Meet the Artist

Saihou Njie is a fine artist from The Gambia , West Africa. His medium is batik, which uses molten wax and dye to create colorful patterns on fabric, a technique he learned from his mother. Apart from batik,Saihou also creates works of art in photography, painting, tailoring, print ,music and dance. As a teaching artist, he brings his wide range of artistic skills together with his wide range of life experiences to act as a member and inspiration to young artists. He is a rostered artists with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust,Pittsburgh Center for the Arts ,and Erie Arts and Culture.

joann able

Joanna Abel is a Pittsburgh based dancer and visual artist. Art has been an important part of Joanna’s life. At La Roche University, she studied Studio Arts with an emphasis on painting and obtained her art edusction certificate from Carlow University. She is the founder and owner of 3rd Street Belly Dance Studio in Carnegie, PA. Joanna travles nationally and internationally studying, teaching and performing. Her love of movement and of teaching is apparent in both her studio and her work as a teaching artist, where her creativity inspires, delights and engages students of all ages.

Dennis garner

Dennis Garner is a professional drummer, music producer, and teaching artist from Pittsburgh PA. While studying Biology at West Virginia University, Dennis had the opportunity to study with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera percussionist, Albert Wrubulsky, and his career as an artist took off! His wide-ranging career includes serving as: the CEO & founder of Live City Entertainment, the music director for Formula 412 and Lyndsey Smith Soul distribution, and a drummer for Christopher Jamison. Dennis’ teaching artist path of world percussions and step body rhythum includes work with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Hope Academy, Greater Pittsburgh YMCA Lighthouse Project, The Judah Project (East Minster Presbyterian church), and many schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

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