Cotton-candy-colored wigs, a runway show, a burlesque dancer, music from local musicians and 40 Pittsburgh-based artists, performers and designers made for quite a show at Awakening presented by RAW Pittsburgh Thursday at Club Zoo. Roughly 1,000 patrons, including Shadyside gallery owner Steve Mendelson and the Post Gazette's Rob Rogers, waited patiently in the freezing cold for their chance to support emerging talent.
"The purpose of RAW Pittsburgh is to help unestablished artists gain more exposure for their work and learn how to carve out a niche for themselves," said Leigh Yock, showcase director for RAW Pittsburgh.
The artists drew an eclectic mix of fans. Artist and CAPA alumna Danielle Robinson captivated guests with her colorful self-portraits. Her personal favorite? "Medusa," representing the juxtaposition of beautiful and grotesque, which is a reflection of her journey to self-acceptance, a sentiment she hopes will touch others.
Natalie Bencivenga: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1582.