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Pittsburgh Artists: Group Pop Up

Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 2 - 5pm, or by appointment.

Additional gallery hours: Saturday March 3, 2 -5 pm, Wednesday March 7, 12 – 3 pm.

There will be a special closing reception Sunday March 11, 4:30 – 6 pm.

Pittsburgh Artists: Group Pop up Exhibition featuring: Carol Amidi, Lisa Ash, Brendan Donovan, Alan Faler, Deborah Lieberman, Troy Novak,  Emily O’Donnell, Sherri Roberts, Rachel Rodkey, Laura Salgarolo,  Esther Wayne & Autumn Zwibel (curated by S. Ali)

Music by the journeymen songwriters Kevin Finn and Pat Lawton. Joined by second greatest bass player you’ve need heard of, Spike Wolff. These three have know each other since middle school, and will be performing three solo sets followed by a group set to conclude the evening.

Carol Amidi’s work as an artist has recently been influenced by a developing hand tremor. She has enjoyed the resulting new method of painting. Mark making accuracy is now attained through successive mark making.

Lisa Ash: Lisa’s work is a series of relief-sculptural paintings that incorporate assemblage and mosaic. These works serve as auto-biographical narrative reflecting her experience as an African American woman and mother who has not always been able to speak her truth.  Influenced by her love of stained glass and portraiture, Lisa combines broken ceramic tiles, cut glass, sculpted clay pieces, and colored resin in order to share her stories that have been dormant. Through her work, Lisa invites the viewer to experience their own visceral response to her story.

Brendan Donovan is a 21 year old Pittsburgh artist painting and sculpting in a neo expressionistic style. Brendan has been painting for the past eight years and has shown work at The Brewhouse Association, FrameHouse & Jask Gallery and Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Gallery Space.

Emily O’Donnell is a photographer and a writer living in Pittsburgh, she is an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh (2013) and of The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts (2003). Her current project on display is a study on the decay of memory, shifting identity, and the tension between the permanence of a print and the intangibility of an image. This work was created utilizing black and white photo prints that have been artificially aged to represent the way memories fade over time. Emily works in both film and digital mediums to create compelling photographs that tell a story. More of her work can be seen online at http//

Alan Faler is an Army Reservist that returned home in September. He uses ceramic sculpture as an expression and an escape to surrealistic dreams. He combines traditional thrown pottery with organic molded forms to solidify his ideas.

Deborah Lieberman is a Pittsburgh artist and arts educator: As an artist, my body of work focuses on women’s rights, empowerment, injustice, and the human struggle. Originally, I bought lots of art supplies, some of it was very expensive. Now, I try to but as little as possible and try to minimize my impact on the environment. I feel that creating art should be self-empowering and accessible to all.

Troy Novak: I like working with edges: finding depth within something flat. Adding folds to a frame invites movement to the eyes and freshness to familiar views.  Emphasis is beyond the ordinary that you see through windows.

Sherri Roberts: As a fiberart-cartoonist, my imagination allows me to find other-worldly creatures and to manipulate their experiences.  Some may have speech bubbles to say something about what is happening to them.  Others turn into three-dimensional critters with recycled household containers as their bones, the armature upon which I build their features.  I try to stay true to my theme of “turning toward the light”– staying positive in spite of the toughest barriers.

Rachel Rodkey is an emerging, self- taught artist from Pittsburgh. Most of her work is acrylic on canvas, ranging from commissioned pet portraits to her original vivid dreamscapes. Rachel invites viewers to gaze at length and discover the images and faces hidden within each piece, becoming lost in the saturated colors and subtle details as one might do in a dream.

Laura Salgarolo is a Pittsburgh-native illustrator, bookmaker, printmaker, and storyteller. Much of her work draws from fairytales, mythology, and fantasy, and the transformations of those stories across time and culture. She collects elements of familiar tales to rework and retell through a balance of words and images. Several of the featured pieces are from a recent book project ‘Parting Stains,’ about a long distance relationship, inspired by themes in Arthurian romance.

Esther Wayne is a photographer, filmmaker, and artist currently based in Pittsburgh. Her work often reflects a contemplative and poetic nature that has multiple layers of meaning. She enjoys crafting otherworldly surreal scenes, and finding hidden nuances and patterns within seemingly mundane subject matter. Frequent themes deal with questioning our perception of reality, and the struggle to find oneself in a world of constant change.

Photograph by Esther Wayne

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