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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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Seth Ledonne: How To Get Back

Seth Ledonne opened his solo show, “How to Get Back” at The Mine Factory this past week to a packed house of art lovers. His work, simplistic in nature, roots into various elements of the human psyche with his narrative catalogue of creations. As you peruse the industrial atmosphere of the space, it can throw even the most seasoned art enthusiast for a loop. What seems to be just painted words, transforms into a standoff of wills, searching for…

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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: Edison. Generett. Sing.

Stoph Edison: Comic. Gym Rat. Vegan Superhero. Stoph Edison is a funny guy. He travels around the Pittsburgh area spreading his gift of off-color comedy to droves of fans in the region. He’s often called on to Emcee events, and is one of the comedy scenes most polarizing personalities. He tells it like it is, and tells it like it isn’t. And that’s what makes Edison, Edison. Unapologetically blunt. He’s also a vegan who happens to be a jacked…

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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 Tarducci. Kile. Palmieri.

Mia Tarducci: Artist. Mother. Professionally Scrappy. Life as an artist is not a road for the faint of heart, just ask Mia Tarducci, full-time artist. She’s been in the art game for many years and has become a relevant voice not just from a visual arts standpoint, but for the arts industry as a whole. Her gallery space in Point Breeze, artfully known as The Mine Factory, is a budding epicenter for artists to showcase their work. Tarducci’s intuitive…

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