: 2007 – 2017
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh – Annual Exhibits: 2011 – 2015
Southwest Allegheny Museum of Art – Annual Exhibits 2013 – 2017
Hoyt Institute Annual Exhibit – 2016
Phiris Kathryn Sickels | 412-370-6905 | email@example.com | www.pksickels.com
Martha Hopkins Skarlinski
Martha Hopkins Skarlinski was born with a crayon in her hand. She has been a artist her entire life. Her lifelong interest with art now finds expression in her work as a photographer. She attended university in Pittsburgh and graduated with degrees in Graphic Design and Multimedia Technology. Currently, in addition to photography, encaustics and eco-printing, she is a board member and graphic designer for the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.
Kathryn Scimone Stanko
Using traditional fiber techniques to create non-traditional works of art, Kathryn hand weaves copper, sterling, and gold wire to create works of sculpture and adornment. She named her art MetaLace, fashioning unorganized twisted metal into works of order, shape, beauty and purpose. Greatly influenced by the tradition of lace making and the hand-work of her European ancestors, she is also inspired by the woven basketry and weaving of African women’s co-op groups. Un-faceted semi-precious stones, repurposed fibers, and recycled glass are often incorporated into her work.
Commissioned works include gifts for international dignitaries attending the 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh Summit. Her studio produced line of jewelry is found in art galleries and museum shops across the U.S. Kathryn’s work can most recently be found in Schiffer Art Publishing’s new 2017 3-volume series, Artistry in Fiber.
Sheila Swartz was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is currently a second year MFA candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying sculpture. Sheila’s artistic practice investigates the feminine identity and unspoken voices of women. Her work includes mixed media sculptures and installations primarily consisting of building materials and deconstructed found objects to offer an examination of women’s real life stories. Sheila serves as Graduate Art Association President and her artwork has been exhibited regionally. She has recently received a Juror’s Choice Award at the 2017 Three Rivers Juried Art Exhibition and the 2017-2018 IUP Graduate Merit Award.
As a scholar of contemporary visual culture, nothing excites me more than an artist aware of their place in (art) history. In much of his work, Gray Swartzel attends not merely to the most pertinent themes of our times, but also to traditional modes of representation—photographic, compositional, and critical components anchoring his oeuvre in historiography. Clear links to histories, both artistic and familial rise through Gray’s images: Yasumasa Morimura, Cindy Sherman, Peter Hugo, Nan Goldin, Man Ray; the bleeding harmony of his mother’s living room songs, music tainted by deep roots in the American South, restrictive femininity, and patriarchy.
Swartzel’s works function as expository devices, ones that make visible the invisible; allowing the spiritual, ephemeral nature of social constructs to surface before our eyes. For us, a somewhat lost generation (what most call the ‘Millennials’), the invisible threads of identity—gender, sexuality, the familial, placehood—construct our vision of the world. Three themes dominate the work of Gray Swartzel: connection, alienation and mortality.
His projects are bound by connections to the past, ties that suggest a tenable future through their ruminations of the present. Connection takes the form of the familial, of the bodily, in Swartzel’s work. Photographs of his mother wearing his grandfather’s uniform, shooting the artist dead with a pistol, and smoking an unfiltered cigarette meld the body and the family, through which a faint trace of alienation surfaces. The artist is not only creator, but also voyeur to the origins of his own existence, threads saturated with maternal admiration and gender parody. Through visually questioning the very nature of social structures, of the aforementioned identities so prescient to his generation, this work suggests the oscillation between acceptance and sequestration from the very forms of being Swartzel’s works isolate. Isolation, loneliness, and identity: this is the very stuff of humanity, of mortality. Death underlies the whole of Swartzel’s oeuvre. It is behind his mother’s eyes, wrapped around him like a blue fur, held in the hands of the women he has photographed. This body of work bares the bones of what makes us unequivocally human: the triviality of the very systems we so rely on, structures that are ultimately as fragile and fleeting as our own mortality.
–Rachel Stuart Fesperman, Patricia Rose Doctoral Fellow in Contemporary Art, The Florida State University
Paige Tibbe is a visual artist based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has graduated from Seton Hill University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts an is a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently, she is dedicated to portraiture and figurative forms. She works in oil paint, graphite, and charcoal. Paige’s painting Kylar, Gazing was published in the 52nd issue of the literary magazine The Red Cedar Review.
Kristin Turcsanyi is an acrylic painter from Pittsburgh, PA. She obtained a bachelors in Studio Art from Mercyhurst College in 2006. She is a current member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists Guild. Her work has been exhibited at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Erie Art Museum, the Butler Museum of American Art, and others.
Paula Weiner has exhibited her art in such venues as The Andy Warhol Museum, Monmouth Museum, The Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, and the Lexington Art League among other venerable institutions. Her sculpture “Man Ray Update” was described by Peter Plagens (art critic of Newsweek Magazine) as ‘…funny, concise and direct”. Paula’s art has been reviewed in The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, The City Paper and Sewickley Herald. She has also had her images and writings published internationally and by Maniac Magazine. In response to the two-person show with Chhime Dorji, Mr. Harry Schwalb (art critic, ArtNews Magazine) wrote ‘…your Discovering Spirituality… is an incredible image in every regard….’
In addition to artwork, Paula has worked in advertising, marketing, public relations and as a top sales earner for both non-profit and for-profit firms.
Along with her colleague, Robin Kovary, she was instrumental in developing the dog runs for the City of New York, while running a full-service pet care company and attending college full-time as a Public Service Scholar.
Fred Eats A Pea, a children’s book, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim and was the staff pick of the day by VegNews Magazine. It is sold in many venues, including Veganessentials.
I am a retired Biologist with a PhD in Anatomy from the University of Utah who has taught Biology for 30 years, and who then earned a BA degree in Art Summa Cum Laude in 2013 from Carlow University. I was delighted to take courses from Carlow and the University of Pittsburgh. My proudest teaching academic achievement was a Linked Interdisciplinary Science and Art Course developed with Bill DeBernardi , satisfying the Liberal Arts requirement and allowing Art majors to study Anatomy . I studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts “ecorche” one summer, and learned to create a 26 1/2” clay human anatomical model . For almost 10 years, each student in the linked course created a clay model of their own in which they built muscle and bone and learned Anatomy correlated with human physiology and pathology. I studied oil based portraiture with James Sulkowski for a number of years and gradually moved from Old Masters’ techniques to gestural and contemporary water based oil and acrylic painting inspired and taught by my daughter, Tara Zalewsky Nease, a painter and installation performance artist. I have not exhibited or sold much preferring to advance my art in its scope and meaning ( a rather lofty ideal!). In 2016, my fiber art piece “Ora Pro Nobis, Mary” inspired by the poet, Mark J Franks and his poem “Route 28 Madonna” was published in “Verse Envisioned”. In 2017, after joining the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh, I exhibited “Blue Hummingbird” created from tissue and handmade paper with sumi ink. For the future fiber and paint beckon me and will likely inform each other. Gestural quality and depth of meaning will be important to my art and yet faithful to the elegant detail of the biological world.
Artist and champion of working artists, Kathleen exhibits locally and internationally. Her achievements are many – she received the first Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 2006; designated a Master Visual Artist in 2004; two-time president of AAP; served on boards of 11 organizations; taught at Touchstone and the PCA; SAMA at Loretto honored her with a one-man exhibit in 2016; owner of Gallery Z on Southside from 1976-2003; Member of AAP, PSA, PWS, Group A, The Pittsburgh Group, Eastside Gallery; and The Post-Gazette honored her as one of the top cultural forces in Pittsburgh in 2002. Kathleen’s work expresses the fantastic beasts of her imagination and her art-filled life.