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South Fayette artist gets all her letters 'write'

| Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Submitted | Tammy Anthos
Tammy Anthos’ creativity is evident in this “Around Town” artwork. See if you recognize the Pittsburgh landmarks that are the basis of the “letters.” A-Mellon Arena R-Station Square O-Gateway Clipper U-Clemente Bridge N-Heinz Field Sign D-Phipps Conservatory T-PNC Park O-Kaufman’s (now Macy’s) Clock W-St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oakland N-Three Sisters Bridge (with stack from Heinz Plant in the background)

South Fayette Township resident Tammy Anthos has turned something used every day – the alphabet -- into a unique form of photography. She specializes in the art of photographing architecture, nature and other objects that look like letters and numbers to create unique works of custom letter photo art.

Her home-based business, Ltrs4U, has been up and running for three years now and was already featured in Pittsburgh Magazine's Yinzers Best Gift Guide 2012. She focuses on Pittsburgh architecture and landmarks but has thousands of unique letter photos across many different categories, such as sports or nature, from which customers can choose.

Previously employed by Bayer Manufacturing in supply-chain management, she has her bachelor's degree in marketing and logistics from Pennsylvania State University and a master's in business administration from Duquesne University. She is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, which still allows her to continue Lean Six Sigma training for Bayer on an as-needed basis.

Past projects are listed on her Facebook page and are available at the Visit Pittsburgh Welcome Center store located in Fifth Avenue Place, downtown Pittsburgh.

Bubba's Gourmet Burgers on Washington Pike, Bridgeville, has one of her signs on display. She has recently partnered with the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel to provide their wedding and VIP clients with letter art pieces that commemorate their special events. For the past two years she has sponsored a booth at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Fest and, by additionally partnering with a real estate agent to the Pittsburgh Penguins, has completed letter art for several current and ex-Penguin players such as Jordan Staal, Chris Kunitz and Paul Martin.

Pricing is per individual letter photo and completed projects can be framed and matted for the customer as well. Custom requests are also taken.

Anthos is a member of TAG (The Artisan Group), which gifts celebrities at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and other events. Recently she supplied “thank you” letter art and blank “hello” notecards to the audience members attending a television broadcast of the Wendy Williams show.

For more information, visit her interactive website www.ltrs4u.com or call 412-559-4826 to discuss a project.

An example of Anthos' creativity is pictured in the “Around Town” artwork on the right.

See if you recognize the Pittsburgh landmarks that are the basis of the “letters.”

A=Mellon Arena

R=Station Square

O-Gateway Clipper

U=Clemente Bridge

N=Heinz Field Sign

D=Phipps Conservatory

T=PNC Park

O=Kaufman's (now Macy's) Clock

W=St. Paul's Cathedral, Oakland

N=Three Sisters Bridge (with stack from Heinz Plant in the background)

Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or charlotte59@comcast.net.

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