The Gift of Sight

Art 795

Pittsburgh has always been a city where people make things. Throughout the 19th century, we led the country in glass production. Steel took over in the 20th century, cementing Pittsburgh’s status as one of America’s great centers of industry. And though we produce little glass or steel these days, Pittsburgh still brims with makers of all kinds. Nowhere is that more evident than in Pittsburgh’s vibrant art scene.


“We are tremendously lucky to have a thriving community of artists working and living here in Pittsburgh,” explains Fred Blauth. Blauth is the Assistant Director at Gallerie Chiz, which he calls a “funky insider/outsider art gallery in Shadyside.” For our guide, Blauth curated a selection of works by a range of Pittsburgh artists.


Some names, such as Adam Milner, are well-known in the community. Blauth calls Milner “a multidisciplinary artist whose work always seems to be longing for somebody.” Milner’s latest work, Remains, is on display at The Andy Warhol Museum until January 15th.


Blauth also selected exciting newcomers, like Lesla. Blauth first encountered Lesla at Bloomfield’s Brillobox, where the artist’s work hung next to a ten-foot shark. Lesla hails from Venezuela, and Blauth praises paintings that “blur the lines between gender and sexuality, with sharp references to American pop art and religious iconography.”


In order to ensure that these artists and many more continue to thrive, we cannot be passive observers. “If we want to really support those individuals and establishments that make this city so great, it is critical that we put our money where our mouth is,” urges Blauth. “Otherwise, that free glass of wine you’re drinking at the opening reception will disappear—along with the artists who work too hard to just to be your Friday night plans.”


So this year, set some local art under your tree.

Numbers on paintings correspond with artist information below.

Numbers on paintings correspond with artist information below.

1) Kevin Clancy

I ask not for a lighter burden but for broader shoulders

graphite on paper

price on request,


2) Seth Clark

Collapse XIV

collage on panel

$2,200, ,


3) Jamie Earnest

Pacific Arc

acrylic on canvas



4) Kara Skylling

Blocking III

woodcut letterpress print (Printed with Brandon Boan at tiptype in Wilkinsburg)



5) Mia Tarducci

Floor Details #3

oil and galkyd on linen

price on request,


6) Adam Milner


enamel on magazine paper in artist’s frame

price on,


7) Dyer Fieldsa


mixed media on canvas



8) Liz Rudnick

Screen Memory

acrylic, latex, gouache on canvas



9) Mary Dorfner Hay

Someone Else’s Turn I


price on request,


10) Alex Lukas


ink, acrylic, gouache, watercolor and screen print on paper

price on request,


11.-13  Joshua Hogan

oil on panel

  1. We Can Fly Away, $325
  1. Only One, $200
  1. The Guide, $275 /


14) Lizzee Solomon

Ginkgo Screen

laser cut plywood and acrylic



15) Lesla

Girl Seated


$666, email


16) Tony Landolina


encaustic on panel

$215, ,


17) Lenka Clayton


ink on typewriter paper made with a 1957 Smith-Corona Skyriter typewriter

price on request,