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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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Twelfth Night T’was A Masterpiece

Pittsburgh Public Theater recently welcomed William Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, to The O’Reilly Theater. Written in the 1600’s, the play follows the topsy-turvy and intertwining narratives of Viola (Carly Street) and Sebastian (Max Rosenak), twins separated in a shipwreck, who take on various paths to realization. Viola, who disguises herself as a man, falls in love with her master, Duke Orsino, all the while, the Duke is smitten with Countess Olivia (Gretchen Egolf), who subsequently falls for Viola (Dressed…

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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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