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Shirley McMarlin

An exhibition featuring artists associated with Jeannette gallery You Are Here is running through Dec. 11 in the Science Innovation Center gallery at Westmoreland County Community College near Youngwood.

“Included in the group exhibition are the ceramics of Mary Briggs, paintings by Dan Overdorff and Nora Thompson and the pop culture sculptures and carved wooden canes of Jen Costello,” says Christine Kocevar, gallery manager and WCCC part-time faculty member.

A free reception is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Nov. 13 in the gallery.

You Are Here supports local artists through studio space, workshops, exhibition space and access to affordable, recycled art materials in its Oh Scrap! shop. Its Lean on Me project also manages a national network of woodcarvers who create and donate one-of-a-kind walking canes to people with diminished mobility.

Artists showing at WCCC include:

• Mary Briggs, who says, “I first fell in love with ceramics after joining a class at the (then) Carnegie Institute Museum School.” She earned a degree in art history and traditional cultures at George Mason University in Virginia. She has worked as a studio potter and as manager of a local arts agency in Arlington County, Va., where she developed programs to support folk and traditional arts.

• Jen Costello, who began making one-of-a-kind canes for herself to help deal with chronic illness. Her vision led to creation of Lean on Me, which has grown to include 36 carvers and more than 450 canes donated in 42 states. When Costello was unable to continue carving, she turned to working in clay.

Dan Overdorff, who says, “My artwork focuses primarily on the creation of frozen moments in time through the mixing and clashing of various techniques which I like to call ‘Poporiginal Expressionism.’” His work employs painting and printmaking techniques, digital imagery and graphic design, along with photography in the planning process. Overdorff is the founder and chief curator of the Headkeeper Artist Initiative in Greensburg and teaches landscape design at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville.

• Nora Thompson, a lifelong creator of art who, about 13 years ago, began experimenting with new techniques to create what she calls “crazy little characters.” An illustrator, graphic designer, fine artist and writer, Thompson has been a locally and nationally exhibiting artist since 1990, and has been illustrating professionally since 1992. She is a life member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators.

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