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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: 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: 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: 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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#LOCALartIS: Wheeler. Holtschlag. Pantalone.

Elisabeth Wheeler: Physical Therapist. Violinist. Music Junkie Elisabeth Wheeler uses the art of healing throughout her days as a physical therapist, helping patients to reach new levels of personal accomplishment day-by-day. In addition to her day job, Wheeler is a classically trained violinist, and loves listening to live music. Her philosophy of “playing from the heart” spills into her world and envelopes all she does. Deborah Holtschlag: Artist. Free Thinker. Phoenix. Acquiring an art degree at 45 years old…

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#LOCALartIS: Carter. Renaudin. Bryan.

Hannah Carter: Ballerina. World Traveler. Mini Cooper Enthusiast. Hannah Carter, a transplant from the UK, who now resides in Pittsburgh, is a principal dancer at The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Carter joined PBT in 2013 after her stint with The Estonian National Ballet. She also graduated with honors from the Royal Ballet School in London. She’s in love with Pittsburgh’s culture, renovating her home, and her Mini Cooper. Visit The Ballet Online Rachel Renaudin: Artist. Gym Rat. Lover of Awesome….

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#LOCALartIS Durty. Pierotti. Beauford.

Durty Art A spray paint artist from Plum borough, he’s become well-known in the community for his “banksy-esque” distopian imagery. A lover of hip-hop, Durty is embroiled into the scene, producing work for the likes KRS-1 and Rakim. As he continues to push the envelope, his work becomes a statement against the status quo. Carolyn Pierotti An artist, educator, and curator, Carolyn Pierotti is drilled into every facet of the art scene. As an educator, she shapes future artists,…

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