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“The Guard” is Surprisingly Powerful, Dark.

When shuffling into the welcoming arms of City Theater’s production of Jessica Dickey’s “The Guard,” I wasn’t sure what to expect. From the title, it lead me to believe I was about to partake in a comedic play about art, and the touching of it. I was surrounded by familiar faces, many other reviewers looking at a simplistically exquisite set courtesy of Narelle Sissons, mirroring the imagery of what I see on a weekly basis during my travels around…

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New Exhibit Gives Bird’s Eye View Into Hit Film, “Fences”

Paramount Pictures and Denzel Washington in collaboration with The August Wilson Center, recently opened Fences Up Close: A Pittsburgh Story, an exhibit featuring original props, video interviews, photos, and a custom-built setting from the film. Fences is one of 2017’s most prolific Pittsburgh-centric movies. Filmed in The Hill District, the adaptation from playwright, August Wilson, follows the path of Troy Maxson, an ex-con and talented baseball player who eventually found himself in waste management. Now struggling to make ends…

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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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Hannah Altman’s Luminous/Weightless Opening

Photographer Hannah Altman recently opened her solo show, Luminous/Weightless at The Lantern in Downtown Pittsburgh. The exhibit highlighted Altman’s intimate and provocative work of the female form, showing the power of femininity while embracing a moody undertone. Altman’s exhibit is displayed under dim lighting, as each one of her photographs is illuminated through a light-box frame with perforations in each image shining through specific aspects of the subject matter. The placement of each hole creates an eccentric point of…

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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: Frederick. Muldoon. Hilty.

James Frederick, Art Staple Immersed in the art scene for over 40 years, James Frederick’s discerning and eclectic tastes resonate with his curating of original and enthusiastic artists, and interactive showings. Part of the revitalization of Pittsburgh’s West End, Frederick houses local and international talent through his art gallery, and offers a bevy of other services for clients. Visit James Gallery Online John Muldoon, Artist Known for his vibrant style, John Muldoon is quickly becoming a sought after artist…

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Carolyn Pierotti To Take Reigns at Percolate.

Carolyn Pierotti, current Vice President of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and the owner of Purple Room Fine Art, an art consulting business, will be the new manager of Percolate Art Space in Wilkinsburg beginning in January, 2017.  Artist Bob Ziller, also a Wilkinsburg resident, who had been invited to manage the gallery in April, 2016 by former director Moshe Sherman, is happy to pass the torch to Pierotti, an enthusiastic supporter of local artists. Ziller, who is now…

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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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Kim Barry at Gallerie Chiz

Kim Barry has been delighting audiences with her interactive installations for years, and her most recent show, “Chew on This-A Germination Installation” delved into an intricate, yet colorfully unsettling exploration of the inner workings of the human infrastructure. Barry called the exhibition “A lighthearted expression of the deeper concept that what you put into your body can fester.”  

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