#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, and was also crowned Miss Gay Pittsburgh. For more information, visit Kierra Darshell online.

Lori Hepner: Artist. Professor.

Lori Hepner is a multi-dimensional artist who has created a wide variety of eclectic and interconnected mediums that are not only thought-provoking, but rather magnificent in scope and space. One of her works, Status Symbol, brought to life computer binary code, the manifested language we don’t see when we’re texting heart emojis to our mum. Her intrinsic nature and gilded world views allows her to produce riveting pieces that bear significant social awareness. For more information on her work, visit, lorihepner.com.

Anthony Giaramita: Chef. Artisan. Pizza Litigator.

Anthony Giaramita is not your average pizza guy, he’s more of a dough chemist, concocting culinary formulas at Pizza Tagilo, a neighborhood restaurant inspired by Roman dining. Giaramita, a practicing attorney, was raised in a restaurant family, and decided to follow his passion for the food biz. A pizza purist at heart, Giaramita takes painstaking efforts to show his colorfully creative flare to cooking one of the most storied dishes of our era. It’s hard to add creativity to a dish that has been around for ages, but Giaramita truly crafts a culinary experience. For more information visit, pizza taglio