Amelia Kieras is a paper artist and illustrator living in Dormont, PA. She received a BFA in Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. While at school she focused on photo manipulation and retouching, and started to explore combining her sketches with her photography. After finishing school, she lived for 10 years in Chicago, and while there started to experiment with adding depth to her flat illustrations with layered paper cut outs and pop up structures. Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2015, Amelia has been enjoying becoming part of a new art community, showing her work at various art festivals, teaching workshops, and making new work in her home studio.www.ameliakieras.com
Chaotic energy on the canvas is developed with a layer of handmade paper that I build a foundation with, then acrylic paint and paste are added then sanded then painted on again. I alternately add watercolor crayons and pencils for geometric definition in contrast to the organic texture.http://dianeseemanartist.com
At age 4 Don’s, father introduced him to welding, wood working along with basic fabrication. After years of practice combined with a love for art, nature and science fiction, he was inspired to create a large variety ofsculptures.
Don attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and worked 20 years as a production artist, photography assistant and art director where he was responsible for designing displays, brochures, catalogs, instruction manuals, corporate identity material, packaging, billboards and ads.
After leaving the advertising field for the fine arts, Don created corporate sculptures commissions,furniture, `contemporary, indoor outdoor pieces, insect and and robot sculptures.
Now under the Jones Robo-Works banner, his creations are mainly up cycled, recycled steampunk assemblage robot sculptures which can be found and purchased online and from several galleries,
shows and various artist markets.
Mixed media artist Karen Krieger is a native of Pittsburgh, who credits her love of design to a pre-college summer program at Carnegie Mellon University. She majored in architecture at Yale University and earned a Regional Planning master’s degree, with a concentration in design, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She studied metals and book arts at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and North Country Studios. Krieger has owned and managed several art-related businesses, and has taught artist business courses. Karen’s current work is inspired by color and graphics including maps, vintage books and calendars, and ephemera. Her artwork has been exhibited in the American Museum of National Jewish History, the Muskegon Art Museum and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. Her work has been included many times in Fiber Art Now magazine and Basketry+, a publication of the National Basketry Organization. She is a current board member of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. Karen shares a home and studio with her husband and frequent collaborator (workingbirds.com), and her daughter, in Pittsburgh just beyond the three rivers. When she isn’t in her studio, she can happily be found on a tennis court.www.karenkrieger.com
Pittsburgh-based artist Kathryn Carr has focused her talents on the art of silhouette paper cutting since 2008. Within her work, she strives to portray the essence of nostalgic storybook illustrations blended with whimsical elements of anthropomorphism.
Kathryn has illustrated two children’s books, has a line of greeting cards, shows in galleries around the world, and teaches paper cutting classes.www.gocarrgo.com
As a self-taught artist, I use my own techniques and imagination to create my art, youth, innocence, and nature are themes that are prevalent in my work.
My home is in the Alleghany Mountains in Pennsylvania and under the darkest skies on the East Coast. My surroundings often make their way into my artwork in the form of flying saucers and broad skies full of life. Cats, rabbits, and other creatures wearing dresses add an element of surrealism and child-like nostalgia to my work.
I transform 2D and 3D objects into works of art with an application of stained glass, vintage jewelry, chain work and found objects.
I have lived all my life in a small western pa town called Rimersburg just north of Pittsburgh. I have been a woodworker all my adult life. Working at sawmills and a furniture factory and now my own business.
After being diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2008 and beating it I now create one of a kind writing instruments from exotic and domestic woods Also from unique materials like pine cones and alligator jaw bone
Only the best materials available are used.
We gather different experiences:
As a child:
Mother and I spend hours removing paint from the old rocker.A friend teaches us to cane; we weave a seat.
As a teenager:
Pottery demonstrations at the Three Rivers Arts Festival fascinate.The clay rises like magic from the wheel and transforms into a graceful vase.
As a college student:
Take any course.But registering for ceramics demands permission from the professor.In the basement of Fine Arts I explain, graduation comes but Physics offers no jobs.I need to learn a trade.Smiling at the exaggeration, he accepts me.
Learn photography from a friend in graphics. What appears when you are close, when you eliminate grays leaving just black and white?
As a parent:
Jennifer likes pottery and asks for a wheel.We build one and make some pots.Not unexpectedly, I do most of the building and make most of the pots.
Stephan makes a mixed media clay figure with a stick as a staff.What media can I mix?I try childhood caning, student photography and pottery.The combination works.
As an unemployed:
Consider the unreasonable, making a living as a potter.Yes, it is unreasonable.
Victor & Megan Huston-Field
My original handdrawn artwork that I draw on clay & carve then combine with my poetry. All work is finished with either found wood or solid oak frames I’ve handmade myself. Minimalist yet meaningful.