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Show aims to bring art to the people

| Friday, March 12, 2004

Cosmic rays may be semi-intelligent beings that are easily fooled, and thus deflected from penetrating the brain.

That's why it's wise to top a cosmic ray deflection hat with an ice scraper brush in the summer, and to attach sunglasses where they don't belong.

That'll confuse the cosmic rays, or at least that's the advice from Gary Naylor, of Youngwood, who created a cosmic ray deflection hat and suit for the exhibit at dv8 Espresso Bar & Gallery, in Greensburg.

"Carnival Shop: Open Today" runs through April 2 with a collection of pop art from seven local artists.

In this show, Naylor has a mannequin playfully dressed in a cosmic ray deflection hat and vest decorated with found objects such as pins, jewelry, buttons, plastic bird beak and hardware. There are take-home instructions on how to make your own. He also created "The Last Huttite" with red fingernails, and "Cover Off Of Something Mask" with steel wool hair.

Naylor, who does art, design and other hands-on projects with disabled people, put together similar exhibits in New Orleans and North Carolina. Mark Barill, who owns dv8 with his wife, Terri, was receptive to having a show in their gallery.

"We're trying to make art accessible and affordable to the public," Barill said.

Bill Snyder, of Greensburg, did just that with signed and numbered prints for "Minimum Wage Art" that sells for that amount -- $5.15 each, or $10.30 framed (double minimum wage).

"I work for minimum wage at a video store," said Snyder, who created people delivering pizza, waiting on tables, working at a fast-food window and bagging groceries.

Two artists painted colorful and curious subjects on wood.

Thad Kellstadt, of Pittsburgh, calls one "American Rust," and Gabriel Felice, of Greensburg, created "The Magic Toaster" with three eyes. The work of Robert Hornak, of Greensburg, glows under black light with offbeat subjects like "Rats From Mars."

Pittsburgh photographer Shane Hayden hung black and white photos on a wall papered with hundreds of repeated images of a child wearing coveralls and a Richard Nixon mask. He also made a slow motion video of athletes, an audience clapping, a girl being chased through the woods, and changing patterns.

"We are so used to being told a story with an ending," Barill said. "This (video) art makes you think."

Daisher Rocket, of Greensburg, does not consider himself a religious artist, even though several of his woodburnings in the exhibit have religious themes.

One shows Pontius Pilate with a big hammer. Rocket, who is on a therapeutic support staff at a Catholic school, said that he got that inspiration from its church's Stations of The Cross. After watching a television documentary about Satan, he created "Jesus vs. Satan" with Jesus being tempted by the devil with "all the goods of the world." Dasher included a banana, meat and a bag of money.

"I don't want to be too serious," he said.

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'Carnival Shop: Open Today'

When : Through April 2; store hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Where : dv8 Espresso Bar & Gallery, 208 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg

Admission : Free

Info : 724-219-0804

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