Even someone who is not in tune with the art world probably recognizes the names Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.

Warhol is best known for his colorful commentary on American consumerism and is widely regarded as the Father of Pop Art. Weiwei has a diverse portfolio of contemporary work, ranging from architecture and sculptural installations to photography, that has provoked the government of his native China and delighted viewers worldwide.

While incredibly different at first glance, the two legendary creators have more in common than what may first meet the eye, including a penchant for taking creative risks and a skill for using art to promote activism.

Today the National Museum of Wildlife Art will unveil a new exhibit titled “Valued Species: Animals in the Art of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.” The show samples the two artists’ explorations of animal forms and meanings.






Ai Weiwei

Twelve large bronze sculptures depicting

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A Bridgeville-based artist has won the 2021 Westmoreland Art Nationals Juried Fine Art & Photography Exhibition’s Best in Show award.

Steph Moraca’s oil painting, “Naples Sunset,” is currently on virtual display on the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Facebook page.

Moraca grew up in Presto and attended Chartiers Valley High School. She and her husband, Nate,

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Kane’s 15th annual Art in the Wilds art show is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 27.

Because last year’s show had to be held virtually, all the artists who were juried into the 2020 show have been accepted into this year’s show, according to Director Merry Ryding, and all but four of the 2020 artists will be participating this year. Artists were chosen for the quality of their work, and with consideration to balancing the variety of media.

The artists are thrilled to be back doing a live show and they especially missed the interaction with the browsers and buyers in their booths. Artwork is more easily appreciated in person as opposed to viewing virtually online.

Our committee has been planning throughout the year, mindful of the ever-changing CDC guidelines, for the 2021 show. As anyone can imagine, things

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The BBC has announced its plan to air a Great British Bake-Off-inspired photography show, hosted by Rankin, where see six amateur photographers will compete for the winner’s title.

The four-part photography challenge-themed television series titled “The Great British Photography Challenge” will be hosted by British photographer Rankin as he sets challenges and provides feedback to the participants.

Rankin is famous for co-founding Dazed and Confused Magazine in 1991 and for his portrait and fashion work. He has worked with celebrities, like Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, Madonna, David Bowie, Queen Elizabeth, and many more.

A Glasgow-based production company Storyboard Studios came up with the initial concept, and used the successful Great British Bake-Off as a blueprint for the show.

The premise of the show is for the six participants to undertake a range of themed weekly challenges across the United Kingdom, and unlike the Great British Bake-Off, none of the

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