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Local artists featured in Shady Side Academy exhibit

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Beautiful oil on wood paintings by Ryan Woodring show exotic animals that were tragically killed in 2011. They will also be for sale during the Art Beat 2013 show at Shady Side Academy this weekend.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Maintence workers Mike DeSanto and Jesse Pernick carefully set up wood sculpture by Peter Johnson for the upcoming Shady Side Academy Art Show.

Shady Side Academy will host an exhibit of 19 emerging and established local artists this month.

“We want to open up those artists to the community,” said Linda Cangiano, of the school's “Art Beat” committee.

“Art Beat” will strive to take the pulse of contemporary art and deliver it to residents.

Some of the artists include sculptor Thaddeus Mosley, who was the subject of a 2012 documentary by Pittsburgh filmmaker Kenneth Love; and Kim Beck, an associate professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, whose work has been shown on the High Line in New York City and the Carnegie Museum of Art and Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

The show will run May 3 to 24 in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts and Benedum Visual Arts Center on the campus along Fox Chapel Road.

“We have a very rich and diverse visual arts community in Pittsburgh, and we want to bridge the two groups,” Cangiano said.

She said the art exhibit is akin to the theater arts productions hosted at the Hillman throughout the year. Built in 2004, the theater serves as an added public arts venue for the region and has brought the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, theater groups, authors, comedians and dancers to the area.

“It's part of our goal here to sponsor more community wide events,” Cangiano said. “We're trying to do things that benefit our school but the area at large too.”

The show will feature up to 70 pieces of art that showcase an array of media.

Cangiano said the pieces were carefully chosen to spark viewer's interest. There will be three-dimensional artworks, photograph, collages and paper manipulation.

“There's this very interesting inkless technique of using water to fold the paper and see how it lands,” she said.

“There is an educational goal, but it is also meant to be entertaining.”

A public opening and reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the center, 423 Fox Chapel Road.

Hours of the exhibit will be 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and by appointment weekends through May 24.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at

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