Art Animates Industry; Industry Inspires Art

Published On September 8, 2015 | By Shayna Mendez | The Arts
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Diamond Alley by Philip Salvato

With a mission to engage the student body in multiple mediums, the Fluid Power Educational Foundation (FPEF) and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) have collaborated on an educational, multifaceted venture to take place at the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens this fall.

Titled Art for Industry, the project was designed to engage and educate a cross-section of the community about fluid power – i.e. the use of fluids, water and/or gas to transmit power – all while recognizing student talent through an art competition. Although the event will merge two industries that seemingly contrast one another, their initiatives ultimately go hand-in-hand. Stated in FPEF’s summer newsletter: “Those in both science and art pursue open-ended inquiry, have visual acuity and insight, seek creative and new solutions, and want to make the world a better place.” And what better way to showcase these industries and their goals than by highlighting our local talent?

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Klorebel by Kirsten Lowe-Rebel

Additionally, the FPEF strives to provide up to 20 scholarships per year for students who have met their criteria and taken courses in fluid power. Aside from Art for Industry’s initiative to identify talent, all proceeds from event ticket sales will be donated towards scholarships for CCAC’s Mechatronics Program. The artists will also donate a portion of their work proceeds towards fluid power scholarships.

Check out a sneak preview of Art For Industry’s featured talent below:

3rd Street Gallery owner and founder of the Carnegie Arts Initiative, Philip Salvato, has been engaged within the fine arts world for more than 40 years. Not only has he been employed by major commercial studios across North America, but his work has been published in various local, national and international articles, as well as in various fine arts books. Salvato now resides in a studio above his gallery where he undertakes many portrait commissions and other various projects in hopes of developing Carnegie’s art community.

Art-history-grad Kirsten Lowe-Rebel made the decision to leave her job at Grit&Grace in 2013, and fully commit to her wearable and custom art business, Klorebel. Her hard work and dedication to her craft eventually paid off — this year, she was the Emerging Artist Award recipient at the 2015 Pittsburgh Arts Festival. Check out her hometown-proud crafts and wares on her website, Facebook and Etsy pages.

Denise by Yvonne Kozlina

Denise by Yvonne Kozlina

Lastly, Yvonne Kozlina is a Pittsburgh-born portrait artist, painter, children’s book illustrator, and teacher. Throughout her career, she’s showcased at several national exhibits and won numerous awards for drawing and painting. Stemp has since relocated to Boulder, CO, where her love of the Rocky Mountain West has allowed her to hone in on its beauty through her work. She can be inquired directly for custom artworks including a favorite animal, family member or various other cherished subjects.

The Art For Industry fundraiser will be held on Friday, Sept. 25 from 2-9PM, with time shifts broken into two separate, ticketed events. Refreshments and awards will be held from 2-4PM ($40), and food and cocktails will be served from 6-9PM ($100). Tickets are still available and may be purchased online. Those interested in donating items for the silent auction or raffle baskets can email Jeana Hoffman, or call 856-424-8998 (ext. 114).

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