I’m a mixed media artist creating fun, upbeat art work. Working primarily in acrylic paint and synthetic clay, I create bright, colorful images featuring animals, cocktails, an occasional human and of course, Silent Mylo. If asked to describe my purpose in life I’d have to say it’s to make people laugh. Life is challenging and, on the whole, we are too stressed out. We often forget to look at the lighter side of things. We NEED to laugh! A good dose of my art work is sure to make you smile. Taken on a regular basis it may even lead to spontaneous fits of laugher. I’m a Buffalo native and a graduate of the State University College at Buffalo and the University of Buffalo. I’ve exhibited and sold my work through galleries, shops and art festivals for many years and am happy to say that my work is held in numerous collections throughout the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Asia and Australia. www.alisonekurek.com
I am always seeking a unique solution using any appropriate material or technique to accomplish the design goal.
My work is created using coffee, watercolor and pen. Most of my work is inspired by the outdoors and my travels out west. I hand stain my paper with coffee to create a unique background and then paint my subjects with watercolor adding details with Micron Pens. I then mount my work on wooden panels for a clean modern look.
Born in Pittsburgh, Don always enjoyed creating his sculptures. At age 5, his father started teaching him gas and arc welding, brazing, wood working and basic shop principles. His training combined with a profound love for art, nature and science fiction, inspired him to create a large variety of sculptures. After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Don worked 20 years as a production artist-art director where he was responsible for designing displays, brochures, catalogs, instruction manuals, corporate identity material, packaging, billboards and ads. Following his advertising career, Don continued with his sculptures. which originally included corporate commissions, art furniture, contemporary, indoor outdoor pieces and robot assemblage sculptures. Now under the Jones Robo-Works banner. his creations are only robot sculptures which can be found and purchased from several galleries, Etsy, shows and various markets. www.jonesrobo-works.com
I am a self-taught artist blacksmith bringing you custom-made heirloom furniture combining forged iron and unique woods that will compliment any decor. www.atouchofthepastonline.com
I create original hand cut silhouette designs. You’ll find most of the art is made up of anthropomorphic animals: bunnies hanging laundry, foxes dancing, bears on a bicycle, armadillos and hedgehogs kayaking… This art is a nod to nostalgia that may spark a memory, or evoke a smile, or perhaps a laugh out loud. I have focused my talents on the art of paper cutting since 2008. I’ve turned my attention towards this art form because I was drawn to the bold imagery of the paper cut silhouette and the intriguing shadows they cast. I am self taught in this discipline and I continue to experiment with new materials and styles. My designs begin by sketching an idea and giving it a sense of movement and playfulness. I will then draw the image on the back of the paper that is to be cut. Using a scissor or knife blade I’ll carefully cut away the paper to reveal the image. I am inspired by the German paper cut art Scherenschnitte (pronounced: sharon-SNIT-tah) and how it portrays everyday life in silhouette form. The cards and prints are crafted and printed in Pittsburgh,PA. Where I can, I try to be mindful and eco-friendly by using recycled paper for my products (Domtar Earth Choice) and reuse the packing materials that I receive from other suppliers to ship my orders. I am striving to find new ways and new supplies to leave as little footprint as possible. www.gocarrgo.com
I transform ordinary objects into works of art by applying a variety of tessera to the substrate. The tessera may include stained glass, vintage china, beadwork, 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. www.handturnedfountainpens.com
Stewart and Susan Webb
“It’s not only about what is is, but what it was.” Electronics, technology and art merge in all our recycled pieces. From wearable art to sculptures, we demonstrate an ever evolving way to make the invisible come to life. We invite you to go on a journey across time, from the early 1940’s to current technology. Using our lab equipment, artistic vision, and some help from our studio cat, the hidden beauty of vintage technology becomes visible in an artistic format. We strive to be Eco-friendly and take great effort to be as close as possible to 100% green. www.arteco.com
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. www.potteryandcane.weebly.com