By Christine Tumpson

With art as a driving force in the region’s cultural identity, we are excited to offer three stunning images for your personal art collection. Dino Guarino presents a remarkable Pittsburgh Penguin rendering, WHIRL photographer Michael Fornataro shares his favorite photo of 2016, and Shannon Pultz brings a new look at an old art form. Each image is a special keepsake from our local Pittsburgh art community.

Michael Fornataro

Though he was born in sunny Florida, WHIRL Staff Photographer Michael Fornataro grew up in New Castle, Pa., and studied photography at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Through his work experience, Fornataro enjoys the creative freedom to photograph some of his favorite things, which include food, fashion, and the incredible people of Pittsburgh, particularly the city’s professional athletes. For more information about the artist and his work, visit

Shannon Pultz

Local artist Shannon Pultz set out to create something that would blend the aesthetics of contemporary painting with her love of fashion and design. She discovered traditional Japanese shibori silk painting techniques and launched an accessory line, BLAK RUST, featuring hand-made silk pieces. “I’m making them, but they make themselves,”says Pultz, founding member of the collective Art Club 2000 and former editor of Milan-based Flash Art International. She also recently partnered with interior designer Marjorie Carlson to launch BLAK RUST HOME, and now her “wearable, contemporary art” is available to be used as wallhangings and upholstery. Check out her stoles and scarves at, or make an appointment to see Pultz’ private studio. “My passion is making beautiful, unique pieces that make people feel beautiful.”

Dino Guarino

Dino Guarino is a noted Pittsburgh artist and historian who truly enjoys nostalgia. Through his work, Guarino delights in capturing the “heart” and “feel” of times long past. With a background centered in and around Pittsburgh, it should come as no surprise that Guarino is also a sports enthusiast. And this enthusiasm has inspired many of his works. See more of his work at

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