RAW Pittsburgh Presents MERGE

Published On September 28, 2015 | By Mackenzie Sugrue | The Arts

RAW Pittsburgh

American filmmaker and photographer, Paul Strand, once wrote: “The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”

RAW Pittsburgh is on a mission to shine a light on the art that is fluent among our city. The RAW organization is an independent, international company that was created by artists, for artists. Organizers want to give local artists the opportunity to be creative within their craft and develop their careers within the art realm from film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hair and makeup artistry, and more.

RAW operates in nearly 60 cities around the world including the United States, Australia, Canada, and the UK. Directors from each city then select local artists and bring them together for a full night of art and entertainment.

This month, RAW Pittsburgh presents their next upcoming showcase, titled MERGE, which will feature local fashion, musical performances, an art gallery and performance art. Check out a few of the featured artists at this month’s showcase below:

Savannah Graham


“Ugly” by Savannah Graham

Savannah Graham is an artist who thrives to let her work display the world for what it is, full of beauty and realness. She uses her art as communication and to find herself in this crazy world. Graham has spent years traveling around the world to places like Germany and Thailand, where she has been given the opportunity to teach and critique, as well as create, with other young aspiring artists. Her art is a reflection of where she is in her life spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Recently, she created a series based on the children she met while she was in Thailand, and her work now reflects human emotion and the effects of that on the ecosystem of society. Graham wants her art to reflect life – every part of it, booth good and bad – and she hopes that her work will inspire people to make a change in the world, or in themselves.

Beth Keener

Princess Abstract by Beth Keener

“Princess Abstract” by Beth Keener

Beth Keener has been a member of the RAW family for the past three years. She is a designer-turned-professor who teaches design and art history at the collegiate level. She graduated with an Associate degree of Science in Graphic Design, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design and Printmaking as well as a Master of Arts degree in Art History and Curatorial services.

Keener has traveled the country with her art and even opened her own gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. Through her clutch purse designs, she wants to give women a signature statement piece that is all their own, and the chance to carry something unique as well as stylish.

MetaMorph Jewelry


New jewelry pieces by MetaMorph Jewelry

MetaMorph Jewelry is an independently owned business in Pittsburgh started by Sarah Daigneault. Keeping it green, Daigneault uses recycled materials in a good portion of her designs. Her passion for jewelry design stemmed from a hobby she started at 15, when her mother gave her a set of pliers with an instruction booklet, leading her hobby to become her full-time business.

Daigneault’s creative spirit lead her to start taking art classes in high school, and she became interested in other mediums, as well. She graduated with a CTF in video production 10 years ago. She also earned her Associate of Science in Culinary Arts, certified by Le Cordon Bleu, and worked in restaurants before moving to Pittsburgh.

Later, she attended school for Food Studies & Communications with a focus in Graphic Design, and currently works as a freelance graphic designer in addition to designing pieces for her jewelry collection.




Spacefish is a local unsigned experimental band whose music could best be described as otherworldly. Named by their friend Ed Tangerine, the group describes their sound as “American Gothic”: like a “fluffy bed of nails.” Their sound feels different in the best way–transitioning from tough and mosh-worthy, to calm and relaxing, depending on what song you’re listening to.

Spacefish released their album, “Love Story,” in September of 2014 and just released an EP called, “In This Box,” this July. It is apparent that this local collective brings something unique to Pittsburgh’s music scene, and guests at RAW will get a taste of it this Thursday.

RAW: MERGE will be held October 1 at Mr. Smalls Theatre (400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale, PA 15209). Tickets (21+) are $15 online and $20 at the door. You can find the list and bios of the other 40+ artists on the RAW: MERGE webpage.

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