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#LOCALartIS: Traute Ishida

Traute Ishida is a tour de force in the art world, producing a multitude of mediums over the past 60 years that have enlightened audiences and expressed her journey of ethereal creative romance. Ishida, who hails from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, started professionally painting in 1958, where she supported herself as colorist for a textile plant. However, her true love during that time was expressionistic painting. In 1965, Ishida dabbled in fibers, rugs, and combined fibers paint, and in 1973, she…

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#LOCALartIS: Max Nungesser

Max Nungesser is a self-taught artist currently enrolled in Penn State University. Nungesser’s work is vibrant, viable, and socially conscious, especially considering his early years in the art world. Some of his paintings touch on the current political climate, with a walking-dead portrait of our current commander-in-chief. In other news, a pair of buddy skeletons taking a smoke break speaks to our inherent desire to fight change, no matter how much it kills us. Nungesser’s catalogue also travels down…

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#LOCALartIS: Michael Anton

Michael Anton has been making his mark on the film industry in Pittsburgh, crafting a visual narrative that speaks not only to our creativity, but our ability to move beyond our conventional walls of conformity. Taking the path of most creatives, Anton has many bumps, bruises, odd jobs, and coffee shops corner writing sessions under his belt, reaching into the depths of his reality to somehow find a way to still follow his passion. Anton recently released his 7th…

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#LOCALartIS: Ty Cairns

Ty Cairns is an artist who specializes in comic book art, and creating vivid imagery that captures the essence of imagination and wonder. Since he was a child, Cairns was encouraged to nurture his creative gifts and move towards expression. “I was inspired to be an artist by the loving family who took the time to sit down and draw with me as a small boy. I will never forget spring boat rides on the lake where my Uncle…

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#LOCALartIS: Livorio. Koi. Bierker.

Cara Livorio: Artist. Ferrari in Disguise. Amante dell’italia. Cara Livorio is a painter producing work for a wide variety of clients around the Pittsburgh area. Since her journey to Italy, where she spent 4 years teaching art and art history, creating art work, Livorio has dedicated her work to reprising the gallant nature of Italian culture. Also the owner of Artissima, a multi-faceted art studio and retail space, Livorio not only teaches art classes, she also instructs children’s Italian…

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#LOCALartIS: Darshell. Hepner. Giaramita.

Kierra Darshell: Female Impersonator. Diva. More Diva. Kierra Darshell took the reigns as a female impersonator for the Pittsburgh area some 20 years ago. And since then, Darshell has redefined the art of drag with a record-setting 24-year run presenting the Miss Tri-State pageant, an event which celebrates drag queens from around the area. Darshell also graced the stage as the opening act for Patti Labelle at the 2011 Pittsburgh Pride Fest, appeared in “Cats” at The Lambada Ball,…

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#LOCALartIS: Vernon. Churchfield. Morrow.

August Vernon: Painter. Visual Monarch. Five Guys Enthusiast. August Vernon spends most of his time traveling across the country producing paintings for a wide variety of clients. His work is well-known in the Pittsburgh area, displayed in restaurants like Sonoma, Pirata, and Nola to name a few. His gripping visuals have delighted professional athletes, and even royalty. And despite all the success of his work, and the extremely high demand, Vernon remains grounded in the fact that he would…

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#LOCALartIS: Collins. Harris. Brown

Carrie Collins: Actress. Director. Caroline Collins carries a long list of creative talents, including: acting, writing, producing, and directing. She played opposite Michael Zegen in the Greg Mottola comedy/drama film, Adventureland, and is featured in the Gavin Rapp film, Since I Don’t Have You. In addition to the big screen, Collins has written and produced several short movies, one of which was Hand Me Downs, the sole film selected for the International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day Festival….

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#LOCALartIS: Parrish. Broadus. Kahlbaugh.

  Ed Parrish Jr. : Sculptor. Metal Purist. Man’s Man. ED Parrish Jr. is rooted in the old school ways of metal arts. A staunch advocate to keep metal arts alive, he’s organized several metal-friendly events, live pours, and other activities over the years. He’s not only an advocate, but an artist and curator. His pieces are hauntingly approachable. For as rigid as the material he works with, Parrish creates a warm and inviting end product. His work is…

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#LOCALartIS: Renae.Buchholz.Garcia.

Ely Renae: Cosplayer.Fabricator. Super Nerd. Don’t let the nerdiness fool you, Ely Renae got skills. A recent college graduate, Renae took up cosplaying about 3 years ago and used her talents in sculpture, metal-smithing, painting, and digital media to create costumes. For those of you who don’t know, cosplaying (Costume Play) is the art of recreating your favorite comic or gaming characters. The enormous detail and time that goes into each build is mind-boggling, but Renae takes it all…

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