RAW Pittsburgh presents Panorama
Pittsburgh’s artists are a source of pride for local residents, but they also provide an important service to our picturesque city that boasts eclectic architecture and plenty of re-imagined buildings and storefronts. The murals, the painted dinosaur sculptures, and things like yarn bombing a bridge remind us that our city has a unique and beautiful character. Andy Warhol, one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, called Pittsburgh his home. The prominence of local artists reminds us of how original our city is, as well as all the potential ways to make it even better and more funky.
RAW Pittsburgh is back this month, and is presenting “Panorama”. The newest installment of their artist showcases is providing guests with a wide array of work from talented artists working with many different mediums. This event will feature dozens of visual artists, filmmakers, photographers, fashion designers, performance artists, accessory designers, musicians, and a hair & makeup artist. The artists selected for feature are mostly local artists and they will put together a display of the artistic scene in Pittsburgh to encourage the regional creative industries to thrive. Each event presented by RAW promises a film screening, musical performances, fashion shows, pop-up art gallery, and performance art.
The host for the evening is Phat Man Dee, who will also be performing a few songs for the lucky attendees. WRCT-FM‘s Electronic Music (RPM) Director, DJ Firefly, will be there too. The event is 21+, and Club Zoo will be transformed for the perfect creative show, including fully-stocked cash bars. Visit the event website for more information and tickets.
Expect to see artists like fashion photographer and Art Institute grad Natalie Morris. “I push to produce unique and visually stimulating pieces to provoke a variety of emotions from my audience. In the end I just want to express my voice as a creator,” Morris says of her creative work. She draws inspiration from members of all facets of the arts industries, as fashion photography incorporates many different skills and creators during a shoot to take care of concept, hair, makeup, clothes, and aesthetics.
Abstract artist Ashley Bouton will also be there exhibiting her paintings. Bouton is currently a graduate student studying painting at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She draws her inspiration from a long list of artists, including Pollock and Picasso. “Although I am a painter at heart, I respect and appreciate art of all forms,” says Bouton. “I research it, read about it, talk about it, enjoy it, and live it.”
You can also check out Casey Worthing, a visual artist born and raised in Pittsburgh who studied Graphic Design at Pittsburgh Technical Institute and traveled to the Middle East to do a design internship in Doha, Qatar before returning to his hometown. His art feels a little like Donnie Darko, and it’s as much an example of high technical skill as it is spooky. Worthing works as a production artist and involves himself in the local arts community, saying “I try to involve myself in anything benefiting the local art scene and I devote a great deal of my time to mentoring graphic design and fine arts students.”
RAW, founded by Heidi Luerra, has over sixty chapters worldwide, providing the same service to local artists in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. since their beginnings in 2009. They continue to grow each year, helping artists and their communities to thrive and succeed. Don’t miss out on Panorama on June 26th from 7PM – midnight at Club Zoo. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They can be purchased from the showcasing artists here.